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May 14, 2016
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - Training Day
9:00am - 1:00pm
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 426 Bay Street, Petoskey
Pre-register for this event by calling 231-347-1181 or email Dan Myers, email@example.com
Come learn about the various aspects of our stream monitoring program, general macroinvertebrate biology, and the equipment used to collect important data about the health of our local streams. A hands-on practicum on the Bear River is included so that volunteers can “get their feet wet” before going into the field. For more information about the training, please contact Dan Myers.
May 21, 2016
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - Field Day
9:00am - 2:00pm
At various assigned streams throughout our service area.
Volunteer teams collect a representative sample of the aquatic macroinvertebrate population for later identification and also note general stream conditions. Each team monitors two sites on the same river or stream. For more information about the training, please contact Dan Myers.
June 5, 2016
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - Indoor Identification Day
12:00 Noon - 3:00pm
North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard St., Petoskey
Volunteer teams will gather at the Health Education & Science Center Building in Room #335 to sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates that were collected in the field. For more information about the training, please contact Dan Myers.
May 27, 2016
Volunteer Lake Monitoring - Training Day
10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Inland Waterway Museum ~ Downtown Alanson
Pre-register for this event by calling 231-347-1181 or email Dan Myers firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our longest running programs, volunteer lake monitoring involves collecting water quality data once a week during the summer months to help us assess the health of our lakes. During the indoor session of the training, we will review the lake monitoring program and go over data collection methods. Afterwards, volunteers will have an opportunity to practice monitoring procedures during a pontoon boat ride on Crooked Lake. At the completion of the training you will receive the necessary equipment and supplies to complete a season of volunteer lake monitoring. For more information about the training, please contact Dan Myers.
June 26, 2016
2nd Annual Waganakising Bay Day
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bayfront Park, Petoskey
Come celebrate Little Traverse Bay! Join us for a family-friendly water festival at Bayfront Park with hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Learn from Northern Michigan's environmental experts on wildlife, water quality, stewardship, and recreation. The afternoon will include nature exploration, fly-fishing demos, arts and crafts, boat rides, and much more!
For a detailed list of events, visit the Bay Day website:
July 16, 2016
A Whale of a Sale
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
NEW LOCATION - 7580 S. State Road, Harbor Springs
The annual Whale of a Sale is a huge rummage sale for water recreation lovers and a large fundraiser for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Items include boats, kayaks, canoes, water toys, life vests, fishing gear, diving gear, and more! Live auction for boats and larger items starts at noon, but a "buy now" price is listed on each item until the auction begins.
Do you have items to donate?
You may drop off items at one of these locations by July 8th.
July 19, 2016
37th Annual Membership Meeting
9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey
Library Conference Room
Join us for a brief membership meeting followed by a presentation by our Policy Director, Jennifer McKay. Learn about the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board and what is being done to help protect Michigan’s water resources from pipeline spills. Enjoy light refreshments while you mingle with staff, board members and fellow Watershed Council members. Please RSVP by July 12th by calling Sandy at (231) 347-1181.
August 13, 2016
Healing the Bear - Bear River Cleanup
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Meet at the Bear River Shelter, Quaintance Ave., entrance across from City Hall
Join us for this fun event as we remove trash along the river from Walloon Lake Village Park to the Petoskey Waterfront.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to walk, wade, or canoe as they pick up trash and debris from the area surrounding the Bear River. Breakfast, lunch, and t-shirts are free for volunteers! Meet at 9:30am at Petoskey’s Bear River Shelter. Pre-registration is encouraged to help plan for this event. Please call Matt at (231) 347-1181 or email email@example.com.