The dark skies project is an effort to reduce light pollution. The advantages of reducing light pollution include an increased number of stars visible at night, reducing the effects of electric lighting on the environment, and improving the well-being, health and safety of both people and wildlife.
Dark Skies Project in Michigan’s Thumb
Huron County, Michigan represents the tip of the “thumb” of the state. The rural area provides an ideal view of the stars without light pollution found in the big cities. The Dark Skies Project for nightlife in this community can often represent a connection with nature, including unobstructed stargazing presenting sights not seen elsewhere.
Seizing on our unique location at the end of the road the following video was produced as part of a promotional campaign produced by Huron County Economic Development Corporation. They are short and highlight the best aspects of our wonderful area. Worth a look. If you think this is pretty good stuff please Like and Share.
Light pollution is the inappropriate use of artificial light at night – it is an environmental pollutant that harms our planet and robs us of the opportunity to experience the wonder of a natural night sky. In some cases, light pollution affects the migratory and breeding behavior of animals and amphibians.
At the tip of Michigan’s Thumb, Port Crescent State Park is one of six Dark Sky Preserves. The park is fairly protected against light pollution and is an ideal location for stargazing. The PureMichigan campaign produced this short video. Those who have tromped around Port Crescent may recognize that iron bridge from the former lumber town that now is home to the park.
The park’s designation as a Dark Sky Preserve is another unique element. Visitors can experience this without having to drive further north or to the Upper Peninsula.
Related Reading Links About Michigan Parks
- Midnight on Hurons Dunes
- Getting to Know Port Crescent State Park
- Sleeper State Park 1944
- The Dark History of Starved Rock State Park in Illinois and its Link to Michigan