Star Gazers at Sleeping Bear Dune Climb Star Party

Sleeping Bear Dunes Star Party this Saturday!

Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at the Dune Climb parking lot for Star Parties. Click for schedule!
Leland Bear in the Rain

Leland gets its own Black Bear

The other night, Dan Lisuk looked out his window in Leland and saw an unexpected Peeping Tom!
Bear over in Omena by Karen Janus

Black Bear near Omena & Northport!

Karen Janus shared this photo from her Ring doorbell of a black bear going after her bird feeders!
Super Blue Moon over Northport Bay 8-30-23 by Mark Morton

Super Blue Moon over Northport Bay

Did you get a chance to see the moon last night? If not, Mark has you covered!! 
Golden Rule off Diamond Head captain Katie Thompson

Golden Rule bringing message of peace to Traverse City

The historic peace boat Golden Rule is visiting our area today. Although they had planned to come to Traverse City today, circumstances are forcing them to remain in Northport.
Perseid Meteor Shower by Ken Scott Photography

The Tears of St Lawrence over Day Farm

How the Perseid Meteor shower (happening now, peaking August 13) came to be known as “The Tears of St. Lawrence” and also some of the science behind this annual August sky show.
Fireflies ... Summer Nights by Ken Scott

Fireflies are disappearing. Let's save them.

National Geographic has a great article with tips on how you can help stop fireflies from vanishing because dammitall do we really want our great grandchildren and their's growing up in a world without fireflies??
Golden Rule off Diamond Head captain Katie Thompson

Golden Rule Peace Boat coming to Grand Traverse Bay

The Ticker's Beth Milligan shares the story of the the Golden Rule and its August 22-23 visit to Traverse City.
Dragonfly by Andrew McFarlane

The most dangerous predator in the Sleeping Bear Dunes is...?

On their Facebook page, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore asks which Lakeshore predator is almost 100% successful in catching prey? Is it the bald eagle? How about the red fox? Maybe the bobcat?

Perseid Meteor Shower looking extra-special in 2023!!

This year the shower will peak around Aug. 13, 2023, and this year will be a good one for the Perseid viewing as the moon will only be 10% illuminated.
North Bar Lake by Jeff Dehmel

Making of a Lake: North Bar edition

The name describes how the lake formed: it is ponded behind a sand bar. At times, the sand bar builds up and separates North Bar Lake from Lake Michigan. At other times, a small connecting channel exists between the two lakes.
Narnia Webcam on Little Glen Lake

Leelanau County & Traverse City Michigan Webcams

Views of Empire, Leland, Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau, Old Mission, Frankfort, and Traverse City - all from the comfort of your chair!