In The News: Sleeping Bear Around The Web

9 April 2015

In The News: Sleeping Bear Around The Web

From Google’s new 360-degree views of the Lakeshore to the rediscovery of a shipwreck dating back to 1872—check out these and other links to the best Sleeping Bear Dunes news stories from around the web.

Free Admission To Celebrate National Park Week

The National Park Service is waiving the park entry fee in celebration of National Park Week Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th. Fees waived include entrance fees and commercial tour fees.  Other fees such as reservations, camping and concession fees are not included. All National Park Week special events at the National Lakeshore are also free.

Piping Plover Road To Recovery

In addition to the great news that piping plovers are on the road to recovery, this Minnpost story also reveals some fascinating facts about Sleeping Bear’s most popular little shorebird, including the current record for the fastest Sleeping Bear to Miami plover migration to date—an incredible 44.5 hours! 

On The Ground With Google

The Detroit News reported last week that Michigan will become the first Midwest state to use Google Trekker technology to feature 360-degree, fully navigable views of attractions like Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which weren't previously accessible on Google Street View. Now the Empire Bluff Trail, Pierce Stocking, the Dune Climb and the trail to Pyramid point can be seen on your computer by clicking here.

Shipwreck Re-Discovered

The schooner Jennie & Annie broke apart and washed ashore north of Empire in November 1872. Only three managed to make it to shore; the rest died in the cold surf. Back in 2012, winds, shifting sand and surf revealed a large fragment of the doomed ship. And last week, according to the MLive report, that a 40-foot long hull piece of the ship had reappeared again along the beach halfway between North and South Bar lakes.