Lots of variety today! A little news from the Island, a thoroughly exciting news story about a rescued eagle released back into the wild in nearby Harbor Springs, a few photos, and a completely awesome video that’s just out from the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association. Good stuff!
A Little News from the Island
- The Mackinac Island Winter Festival was held last weekend, and even with only a little snow left on the ground, the event was well-attended and fun for all. The events on Saturday included a cardboard sled contest, face painting, snow bowling (with a frozen chicken) and broom hockey. A brunch was hosted at the Island school on Sunday, followed by more games like snow volleyball and archery, and a carnival for the children. Those who attended the festival were given an opportunity to vote in the Seasons of Mackinac Photo Contest. Winners will be featured in the 2014 Seasons of Mackinac Calendar, which is sold as a fundraiser for the Mackinac Island Recreation Development Committee (MIRD). MIRD also receives funds raised from the other Winter Festival events.
- Passenger service for all ferry lines is scheduled to resume March 15, weather permitting.
Rescued Eagle Released
This isn’t a Mackinac Island story, but it’s so fascinating I had to share it with you. An adult female Bald Eagle was recently found poisoned near Pellston. It’s believed the eagle had eaten poisoned meat set out to bait coyotes in the area.
The eagle was captured by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, treated by Jensen’s Animal Hospital, and rehabbed at Wings of Wonder. She was released a week later after a ceremony by the LTBB of Odawa Indians on their Pow Wow grounds near where the bird was found. The bald eagle is a part of the spiritual life of Native Americans, and is considered a messenger between the people and the creator. More than 200 tribal and community members attended the release ceremony.
Ami Wood, who is a Facebook friend of mine, gave permission for me to use her photos of the event.
Thank you, thank you, Ami, for sharing your photos!
Yeah!!! Robert McGreevy, who was born and raised on Mackinac Island and who is a wonderful photographer, shared these next three photos with me this week.
Mackinac Horsemen’s Association Video – A Ride Through History
This video, filmed on December 31 by Mackinac Video Productions, was introduced on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube today, and you are going to love it. It’s something totally different, and is just the first of a series of videos the organization has planned to celebrate Mackinac Island equestrian heritage, promote Island tourism, and partner with the community. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/eo1queDRzOo
Thanks for stopping by, and let’s meet back here next Wednesday! God bless.