CNS Summer 2021 3rd Michigan Environmental budget

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Aug. 17, 2021

CNS Budget — Summer 2021 3rd Michigan Environmental Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295;

For other matters, contact Eric Freedman at (517) 256-3873;

ENVIRO PACKAGE #3: This is our third summer package of Michigan-focused environmental news stories in collaboration with our partners, Great Lakes Echo and WKAR Radio.

WELCOME. NEW CNS MEMBER: We’re pleased to welcome WKTV and WKTV Journal, based in Wyoming, Michigan, as the newest CNS subscribing member.

1st FILE OF THE FALL: We plan our first regular weekly story package of the semester to be on Friday, Sept. 10. 

Here’s your file: 

MOOSEWATCH: The annual search for Isle Royale’s moose bone bounty yields environmental clues about the national park’s largest herbivore, new friends, environmental insights and wilderness salvation. Moosewatch participants include volunteers from Fenton and Hudsonville. Commentary. By Marshall Lee Weimer. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, DETROIT, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

w/MOOSEWATCH PHOTO ANTLER: The author holds a 28-inch moose antler, the first found during his Moosewatch expedition at Isle Royale National Park.

w/MOOSEWATCH PHOTO OLD ANTLER: A moose skull takes on a new, mossy life on Isle Royale. Credit: Marshall Lee Weimer.


POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY: In an effort to battle invasive species, Michigan State University is becoming a more welcoming place for bees, butterflies and other native pollinators. Thanks to a grant from Project Wingspan, the university is adding new pollinator gardens on campus. By McCoy Scribner. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

CLIMATE ON HEALTH: 77% of local health department officials surveyed across Michigan agree climate change will impact their jurisdiction in the next 20 years, according to a recent U-M study examining local departments’ readiness and perception of climate change on public health. There was a discrepancy between health officials’ views on the impact of climate change and how they prioritize climate change. We also hear from the state Department of Health and Human Services, which identifies five adverse health effects of climate change: heat illness, respiratory diseases due to change in air quality, waterborne diseases, vector- borne diseases, and injury and carbon monoxide poisoning. Includes references to Macomb and Kalamazoo counties. By Elaine Mallon. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

WATER SAMPLING: Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy staff are doing their annual sampling of water quality across the state to protect human health and aquatic life and to maintain suitability for recreation. By McCOY SCRIBNER. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/WATER SAMPLING PHOTO: A biologist sampling for aquatic insects. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy staff sampled 741 locations over the summer of 2020. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Quality.


COUGARS: Cougar habitat in North America has been shrinking due to development and land fragmentation, while “human-induced mortality” has shrunken their numbers. Even so, the future of these alpha predators isn’t all gloom and doom, say scientists who compiled 180 reports of confirmed observations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota between 2010 and 2020. Sightings rose,, helped by improved technology such as trail cameras and camera phones.We talk to a DNR wildlife biologist based in Marquette and the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy based in Bath. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

w/COUGAR PHOTO: Credit: Department of Natural Resources

ADOPT-A-FOREST: Every year, tons of trash is illegally dumped in Michigan’s public lands, but a state program has been running for three decades to mitigate the problem. Volunteers in the DNR’s Adopt-a-Forest program are getting into the woods to clean up public lands. By McKoy Scribner. FOR ALL POINTS. 


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