Every day, leaders across the Great Lakes Basin make strategic decisions intended to enhance the quality and sustainability of the Great Lakes ecosystem. These decisions set priorities and allocate resources to drive adaptive management programs that support desired sociocultural, economic, and environmental outcomes. There is an information gap between the decisions Great Lakes leaders make and the results of the programs they influence. As a region, our desired outcomes are not always aligned and we lack a process to measure the combined effects of the many adaptive management programs.
Join Rich Geboy, the Midwest White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator for the US Fish & Wildlife Service; Lisa Brush, Executive Director of The Stewardship Network and colleagues from across North America for The Stewardship Network's monthly webcast to discuss this deadly disease dramatically affecting bat populations. White-nose syndrome is a disease that is killing hibernating bats in eastern North America. It is caused by a fungus that thrives in the cold environments where bats hibernate and has been confirmed in bat hibernation sites in 29 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Join us for this free, online interactive discussion of white-nose syndrome.
Pollinators play a critical, if often nearly invisible, role in our daily lives. Insects comprise most of the 200,000 pollinator species, but roughly 1,000 are vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats and small mammals.
For some, phrag is an entrenched invasive; for others it's relatively new to the scene and we've heard about it's impact on property values, view, biodiversity and boat access. This webcast will help us learn about what controlling the invasive plant phragmites is all about! Where are all the ducks?! How do we start?
Join Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) ecologists Josh Cohen and Brad Slaughter for a discussion of important natural features of Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal region. In 2015, Josh and Brad conducted surveys throughout the coastal zone to document areas of significant ecological importance, including examples of several imperiled natural communities such as lakeplain prairies and oak savannas, dune complexes, and Great Lakes marshes. The goal of these surveys was to collect information on the ecological integrity of these remnant natural areas to provide stakeholders, including land trusts, local, and state governments, direction on the conservation and management of these important ecological resources.
Vernal pools are small, isolated, temporary wetlands that are important for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. Because these wetlands dry up and are fishless, they provide critical breeding habitats for amphibians and invertebrates, including species that rely on vernal pools for their survival. Vernal pools also provide habitat for a number of other plants and animals, including rare and declining species. They also provide important ecosystem services including nutrient cycling, water storage and infiltration, groundwater recharge, and flood control. Due to their small size and temporary nature, vernal pools can be difficult to identify on the landscape, receive little protection under current wetland regulations, and are vulnerable to climate change, development, and other land uses. Conservation of vernal pools requires increased awareness, knowledge, and protection of these unique and important wetlands. This webinar will provide information on what vernal pools are, why they are important for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems, and how to identify, manage, and protect them, including recent efforts to develop an effective and efficient method for detecting and mapping vernal pools using aerial photo interpretation, radar, and GIS modelling. A statewide, citizen science-based effort to map and monitor vernal pools and how you can get involved also will be discussed.
In order to eradicate a plant species you first have to know where it is. Although the best approach is to have an expert walk through the area of interest, this is costly and impractical because of the limited ability of people to survey large areas. Imaging technologies can help support the mapping of invasive the plant species of interest whether the purpose is to save them or eradicate them.
What is algae? What are harmful algal blooms? Why do they occur? What can we do about them? Join me for an overview of what is and is not an algal bloom, what makes them 'harmful' and what the state of science is related to understanding and addressing this problem and its impacts to the Great Lakes.