Michigan Mammals Week at Michigan State Parks July 10-16

July 9, 2017

TExplorer Programshe Michigan Department of Natural Resources will highlight the wonders of Michigan’s mammals during Michigan Mammals Week July 10-16 in a handful of Michigan state parks. The family-friendly programs are free for campers and visitors.

The annual program provides a fun and educational experience for the whole family. The week of hands-on programming will take place in 31 Michigan state parks and will feature hikes, animal tracking programs, games and much more.

Michigan Mammals Week and many other programs are led by state park Explorer Guides and park interpreters who work in the park and present a variety of outdoor education opportunities in more than 30 Michigan state parks Memorial Day through August. These enthusiastic, nature-minded folks lead hikes, activities and programming that shine a spotlight on each park’s unique resources.

To find a program in your favorite park, visit www.michigan.gov/natureprograms and click on the link “Michigan Mammals Week” under Special Programs and Activities.… Read the rest

Media Advisory: Chinese Students Visit NMU for Language, Art

July 9, 2017

Marquette, Michigan – 19 students from Aba Teachers University in China will spend about two weeks at NMU for an English Language Institute focused on art. Faculty from NMU’s School of Art & Design will teach segments in ceramics, human-centered design, graphic design and painting. NMU’s English Language Institute will coordinate the cultural and language segments, which will also be held in the Art & Design Building.

The summer program is an extension of a re-established relationship between the assistant director of the School of Art & Design at Aba Teachers University and Daric Christian, associate dean of the NMU School of Art & Design.

A schedule of the art workshops follows. Language and culture sessions are from 9-11 a.m. on the same days. For more information, contact Christian at dachrist@nmu.edu or 250-6549 or Diana Vreeland of the English Language Institute at dvreelan@nmu.edu or 989-560- 4009.… Read the rest

Bovine tuberculosis – A Disease Still Worth Fighting

July 9, 2017

By KELLY STRAKA
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

After more than two decades of study and testing white-tailed deer for bovine tuberculosis, Michigan has become world-renowned for its research and expertise on managing this serious contagious disease.

Over this time, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers have learned a great deal, including that continued assistance from hunters and others remains vitally necessary to make significant gains in battling bovine tuberculosis into the future.Michigan white-tailed deer in the field.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease caused by certain bacteria that attack the respiratory system of animals and humans.

There are several types of tuberculosis, but bovine tuberculosis (bTB) can infect the widest variety of animals and is what wildlife managers have been trying to eradicate from white-tailed deer in Michigan.

“Michigan is one of the leading experts in management and information related to bTB,” said Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian.… Read the rest

Calendar – Health – UP4Health Challenge Event “Nine Lives of a Cigarette Butt” – July 12

July 9, 2017

Marquette – The impacts of tobacco litter on the environment and of cigarettes on the human body will be addressed at a UP4Health Challenge Event titled “Nine Lives of a Cigarette Butt” on Wednesday, July 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second-floor atrium of Lydia Olson Library at Northern Michigan University.

Madelyn Ek, Superior Watershed Partnership self-sufficiency educator, will discuss the ecological and environmental effects of tobacco litter in and around Lake Superior. Dr. Kevin Piggot, who is board certified in family medicine and preventive medicine, will discuss the impacts of cigarettes on the human body.

The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The Superior Watershed Partnership will also host a UP4Health Challenge volunteer beach cleanup at 4:30 that afternoon at McCarty’s Cove Lighthouse.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – Summer GLOW Club Meeting – July 12

July 9, 2017

Marquette – The Summer GLOW Club will meet on Wednesday, July 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Teen Zone of the Peter White Public Library.

Join a fun social club for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. Bring your own snacks, hang out with friends, and make some new ones! Grades 7 to 12 are welcome and the event is free of charge.

For information, call 226-4321 or 226-4323 or visit www.pwpl.info.… Read the rest

Calendar – Groups – Northern Vegans Casual Dinner – July 12

July 9, 2017

Marquette – Join Northern Vegans for a casual dinner on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at Temaki and Tea, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue in Marquette.

Order a vegan dinner off the menu. All are welcome, no RSVP is required. Visit www.northernvegans.com, Northern Vegans on Facebook, or call 236-1279 for more information.… Read the rest

Calendar – Music – Negaunee City Band Concert – July 12

July 9, 2017

Negaunee – The Negaunee City Band will offer a concert on Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street in Negaunee.

The band will play weekly through August 9, with all concerts scheduled for Wednesday evenings. Some seating is available, but attendees may wish to bring their own chairs.… Read the rest

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Manistique – July 12

July 9, 2017

Manistique – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday July 12 from 1 to 5:15 p.m. at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.

For an appointment, call Ruth Annelin at 341-7578.… Read the rest

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