Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kelly to Give Talk on Changes to Grand Traverse Bay



Historical Changes in Bay Ecology to be Presented at the Traverse Area Historical Society

Tom Kelly, Executive Director of the Inland Seas Education Association, will present an illustrated talk on the changes to the ecology of Grand Traverse Bay on Thursday March 26, at the 7 pm meeting of the Traverse Area Historical Society. The presentation will cover the past two hundred years and consider the impacts of modern settlement, lumbering, dams, fishing, toxic chemicals, invasive species and climate change on the Bay ecosystem.

“Although Grand Traverse Bay remains beautiful and bountiful, it has a radically different ecosystem from when European settlers first arrived”, stated Kelly. “Many of the aquatic and terrestrial species have been replaced with newcomers, some invited and many not so welcome”. Massive habitat destruction took place in the 19th century due to lumbering practices, dam building and over-fishing. The 20th century brought the sea lamprey, alewife and the zebra mussel. Current issues involve continued exotic species invasions, urbanization and climate change effects.

This presentation is free and open to the public. The Traverse Area Historical Society meets at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center, 322 Sixth Street, Traverse City. For more information contact the Traverse Area Historical Society at 231-929-7663 or Inland Seas at 231-271-3077.

For further information, contact Tom Kelly or Kim Biocchi at (231) 271-3077.
Inland Seas Education Association
P.O. Box 218, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Traverse Area Historical Society at (231) 929-7663
322 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tall Ships, Including Inland Seas, Coming to Charleviox this Summer

Inland Seas will be visiting Charlevoix this summer on June 30 - July 2. We hope return again on the last week in August. A recent article in the Charlevoix Courier can be seen at
T. Kelly

Friday, March 6, 2009

ISEA Canoes to be Featured at MSU Quiet Waters Symposium

Lead Boatbuilding Instructor Chuck Dickerson with one of the student-built canoes.

The Quiet Waters Symposium, held each year at Michigan State University, will feature ISEA's canoe building program. This year's event will be on March 7th. Chuck Dickerson, ISEA's boatbuilding instructor, will be there with a finished canoe and one under construction. For more details of the symposium, click here.

ISEA to Have Display at Grand Opening of New Sail Repair Business

Join ISEA Saturday March 7th from 5 to 9 pm at the Quantum Sails loft in Traverse City to celebrate the opening of the new sail service company Newport and Richter.

The new full service, sail maintenance and repair company serving the Great Lakes is celebrating their grand opening with demonstrations and talks by Captain Jack Klang.

Captain Jack will present seminars and workshops for sailors at the new 20,000 square foot North American headquarters of Quantum Sail Design Group in Traverse City, MI. Featured will be Captain Jack's "Sailing Simulator" judged BEST IN SHOW at a recent Sail America boat show. He will teach (1.)Sail Trim for Cruisers, (2.) Single Handed Docking, and (3.) Line Handling workshops.

The rendezvous will also feature several additional exhibitors, demonstrations, the Quantum staff, and representatives of many sailing related organizations, including ISEA, Maritime Heritage Alliance and Traverse Area Community Sailing. What a great way to spend an evening with other sailors, learning from the best in the business, listening to good music and best of all, it's FREE.
Directions to the Quantum Loft:
From US 31 turn South onto 3 Mile Road (near the State Park
entrance). Proceed less than one mile just over the RR Tracks to Industrial Park Drive. Turn left and follow Industrial Park Drive 1 mile to a "T" in the road. The Quantum sail loft is strait ahead in the woods. The entrance drive is 100 feet to your left when you stop at the T.
1576 International Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686