Winter brings the return of dogsledding

By Guest Contributor Winter ushers in activities such as sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing—and dogsledding. The post Winter brings the return of dogsledding first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Midwestern farms suffocating Gulf of Mexico ecosystems

By Guest Contributor Fertilizer runoff from seasonal heavy rainfall on Midwestern farms is traveling down the Mississippi River and creating a “hypoxic zone,” or low oxygen zone in the Gulf of Mexico, a recent study by Iowa State University scientists warns. The post Midwestern farms suffocating Gulf of Mexico ecosystems first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great...

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Sault Ste. Marie Commercial District joins National Register of Historic Places

By Guest Contributor The Sault Ste. Marie Commercial District, settled in 1668 by European immigrants but occupied by Native Americans thousands of years earlier, is worthy of recognition for its commercial history, ethnic culture and architecture, according to the National Park Service. The post Sault Ste. Marie Commercial District joins National Register of Historic...

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“Accidental Wilderness” explores unique experience of an urban landscape

By Guest Contributor “Accidental Wilderness” is a collection of essays and photographs describing the origins and ecology of Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, named for a former Toronto Parks commissioner. The post “Accidental Wilderness” explores unique experience of an urban landscape first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Michigan transit agencies look to uncertain future as COVID-19 related expenses rise

By Guest Contributor Federal funding helped Michigan transit agencies stay in good shape throughout the pandemic. It’s the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, 2021, that transportation authorities worry about. The post Michigan transit agencies look to uncertain future as COVID-19 related expenses rise first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Stargazing offers welcome reprieve from pandemic

By Guest Contributor Stargazing, the outdoor activity practiced by curious humans throughout history, is getting a new appreciation during the era of COVID-19. The post Stargazing offers welcome reprieve from pandemic first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Protection for wolves still stirs controversy

By Guest Contributor The Trump administration recently announced that it will remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in the lower 48 states. The post Protection for wolves still stirs controversy first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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“A Fine Canopy” brings you outdoors while the world is stuck inside

By Guest Contributor “A Fine Canopy” is Alison Swan’s new book of poetry. The post “A Fine Canopy” brings you outdoors while the world is stuck inside first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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National parks offer visitors a wintertime escape

By Guest Contributor Many joys of the holiday season, such as getting together with loved ones, are on hold this year. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, restrictions on travel and sizable gatherings remain in place. However, many outdoor venues remain open, including national parks in the Great Lakes region. The post National parks offer visitors a wintertime escape...

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From lakes to shores, microplastics are spreading everywhere

By Guest Contributor Microplastic particles, typically studied as aquatic pollutants, are also common in coastal dunes on Great Lakes’ shorelines, according to a new study. The post From lakes to shores, microplastics are spreading everywhere first appeared on Great Lakes Echo. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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