Come join the Friends of the BotEco Center at our UP 200 volunteer road crossing this year!
Last year we had a blast and served hot ‘docklate’ to spectators and we can’t wait to do the same this time around.
We will be at the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette on February 16th starting at 8pm. Please dress warm, bring friends and family, and a chair to sit on. Parking will be at the casino parking lot, and you can walk down to where the trail crosses the road.
A big thank you to Alex Mariano, an NMU student who did his undergraduate presentation on bird-friendly glass options for the BotEco Center!
He did a lot of research on the different solutions to avoid bird collisions on the enclosed design. He presented to our board at our monthly meeting last night and we were all very impressed.
We will strive to be “bird-friendly” by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and will consider your recommendations in the future design process.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 24th, 2017
Full details here: http://oredockboteco.org/open-call-for-entries/
Juror: The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center Board
Each selected artist will donate selected submission(s), and upon signing a release form, shall have her/his name listed on the coloring book cover, on http://oredockboteco.org, and in press releases and other publicity. Selected artists shall each receive a free coloring book. All other coloring books shall be sold for donations to the Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center.
Submissions can be submitted by mail or email.
The Friends of the ODBEC is a nonprofit organization that is developing the vision of transforming the ore dock in Marquette, Michigan’s Lower Harbor into a community center and is leading the implementation of that vision.
Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center (Friends of ODBEC)
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In response to our presentation in August to the City of Marquette Commissioners, we received a letter of support/approval from the City. This is huge!
What exactly does this mean? It means we can start going forward with our project. The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center can now look into amending the Bottomlands Agreement and also start our fundraising.
Last night, Gisele Duerhing, President of the Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center, presented to the Marquette City Commission. Several commissioners were very excited by the BotEco Center’s plan and showed their support. This was a thrilling experience for those who support this vision.
You can view the video of the meeting here:
One commissioner suggested that the next step will be a public forum.
We will update the website when that forum becomes available.
Wondering what is happening with the dock and the Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center? Come to the City of Marquette Commission meeting Monday, August 29th at 7pm.
We will be doing a short presentation and we hope to eventually get a blessing from the City to continue our project and raise funds.
If you can’t make the meeting, you can view the meeting on Youtube or go to the City’s website to see the minutes.
Our exhibit at the Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette is complete for SmartPrize. There are 22 entrants in the SmartPrize competition this year and over $20k is being given away! There are maps of the SmartPrize walk at each venue. Be sure to check them all out, there are a lot of great ideas!
You can vote for the BotEco Center on www.smartprize.org until Sunday. You can vote once daily per electronic device. Please vote for us so we can win Crowd Favorite! And please share so we can get more votes!
Our “Living Dock” turned out to be better than we could have expected! Local artist, Nic Dobbs, did a great job.