Jul 01-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: July: Jul 01-04
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:06 am:

One of our regular Pasty Cam visitors had the privilege of obtaining this photograph, with the help of the brave soul who climbed up to this Eagle nest to band the Eaglet. What a photo opportunity this turned out to be! The person didn't want to be identified, nor have the location of the nest identified, other than to say somewhere along Portage Lake in Bootjack, but wanted to share the shots with the Pasty Cam. I decided to upload the photos to my own gallery and treat everyone to an Eaglet slideshow. Kind of timely since we'll be celebrating the birth of our great nation in a few days and the Eagle is recognized as a symbol of America.

Today the Copper Country Homecoming two-day symposium begins. Wow, I can't believe the time remaining to Pasty Fest 2004 is winding down so quickly. Only 3 days left! I wonder if they have all the potatoes cut up yet?

By Pennie, Michigan on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:11 am:

Morning from Ferndale! Happy July 1st. day!
First Post

By Bob Fartas, MI on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:12 am:

Good Morning from St. Clair Shores.

By ts on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:15 am:

Jake(LAKO)Lane had a pet eagle at Lake Medora yrs ago

By Mike B., Pittsburgh, Wishin I was back in the Yoop on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:22 am:

Wow, great picture. Judging by the bracelets on each ankle, I'd say he/she is quite a popular baby.

By A Lower Peninsula Sloth on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:31 am:

I wonder if his head will turn white when gets older? I wonder if the outdoor cats in the bootjack area keep their eyes to the sky? I wonder why bootjack is called bootjack? Is that like car jack, but with a lot of Yoopers running around with just one boot? Was this photo taken by Skypix with his Cessna at low altitude?

By Matt , Union City MI on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 07:11 am:

Great Picture ! is there a boat landing on bootjack road my map showed one but i couuldn't find , happy fourth to all in copper country

By U.P. Tourist on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 07:18 am:

My family and I are hoping to get up to the Copper Harbor area this fall. When are the trees the most colorful?

By Mr. Bill on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 07:34 am:

Wow - What a shot.

Good thing mom or dad weren't there.

By Skylar in Wi. on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 07:45 am:

Wow, what a cool pictuure. The slide show was neat also. Looks like, mom/dad are pretty good at catching fish. Later, Skylar.

By Jerry Fl. on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:02 am:

Good Morning from hot & sunny Florida, will be in the UP july 3rd can't wait.

By Kathy from Ann Arbor/Cheboygan on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:15 am:

Lower Penninsula sloth, if that's a Bald Eaglet---and judging by the habitat, it is--then, in a couple years the head will turn white.

A good place to see Bald eagles, ospreys & loons is Seney wildlife refuge

By Betsy MI on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:41 am:

what an awesome picture--- thanks for sharing

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:52 am:

Getting those shots must have been an awesome experience. Thanks for the slideshow. It was great.

By d.k., rice lake, mi on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:59 am:

There is a boat landing, at princess pt. It is somewhere around the 42,000 or 43,000 marker I think. You can't miss it.

By Gus LL on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 09:12 am:

A Lower, A bootjack was a device used for removing boots. One would put their boot in it and it would hold the boot while you would puul you boot from your foot. It was used mostly by the lumberjacks and farmers.

By Cindy in Iowa on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 09:22 am:

Good morning to all,
We have bald eagles here in Iowa, but only in the winter months. They come to feed on the open water of the Mississippi below the dams.

Slowly we are beginning to have a few winter over into the summer; but they are few and far between. My friend had spotted a nest near the river that we watched but the only eagles to be seen were the parents.

Love the picture and I agree that the eaglet is smiling at the pasty cam. Who wouldn't with that birds eye view???!!!!!

Enjoy your pasty fest. I am expecting my first shipment of pasty's today from pasty central!!

Take care,

By Mr. Bill on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 09:26 am:

One of our bird books states that they don't get their signature white feathers until they reach four years in age.

We've often noticed four eaglets soaring around Mt. Bohemia / Lac La Belle area last year. A month ago, we sat in the car for fifteen minutes watching a lone crow dive-bombing a mature eagle "tree-d" atop a white pine, just ten feet from the highway, and up 70, or so, feet.

I was later told that with the crows sharper turning radis, that the eagle wouldn't bother with the exercise.

By Brian, Chicagoland on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 09:44 am:

Warning - Bird trivia ahead. Did you know that Bald Eagles don't really vocalize? In old cowboy movies sometimes they show a Bald Eagle and they use a tape of a Red-Tailed Hawk screaming. Red-Tailed Hawk calls show up as noises from Pterydactls and as the call of the giant eagles in Lord of the Rings also.

By Jimmer from Below the Bridge for now! on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 09:45 am:

Another cool thing about these majestic creatures is their great size. It is difficult to tell by the photos, but that "baby" must be pretty big. Those remnants of past meals must have been some good size fish, too! Any eagle experts out there who could tell us how big an eaglet of this age would normally be? Thanks for the great photos of my totem creature.

By DH, suprisingly cool Temecula, CA on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 10:11 am:

Its nice to see that my incompetence as a Portage Lake fisherman is keeping the eagles fed. :)
Eagles have made quite a return to the CC. When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's, we never saw them. I don't think a day went by on our last couple of vacations were we didn't spot one. In 2002 I was able to follow one for quite a distance along the Sturgeon River road as he glided at tree top level "fishing". To reiterate the previous poster - these are HUGE birds.

By Denise in Bootjack on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 10:23 am:

There is a boat landing on the Bootjack Rd that is maintained by the DNR. It is quite a way out, probably about 3-4 miles past the Dreamland Hotel.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 10:32 am:

I've enjoyed watching eaglets hatch and mature online at the Northeast Utilities website, which I found out about on pasty cam. Check it out! I teach reading to early elementary students and one of our books taught us that the word "bald" comes from the Olde English word "balde", meaning "white"! It also says they develop their white head when they are about 5 years old. Eagles certainly have made a comeback. I see several every year near our home northeast of Flint!

By Jeff Portland Oregon on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 11:09 am:

Good morning from Portland, I'm bummed out I wont be home for the fourth,with so much going on with all the parades, pasty fest and the lake linden class reunion I sure will miss it,I hope everybody has a good time expecially the class of 90 I will be home in August, cant wait.

By My Finnish blood is burning to get there! on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 11:31 am:

U.P. Tourist,

Here are a couple of web sites to check on foliage color:



I can hardly wait - my new husband and I will be in the U.P. tomorrow night. Nothing like a honeymoon in God's country!!!

By Paul , Webberville Troll on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 11:55 am:

Happy B'Day to Kim from near Lansing! I remember the day like it was yesterday. If my memory is that good, how come I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning, or if I even had breakfast?

By ert, GA on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 12:02 pm:

Great pictures! Quite an accomplishment -- taking all those shots of an eaglet at the top of a tree. Look at the talons on that baby! And you can bet Mom & Dad were nearby. Just a few weeks ago this baby was white and fuzzy -- you can see some of the old feathers in the nest. Now he/she is just hanging around the nest, strengthening his/her flight feathers and muscles, waiting for the day to soar! (And still expecting lots of free fish, too!)

What a great comeback this awesome bird has had all over our nation!

By Carole on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 12:03 pm:

Check out the Kent Eagles live cam at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/eagle/kent.html. Have been watching this site for two years. Very interesting. Also, there is a live falcon cam at the Kodak Towers in Rochester NY, http://www.kodak.birdcam.com/eknec

By Becky in Orlando on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 12:58 pm:

Interesting to note that this eagle already has two bands - can't be too horribly new to this world. Someone's keeping track of it!

By Dave, Laurium on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 01:31 pm:

Little update on the Mohawk 'White House' fire. Talked to Jim today, he's in as good spirits as can be expected after a tragedy like that...but doing OK. He said he's not giving up and trying what he can to get back on his feet, not going to throw in the towel yet. He remarked that the community support around here has just been "unbelievable". Keeping that in mind..please don't forget there is a White House benefit on Tuesday, July 6th, at the Calumet Armory from 6 to 12. Music and refreshments, good friends and supporters of one of the landmark establishments in the Keweenaw area. Hope the turnout is great to help Jim get back on his feet again and rebuild.

By hungry in MI on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 01:41 pm:

Becky, the bands are so we can tell which is better, marinated left drumstick or barbecued right drumstick.

By Phyllis, Texas on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 02:18 pm:

Phyllis from North Texas, Can't wait my husband got a diffent job so we can live north of Milwakee. This way we will be able to go to the U.P. alot more often. My son will get to play with his cousins and see his grandparents more often. We will have the best of both worlds! Go Packers

By Greta, Milw on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 02:31 pm:

Quite a few eagles nest in the Lake Gogebic area also. Very impressive to see them swooping over the lake and the Slade river marsh. Definitely a good habitat for them.

By pf on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 03:16 pm:

bald eagles have a multi-syllable flute-like whistle that's
easy to mimic.

By pf, again on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 03:21 pm:

golden eagles have feathers down to their 'ankles'
while bald eagles' legs are bare.

By Kim near Lansing on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 03:40 pm:

Thanks Dad...are you ready for supper out?

By elm on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 04:12 pm:

Congratulations Phyllis in Tx and best of luck on your move north. So nice to be close to family.

By SUSAN, RENDON, TX on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 04:24 pm:


By Bthecute1, San Jose on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 04:51 pm:

Speaking of bald...what hair color do they put on a driver's license of a "bald" man?

By sandstone princess on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 05:18 pm:

bethecute1, you are so....
My dad was bald. I think they put "grey" on the one license that I remember. He used to complain that he had to pay full price for a 1/2 head-of-hair-haircut! He was funny. Used to hold up a comb and said "I'll never part with this"
Hey to # 3 visiting UP there, and to #4, too.

By Jeff M, Tampa FL on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 05:21 pm:

I'm really sorry that I won't be able to visit you during PastFest...I'll be on vacation and en route to Helsinki to see where all the Yooper Finlanders came from, and maybe figure out why they came in the first place! I understand the temperatures in Helsinki range from the low 50s to the high 60s this time of year...just like in the Copper Country! The UPS man just delivered my order of Pasty Central pasties, which I plan to enjoy right before I head to the airport. Happy 4th of July to you!

By CP @ LB Right Now! on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 05:59 pm:

Greetings from Little Betsy, Grampa, Mike, and myself are up here now, the place looks great, the lake is beautiful, and getting a few projects done, oh yeah, we've got Chloe up here too. When I win the Mega game tomorrow, we will be up here all the time, in fact we'll buy the whole south shore! Great Pic today!

By John,mi. on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 06:02 pm:

Happy Canada Day!!

By Lorelei, Mi on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:50 pm:

I told my Grama Sophie about Elizabeth. If you could get a hold of Beatrice, she would like to speak to her. Elizabeth and your family are in our thoughts. I remember coming as a child to the house by the lake in Chassell. Fun.

By Patt, Shiawassee County on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:54 pm:

To all that won't be at Pasty Fest.. THANKS! That just means more pasties for those of us who will be there. Looking forward to leaving tomorrow for the trip to St Ignace, even found a decent hotel room price instead of the $100 + that they are getting in Mackinaw City. Hope to be in Houghton by noon Saturday. The son says he wants to take me two tracking. Offered a choice of hiking 5 miles back to a place or using the truck. The old gray mare ain't what she used to be thus we will be using the truck.

Happy 4th to one & all.

By Angelflight flyin troll on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 08:54 pm:

Made it to Drummond Island and Sault St Marie yesterday anyway.....not the real UP, but a start.
Looking for another Angelflight mission that will get me north of the little bridge.....and maybe north of the real bridge.......Houghton Hancock...Might see you on the 4th..........Norman Rockwellville.........I need a pasty.........

By ywb/yooperwannabe/richmond on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 09:23 pm:

Hey flyin Troll,
Any extra seats in da plane?????
Make it up for pasty fest, firworks, then home again in troll land.

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 01:19 am:

Obviously my bald joke went over like a lead ballon...guess I will have to think of another.

By Moi on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 02:13 am:

Poor eagle....bet he wants the people and cameras to go away.

By Pat, WA on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 05:25 am:

Does anyone know where I can purchase the DVD..."The Enemy in Our Midst: Nazi Prisoner of War Camps in Michigan's Upper Peninsula". I have tried various stores in the Up, and also Amazon.com. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

By not the enemy on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 06:21 am:

Robert Gillstrom of Greenland is interviewed at his home by local filmmakers John Pepin and Jackie Chandonnet for the documentary "The Enemy in our Midst" on May 31, 2003 in Ontonagon County. As a boy, Gillstrom became acquainted with German prisoners of war who were held at Camp Pori. (Photo courtesy of Ruth MacFarlane)
Nazi prisoners held at 5 U.P. sites
Documentary film tells story of POW camps

Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — A locally produced documentary, “The Enemy in our Midst: Nazi Prisoner of War Camps in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” premiered recently in Marquette.
The filmmakers, Mining Journal reporter John Pepin and WLUC-TV anchorwoman Jackie Chandonnet, collaborated on the project, which tells the story of the 1,100 prisoners of war who were housed at five U.P. camps from 1944 to 1946.
Pepin first happened upon the story in 1999 in his capacity as a journalist. He had heard rumors about Nazi prisoners encamped and logging in the U.P., and when the rumors turned out to be true he wrote a five-part series for the newspaper.

This may help ..

By me again on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 06:29 am:

maybe you can contact wluc and they can help you obtain a copy.

By camwatcher on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 06:46 am:

There are some references and names here: http://www.aiipowmia.com/inter24/in040407michigan.html
Also have seen mention of Camp Grayling and K.I.Sawyer being used as prison camps but very difficult to document.
Now this is an interesting topic of conversation.

By camwatcher on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 06:58 am:

This quote is from the pastycam archives...perhaps WNMU TV-13 can lead you to a copy of the DVD:
"The first prisoners arrived in the U.P. in February 1944 and were delivered to Camp Evelyn, east of Munising, and to Camp Sidnaw in southern Houghton County. Both were formerly Civilian Conservation Corps camps.
Later that same year, Camp AuTrain in Alger County opened, followed by Camp Pori in Houghton County, and Camp Raco in Chippewa County.
The March 27 showing was held at Northern Michigan University and was an exclusive event for people associated with the film and their guests.
The 161-minute film will be broadcast in August on WNMU TV-13 and at that time videotape and DVD versions will be for sale. "

By In GA on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 07:05 am:

Oops, it is 7:05 a.m. Eastern, there is just no way that I am the "Early Eagle!"

By anita, mi on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 07:56 am:

morning all. Beautiful day. Everyone have a great blessed day.

By Lily, MI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:36 am:

To bthecute1 ~ My mother-in-law says about a bald head: it's like heaven, there's no parting there!

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:56 am:

I have a dear friend who is going thru chemotherapy and is worried about losing
his hair. ...what's the alternative?

By Lee, Mi on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 12:28 pm:

I lost my hair and at that point I was more concerned with getting through chemo and radiation than my hair. ;o)
I had a wig but found it itchy and hot. I bought turbans and fake bangs that i put underneath the turban . Have him check with a wig place to see what they have for men.
As a tip, I had my hair shaved off after my first chemo as it was dead allready and not healthy hair.Don't try to get by on saving those last few wisps of unhealty hair. When it grows back it is much healthier.Good luck to your friend.

By Liz Benson, Idaho on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 02:53 pm:

I agree with Lee. Having survived cancer and hairlessness I can understand where your friend is coming from. Wigs are hot unless they have changed alot. Support him in all ways you can. Men can get away with being bald now. Lee is correct. Hair comes back healthier as we continue a renewed blessed life. Hugs and listening are grand.

By Dorothy on Saturday, July 3, 2004 - 05:44 pm:

Happy July 4th!
Dorothy from Escanaba

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