Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Annual Meeting Today

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyLake Erie Islands Conservancy holds the annual meeting today at 2pm at  Heineman’s Winery.  The agenda includes a short business meeting, information from Paula Ziebarth on nest boxes for purple martins and tree swallows, and then a potluck cookout. Bring a dish to share and your own table service.

Below is an overview of history from the organization’s  beginning, including projects with Put-in-Bay Township Park District.

LEIC Overview 2021

Many thanks to all who supported another great year of land protection projects!

Lisa Brohl, Chair

North Cape Yacht Club Fall Bay Regatta Faces Weather Challenge

7:30 a.m. cold front

North Cape Yacht Club’s annual George C. O’Connell Fall Bay Regatta, sponsored by Hooligans Irish Pub, encounters challenging conditions on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

The National Weather Service 651 AM EDT report says, “Main forecast concern for today is a cold and potent upper trough that will swing across the area this morning and afternoon. Timing remains fairly consistent from previous forecasts with rain along and with the cold front from around daybreak this morning to the early evening hours.

North Cape Yacht Club‘s marks for the courses are: Rattlesnake, Green, and Sugar Islands; North Bass buoy (RN2); and Middle Bass Island bell buoy (G1)–or temporary marks for windwardleeward course. There are three possible courses of varied lengths.

Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races Update 2021 Race Schedule

Sports Car RacesThe Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races schedule has been pushed back one day thanks to the weather. Essentially all activities that were to take place Wednesday 9/22 and Thursday 9/23 will take place one day later, Thursday 9/23 and Friday 9/24.
The rough weather forces us to move our planned Wednesday-Thursday race schedule to Thursday-Friday; it also behooves us to tighten up the schedule where we can.
We plan to do this by using a ”rolling” schedule, designed to provide our race entrants the safe and enjoyable practice-, qualifying- and race-sessions they expect AND to complete our races on Friday as early as we can, so those who have to leave the island Friday can do so. Obviously a tall order… so flexibility, attentiveness, communication, cooperation, and coordination will be paramount behaviors for the enjoyment of all!
A “rolling” schedule means we will generally follow the SEQUENCE of events outlined in the official racing activities schedule, BUT we will — as best as possible — move from one session to the next as quickly as prudent track management can allow, thus gaining time as we go. We will also tighten up the time spent on non-track activities.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Shares Major Accomplishments

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy publishes important conservancy news and accomplishments in the Island Green Scene, Fall 2021 Newsletter.  Click on the PDF link below to learn about Bumble Bees, Purple Martins, the dedication of Benjamin Woods Preserve, the start of the Winter Bird Seed Sale, a recap of the Lonz Winery Music Festival, and new interpretive signs in Cooper’s Woods.

2021 LEIC Fall Newsletter

Stormy Weather Puts Hold on Ferries and Car Races

Strong winds and voluminous rainfall contributed to the interruption of Jet Express and Miller Boat Line Ferry services.  Put-in-Bay Car Races put a hold on events due to the stormy weather.

South Bass Island Lighthouse station reported a steady wind at 27mph out of  the north, with gusts at 31mph.  The National Weather Service issued a Gale Warning from Maumee Bay to the Islands at 2:51pm this afternoon.

Safe harbor in the city docks.

Lake Erie waves are from five to nine feet, with occasional eleven–footers in the open water.  Meanwhile, South Bass Island appears lonely and quiet . . .