Mackinac Island Winter Update – Volume 10 2/8/2012

Hi Everyone!

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.

Tribal member Msko Maiingan offered a prayer before the eagle's release.

As the crowd watches, the door to the kennel holding the now healthy eagle is opened.

After a few moments hesitation, the eagle steps out of the kennel . . .

. . . . and spreads her wings in flight.

Amazingly, just before the eagle was released, the crowd noticed two other eagles circling the sky above the ceremonial grounds . . .

. . . and it was to them that the eagle returned (another eagle can be seen in the far left of this photo).

Thank you, thank you, Ami, for sharing your photos!

Some 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.

Robert took this amzing photo from the stern of the Huron.

Some folks doubt there are still coyotes on the island, but Robert captured this one on the ice just offshore Jan. 17 . . . .

. . . and this one in the woods on Feb. 1. Awesome, Robert!

This photo and the next were taken at sunset by the innkeepers at The Cottage Inn (forgive me for not knowing if it was Marge or Rich who actually snapped the shots). I've been reading about how intense the colors are now on the island - at both sunrise and sunset - because of the sun reflecting off the ice. These two photos certainly prove that statement correct.

No words needed.

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!

Thanks for stopping by, and let’s meet back here next Wednesday!  God bless.


12 thoughts on “Mackinac Island Winter Update – Volume 10 2/8/2012

  1. I’ll meet you back here on Wednesday, Monday, any day that you want. You know I would never miss anything you post!. Love the story about the eagle, that’s really amazing. Also love Robert’s pictures. The color is so intense and the coyote is really cool. (Even though we live in a subdivision, we live right by a pond and pretty close to some woods…we have had 3 coyotes in our back yard in the last few days. By the time you get your camera, they are gone) Throughly enjoyed the video 🙂

  2. Brenda,

    Sure enjoyed the blog and those pictures, especially the coyotes. And the video, WOW, that was great. I’m so glad you posted it. I’ve saved it because it’ll be so nice to be able to enjoy it over and over again.

  3. Haven’t seen an eagle in a while, but had a hawk (Cooper’s?) hunting in our back yard this afternoon. They are amazing!
    I haven’t seen gorgeous sunsets like that in years! Thanks so much for posting those. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Now back to watch the video!

  4. Haven’t seen the video yet but those sunset! As to the coyotes-we saw one when we went on a private carriage ride a few years ago. I can’t remember the name of our driver but he was a 4th generation islander who took us on a very special drive-the coyote was in the woods near Arch Rock, if I remember right. He was running away from us of course but we got a very good look at him.

    Loved the eagle story-how special it must have been when the other 2 showed up!

  5. Great story about the bald eagle. The sunset pictures too are just breathtaking. I’ll be anticipating the results of the photo contest as I had two entries.

  6. Thank you for this blog! I LOVED the eagle story, and the love the Odawa’s
    freely gave to it. I embraced the fact it is a messenger between the people and the creator, and the pictures made me feel I was there! What an inspiration!!! Thanks for the Island updates!

  7. Hi Bree! Awesome pictures! I loved the coyote ones, they are soo beautiful! The eagles are such wonderful creatures also. Thanks for the great pics and the info! I will be on the island in August for a week, I hope to see you then! I have seen Jill the last two times I was there at the bookstore! Take care! Michelle

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