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Michigan program helps hobbyists safely rehome aquatic flora and fauna | Great Lakes Echo

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By Elinor Epperson Don’t flush that unwanted goldfish – find it a new home instead. Home aquariums and water gardening are two of the many routes invasive species take to enter Michigan habitats. A Michigan State University Extension program provides educational materials and resources for rehoming unwanted aquatic pets. Reduce Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes […]

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Michigan trying new approaches against invasive crayfish | Great Lakes Echo

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By Elinor Epperson Researchers are exploring new techniques to remove an invasive crayfish from Michigan waters. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been fighting an invasion of red swamp crayfish since they first appeared in the state in 2017. Aggressive attempts to trap and remove the crustacean haven’t worked. Kathleen Quebedeaux, a fisheries biologist […]

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Ship doomed on Lake Michigan now moored on National Register of Historic Places | Great Lakes Echo

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By Eric Freedman A Detroit-built sailing ship that sank in Lake Michigan during an 1864 storm has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The three-masted Mojave, only 1 year old at the time, went down in heavy weather while northbound on the route from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of grain. […]

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Limited access to health care contributes to higher rural death rates | Great Lakes Echo

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Rural Michigan residents who suffer from a chronic illness that requires specialized treatment may have to drive hours to receive care.

That barrier to access to health care is one reason rural county death rates tend to be higher than their urban counterparts, according to Robert Howe, the medical director of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.

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Community input sought for cleaned-up lakes, shorelines | Great Lakes Echo

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It’s taken over 30 years and $80 million to restore Muskegon Lake and a few nearby smaller bodies of water.

Decades of pollution and rapid urbanization created ecological problems so severe that the lake was designated a “Great Lakes Area of Concern” by the U.S. and Canada in 1987.

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Butterflies race for state insect status | Great Lakes Echo

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Three butterflies are racing to become Michigan’s official state insect – and one of them is ahead, at least politically. 

The black swallowtail butterfly, a native of Michigan, spends its whole life cycle in the state hibernating as pupa under leaves during winter and hatching in the spring.

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Michigan dam removal could improve environment, recreation and storm protection | Great Lakes Echo

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The most exciting part about removing a dam in a small Michigan city isn’t the demolition, but what comes after. 

The Huron River Watershed Council recently estimated the 148-year-old dam In Ypsilanti could come down in 2025 or 2026.

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Old Lake Michigan shipwreck visible again after burial under sand | Great Lakes Echo

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Look fast or you may miss an elusive 170-year-old sunken schooner off the coast of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.

The mostly intact shipwreck, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in early April, isn’t always visible, even though it’s in very shallow waters, said Tamara Thomsen, a Wisconsin Historical Society maritime archaeologist.

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Need a summer read? Join this basin-wide book club | Great Lakes Echo

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Readers across the Great Lakes states and Canada this year will participate in a basin-wide book club hosted by the Library of the Great Lakes. 

From now until September 2025 participants will read Michigan author Sally Cole-Misch’s The Best Part of Us and Ontario author Joanne Robertson’s children’s book, The Water Walker.

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