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August 3, 2016
Burt Lake Pontoon and Presentations
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Tour will leave from the Maple Bay Boat Launch
The Burt Lake Watershed has been the focus of intense water resource monitoring and inventory work during the last few years. This concerted effort, involving a collaborative partnership between Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Burt Lake Preservation Association (BLPA), and other organizations, will provide necessary information to develop a new watershed management plan and protect the Lake.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, in partnership with BLPA, will host a Burt Lake Watershed educational pontoon tour. Participants will learn more about the state of Burt Lake and its Watershed via presentations while enjoying a pleasant pontoon ride on Michigan’s 4th largest inland lake. The tour will launch from the Maple Bay Boat Launch. Directions to the launch site are available upon registration. Limited parking is available, so carpooling is recommended.
There is no charge for this tour, however pre-registration by no later than Monday, August 1st required for planning purposes. To reserve your space and receive additional instructions for this tour, please call Sandy at 231-347-1181.
August 5, 2016
The Septic Question - Final Report Presentation
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Charlevoix Public Library
220 Clinton Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720
No charge to attend. Open to the public.
For the past year and a half, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council have partnered on a project to research policy options regarding maintaining septic systems. To share these efforts with the general public, an event will be held to present the Final Report. Refreshments will be served.
For more information about septic systems and to download a copy of the report summary or full report, visit our Septic Systems page
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.
BEACH RANGERS NEEDED!
September 8, 2016
Avian Botulism Monitoring - Volunteer Training Workshop
4:00 pm -6:00 pm
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council - Board Room
426 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Emmet County Lakeshore Association will host a free “Beach Ranger” workshop on Wednesday, September 8 from 4:00 - 6:00p.m. at the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council office, downtown Petoskey. Shoreline property owners on Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay, as well as beach walkers in Charlevoix and Emmet County are invited to learn more about avian botulism outbreaks and how they can assist in monitoring the bird die-off this fall.
The Beach Ranger Training Workshop will provide an overview of avian botulism (what causes it, which birds are affected, management recommendations), monitoring protocols, and bird identification. Monitoring kits and instructions are provided. To register for the workshop, please call Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at 231-347-1181 or e-mail Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about avian botulism, visit www.watershedcouncil.org/avian-botulism.
September 17, 2016
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - Training Day
9:00am - 2:00pm
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council office - 426 Bay Street, Petoskey
We are seeking citizen scientisist! No prior experience is necessary. 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. Additionally, a portion of the training will focus on invasive species identification. 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 or to sign-up to attend this free training, please call 231-347-1181 or email email@example.com
September 24, 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 call 231-347-1181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2, 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 call 231-347-1181 or email email@example.com
Boyne River volunteer stream monitors