BelowThe Northern Lights were visible on Beaver Island, March 13 and 14th, 2021 and clearly seen with the naked eye as a white gleaming display of towers and bars across the harbor. Glimpsed as a pearly spread of light across the Northern tip of the island and farther, skywatchers saw the lights rise up and down from 9 pm-1:00 am on both nights from the St. James Township Campground, down East Side Road, Sloptown road and from behind the CMU boathouse.
In the camera, a long shutter exposure captures and reveals the colors not seen by the naked eye, as illustrated above and below in the phots by Cynthia Hector-Johnson, editor of the NorthernIslander news. Watch for more geo-magnetic activity beginning March 18th and onward, as the earth experiences a new cycle of solar activity that sometimes causes amazing displays of this un-earthly phenomenon. Below: as seen in the camera and with plain eyeballs...
The vaccine rollout is being centrally managed, federal to state to county/regional health departments. Health department of Northwest Michigan is the group that’s had jurisdiction for vaccination clinics and is the one with access to supply. The health center has been completing all the necessary paperwork to provide the vaccine once it’s available for local distribution. The White House just (March 11th) ordered that health centers will now be able to provide the vaccine to rural and under served communities.
“Community Health Centers: Today, the Administration announced that over the next six weeks the Administration will deliver vaccines directly to up to an additional 700 community health centers that reach underserved communities, increasing the total number of participating community health centers across the country to 950. These health centers serve low income and minority patients, provide services to rural communities and Tribal communities, and many will utilize mobile vans to deliver services.“ Link to the Official Website: Fact Sheet: President Biden to Announce All Americans to be Eligible for Vaccinations by May 1, Puts the Nation on a Path to Get Closer to Normal by July 4th | The White House
Covid-19 delayed the process of a grant that would have completed improvements to the St. James Township campground this Spring. The grant was extended and now St. James Township Board members and the planning commission forged through paperwork and more delays to keep the project going. The campground will be closed and the completion not known until the bidding process is completed as soon as possible. Bid packages were available at the township offices and work will go forward once that process is completed. More information to come soon!
Hurry and register for exciting classes at CMU this summer on Dark Sky Island! "Anyone can register for one of our workshops, you do not have to be a CMU student. Workshops we are offering this summer, says CMU Director at Beaver Island, John Gordon.
Beaver Island Bird Diversity during Migration (2 credits)
Introduction to Observational Astronomy (1 credit)
Stream Ecology (1 credit)
Emerging Issues in Water Resources (1 credit) Read more for information on the Astronomy class...
COVID-19]Vaccine eligibility dropping to 50 soon
Governor Whitmer’s press secretary said today that Michiganders 50 years
and older who have “preexisting conditions, disabilities and other medical vulnerabilities” will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, March 8. Two weeks later, all over 50 will b eligible to sign up. After a shaky start, the state is moving along at a fast pace with vaccinations. Last Thursday was a record setting day with almost 80,000 shots delivered in one day. SO far, 2.3 million doses have been delivered across the state.
Information on where to sign up when you become eligible is available on the WVBI COVID-19 info page, and we’ll plan to report it here on the 8th. No word yet from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan on when the next island vaccination clinic will be.