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Cold weather from the Arctic carries sweet bird species to Northeast Ohio

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ChuckSlusarczykJr.LesserScaup.jpgEvery year around this time I begin receiving different versions of the same question:

Are there any birds worth watching in late fall and winter?

My response is an emphatic Yes! followed by a brief explanation.

As any true birder knows, birding opportunities in Northeast Ohio improve as the temperatures drop, the leaves fall and frost covers our car windshields in the morning.

As the majority of songbirds and shorebirds have departed on the long journeys southward, waterfowl and boreal species begin to arrive in impressive numbers.  more...



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Plovers find Lakeshore great place to nest

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The largest flock of piping plover, an endangered shorebird, in the Great Lakes region summers at the Lakeshore.

However, plover numbers in the Lakeshore slipped in 2011.

According to Lakeshore biologist Sue Jennings, 18 pairs of plovers established nests in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Fifteen nests were found on the mainland and three were on North Manitou Island.

“The recovery of the Great Lakes population is dependent upon survival and recruitment of the nesting pairs located within the Lakeshore,” Jennings said. “Overall, the Great Lakes population is making a slow recovery. However, the population remains fragile and could easily be lost to a single event, such as significant storm, predation, nest disturbance and/or habitat loss.”  more...



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$2.6-million makeover readies old industrial site for role in Detroit International Wildlife Refuge

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Humbug Marsh is part of the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge.After a $2.6-million makeover, a new piece of the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge will be ready a year from now for its close-up.

A former 44-acre industrial property on the Detroit River in Trenton will be transformed into a green gateway for the refuge, where a visitors center will eventually be built.

The site was contaminated by 44 years of manufacturing, followed by 12 years sitting vacant behind a barbed-wire fence. Once the contamination is cleaned up, the land next to Humbug Marsh will become home to the visitors center, with a dock and fishing pier nearby.  more...



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Residents along Lake Michigan blame rising debris on bluff collapse

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OAK CREEK - In the days since the landslide at the Oak Creek We Energies facility, people who live along Lake Michigan say they've seen debris and chemicals washing up on the lake shore.

Renee Michna and Andrew Weber spoke to TODAY's TMJ4, saying they've collected water samples.

"It looks like fly ash to me," Weber says. "I sure would like to get it tested. It worries me greatly. This is where you me, every other man, woman and child and southeastern Wisconsin is getting they're drinking water from."

Residents on the lakeshore took pictures of debris they've collected, including gas containers, construction gear and more dead fish than they're used to seeing.

"It's an environmental disaster," Michna says.

They also took video of a chemical sheen on the water's surface.  more...



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Fishing for a living in Detroit

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In the 19th century, fish were abundant in the Great Lakes and fisheries thrived — until they killed their own livelihood.


People still cast a rod into the Detroit River today and might pull out a walleye, muskie or bass. But the fish population is a small fraction of what it was in the 19th century, when fisheries flourished all along the river and were considered among the most lucrative in the Great Lakes.

Perch, pike, pickerel, sturgeon, whitefish, lake herring, muskie, walleye, trout — all were at one time abundant in the Detroit River and Detroiters went to great lengths to bring them in.

In 1687 French explorer Lom d'Arce, Baron de La Hontan, wrote that he encountered trout "as big as my thigh" in the Great Lakes. The vast quantities of fish were noticed early in Detroit's history during the British control of the city. The newspaper the Commercial Advertiser reported on December 10, 1824:  more...



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Tainted turtles still suffering 15 months after river oil spill

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Bob Doherty holds a snapping turtle that will spend the winter in an Emmett Township building. The turtle is among many deemed too unhealthy to be released in time for the start of the turtle hibernation season.The oil spill in Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River may have occurred more than 15 months ago, but it still defines every day for one man and the 30 turtles he'll care for over the winter.Enbridge Inc.-contracted scientist Bob Doherty and three part-time helpers are still administering daily care to dozens of turtles that were rescued from the creek and river this spring and summer.
The turtles were too unhealthy to be released in time for winter hibernation, and will have to spend the winter in a small one-room heated facility near Historic Bridge Park in Emmett Township.Throughout this summer's oil spill cleanup, turtles with oil on them were still being discovered, said Lisa Williams of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Some were cleaned in the field while others had to be taken into Doherty's wildlife center for care, Williams said.  more...


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U.S. House action gives hope for S.S. Badger carferry service beyond 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Ludington cross-lake ferry S.S. Badger may face a brighter future because of a congressional amendment passed Friday.

The Badger, owned by the Lake Michigan Carferry Co., operated during the 2011 sailing season under a special Environmental Protection Agency rule allowing it to continue dumping its coal ash into Lake Michigan. That special rule is set to expire at the end of 2012, threatening future operations of the vessel, which travels between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis.  more...



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Federal judge rejects proposed settlement for Saugatuck Dunes

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A federal judge has thrown out a proposed legal settlement between Saugatuck Township and a private developer looking to build near Lake Michigan coastal dunes.

The agreement would have resolved a long-standing land-use case. Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon owns more than 300 acres in the township, including coastal dune land along Lake Michigan. He says Saugatuck Township officials unfairly singled out his company Singapore Dunes LLC when they changed zoning rules that prohibit development on 207 acres of his property without special permits. He sued the township in over the zoning in federal court.  more...



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New flower species found only on Isle Royale

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After four decades of research, Robert Kowal has identified Packera insulae-regalis, a flower found only on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, as its very own species.

“It’s like having a baby, except this will live for all time,” Kowal said.

The professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  has studied the yellow flower since 1972 when a graduate student brought him a sample. He grew it in a test garden and collected data for the next 10 years, finding clues that the flowers are unlike other packera plants. more...



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Cold-water Boating Precautions

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While pleasure boaters have winterized and stored their watercraft, avid waterfowl hunters and cold-weather anglers are gearing up for fall hunting and fishing seasons. But fall can be a dangerous time on the water. Most single-boat accidents take place this time of year, and with water temperatures cooling, these accidents can be deadly.

One common mistake is overloading a small boat with people and equipment. Overloaded boats are unstable and can easily capsize or cause passengers to fall overboard into frigid water. Sudden immersion into cold water delivers a brutal shock to the body, triggering a spontaneous inhalation reflex — deadly if one’s head is under water. But wearing a life jacket can be enough to keep your head above water during an involuntary gasp, keeping lungs from filling with water.  more...


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Northern Lights

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The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, put on a great display unusually far south this week, all the way down to Mississippi. The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere.  more...


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Lake Erie lakefront property owners want $500,000 for legal fees

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A group of property owners along Lake Erie are demanding that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources compensate them for more than $500,000 worth of legal fees incurred during a legal battle over property lines, according to a news release from the Ohio Lakefront Group.  more...


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Cruise ships bypassing Green Bay

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Green Bay city leaders are hoping to attract cruise ships in the Great Lakes to the port of Green Bay. They even used the promise of cruise ships to get $335,000 in federal funding to improve its downtown waterfront park. That was six years ago and still no cruise ships. And none of the added benefits that come with cruise ships.  more...



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The perfect cabin

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One possible benefit of the real estate meltdown may be that some of the older cabins in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will survive, instead of being torn down and replaced with modern second homes. Older cabins have a cozy feel to them with their pine paneling, rustic decks and screened in porches. They can sag a bit, but that only adds to their allure. They may only have one small, cramped bathroom, but who wants to spend the day in the bathroom when you can be outdoors.
     In my travels through Michigan for the past 35 years, I've watched as older rental cabins have been replaced with new, modern ones fully equipped with cable TV, wall-to-wall carpet and microwaves. I feel like I should clean up before going inside.
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Zoning Great Lakes water? Officials say no

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Rhode Island has designated ocean waters for certain uses – and a coastal lawyer predicts such zoning is coming to a Great Lake near you.

But several Great Lakes officials disagree.

The Rhode Island program, Ocean Special Area Management Plan, designates zones to protect fragile ecosystems and has rules telling people what they can do in the water.

The zoning program was done, in part, to foster offshore wind energy development.  more...



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