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For the birds — If getting up at the crack of dawn to hunt for bird carcasses under cell phone towers (and get paid for it) sounds like your cup of tea, then look no further: Central Michigan University is seeking technicians for a study on avian mortalities caused by collisions with communications towers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that 4 million to 5 million birds a year die as a result of collisions with communications towers. Technicians will work for two or three hours, starting around 6 a.m., on 20 mornings from Sept. 7 to Sept. 26. Responsibilities include collecting bird carcasses. CMU will provide training, wages of $12 to $13 an hour and partial mileage reimbursement. Contact Joelle Gehring of CMU’s biology department at joelle.gehring@

Water on the brain — The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is hosting a water symposium Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Southfield Public Library, highlighting the importance of nonprivatized, publicly run water utilities. The Southfield Library is located at 26000 Evergreen Rd. between I-696 and Northwestern Highway. Participants who plan to eat lunch will pay $10 at registration. Register before Aug. 22 via e-mail at watersymp910@, by phone at 313-935-8480 or 313-882-1596, or by fax at 734-287-0815. After Aug. 22, please register only by e-mail or fax.

Tired of the Dream Cruise? — Try the Green Cruise. In response to soaring gas prices and air quality alerts, the Sierra Club is putting on the metro area’s first Green Cruise this Saturday. Cruisers will parade down Woodward Avenue. A pre-cruise party will be at the Audubon Society offices at 1320 Campbell Rd. between Gardenia and 12 Mile Rd. The party is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Green Cruise will start at the St. John’s parking lot at Woodward and 11 Mile at 2 p.m. and last until 4 p.m., when the rally begins.

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