A crew from Kal Excavating in Omena rescued a 400-pound red nun buoy washed ashore at Leelanau State Park on May 1, 2008. Volunteers at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula near Northport, discovered the buoy after the ice broke up this spring. A green buoy was also found about 9 miles south near Gills Pier. The buoys broke away from their concrete moorings in Lake Michigan near Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and made their way to Michigan over winter. The Ninth Coast Guard District will return them to their rightful home.

Photo(s) by Stefanie Staley