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Thursday, January 15

Elk River Chain of Lakes Fish Shelters Project

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Board Room
426 Bay Street, Downtown Petoskey

Presented by: Dean Branson and Fred Sittel, Three Lakes Association and Friends of Clam Lake
Fishing is improving due to the installation of fish shelter structures in the Elk River Chain of Lakes. These shelters are providing crucial protection for smaller forage fish, which is vital to increase the diversity and number of fish. Come hear about the permit process, benefits, and challenges of installing fish shelters.

Limited seating available. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 231-347-1181.

Thursday, January 29

Too Close for Comfort: Invaders You Need to Know

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Board Room
426 Bay Street, Downtown Petoskey

Presented by: Dan Myers, Water Resource Specialist and Jennifer Gelb, Restoration Ecologish
You’ve probably heard about Eurasian watermilfoil and Phragmites by now, but what about Carolina fanwort and golden mussels? Join us to learn about incoming aquatic invasive species that threaten our lakes, streams and wetlands. Also learn how to protect your favorite water body through prevention, early detection, and rapid response strategies. This presentation will cover new species not included in last year’s Incoming Invasives presentation.

Limited seating available. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 231-347-1181.

Thursday, February 12

Explore the Lake Superior Water Trail and Heritage Coast
with Gary and Joanie McGuffin

Starts at 1:00 p.m.
North Central Michigan College, Library Conference Room
1515 Howard Street, Petoskey

Presented by: Gary and Joanie McGuffin
Enjoy a visually stunning presentation about the Lake Superior Water Trail with Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Canadian wilderness ambassadors, adventurers, photojournalists, and conservationists. They have shared their experiences of their long-distance wilderness voyages through national radio serials, television documentaries, national newspapers and magazine features, multimedia presentations, photographic exhibitions, and their many photographic and instructional books. They are the founders of the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, an international non-profit dedicated to preserving the Lake Superior Watershed.

Pre-registration is not required for this presentation. No charge to attend.
Donations to the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council are appreciated.
For more information, visit www.ncmich.edu.cce

Presented in partnership with Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy and North Central Michigan College.


Thursday, February 26

Close Encounters of the Macroinvertebrate Kind

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Board Room
426 Bay Street, Downtown Petoskey

Presented by: Kevin Cronk, Monitoring and Research Director
Our streams are literally crawling with life… all year long! Larvae of nine insect orders, as well as several non-insect invertebrate groups, have life stages in lakes, streams, wetlands, and even in discarded tires in the woods. We will walk you through basic taxonomy, teaching how to distinguish between the different insect orders, with a huge variety of specimens on hand. We will also talk about the importance of macroinvertebrates in our aquatic ecosystems and how they are utilized in our monitoring programs..

Limited seating available. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 231-347-1181.

Thursday, March 12

Plagued by Plastics and PAHs: Emerging Issues for the Great Lakes

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Board Room
426 Bay Street, Downtown Petoskey

Presented by: Jennifer McKay, Policy Specialist
Toxic chemicals, produced and released into the Great Lakes, have been a source of concern for many decades. Health warnings are still being issued because of PCBs, DDT, and mercury in fish. Now new toxics are being found in the Great Lakes, stemming from consumer products that we use every day, such as shampoos, sunscreens, plastics, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. Two emerging pollutants, microbead plastics and PAHs, are plaguing our Great Lakes. Join the us to learn the latest research about these two emerging issues and how your actions can help protect our waterways from this new pollution.

Limited seating available. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 231-347-1181.

Thursday, March 26

Sturgeon For Tomorrow

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Board Room
426 Bay Street, Downtown Petoskey

Presented by: Brenda Archambo, Sturgeon for Tomorrow
Each spring, sturgeon migrate up rivers to spawn at known spawning sites. When the sturgeon are spawning along the rocky riverbanks they are fairly oblivious to nearby human activity and are susceptible to illegal harvest. Come learn how the Sturgeon Guarding Program is protecting this threatened species and how you can get involved

Limited seating available. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 231-347-1181.


Michigan Lake and Stream Associations 54th Annual Conference

May 1 & 2, 2015
Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls

The 54th Annual Conference will be highlighted by workshops, seminars and special sessions dedicated to learning more about the management and preservation of Michigan's magnificent water resources. Visit the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations website at www.mymlsa.org for more information regarding the 2015 annual conference.

Volunteer Lake and Stream Monitors Needed

No prior experience required! Free training.

Stream Monitoring TRAINING DAYSave

May 16, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm
Training consists of presentations about various aspects of the program and general macroinvertebrate biology, equipment and field data sheet review, and a hands-on practicum on the Bear River, so that volunteers can “get their feet wet." Coffee and snacks provided. Break taken for lunch on your own.

Stream Monitoring FIELD DAY

May 23, 2015
9:00am - 2:00pm

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.

Stream Monitoring IDENTIFICATION DAY

June 7, 2015
Noon - 3:00pm
Volunteer teams gather in room 262 of the Science Building on the North Central Michigan College Campus in Petoskey to sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrate specimens collected in the field.

For more information about our Volunteer Stream Monitoring program or to register for the free training, please contact Dan Myers at 231-347-1181 or email dan@watershedcouncil.org.


Lake Monitoring Training

May 22, 2015
10:00 am - Noon
Many beautiful high-quality lakes are being monitored by volunteers throughout the northern Lower Peninsula as a result of the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. However, there is always a need for more volunteers to monitor additional lakes and to substitute or replace existing volunteers. Volunteering to be a monitor requires attending a half-day training session and then performing 1-4 hours of monitoring duties on a weekly basis from early June to late August (though some volunteers opt to start in May and continue until September or even October).

If you are interested in volunteering time to help monitor lake water quality, please join us for a free training session on Friday, May 22nd at the Inland Waterway Museum in Alanson. During the indoor session we will review the program and go over the methods of data collection. 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 for a complete season of volunteer lake monitoring.

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Kevin Cronk at  (231) 347-1181 or by email at kevin@watershedcouncil.org.


Beach Rangers NEEDED!

Avian Botulism Shoreline Monitoring Workshop

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club - Main Clubhouse

Join us for a free workshop on monitoring avian botulism outbreaks no our Lake Michigan shoreline. We will explain why it is important to understand the conditions that lead to avian botulism and the corrective actions that can help reduce the spread of the toxin that can potentially claim the lives of thousands of birds each year. Monitoring kits and instructions will be provided.

For more information about our Avian Botulism Shoreline Monitoring Program, please contact Dan Myers at 231-347-1181 or email dan@watershedcouncil.org.

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