Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
Bald Eagle Release
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore invites the public to witness the release of a Bald Eagle into the wild on Saturday, November 29, at 3:00 p.m. from the parking lot of the Visitor Center (on M-72) in Empire. Rebecca Lessard, Executive Director of Wings of Wonder, a non-profit raptor rehabilitation facility, chose this site to celebrate her last Eagle release of 2008. Bring a camera, as there will be many opportunities for great pictures!
Prior to the release, and inside the Visitor Center, National Lakeshore staff will offer a program at 2:00 p.m. all about Eagles. They are fascinating birds and it is not very often that one has the opportunity to be so close to a Bald Eagle, the USA’s national emblem. Afternoon activities are free and this amazing learning experience will be memorable for all ages and abilities. For more information about the Eagle release, please contact Wings of Wonder at 231-326-4663 or www.wingsofwonder.org. Reservations are not required but are suggested if you wish to bring a group.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year days and features exhibits, a slide show, and a bookstore. For more information about the National Lakeshore, please call 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
There are 21 inland lakes within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore one of these small lakes for a close-up view of some of the birds, mammals, and wildflowers protected there. By the way, the fishing is usually great! More...