CNS Summer 2022 2nd Michigan Environmental budget

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July 13, 2022, CNS Budget — 2nd summer environmental package

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman

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ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES: Editors, this is the 2nd of our summer packages with Michigan-relevant environmental new stories, done in collaboration with our partner, Great Lakes Echo.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMENTARIES: This is also our 2nd batch of Michigan-relevant environmental commentaries, also in collaboration with Great Lakes Echo.



 FALCONS: Peregrine falcons hatched this spring have left their nest box on the roof of Spartan Stadium on the MSU campus and are expected to migrate south in November. The Fisheries and Wildlife Club advisor and a faculty expert explain. By Genevieve Fox. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

w/FALCONS PHOTO: A nest box on the roof of Spartan Stadium is seen via a MSU Fisheries Club YouTube livestream. 

WHITEFISH: Why do so few baby lake whitefish in lakes Michigan and Huron reach adulthood, and what does that fact bode for commercial fishing operations in the Great Lakes? Scientists from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration take to the beaches of the Northern Lower Peninsula in places like Muskegon’s Pere Marquette and Grand Haven State Park to study how well young whitefish grow to be adults and reproduce. Understanding the decline is important as fishery managers and regulators approach the deadline to update a 2000 consent decree with Native American tribes regulating recreational and commercial fishing in those two lakes. By Kurt Williams. FOR MARQUETTE, ALCONA, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, MONROE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, ST. IGNACE, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS and ALL POINTS.

w/WHITEFISH PHOTO 1: NOAA scientists prepare to seine net Lake Michigan for juvenile lake whitefish. Credit: Kurt Williams

w/WHITEFISH PHOTO 2: Juvenile lake whitefish. Credit: Kurt Williams

w/WHITEFISH PHOTO 3: Jeff Elliott and Aaron Dunnuck collect juvenile lake whitefish from a seine net. Credit: Kurt Williams

w/WHITEFISH MAP: Map showing Michigan sampling sites in the 1836 Treaty waters where juvenile lake whitefish have been collected. Credit: Kevin Donner

FISH ADVISORIES: The Great Lakes Basin draws millions of anglers each year to fish in its lakes, rivers and streams, and millions more of the region’s residents eat those fish. The problem is, only about half of them are aware of fish consumption advisories. We hear from experts, including the Eat Safe Fish toxicologist at the state Department of Health and Human Services. Includes references to Kalamazoo River, Huron River, Oscoda and Detroit. By Cameryn Cass. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MONROE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, OCEANA COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/FISH ADVISORIES PHOTO: An Eat Safe Fish advisory poster for the Saginaw Bay area. Credit: Department of Health and Human Services.


WOLF & FOX: For the first time, scientists have documented an adult wolf killing red fox kits in their den, a new study says. The event occurred in Isle Royale National Park, where an adult male wolf known as “016M” attacked the kits, killing and likely feeding on at least two of them – and possibly also killing a third littermate. By Eric Freedman. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN and ALL POINTS.

w/WOLF & FOX PHOTO: The wolf known as 016M is released on Isle Royale in March 2019 after being transported from Ontario. Credit: National Park Service

SNAKEBITES: Michigan’s only venomous snake, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, has been suspected or proven responsible for at least 75 bites reported in the state from 2003 through 2020, according to the most comprehensive tally ever of such incidents. Only a handful were confirmed to be eastern massasaugas bites, according to the Michigan Poison & Drug Information Center at Wayne State. Oakland County had the most reported bites. Other counties with reported cases were Alpena, Crawford, Otsego, Manistee, Kalkaska, Clare, St. Joseph, Ottawa, Montmorency, Isabella, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Ingham, Jackson, Washtenaw, Kalamazoo, Barry and Van Buren. By Eric Freedman. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, CLARE COUNTY, GREENVILLE, FOWLERVILLE, DETROIT, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, ALPENA, MONTMORENCY, HOLLAND and ALL POINTS.

w/SNAKEBITES PHOTO: An eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Credit: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

w/SNAKEBITES MAP: Counties where eastern massasauga rattlesnake bites were suspected or confirmed from 2003 through 2020. Credit: Michigan Poison & Drug Information Center, Wayne State University School of Medicine


COMMENTARY ROCKY BEACHES: Childhood memories of collecting rocks at the beach confront the reality of rock armoring, a costly and unsuccessful attempt to prevent beach erosion on the Great Lakes. The director of the Michigan Geological Survey says rock armoring worsens the situation, a conclusion backed by research from the U.S. Geological Survey. For news, commentary and outdoors sections. By Genevieve Fox. FOR MARQUETTE, ALCONA, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, MONROE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, ST. IGNACE, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS and ALL POINTS.


COMMENTARY SOCIAL MEDIA: Do social media threaten our special places, from hiking trails to sand dunes? An MSU parks expert talks about the impact of crowding on the environment, the social experience and parks management. For news, commentary and outdoors sections. By Rayna Skiver. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/COMMENTARY: SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTO: Visitors taking in the view of Lake Michigan. Credit: Rayna Skiva