The 2021 Celebrate the U.P.! will be held virtually during March 19–21. The speakers will be coming from all over, but they will all intersect with this place we call the U.P.  Come celebrate with us online!  more info

A genuine UP livestream  | Courtesy Joan Haara

UPEC livestreams  • Keeping you up-to-the-latest on UP issues

• Livestreamed on Facebook and Zoom

• Archived for viewing anytime on YouTube

 Our latest livestream:

“The Big Bad Wolf; Or is It?”

February 25

Wolves are perhaps the most controversial wildlife species in North America today, inspiring strong feelings both for and against. On Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm EST, the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition will livestream a presentation by Nancy Warren, one of the region’s leading advocates for wolves. Her talk, “The Big Bad Wolf; Or is It?” will cover the positive aspects of wolves, the recent ruling taking the species off the federal Endangered Species List, what that delisting means for wolves, and the pending lawsuits aiming to reverse the decision. She will feature many photos taken with her trail cameras on her property.

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Great blue heron • Courtesy Russell Johnson

Birding Helps To Keep Us Healthy (And It’s Fun)


by Jeff Towner, Chairman, Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society & UPEC Board Member


Probably everyone would agree that we modern humans are subjected to a lot of environmental stress. The stressors are too numerous to name, but depending on an individual’s circumstances they may include environmental contaminants, including polluted air, water, and soil, poor diet, economic instability, lack of exercise, noise, interpersonal relationships, political instability, a deluge of media, including social media, and disease, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. Some spend considerable time and money looking for ways to reduce their stress load and deal with the physical and mental effects of stress. So, what does birding have to do with this? The answer is “A lot.”

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2021 Photo Contest:
Here are the Winners!

The photos you see here were judged ‘best of the best’ in our 2021 contest. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Slide show at left:

  • Adam Manninen, Under Mushroom (Category: Hidden Beauty)

  • Jared Hunt, Canoe Lake (Category: Humans Engaged)

  • LeAnn Pulda, Water Scene (Category: Cabin fever)

  • David Hunter, Bond Falls Reflections (Category: Fluid Water


  • Elizabeth Bates, Iconic Pilings (Category: Nature Panorama)

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