Road trippers search for dune disrupter’s roots

By David Poulson They are studying the DNA of baby’s breath to understand why it thrives in unforgiving ecosystems around the Great Lakes and across the continent. That can help them better remove it from eastern Lake Michigan’s coastal dunes where it monopolizes the delicate ecosystem and outcompetes rare native species. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Deer disease may some day infect people, expert warns

By David Poulson Others dispute that it is inevitable. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Researchers want your old Lake Michigan vacation pictures

By Guest Contributor Have any old photos of sand dunes laying around? Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Defending New York City’s Forests Against Invaders

By By Azi Paybarah Friday: Invasive plants are washing down the Bronx River and crowding out native species. One group is coordinating an effort to address the problem. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Red swamp crayfish could be next Great Lakes invasive

By Guest Contributor A new study predicts where the red swamp crayfish could next pop up on the Great Lakes. That could help state agencies prevent the spread of the fast reproducing invader that alters entire ecosystems. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Two Michigan universities pilot cannabis curriculums; other universities and farm educators yet to show interest

By Guest Contributor Lake Superior State University is offering two degrees in cannabis studies– a business degree and a chemistry degree — designed to fill jobs now required by the legalization of pot. Northern Michigan offers a medicinal cannabis degree. Other universities and farm groups are not interested. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Dogs keep gulls from polluting Great Lakes beaches

By David Poulson A new study shows that border collies effectively reduced gull populations on beaches. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Disease, climate change helps bat set down Michigan roots

By David Poulson Evening bats have begun making a home in Michigan. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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What’s the recipe for a Michigan beautiful place?

By David Poulson By David Poulson This list of the most beautiful places in each of Michigan’s 83 counties is sure to generate discussion. So go ahead and debate that at that link. We’re not attempting to resolve that here. But we will give you the lister’s apparent ingredients in making such decisions and a couple questions: Should […] Source: Great...

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Fix little leaks, save big money

By Guest Contributor Michigan’s energy waste reduction programs have saved customers nearly $1.1 billion in utility costs. A recent Public Service Commission report credits them saving nearly 1.6 million megawatt hours of electricity and more than 5.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Experts say that the state’s program is among the better ones in the...

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