Fish, Birds and Animals

the catch tracking bird migration at torontos accidental wilderness

The Catch: Tracking bird migration at Toronto’s accidental wilderness

The Catch: Tracking bird migration at Toronto’s accidental wilderness

Broadcasting in our monthly PBS television program, The Catch is a Great Lakes Now series that brings you more news about the lakes you love. Go beyond the headlines with reporters from around the region who cover the lakes and drinking water issues. Find all the work HERE.

This month, The Catch features a climate comeback story taking shape at Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park.

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the catch whitefish recruitment

The Catch: Whitefish recruitment

The Catch: Whitefish recruitment

Broadcasting in our monthly PBS television program, The Catch is a Great Lakes Now series that brings you more news about the lakes you love. Go beyond the headlines with reporters from around the region who cover the lakes and drinking water issues. Find all the work HERE.

This month, The Catch features a look at how scientists are studying how well whitefish are surviving to adulthood in the Great Lakes.

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get personal with lake erie and walleye on a kayak

Get personal with Lake Erie and walleye on a kayak

Get personal with Lake Erie and walleye on a kayak

Chuck Earls knows a couple things: kayaks and walleye. And that’s the perfect combination for Cleveland-based Lake Erie Kayak Fishing Guided Adventures — not just a charter service and not just a kayak rental company. It’s kind of something in the middle.

Earls is the first Lake Erie kayak guide licensed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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great lakes moment students help save sturgeon

Great Lakes Moment: Students help save sturgeon

Great Lakes Moment: Students help save sturgeon

The nonprofit organization called Sturgeon for Tomorrow and a team of U.S. and Canadian fishery biologists have been working together for seven years on the Sturgeon-in-the-Classroom program to engage students through community or citizen science and help reintroduce lake sturgeon in Great Lakes tributaries where they once thrived.

Brief history of lake sturgeon

In the late 1600s and early 1700s, French explorers and voyageurs noted that the waters from Lake Huron to Lake Erie teemed with lake sturgeon.

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salamanders shipping and shorelines the great lakes now episode quiz

Salamanders, Shipping and Shorelines: The Great Lakes Now Episode Quiz

Salamanders, Shipping and Shorelines: The Great Lakes Now Episode Quiz

Great Lakes Now tries to make every episode interesting and educational.

In “Salamanders, Shipping and Shorelines,” learn about how a town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is taking action to save the blue-spotted salamander, take a look at whether Great Lakes ports could be the key to easing congestion in global shipping, and see The Catch explore whitefish recruitment in the Great Lakes, ecological resilience in Toronto and ancient white cedars on the limestone cliffs of Michigan’s Fayette Historic State Park.

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more canada geese and their poop make michigan home blame the heat

More Canada geese — and their poop — make Michigan home. Blame the heat.

More Canada geese — and their poop — make Michigan home. Blame the heat.

By Zahra Ahmad, Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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why did the salamander cross the road

Why did the salamander cross the road?

Why did the salamander cross the road?

The blue-spotted salamanders have an important mission that takes them across a busy road of a park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Every spring, the four-legged amphibians emerge from the soil and make their way to a nearby swamp to lay eggs and reproduce. After a few days there, they crawl back home to spend their summer living under logs and eating bugs.

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to reduce harmful algal blooms and dead zones the us needs a national strategy for regulating farm pollution

To reduce harmful algal blooms and dead zones, the US needs a national strategy for regulating farm pollution

To reduce harmful algal blooms and dead zones, the US needs a national strategy for regulating farm pollution

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

(THE CONVERSATION) Midsummer is the time for forecasts of the size of this year’s “dead zones” and algal blooms in major lakes and bays. Will the Gulf of Mexico dead zone be the size of New Jersey, or only as big as Connecticut?

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researchers race to understand what lies beneath the great lakes

Researchers race to understand what lies beneath the Great Lakes

Researchers race to understand what lies beneath the Great Lakes

By Kelly House, Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

state outdoors operations emerge stronger after the pandemic brief the initial surge of covid 19 restrictions has led to growth at and newfound interest in state recreation sites

State outdoors operations emerge stronger after the pandemic Brief: The initial surge of COVID-19 restrictions has led to growth at and newfound interest in state recreation sites.

State outdoors operations emerge stronger after the pandemic Brief: The initial surge of COVID-19 restrictions has led to growth at and newfound interest in state recreation sites.

By James Proffitt

Spring 2020 saw almost all recreational activities come to a screeching halt: youth sports, fitness centers, bars and restaurants, theaters and virtually all public venues were closed. State parks, their visitor centers, campgrounds and restrooms were shuttered, too. Even school recesses and all the classes that surround them, were gone.

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on isle royale fate of summer cabins pits nature against family history

On Isle Royale, fate of summer cabins pits nature against family history

On Isle Royale, fate of summer cabins pits nature against family history

By Kelly House, Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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