Fall 2009
Vol. 17 No. 2
"When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold

In this issue...

A Message from the President

Landscape Worth Considering

A Cool Summer

First Annual Nature and Wildlife Photo Contest

Stewardship Corner

Thank You Intrepid Pond Donors!

Protecting the Bushes & Trees at Intrepid Pond

News from Lansing

Membership Renewal

GINLC Logo Items for Sale

Nature Area/Gibraltar Bay Unit News

Memorials and Honors

Earth Day

Surf Over

Smart Growth on Grosse Ile Video

Upcoming Events...

Saturday November 7
Annual Membership Meeting
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Centennial Farm
Recreation Building
Continental Breakfast

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A Cool Summer
by Ingo Hasserodt

It was an unusually cool summer. In July the thermometer reached the average normal temperature only twice. Most days were 5-10 degrees below normal.

Meteorologists say this was caused by the midlevel jet stream-that meandering river of high altitude wind that separates the cold arctic air from the warm subtropical air-dropping over Michigan, allowing cool Canadian air to infiltrate.

In general, nature does not seem to have suffered, but for the purple martins it is a disaster. They lost about all their fledglings to starvation when coolness kept away flying insects-their only prey. Swallows did not seem to do much better. This is the first in many years that the purple martins will leave Michigan for South America without a new generation. We be watching for them in the spring, with anticipation.