Bill Latka published 2023 in EOY Recipients 2023-04-17 00:20:22 -0400
Bill Latka published 2022 in EOY Recipients 2023-03-22 23:43:01 -0400
Bill Latka published 2020-2021 Environmentalist of the Year in EOY 2023-01-10 14:29:08 -0500
2020-2021 Environmentalist of the Year
Over 100 people joined us on Zoom and participated in our live stream on April 20, 2022, from the Neahtawanta Center. Several NMEAC board members and award recipients joined us for a celebration.
See this year's recipients listed here.
See this year's nominees listed below.
Everyone is a winner in our book. Thank you for your support and participation.
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00:00 Welcome from Ann Rogers, NMEAC Chair
00:56 Sally Van Vleck and "Founding Mothers," Martha Phillips and Charlene Goral
04:22 Keynote: Kate Madigan, Director of Michigan Climate Action Network
24:49 Music from Victor McNanemy - "Lament of the Lakes"
34:32 Ann Rogers sets up the Awards
35:50 Jeremy Reisig introduces Nominees and Recipients
37:57 Environmentalist of the Year: Student - Katherine DePauw, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
39:52 Environmentalist of the Year: Educator - Cory Hanson, Greenspire School
42:43 Environmentalist of the Year: Grass Roots Group - Jannan Cornstalk, Water is Life Festival
46:24 Environmentalist of the Year: Journalism & Communications - Beth Wallace, National Wildlife Federation
48:49 Environmentalist of the Year: Business - Bob Sutherland, Cherry Republic
50:24 Environmentalist of the Year: Public Service Office - Kama Ross, Grand Traverse & Leelanau Conservation District
50:38 Environmentalist of the Year: Professional - Kelly Thayer, FLOW For The Love Of Water
55:16 Environmentalist of the Year: Volunteer - Madeline Baroli, Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts
58:01 Environmentalist of the Year: Volunteer - Aubrey Ann Parker, Benzie Water Festival
59:55 Environmentalist of the Year: General - Rick Buckhalter
1:02:49 Environmentalist of the Year: Agriculture - Barry Krull, Krull's Composting (accepted by Christina Speaks)
1:07:55 John Nelson presents the John Nelson Watershed Steward Award - Tom Nelson, Leelanau Conservancy
1:10:11 Ann Rogers presents the special Litigator of the Year - Holly T. Bird
1:13:07 Susan Wheadon presents the Golden Beaver Award - Cathie Cline
1:15:51 John Nelson presents the Clarence Kroupa Lifetime Achievement Award - Dori Turner, Watervale Inn (accepted by Glen Chown)
1:21:36 Ann Rogers and David Petrove present the Golden Bulldozer Award - five of the Grand Traverse County Commissioners
1:24:08 Ann Rogers introduces Terri Reisig to give the inaugural Greg Reisig Prize for Environmental Journalism - Dave Dempsey, FLOW For Love Of Water
1:30:11 Farewell and a reading from Ann Rogers
1:32:00 Farewell from Jeremy Reisig as he performs "Love."
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2020/2021 EOY Nominees
Environmentalist of the Year - Student
Rapid City Elementary Students
Youth Water Council
Katerine DePauw - Great Lakes Water Studies Institue
Environmentalist of the Year - Educator
James Dake - Grass River Natural Area
Corey Hansen - The Greenspire School
Joe Kreider - SEEDS
Boone Scharp - Kingsley High School
Amanda Scott - Youth Work Conservation Corps
Emily Umbarger - Interlochen Center for the Arts
Kimmee Wenkel - COGNiTiON Science & Discovery Center
Environmentalist of the Year - Grass Roots Group
David Christian - Antrim County Chain of Lakes Lake Level Committee
Jannan Cornstalk - Water is Life Festival
Rob Karner - Glen Lake Association
Emily Votruba - MIFiberShed Team at Grow Benzie
Environmentalist of the Year - Journalism and Communications
Linda Dewey - Glen Arbor Sun
Jeff Gibbs - Film: Planet of the Humans
Kaye LaFond - Interlochen Public Radio
Sheri McWhirter - Traverse City Record-Eagle
Steve Tuttle - Northern Express
Beth Wallace - Great Lakes Partnership Manager at National Wildlife Federation
Environmentalist of the Year - Business
Sarah Anderson - Iron Fish Distillery
Matt Myers - M-22 Stores
Bob Sutherland - Cherry Republic
Dori Turner - Watervale Inn
Jennifer Viren - Taproot Cider House
Environmentalist of the Year - Public Service or Public Office
Tim Arends and John Taylor - TCLP
Mark Breederland -Michigan Sea Grant
Matt Flechter - Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
Craig Olsen - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Mark Randolph - Kalkaska Conservation District
Kama Ross - Grand Traverse and Leelanau Conservation Districts
Nicole Schafer - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Environmentalist of the Year - Professional
Tom Nelson - Leelanau Conservancy
Carolyn Thayer - Designs In Bloom
Kelly Thayer - FLOW - For the Love of Water
Environmentalist of the Year - Volunteer
Madeline Baroli - Past student Intern for Forestry Assistance Program, Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts
Fred Norman - Boardman River Clean Sweep
Ingemar Johansson - Honor Area Restoration Project
Suz McLaughlin - Benzie County community
Sharon Oriel - Leelanau Conservancy
Aubrey Ann - Parker Benzie Water Festival
Seth Phillips - Manistee Lake Association
Nicola Philpott - Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Westwood Elementary PTO President
Charlie Weaver - NMEAC & Sierra Club
Sarah Archer - Iris Waste Diversion Specialists
Environmentalist of the Year - General
Alex Campbell - Bay Area Recycling for Charities
Becky Alexander, Marilee Wood, and Lisa Snyder - Clarence and Esther Kroupa Family
Emily Magner - Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Environmentalist of the Year - Agriculture
John Dindia and Bailey Samp - Lakeview Hill Farm
Michelle Ferrarese - Birch Point Farm
Barry Krull - Krull's Composting
Jake Milarch - Archangel Ancient Tree Archive
Ryan Romeyn - Providence Organic Farm
Carissa Savage - Lost Lake Farm
Chris Skellenger - Buckets of Rain
Thanks to our Underwriters
Gwenne and Len Allgaier
C J Cracchiolo
Jack and Lois Driscoll
Tom and Diane Emling
Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation
Light of Day Organics
Rebecca May Norris
Oil & Water Don’t Mix
Oryana Community Co-op
Grant and Paulette Parsons
Mike & Libby Robold
Sally Van Vleck
Bill Latka donated 2022-12-31 13:35:13 -0500
Bill Latka published Brandie Ekren Presentations in What's Up? 2022-07-17 19:04:50 -0400
Brandie Ekren Presentations
Brandie Ekren, the new Executive Director of Traverse City Light & Power, spoke to NMEAC board members and supporters in July 2022 and again in January 2023.
Her presentation in January 2023 was about the TCL&P Climate Action Plan.
Her talk in July 2022 was about her new role for Traverse City's municipal utility.
Bill Latka published Climate Change in Our Issues 2021-10-26 23:20:13 -0400
Climate Change and Birds in Northwestern Michigan
By William C Scharf
Climate effects were evident in the local avifauna (bird populations) even before I arrived here in the 1960s. We now take for granted local year-around bird species such as Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Tufted Titmice, and House Finches. They are all recent arrivals here, coming from more southerly regions. More than purely temperature change has been involved in this story. Great increases in the human population have also brought about more winter feeding of birds. Recently, urbanized habitats have decreased migrant birds in Traverse City. Tall buildings lining the Boardman River on both sides make a narrow corridor for bird flight between walls of glass and brick. A local proliferation of woody plants which are alien to the region make a hostile environment. Trees such as Norway Maple, Colorado Blue Spruce, Siberian Elm, and Tree of Heaven have been planted and invaded widely on their own. Additionally, invasive shrubs such as Japanese Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, and Eurasian Burning Bush have spread through incentives from federal agencies and local nurseries. These species do not support insect life for food or provide nesting habitat necessary for our native bird species.
We have captured and banded over 7,000 migrating birds at a preserve near Empire over the past 11 years. Our sample totals 102 species. Many were sparsely known from our area previously. Some of the 102 species are already bird species in peril. One recently captured bird, the Rusty Blackbird, has already decreased 89% in the last ten years by international census estimates. Continuation of our project will show the increase and decrease in migratory species moving through this location. It is already apparent that long-distance migrant birds are suffering declines on their way to and from the tropics where they spend most of their lives. Habitat destruction, pesticides, building collisions, deforestation, and cats are only a partial list of the perils they face on their journey.
The local high-water levels flooding their nesting sites have negatively affected waterfowl, Gulls, Terns, and Herons. This is attributed to extra precipitation from warming waters due to climate change. The water levels were so high last year in early May that waves swept over Bellow Island near Northport washing the nests of Herring and Ring-billed Gulls away. Fortunately, those birds were able to re-nest last year, but repeated losses will take a negative toll. Meanwhile, we have been testing eggs from Herring Gulls and they show a decrease in the bio-magnification of toxicity that was extremely high in the past. This can only mean greater survival for the birds, and less toxic materials in the food chain which all aquatic life depends on. Formerly endangered American Bald Eagles show modest gains in nesting success, as well as do hawks and owls. But, as habitat dwindles due to urbanization and as their prey decreases in numbers, they too may become species of concern.
Bill Latka published 2020-2021 in EOY Recipients 2021-09-25 00:31:55 -0400
Bill Latka published Watch Climate Change Solutions with Peter Sinclair in Issues Blog 2021-02-27 13:02:28 -0500
Watch Climate Change Solutions with Peter Sinclair
Watch Peter Sinclair's Climate Change Solutions 2021 webinar held on February 26, 2021.Read more
Bill Latka published The Greg Reisig Prize for Environmental Journalism in 2023 EOY 2020-09-11 11:17:24 -0400
Bill Latka published Issues Blog in Our Issues 2020-07-28 19:06:14 -0400
Watch Climate Change Solutions with Peter Sinclair
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Bill Latka published 2019 in EOY Recipients 2019-04-29 22:56:04 -0400
Bill Latka published Green Ticker in What's Up? 2019-03-04 13:32:47 -0500
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With our air, water, land, and climate threatened as never before, now is the time for those who desire a better future to work together.
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Bill Latka published Support EOY Awards in Donate 2019-02-08 13:29:00 -0500
Bill Latka published Land Use in Our Issues 2017-12-18 12:26:26 -0500
Sprawl Makes a Comeback
NMEAC voiced opposition to the ill-conceived plans for the 81 on East Bay development on the Old Mission Peninsula and helped support a new group called Preserve Old Mission. The development site includes steep ridges along East Bay and a spectacular woods running along the tops of those steep ridges. The developer wants to level the ridges to gain views of the Bay. We are also monitoring future developments and will be working to be sure setbacks from the Bay and the Boardman River are enforced.
NMEAC has been involved in challenging an MDEQ permit which allows wetlands to be filled for a small development near Interlochen. We joined together with Interlochen Center for the Arts and local residents to challenge the permit in circuit court. We have been part of this issue since 2007.
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