CMU sets 2003 Summer Nature Walk schedule
Once again the Historical Society is sponsoring the CMU series
of interesting and informative Nature Walks in June and July.
The cost is $15, which includes a meal. Except for the Bird excursion,
which leaves the Bio Station at 6:00 a.m., all treks will begin
at 9:00. Since only 25 will be accommodated on each one, please
sign up in advance with Pinky or at the Print Shop. Here's the
Bird Banding and Beaver Island Birds with Nancy Seefelt
on Thursday, June 6: This trip will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will
take participants to a site where birds will be mist-netted and
banded. Breakfast will follow at 8:00 a.m. after which participants
will have the opportunity to once again go into the field for
another 90 minutes of bird-watching. Please bring binoculars if
you have them.
Beaver Island Early Summer Flora with Dr. Ed Leuck on
Saturday June 21: A trip to a variety of habitats to locate and
identify many of Beaver Island's beautiful spring and summer wildflowers
and other plant species.
Biology of Beaver Island's Sand Dunes with Dr. Beth Leuck
on Saturday July 12: This trip will take participants to the west
side of Beaver Island for an exploration of the extensive sand
dunes located there. The origin, current status and future of
the dunes will be discussed and the flora and fauna indigenous
to these beautiful ecosystems will be sought after and explained
in ecological terms. Some climbing of steep sandy inclines will
The Mammals of Beaver Island with Dan Benjamin on Saturday
July 19: Learn about the diversity of indigenous and introduced
mammals that today inhabit Beaver Island. Discover the details
of their natural history and learn where and how to observe these
The Wetland Flora of Beaver Island with Dr. Dan Wujek
on Wednesday July 23: Journey to several unique terrestrial sites
on Beaver Island to search out the diversity of flowering and
woody plants indigenous to these areas during mid to late summer.
Learn about the importance of these ecosystems and how to identify
them and their plant residents.
Beaver Island's Inland Lakes with Dan Benjamin on Thursday
July 31: A trip to most of Beaver Island's inland lakes, with
information about their formation, current status, water chemistry
and natural history.
James C. Gillingham
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