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2 Saturdays

Saturday June 3 and Saturday June 10

8 AM – 2 PM

Birdlife of the Keweenaw with Dr. David Flaspohler

Raindate for each Saturday is the Sunday following.

This fun and informative workshop will appeal to those just getting into birding and to experienced birders wishing to hone their skills. Basic bird biology, identification, and habitat associations will be covered. A portion of each day will be devoted to lecture indoors. The indoor portion of the workshop will be at the Eagle Harbor Community Building in Eagle Harbor or at GLC’s Noblet Field Station at Gratiot Lake. Weather permitting, most of the day will be spent birding at various sites in the Keweenaw.

Cost: $100 (GLC member $75) for two days, $50 (GLC member $35) for one day
Although this workshop will be geared to adults, teenagers interested in the topic are welcome to attend.
Janet Avery Scholarships are available, and registrants are encouraged to apply.
Advance registration is required and group size will be limited to allow for a better experience for all.
Download Registration form.
Contact GLC at Director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org
phone messages 906-337-5476 with any questions or to apply for a scholarship.

Participants should be prepared for easy walking on uneven ground including gravel roads, sand and cobble beaches. Bring sturdy boots, bug dope and/or mesh bug hat, hat, walking stick, and rain gear as needed. Bring plenty of water and a bag lunch. Participants should bring a notebook and pencil/pen, binoculars, and a field guide to eastern birds (if possible). GLC has some equipment that can be borrowed. When you have registered, you will receive a confirmation and other workshop details.

June 14

Spring Botany Walk with Janet Marr
Wednesday, June 14, 10 AM to 1 PM

It is officially Springtime. Time to think ahead about what will be popping up in the Keweenaw after all the snow has melted (and I’m not referring to black flies). Mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 14. Stroll with botanist Janet Marr and reconnect with spring wildflowers in the Keweenaw.
Click here for more details.

July 17th

Removal of invasive plants (especially European marsh thistle) on the GLC preserve.

KISMA weed crew will join volunteers in this effort. Bring gloves, clippers, and a small digging tool if you have them (we will have supplies on hand).
Bring a bag lunch. Snacks provided. Weather permitting, pontoon boat ride.

July 23 - July 29

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program Exploration Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake
Monday, July 23 thru Friday July 29

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program Exploration Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake students in residence at GLC Noblet Field Station.
Information at www.syp.mtu.edu

July 27th
& Friday July 28th

Gratiot Lake - 28th

Demonstration of Boat Wash to curb the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Michigan State University and US Fish and Wildlife Service will visit 5 public boat launch sites in Keweenaw County,
including Gratiot Lake, with a mobile boat washing station.

July 28, 8 am to 12 pm: Mobile Boat Wash at Gratiot Lake Access

A team sponsored by Michigan State University, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will use a trailer-mounted unit with high-pressure, heated water that to clean most invasive species from boats and trailers. A containment mat prevents runoff back into the lake. Gratiot Lake is one of 5 lakes in the area scheduled for this demonstration.
The public is invited to drop by any of the boat wash events to see first-hand how the boat wash works and to pick up free information on aquatic invasive species— including how to prevent their spread and how to identify harmful invasive species. Boaters will come away not only with clean boats but with information that will help protect the waters we all enjoy.

July 31

Gratiot Lake Conservancy Annual Members Meeting

Eagle Harbor Community Building
(M-26 across from the Shoreline motel)
Monday, July 31




GLC business meeting




“Keweenaw Orchids: a tale of Beauty in the Balance”  presentation by Karena Schmidt

More than any other family of plants, the Orchids are among the most successful at beguiling our senses, arousing our fascination, impressing upon us the delicacy of ecological interactions.  Here on the southern fringes of the Boreal Forest, right here in the Keweenaw Peninsula, live nearly forty species of terrestrial orchids -- plants that are neither swayed by deep snows, cold bottoms nor austere availability of nutrients.  Yet their adaptability is ever threatened by a rapidly changing landscape. 

Saturday, August 19
10am to 2pm

Tour Gratiot Lake and the GLC Preserve

Come on a guided pontoon tour of Gratiot Lake and visit the Gratiot Lake Conservancy sanctuary and Noblet Field Station. This is a free event but RSVP is required. Space is limited so reserve early. Details of what to bring along will be provided. RSVP with your contact info to Director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org
You will be contacted in the event of cancellation or rescheduling.

Saturday, September 9
10am to 1pm

Bammert Farm Walk

Enjoy the last blooms of summer, look for mushrooms, and see remnants of local history. This is a free event but RSVP is required.
Meeting location and details will be provided.
RSVP with your contact info to Director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org
You will be contacted in the event of cancellation or rescheduling.

Saturday, September 16
9:30 am

Gratiot Lake Shoreline Clean-up

Meet at the public access to Gratiot Lake or contact Director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org

Contact GLC Program Director: director@gratiotlakeconservancy.org
(Please put "Gratiot Lake" in subject line.)