Whitefish Point Preservation Society

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Summer 2009

For the first time in more than 2 decades, a nesting pair of piping plovers fledged 3 chicks at Whitefish Point. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) placed a predator exclosure over the nest, restricted beach access , and established a monitoring program to protect the chicks with great success.

See http://wpbosightings.blogspot.com/2009/06/piping-plover-nesting-at-point.html.

Now it is more crucial than ever that the fragile environment at Whitefish Point is protected from any further development at Whitefish Point.

To learn more, see the USFWS Piping Plover Fact Sheet.

To help, volunteer for Piping Plover Patrol.

Whitefish Point piping plover habitat.


Spring 2009

The Circuit Court dismissed a trespass charge against a Whitefish Point watchdog on February 10, 2009 and declared that the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society may not ban law abiding members of the public from the Whitefish Point Light Station.

Starting in 2001 the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society [GLSHS] responded to the scrutiny of watchdogs by attempting to ban them from the Whitefish Point Light Station. See the "ban" letters, arrest warrant, and Order of Dismissal for more on GLSHS's attempts to limit public access at Whitefish Point.



Fall - Winter 2008

Society member Lynne Carmody explains how over-development and commercialization is impacting Whitefish Point.

Another petition signature is gathered....

The Whitefish Point Preservation Society participated in the October 2008 Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival. This is the largest lighthouse festival in the United States with a mission to educate "the public of the Restoration, Preservation, History, and Life of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Stations."

Our booth had educational displays about:

  • Whitefish Point Light Station history
  • Whitefish Point Important Bird Area
  • Whitefish Point National Wildlife
    Refuge

The Society gathered signatures on the following petition:

"We, the undersigned, petition the Congress of the United States to NOT support any legislation that would change the patent to the Whitefish Point Light Station property. The site's historical integrity is already compromised beyond that of any other Michigan lighthouse by over-development and commercialization."

The public's response to this petition was overwhelmingly positive. The most common comment was, "There is already enough there. They don't need anything more there."

Lynne Carmody explaining that Whitefish Point is a national wildlife refuge, a migratory flyway of world significance, and a designated Michigan Important Bird Area.
 
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