QAS Agenda - Feb 16

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Evening sponsored by

Lansing Oar and Paddle Club

7:00 PM EST


Bug Proofing your Camp and Body (Part 1)
Cliff Jacobson
If you want to get eaten alive by bugs, go to the Canadian Arctic in June. The black flies and mosquitoes which live there weigh more than ten times as much as all the plants and animals put together! An acre of swarming bugs could drain all your blood in about three days! We’ll check out “your enemies”— and learn how to resist them with repellents, insecticides, head and body nets, specialized clothing and “attitude.” Recommendations for children and pets are included. There are some tricks. Believe it!

Kid Friendly!

Outdoor Songs for Kids of all Ages
Camper Cait & Jerry Berry
Join “Camper Cait” and “Jerry Berry” as they team up virtually with boys and girls all over the country to sing along, dance and play fun new songs about everything outdoors. New songs include “Let’s Go Outside” and “Outdoor Mom,” along with some past favorites like “Canoeing with Daddy.” Suggested for children ages 3 to 103.
7:30 PM EST
Bug Proofing your Camp and Body (Part 2)
Cliff Jacobson
Continued: see description above.

Kid Friendly!

Beginning Birding and Birding Close to Home
Kristy Taylor
If you are new to bird watching or are looking for more ways to enjoy the nature around you, join Kristy Taylor from the Michigan State Bird Observatory and Capital Area Audubon to learn more about beginning bird watching, bird identification, how to find great spots to bird close to home and apps you can use to become a better birder!
8:00 PM EST
Almost Forgotten Portages, Paths, and Paddles of the Great Lakes
Thomas Funke
The west was settled through the Great Lakes. Since the glaciers retreated, indigenous people created the paths & portages European explorers & fur traders used to conduct their explorations and commerce. Where are these routes & what happened to them? Are they still around today? Can I hike, paddle or portage them?
Carved by Nature: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail
John Van Barriger
For day trippers or thru-hikers, the Ice Age Trail is one of North America’s premier hiking destinations. Yet this 1,140-mile route is surprisingly little known. John has hiked numerous sections of the Ice Age route and will provide an overview to this all-in-Wisconsin trail, which was carved by glaciers when woolly mammoths roamed the earth. He also will discuss resources available to plan your own great adventure!
8:30 PM EST
The Batchewana River
Jay Hanks
The Batchawana River in Ontario is a seldom paddled gem. Different from most Canadian Shield rivers, it has continuous current and runnable rapids without the flatwater lakes, but still a few falls to portage. Accessibility has diminished, but it is still an outstanding experience.
Hazardous Waters: Identifying and Managing the Risks
Jonathan Ahlbrand
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, hazardous waters and operator inexperience are key contributing factors to paddling fatalities. Every year paddlers take to the water without consideration of the inherent risk that hazardous waters pose, or even the ability to identify the hazards.
9:00 PM EST
Paddlers Who Motivate Us
Kevin Callan
During the initial Covid lockdown, during the early spring of 2020, author Kevin Callan interviewed 25 renowned paddlers (by a virtual whiskey fireside chat) who have spent their lives motivating others to go wilderness canoe tripping. He has now summarized them all and highlighted the best parts; icons such as Cliff Jacobson and Ray Goodwin, notable authors James Raffan and Roy MacGregor, You Tube celebrities Joe Robinet and Johnathan Kelly, film makers Frank Wolf and Becky Mason, wilderness guides Hap Wilson and Paul Kirtley, paddling musicians Jerry Vandiver and David Hadfield, and many, many more. You won't want to miss this one.
Universal Kayaking - Summer Fun at Bay Cliff Health Camp
Todd Leigh, Linda Savage and Nancy Uschold
Universal Kayaking - what's it all about? Hear from instructors and campers about the fun we have each summer at Bay Cliff Health Camp on beautiful Lake Superior in Big Bay, Michigan teaching, learning, exploring new challenges, and getting wet in kayaks. These paddlers will inspire you!

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