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.
Volunteers needed to monitor
Empire, MI - Volunteers are being sought to assist with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's avian botulism beach monitoring program. An informational training program for prospective volunteers will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) visitor center, 9922 Front Street, in Empire. If you are interested in volunteering and attending this meeting, please contact Park Ranger Sue Jennings or Amie Lipscomb at 231-326-5134. The following week, on Thursday, June 9, an informational program on bird mortality related to botulism poisoning will be held in the Munneke Room of the Leland Township Library, 203. E. Cedar Street, Leland from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The June 9 presentation will include updates on how botulism poisoning is affecting waterfowl along coastal areas of Lake Michigan, and how volunteers can assist. The June 9 program will include speakers from the U.S. Geological Survey, Michigan Sea Grant, National Park Service, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Did You Know?
Where can you go to climb sand dunes over 200 feet high? The Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also gives you a great view of Glen Lake. The hike to Lake Michigan is over 1.5 miles through the dunes from here. Take some water and wear good shoes! More...