For Aug. 14, 2015[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/s/hatkpavc58ou4fu/mr-great-lakes-8-14-15.mp3]
1 – This list of Michigan water trails goes to 11.
The state Department of Natural Resources has released a Top 11 list of Water Trails, as voted on by the public.
The list is a round-up of some of Michigan’s “fantastic paddling opportunities.”
Some area trails on the list: at No. 9, Lake Huron Blueways, which winds up the coastline from Tawas.
At No. 3, Saginaw Bay Blueways, which takes in the southern and western edges of Saginaw Bay.
And No. 1 on the Top 11 list: the mighty Au Sable River, which goes for more than 100 miles from Grayling to Lake Huron.
The Au Sable won the poll based on write-in votes.
2 – The Midwest Birding Symposium is Sept. 10-13 in Bay City.
The symposium will feature programs and performances by North America’s leading bird watchers and naturalists.
There also will be an opportunity for birders to network with fellow enthusiasts, a vendor area, and guided bird walks at area birding spots.
The event will be headquartered at the DoubleTree hotel in downtown Bay City.
The symposium requires registration. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to support conservation organizations and programs. Some events are already sold out.
The nonprofit birding event is held every other year in the Midwest. It was in Ohio in 2013, with more than 800 attendees.
This year’s Bay City event is hosted by Michigan Audubon, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and the Great Lakes Bay Region Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.
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