Trumpeter Swan on White lake

Tuesday I got a call from another conservation minded friend who had seen what appeared to be a non-Mute Swan on our lake. He indicated that it was large and had a black bill. Tundra swans have visited the lake in large numbers but I had yet to see a Trumpeter swan here. He had a…

Dunes Fund Drive A Success!

I’m excited to report that the fund drive to save the White River Barrier Dune Sanctuary has been successful! The $970k has been raised and the deal will be complete this spring to purchase the privately owned parcel to protect what will now become a 14 acre site from thoughtless development. The barrier dunes are located…

Born With Sand in My Shoes

Perhaps more accurately put; I’ve never worn a pair of shoes that didn’t have, at one time or another, Lake Michigan sand in them. I was raised and have always lived within a short distance of sand dunes. It is a clean golden sand that has a uniform particle size that invites your bare feet…

Eagle Visit

On April 25th I happened to catch a glimpse of large wings overhead as I drove home from the White River marsh where I got a few shots of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I pulled into a DPW utility drive and got a good look through my long lens. It was a group of three immature…

End of Winter

One of my favorite photography sites is the channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Between autumn and spring there are a few times a year when the conditions are such that the channel is one of the few local areas of open water. It naturally attracts an…

A Quick Trip Around The Lake

The history of White Lake in northern Muskegon County Michigan unfortunately includes pollution from a number of sources that includes, the Genesco tannery, Hooker Chemical, DuPont, municipal sewage, agricultural run-off and lawn chemicals. Protest and civil disobedience that began over thirty years ago evolved into many years of organized citizen and agency efforts that brought the…

Habitat Restoration Tour

On August 10, the White Lake Public Advisory Council (PAC) sponsored a kayak tour of White Lake to visit several of the eleven shoreline habitat restoration sites and learn about the lake’s pollution history and recovery. During the event I took aerial video during the start and one of the stops. At each stop a description…