MARQUETTE - From a fur trade era archaeological excavation to watershed restoration and the natural history of the Trap Hills, the "Celebrate the U.P." presentations Friday and Saturday in Marquette are expected to provide a wide range of interesting topics for the public to explore.
Sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, the presentations are free for the public to attend. All of the activities will occur at either the Landmark Inn, Peter White Public Library or the Women's Federated Clubhouse, all located at the corner of Front and Ridge streets in downtown Marquette.
A poster for the event said, "Celebrate what birders, alpaca farmers, archaeologists, artists and botanists among others find so special about life in the U.P."
The event is in its fifth year.
Kicking off the celebration will be a quarterly UPEC board meeting and membership meeting at 2 p.m. Friday at the clubhouse. At 7 p.m., Jonathan Lutz, executive director for Michigan Audubon, will present "Strategic Initiatives for Bird Conservation in Michigan's Upper Peninsula," also at the clubhouse.
Saturday will include a series of hourlong presentations. The times, presenters and titles of the talks include:
10:15 a.m., J.D. Phillips Birds of the U.P.: An Embarrassment of Riches
11:30 a.m., John Anderton Archaeology on the Cusp of a Changing World: The GLO 3 site, a Protohistoric/early Fur Trade-Era winter occupation in the Upper Peninsula
1:30 p.m., Donna Pearre and Carole Van House From Academics to Avalon: An Amazing Journey
10 a.m., Carol Fulsher Iron Ore Heritage Trail
11:30 a.m., Chris Kovala The South-Central Lake Superior Basin Watershed Restoration Project
1:30 p.m., Steve Garske A Natural History of the Trap Hills
10 a.m., Dianne Patrick and Pam Christensen Connecting Upper Peninsula Communities through Literature
11:30 a.m., Michael Rotter Thimbleberries, Pines and Maples: The Flora of the Upper Peninsula
1:30 p.m., Friends of the Keweenaw New Mining's Economic Impacts in the Western U.P. A Study by Acclaimed Economist Thomas Power
10 a.m., Martin Reinhardt Eating Our Words: American Indian Treaties and Indigenous Foods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
11:30 a.m., Ritch Branstrom It's All a Matter of Perspective
1:30 p.m., Justin Savu Life Among Wood
After the plenary sessions, a panel discussion with the public will be held at the Peter White Public Library from 3 to 4:45 p.m. titled Harvesting Biomass and Forest Health.
Panelists will include Chris Burnett, Lauri Labumbard, Marvin Roberson, Al Saberniak and Doug Welker. The discussion will be moderated by David Allen.
The event closes with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Federated Women's Clubhouse, where refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Presenters and panelists will be available to meet with the public.
For more information, including program descriptions and presenter biographies, visit www.upenvironment.org.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.