Summer Environmental Budget #1, June 9, 2016

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June 9, 2016 — Summer Environmental Budget #1
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Dave Poulson
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FIRST SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE: Through our partnership with Great Lakes Echo, this is the first of three summer packages of Michigan environmental stories. The others will come in early July and early August.

You may also want to use these two Great Lakes Echo Michigan environmental podcasts by Marie Orttenburger on your website:
“Everyone into the (vernal) pool”:
“Turning off the lights to see the sky’s stories”:

Here is your file:
FERRYRESEARCH: Tourists traveling on the Emerald Isle ferry between Charlevoix and Beaver Island are riding with groundbreaking cargo this summer, equipment to detect changes in Lake Michigan’s temperature and chemistry courtesy of Central Michigan University. Among the benefits, the temperature data may help recreational and commercial anglers predict fish behavior, By Josh Bender. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, OCEANA, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS.
w/FERRYRESEARCHPHOTO: Don Uzarski, the director of Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and its biological station on Beaver Island, collects data aboard the Emerald Isle ferry. Credit: Central Michigan University.
SALMONSPORTFISHING: After a half-century of salmon fishing in the Great Lakes, anglers are on edge because numbers of the prized Chinook – or king – salmon have spiraled downward as numbers of native lake trout and whitefish rebound. The tale began in 1966 when first Coho and then Chinook salmon were brought from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes to eat another nonnative fish, the alewife – had invaded the Great Lakes through canals. By Kevin Duffy. For ALCONA, MARQUETTE, SAULT ST. MARIE, BAY MILLS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, OCEANA, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.
w/SALMONSPORTFISHINGPHOTO: Chinook salmon. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant.
CORMORANTS: Cormorants may be getting a bum rap among Great Lakes anglers who claim the birds are devastating the commercial and sports fishery. The first study of cormorants’ diets in southern Lake Michigan found that they’re eating invasive species such as alewives and round goby — not the prized salmon and trout. Similar results have been found in the Beaver Archipelago of northern Lake Michigan and in Saginaw Bay. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE MARIE, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
w/CORMORANTSPHOTO1: Cormorants at a southern Lake Michigan colony. Credit: Patrick. Madura.
w/CORMORANTSPHOTO2: Collecting pellets at a southern Lake Michigan cormorant colony. Credit: Patrick Madura.
ARTIST: Retired MSU zoologist James Atkinson reveals unseen aquatic life through his art. The ex-MSU professor, now living in St. Clair County, collects microscopic fauna from around Michigan to inspire his paintings and provide insights to the public about the natural world. By Josh Bender. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/ARTISTPHOTO1. Artist James Atkinson prepares to video microscopic organisms. Credit: Josh Bender
w/ARTISTPHOTO2: Chaetogaster is a segmented worm that preys on water fleas and, as depicted here, a flatworm. It’s common in lakes and ponds throughout Michigan, including the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: James Atkinson

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