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Great blue heron • Courtesy Russell Johnson

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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“Propane and Electricity: Keeping the Heat on and Powering Up Our Grid”


Discussion with Jenn Hill, Citizens Utility Board of Michigan


Friday, April 9, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT / 6:00 pm CDT via livestream on Facebook and Zoom (links below)


Propane has been in the news in the UP during this winter as it became another battleground in the fight to close Line 5. Enbridge, the owner of the pipeline, has been waging a propaganda campaign with its allies that is meant to create fear, alarm and confusion about what would happen to propane supplies if the line is shut down. Jenn Hill, who has been on the UP Energy Task Force from the beginning, will be able to inform our audience on how the recommendations crafted by the task force on alternative sources for propane became a political football.


Then we’ll switch to work done by the energy task force on our electrical generation capacity during the past year. Will solar and wind projects become the norm? What’s in store for consumers with our widely varying utility bills? Is electrification of transportation feasible in the UP? And many more details. 


Jenn Hill is a board member of the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan, and a Marquette City Council member. Jenn has a master’s degree in urban planning. She and her husband reside in Marquette.





Meeting ID: 831 1343 8020

Passcode: 2021

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