Join us the Warblers Hideaway Clubhouse every other Weds evening at 6:00 to enjoy an interesting and informative program.  

Dates, Speakers, and Subjects are listed below.  

Good chance to get out of the house and see some folks. 

2018 Hot Stove Schedule

January 10

James Renn-
Forest Archaeologist, Huron-Manistee National Forest

Dugout Canoes-The Old-Fashioned Way

Dugout canoes are crafted from logs and are among the earliest types of boats fashioned by humans. Preserved examples of this watercraft have been found all over the world, usually submerged and embedded in lake bottoms or river beds. The oldest known dugout canoe found so far, radiocarbon dates to around 9000 years ol, but it’s likely that humans have been using similar boats for at least 50,000 years.

Please join us as we welcome Jim Renn as our first presenter of the 2018 Hot Stove season! Jim will talk about the Huron-Manistee National Forest Heritage Program that has teamed up with Hartwick Pines State Park interpretive staff to traditionally craft two dugout canoes as an experiment to test the efficacy of historically observed construction methods and the viability of dugout canoe technology.

 January 24

Sharcy Ray USDA

 Sharcy Ray is the District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) out of the Gaylord Field Office.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Grand Valley State University and has been with NRCS for the past six years, working with many landowners throughout Northern Michigan on environmental projects.  NRCS offers a wide variety of technical and financial assistance programs to farmers and private forest landowners who wish to conserve and enhance the natural resources on their property.  The first half of the presentation will provide an overview of assistance available on forestland – from management plans and tree plantings, to wildlife habitat and addressing forest health issues.   Following this will be a discussion about native bees and pollinator decline and what landowners can do to ensure these species are thriving in generations to come.  Tips on wildflower seeding and other pollinator habitat projects will be shared.  Come learn what opportunities are available through this organization, there should be something to take away for everyone!

 February 7

 Ron Mavis - SnoTrac Village 

Travelog Software for the Upper Penninsula.

 The presentation features unique travel planning software for the eastern six counties of the Upper Peninsula. It is a video based, windows operating system and comes on a flash drive so there is no concern about photo or cloud signal strength while traveling in the U.P. Load it on your desk top plan at home and print out the county maps. Load it on a laptop or tablet and take it with you. There are 66 points of interest in 10 categories to pick from. All interesting place to visit such as water falls, historic sites, and tourist attractions. Each has a short video and the POI's are color code marked on the PDF county maps. The program is straight forward and easy to use. This will be a hands-on demonstration using a large screen TV for all to see. Just take up the mouse and enjoy the videos.

  February 21

Cancelled Due To Wether

McKenzie has been rescheduled for 21 March

McKenzie Fox

Americorps Member

USFA Mio Office

Kirkland Warbler

McKenzie will tell us about the Kirtland Warbler, the work she is doing with the Forest service pertaining to the Warbler, and how we can get involved in the project. 

March 7

John Theil Kirkland College 

Mr. Theil - A history instructor at Kirkland College, with Talk about the American Civil War, and Michigan's participation in the conflict.  He may arrive in period attire....  Sounds like a another good evening.  

March 21

 McKenzie Fox Rescheduled from 21 Feb - see above..  

April 4

Tom Baird – Anglers of the Au Sable

  Update on the Fish Hatchery



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