Isle Royale wolf rescue faces longterm genetic challenge, researchers say

By Guest Contributor Researchers say inbreeding is likely inevitable, despite efforts to increase genetic diversity in the island’s wolves. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Can hungry wolf immigrants save Isle Royale forests?

By David Poulson Six of the animals were transferred from another Lake Superior island in a bid to control Isle Royale’s moose population and restore its forests. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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East Lansing launches 20-year plan to address lead exposure

By Guest Contributor East Lansing, Michigan, is gathering information about lead contamination in resident water services. Notices regarding the potential threat were issued in November. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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This art plants seeds of environmental awareness

By Guest Contributor Repurposing seeds into art is how botanical artist Shilin Hora’s helps people appreciate nature. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Harsh weather could lead to earlier school year in Michigan

By Guest Contributor This winter’s polar vortex may have given Michigan school districts leverage for eliminating a state requirement that their start dates must be after Labor Day, with implications for tourism and other businesses. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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If your dog barks too much, maybe you do too.

By David Poulson A new study examines how dogs tend to take on the personalities of their owners Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Can a name change bring more visitors to Indiana Dunes?

By David Poulson The National Park Service operates memorials, historic sites, nature preserves, parkways, parks and dozens of other facilities. Sixty-one are national parks and three are national lakeshores. Can a name change draw visitors? Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Strawberry farmers assess polar vortex damage, take precautions against cold

By David Poulson Now is the most crucial time to ensure a productive strawberry crop, experts say. Precautions are needed to avoid misshapen berries with poor color that could allow large strawberry-producing states to displace the market for local fruit. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Don’t poo-poo moose poop

By Eric Freedman What are moose poop and pee good for? That’s a science question, and research on Isle Royale and in northeast Minnesota shows moose effectively transfer nitrogen — an essential nutrient for forest health — from the aquatic plants they chow down on to fertilize the forest. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Golf ball pollution creates jobs for people with disabilities

By Guest Contributor While microplastics get plenty of attention as a Great Lakes pollutant, researchers say there is not enough information to know if these macroplastic golf balls pose similar harm in freshwater systems. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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