Here is our weekly salute to the people, places and organizations that make Northern Michigan a special place to live.
Deer herd management
The city recently became the second in the country to implement a darted birth control program to regulate the deer population in its 60-year-old park. Adult does will be darted with a vaccine that will cause pig protein to cover the egg during reproduction and repel sperm.
In past years, the deer herd was culled, killed selectively, a process that was met with dismay from residents. It was also difficult to carry out because the deer park is located in a residential downtown area.
"There was really only one small direction the police were able to shoot in, so it was very difficult," said Tom Richards, Harbor Springs city manager.
The city recently began sedating each of its 17 deer for new tags and manual injections of the birth control for the year.
Dr. Colleen Thorp of Maple River Animal Clinic, health manager for the deer, said "We are going to vaccinate all of the does this year, because of the 10 percent rate of error in the vaccine."
Implementing a birth control program to manage the deer population at the enclosed park makes perfect sense and one we suspect will achieve the desired results -- the deer park remains open and a healthy population is managed without upsetting residents or stressing the herd.
Ferry history preserved
A piece of local history has found a home at the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers grounds, located between Walloon Lake village and Boyne Falls.
The cab from the Ironton Ferry which protected its operators from the weather for nearly 100 years was recently donated to the Flywheelers by the Charlevoix County Transit Authority. The historic cab joins the Ironton Ferry's original motor which is already in the care of the Flywheelers club. The motor was installed in 1925 and powered the ferry across Charlevoix's South Arm at Ironton until 1978 when the next motor was installed.
The club plans to set up the cab as a display and refurbish its exterior and interior in a nautical theme for all to enjoy for generations to come.
Lunch and learn
The North Central Michigan College Luncheon Lecture Series once again will feature some outstanding programs this fall.
The series kicks off with Basic Principles of Night Sky Astronomy on Friday, Sept. 27, followed by a lecture on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund on Friday, Oct. 11. The Friday, Oct. 25, program is titled Intelligence Failures: Blind Spots in the Hierarchy. Then on Friday, Nov. 8, a program on the history of Mackinac Island will be offered, followed by Public Health Preparedness: From You to the Strategic National Stockpile on Friday, Nov. 22. The series will conclude on Friday, Dec. 6, with Saving Our Water.
Each of these lectures begins at noon on Friday in the library conference room at the college. Reservations are required and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.; cost is only $10.
We urge you to end your work week with an informative program and lunch with fellow community members. For reservations, call (231) 348-6600.
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