Would the Loch Ness Monster be considered an invasive species?

The Loch Ness Monster, photo by Eridony. Because the Emerald Ash Borer isn’t very photogenic, we’re taking a break from Invasive Species Week to bring you a reminder of another kind of invasion that’s about to descend on Michigan: the fabulous Grand Rapids ArtPrize! 2009 brought all kinds of incredible sights to the city, including…

Invasive Species in Michigan

Shell Cluster, photo by johndecember. All week we’re going to be featuring invasive species – who they are, what they’re doing to our lakes & land and how folks are working to stop them. See the articles as we post them on Absolute MichiganMichigan in Pictures and ! I actually already blogged this photo to…

Invasive Menace of the Day: Round Goby

must be exterminated, photo by Kasey Carroll. Kasey writes: About ten seconds after I caught this, my fiancee’s uncle beat it repeatedly against the side of the boat. He said that it was an “intruder from outer waters and it must be exterminated because it eats all the perch eggs in Lake Eerie.” I’m sorry…

Tragic Tree Tuesday: Beech Scale & Beech Bark Disease

Twined Trees at Treat Farm, photo by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore “A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this…

This salmon is going up. The salmon population in Lake Michigan is headed the other way!

EDITOR’S NOTE: It looked for a minute that we had another Turtlegate brewing and that this might not be a Chinook but a brown trout. Read more in the comments on Facebook. Up & Over……….., photo by Julie The Detroit Free Press reports that the salmon population is plummeting in Lake Michigan. The article begins: They are the…

Smallmouth bass eating round gobys

Round Goby, photo by Dave Brenner, Michigan Sea Grant The Great Lakes Echo reports that although a study has found that invasive round goby are “one of the most successful aquatic invaders” ever in the Great Lakes, smallmouth bass appear to be feasting on gobies: 25 years after their discovery in the Great Lakes, “we’re not documenting…

Biodiversity is not a dirty word

Untitled, photo by Anna Lysa Sorry to mess up your holiday week with a bit of advocacy on the behalf of Michigan’s natural environment, but yesterday via Michigan Radio I learned of the very disturbing Senate Bill 78 that’s headed to Governor Snyder for signature or veto. The bill would forbid DNR from preserving biodiversity in forests and parks:…

Michigan’s Blue Economy

Where Two Waters Meet, photo by Robby Ryke Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the three universities that make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), have released a report titled “Innovating for the Blue Economy“. The report cites nearly $300 million in awards for water-related research and outreach from 2009…

Our Great Lakes would be a lot less pretty with Asian carp

Lake Michigan near Brevort, Michigan, photo by daveumich I tried to find something amazing about Lake Michigan – a poem, a legend, anything – but I really couldn’t find something to match up with this stunning photo. I’ll fall back on the real & urgent need to protect the beauty of Lake Michigan and the…

Mr. Brownie, Brown Trout, Salmo trutta

Mr. Brownie, photo by heronwheels The Michigan Department of Natural Resources page on Brown Trout, Salmo trutta says that Brown trout is something of a misnomer as many Great Lakes brown trout are mainly silver in color. Michigan Sea Grant has excellent information about Great Lakes fish, and their Brown Trout entry says that the…