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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

BeBot and Pixie Drone Calendar

BeBot the Beach Cleaning Robot
The BeBot is a 100% electric, eco-friendly beach cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand, rakes seaweed, and levels sandy areas to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment. The BeBot was obtained through a partnership with the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, through generous funding and support from North American energy company TC Energy. Please join us to check out the BeBot in action and learn how you can help reduce plastic pollution of our Northern Michigan waterways.

PixieDrone Floating Waste Collector
The PixieDrone is a floating, remote-controlled, mobile waste collector. The PixieDrone targets floating waste in all forms: organic, plastic, glass, metal, paper, rubber, etc. The waste collector drone has a maximum speed of 3 km/h, collection capacity of 160 liters. This drone can be operated in salt, fresh, and brackish waters.

See BeBot and PixieDrone in action at the following locations through the summer and fall of 2024!

The BeBot and Pixie Drone are made possible by funding from Meijer, TC Energy, and the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup.

JUNE & JULY SCHEDULE
Times are approximate and fluctuate based on weather and beach conditions.
August – October Schedule Coming Soon

All events are subject to change due to weather conditions or other conflicts. The BeBot cannot operate in wet weather or after it rains. To confirm dates, times, and locations before your visit, please contact the Watershed Council at (231) 347-1181.

For media inquiries or to schedule a time to film or interview the BeBot and Pixie Drone coordinators, please contact Andrea Coronado at acoronado@watershedcouncil.org or (231) 489-7272.

Monday, June 17, 2024 CANCELED DUE TO RAIN BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotBurt Lake State ParkIndian River, Cheboygan County
Thursday, June 20, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotTourist ParkEast Jordan, Charlevoix County
Saturday, June 22, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotBear River Recreation AreaPetoskey, Emmet County
Monday, June 24, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotL’Arbre CrocheHarbor Springs, Emmet County
Tuesday, June 25, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotZorn BeachHarbor Springs, Emmet County
     
Thursday, June 27, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotMelrose Township BeachMelrose Township, Charlevoix County
Monday, July 1, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotElm Point Public BeachEast Jordan, Charlevoix County
Monday, July 8, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotMenonaqua Private BeachHarbor Springs, Emmet County
Tuesday, July 2, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotCheboygan State ParkCheboygan County
Tuesday, July 9, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotAntrim Creek Natural AreaAntrim County
Thursday, July 11, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Pixie Drone & BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotFerry BeachCity of Charlevoix, Charlevoix County
Monday, July 15, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotHarbor CoveHarbor Springs, Emmet County
Tuesday, July 16, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Pixie Drone & BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotLower Lake BeachBoyne City, Charlevoix County
Thursday, July 18, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Pixie DroneEdward C. Grace Memorial HarborElk Rapids, Antrim County
Tuesday, July 23, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotDeVoe BeachTuscarora Township, Cheboygan County
Thursday, July 25, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Pixie Drone & BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotZoll St. BeachHarbor Springs, Emmet County
Tuesday, July 30, 20249:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.BeBot the Beach Cleaning RobotWilderness State ParkEmmet County