Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kim Biocchi - June 23, 2011

Kim left us on June 23 but her memory and the fruits of her work continue here at ISEA. 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 30, 6 pm,  at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church, followed by a gathering at the Inland Seas Education Center.  All are welcome.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Little Sturgeon

This young little sturgeon is one of several swimming about in the Inland Seas Education Association's viewable fishtank. Sturgeon are ancient creatures that can grow over a dozen feet in length and live for over 100 years. They are an endangered species and a rare sight.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's Blooming in the Wetland

Prairie Smoke (native to southern MI counties)


Oxeye Daisy (Red Clover in background, both are exotic species)
Snapping Turtle 6-21-11
Storm over the wetland, June 22, 2011

There is more to see each week at the ISEA Wetland - 100 Dame Street, at the Inland Seas Education Center on the Suttons Bay waterfront. --T. Kelly

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Past Schoolship Students/Interns - Where are they now?

Well, here are two of them, hard at work yesterday (note the smiles!).  They are aboard the US Geological Survey research vessel Dragonfly at Leland Harbor, just before departing for a day of sampling and underwater photography related to the botulism problem in this area.  Emma Kelly (left) is a former Young Women in Science participant (and Capt. Tom's daughter) and Emily Tyner (right) is a former ISEA student and summer intern.  Emma is currently enrolled at U. of Michigan in the Program in the Environment and Emily is in graduate school at U. Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Both are summer employees of the National Park Service.  Emily credits ISEA with determining her career path.  Emma blames it on her dad. 

Astronomy Program Cancelled due to Cloud Cover

Sorry, all, but the Astronomy Program scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to increasing cloud cover and predicted rain.  Check with the ISEA office for refunds or rescheduling on an upcoming sail.  -Capt. Tom

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Full Moon Astonomy Sail on Wed. June 15

Watch the full moon rise over Grand Traverse Bay from the deck of the schoonner Inland Seas.  Join former NMC astronomy professer Dick Cookman and the crew of Inland Seas for a night time sail from Suttons Bay, leaving at 9 pm.  For details and bookings call 231-271-3077.  Adult fee: $45

Maintenance Day on Inland Seas

There is always work to do aboard the schooner.  This week the crew will be painting, upgrading some safety equipment, and doing the monthly full rig inspection.  The photo shows Allen Wolfe aloft doing the rig inspection on the main mast. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What's Blooming in the Wetland?

Blue Flag Iris

Red Oiser Dogwood Flower Cluster
ISEA's Constructed Wetland is beginning to bloom. This week you can see blue flag iris and red oiser dogwood.  More to come!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thanks to ISEA Volunteers who helped set up the docks!

My thanks to Craig Holms, Graham Kelly, Blair Robb, Pete Bentley and Philip Loud who helped put on the dock ramps and complete the fixed dock at the Education Center. Now we are ready for summer!

-Capt Tom

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Welcome Zoe Allen-Wickler to ISEA

Zoe Allen-Wickler joined ISEA today as our Communications Intern. She will be helping us with traditional and new media, telling our many stories to the public.  Watch for her offerings in the near future. 

Big Winds on Grand Traverse Bay

 An approaching cold front brought high winds to Grand Traverse Bay yesterday.  The afternoon sail with St. Mary's of Gaylord was done with just the stays'l and reefed main.  We had a peak wind of 33 knots. 

Gaylord St. Mary Students After the Sail
When the storm finally arrived (about an hour after we docked), a big blast of wind toppled my dock box and the two porti-johns at Suttons Bay Coal Dock
Big winds continue today (June 1).  The morning trip on Inland Seas had a peak gust of 43 knots. 
- Capt. Tom