January 6, 2017 CNS Budget – Post-Holidays Environmental Bonus

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson

This is a bonus budget of Michigan environmental stories produced recently by Great Lakes Echo and moved before our first regular file of the spring semester.

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940 2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com. (517) 899-1640.

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WOLVES&COYOTES: A predatory rivalry is playing out in the forests of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s wolves vs coyotes vs foxes and the effects of this competition are felt on down the food chain to deer mice, according to a recent study. Coyotes are like jerk roommates that steal your food, researchers say. That’s why wolves hate their fellow canid. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

w/WOLVES&COYOTESPHOTO: A wolf pup nestled in grass. Credit: Brett Peters

CANOES: (Review) In the early 20th century, Michigan’s Belle Isle Park on the Detroit River was a hot spot for canoedling.  Couples used canoes designed for courting with seats facing each other and often with a Victrola on board. Long before that, canoes were key to opening the Great Lakes region up for exploration and fur trapping. Those are just a couple uses of the versatile craft examined in a new book, “Canoes: A Natural History in North America.” By Marie Orttenburger. FOR ALL POINTS Continue reading

New book paddles through history on canoe

 

Courting on Grand Canal in Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River, with Detroit, Michigan, on one side and Windsor, Ontario, on the other, c. 1900. Note the Victrola mounted in the canoe in the foreground. Image: Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Courting on Grand Canal in Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River, with Detroit, Michigan, on one side and Windsor, Ontario, on the other, c. 1900. Note the Victrola mounted in the canoe in the foreground. Image: Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

By MARIE ORTTENBURGER

Capital News Service

LANSING — Before everyone had a car, young lovers made out in canoes.

In the early 20th century, Michigan’s Belle Isle Park on the Detroit River was one of a few hot spots for the “canoedling” fad. Couples could rent or buy canoes especially designed for courting. The front seats in these canoes faced the rear, so the couple could look at each other while paddling. A Belle Isle suitor could outfit his canoe with a Victrola record player, rugs for the floor, backrests and pillows to keep his lady comfortable. Continue reading

Wash, rinse, pollute, repeat

 

Photo: US Department of Energy

Photo: US Department of Energy

By CHLOE KIPLE

Capital News Service

LANSING — A new study shows that while we clean our clothes we dirty waterways like the Great Lakes.

Every load of laundry produces microfibers, or tiny pieces of clothing that shed during washing. Wastewater treatment plants can’t break them down, so they end up in lakes, rivers and other bodies of water.

Once they’re in the water, aquatic animals can mistake the fibers for food. And that’s not a good thing. Continue reading

Winter brings new opportunities for recreation in Michigan

The 4-H group takes an annual ski trip to Shanty Creek of about 40 kids to ski Schuss Mountain. Image: Theresa Whitenight

This 4-H group takes an annual ski trip to Shanty Creek of about 40 kids to ski Schuss Mountain. Image: Theresa Whitenight

By BECKY WILDT

Capital News Service

LANSING — The long Michigan winters don’t stop outdoor groups from getting children outdoors and learning new skills

Ski Girls Rock at Mount Brighton is a program where female ski instructors teach girls to improve technique while inspiring confidence and team building. The program was designed for intermediate skiers by Lindsey Vonn, the 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion for alpine skiing. Continue reading

Great Lakes greatly stressed–Commentary

Research director Anthony Taabu-Munyaho of the Uganda National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. image: Eric Freedman

Research director Anthony Taabu-Munyaho of the Uganda National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. image: Eric Freedman

 

By ERIC FREEDMAN

Capital News Service

LANSING — The future of the Great Lakes is imperiled, right?

Invasive species endangering native plants, animals and habitat?  Check.

Ag and industrial runoff of toxic chemicals causing pollution and disease?  Check.

Illegal fishing?  Check.

Micro-plastics showing up in the water?  Check.

Damage to fish spawning areas?  Check. Continue reading

Scientists worry about lake herring crash, say new restrictions may help

The lake herring, also called cisco, is similar to herring found in northern Europe used to make a popular caviar. Image: Peter Payette

The lake herring, also called cisco, is similar to herring found in northern Europe used to make a popular caviar. Image: Peter Payette

By SAM CORDEN

Capital News Service

LANSING — Scientists have been worried about the lake herring population in Lake Superior recently. In fact, last year they warned it could be headed towards a collapse.

Lake Superior is the only Great Lake that still has a significant population of herring – or cisco as they’re commonly called.

This fall, new rules protecting herring took effect in Wisconsin and Minnesota and things appear more stable. But there may still be a big problem lying beneath the surface. Continue reading

Coyote, wolf conflict affects deer mice and other Upper Peninsula wildlife

A wolf pup nestled in grass. Image: Brett Peters

A wolf pup nestled in grass. Image: Brett Peters

By KAREN HOPPER USHER

Capital News Service

LANSING — A rivalry between predators is playing out in the forests of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It’s wolves vs coyotes vs foxes, and the effects of this competition are felt on down the food chain to deer mice, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Mammology.

Coyotes are like jerk roommates that steal your food, said David Flagel, the study’s lead author. That’s why wolves hate the fellow canid. Continue reading

Scientists explore life beneath the Upper Peninsula’s snowpack

One micro greenhouse in Houghton captures current conditions, while two others on the site reflect climate change scenarios.

One micro greenhouse in Houghton captures current conditions, while two others on the site reflect climate change scenarios. Credit: Larry Werner

By CARIN TUNNEY

Capital News Service

As the snow falls and winter winds howl, mini-research labs in Houghton will capture information to predict how animals and plants might survive Great Lakes winters without a thick layer of snow.

Other testing sites are in Madison and Duluth. Continue reading

December 9, 2016 CNS Budget

Dec. 9, 2016

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940 2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com. (517) 899-1640.

Note: This is the last original file of the semester. Next week we will move a bonus file of stories that moved previously this semester but remain timely.

Here is your file:

CONFINEMENT: State officials are worried that solitary confinement in prisons can exacerbate violence and mental health issues among inmates. Michigan has no age or time limits for putting inmates in administrative segregation, most commonly known as solitary confinement. While advocates push for statewide reforms, Marquette’s Alger Correctional Facility is pioneering ways to minimize the impact of solitary confinement. We talk to corrections officials and prisoner advocates. By Ray Wilbur. FOR MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS

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Physician assistants could expand access to health care – Table

By BRIDGET BUSH

Capital News Service

Primary Care Physicians: Ratio of population to primary care physicians in Michigan counties

Place # Primary Care Physicians PCP Ratio Z-Score
Alcona 5 2,116:1 0.45
Alger 4 2,381:1 0.61
Allegan 27 4,168:1 1.17
Alpena 28 1,039:1 -1.07
Antrim 9 2,597:1 0.72
Arenac 6 2,581:1 0.71
Baraga 10 870:1 -1.65
Barry 20 2,955:1 0.86
Bay 56 1,908:1 0.29
Benzie 6 2,905:1 0.84
Berrien 131 1,185:1 -0.7
Branch 22 1,984:1 0.35
Calhoun 76 1,776:1 0.17
Cass 10 5,191:1 1.31
Charlevoix 22 1,188:1 -0.7
Cheboygan 14 1,838:1 0.23
Chippewa 23 1,682:1 0.07
Clare 10 3,057:1 0.9
Clinton 29 2,646:1 0.74
Crawford 13 1,070:1 -0.98
Delta 24 1,538:1 -0.1
Dickinson 23 1,135:1 -0.82
Eaton 41 2,643:1 0.74
Emmet 39 850:1 -1.73
Genesee 370 1,123:1 -0.85
Gladwin 9 2,833:1 0.82
Gogebic 16 995:1 -1.2
Grand Traverse 131 687:1 -2.6
Gratiot 26 1,614:1 -0.01
Hillsdale 14 3,293:1 0.97
Houghton 32 1,132:1 -0.82
Huron 21 1,534:1 -0.11
Ingham 297 950:1 -1.35
Ionia 20 3,204:1 0.94
Iosco 15 1,695:1 0.08
Iron 7 1,645:1 0.03
Isabella 35 2,012:1 0.37
Jackson 83 1,932:1 0.31
Kalamazoo 248 1,035:1 -1.08
Kalkaska 6 2,866:1 0.83
Kent 571 1,089:1 -0.93
Keweenaw  N/A  N/A 0
Lake 2 5,693:1 1.37
Lapeer 35 2,525:1 0.68
Leelanau 7 3,107:1 0.91
Lenawee 30 3,306:1 0.97
Livingston 90 2,049:1 0.4
Luce 8 813:1 -1.9
Mackinac 11 1,006:1 -1.17
Macomb 493 1,734:1 0.12
Manistee 14 1,746:1 0.14
Marquette 77 879:1 -1.61
Mason 25 1,144:1 -0.8
Mecosta 23 1,874:1 0.26
Menominee 11 2,163:1 0.48
Midland 85 987:1 -1.23
Missaukee 4 3,763:1 1.09
Monroe 55 2,734:1 0.78
Montcalm 26 2,427:1 0.63
Montmorency 6 1,558:1 -0.08
Muskegon 115 1,487:1 -0.17
Newaygo 21 2,286:1 0.56
Oakland 1,861 662:1 -2.77
Oceana 14 1,875:1 0.26
Ogemaw 12 1,770:1 0.16
Ontonagon 2 3,161:1 0.93
Osceola 7 3,323:1 0.98
Oscoda 4 2,095:1 0.43
Otsego 15 1,609:1 -0.01
Ottawa 168 1,623:1 0
Presque Isle 2 6,531:1 1.44
Roscommon 8 3,002:1 0.88
Saginaw 173 1,136:1 -0.81
Sanilac 12 3,485:1 1.02
Schoolcraft 5 1,649:1 0.03
Shiawassee 30 2,297:1 0.56
St. Clair 81 1,981:1 0.35
St. Joseph 21 2,903:1 0.84
Tuscola 17 3,192:1 0.94
Van Buren 41 1,840:1 0.23
Washtenaw 612 579:1 -3.44
Wayne 1,162 1,528:1 -0.12
Wexford 32 1,020:1 -1.12