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Great lakes Initiative Madeline Island Ferry Dock

Great Lakes Islands Summit, Madeline Island Fellowship Project

More than seventy representatives from twelve Great Lakes islands attended a summit in September on Beaver Island, off the coast of Michigan, to talk about the Great Lakes Island Initiative. The mission of this emerging organization is to support a coalition of Islands dedicated to forming a better understanding of…

Kids at Stockton

Better than Xbox: the Apostle Island School

Sixty middle school students participated last summer in the Northland College Apostle Island School, held on Stockton Island. The twenty-eight-year-old outdoor and environmental residential program is a partnership between the Northland College Outdoor Education Department and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with participating middle school teachers and parent volunteers. The…

Black bear on a trail cam

The Hidden Lives of Island Carnivores

Insights into Island Biogeography

…the islands examined. They appeared to prefer bigger islands that were closer to other islands. Gray wolves, however, were only found on Stockton Island, one of the biggest islands of the archipelago. These differences may have to do with the animals’ diets and habits, Olson said. Bears tend to be…

Professor Sarah Johnson holds measuring tape at Stockton Island

Monitoring Vegetation in the Apostle Islands

Student-Faculty Research

…perhaps the highlight of the research team’s summer. The crew spent five nights trapping small mammals on Michigan and Outer Islands and had an amazing success rate of captures, with southern red-backed voles being the most abundant species found among the junipers on Michigan Island. “This might be the first…

Northland Bird Netting

Olson Receives Funding for Wildlife Surveys on Madeline Island

…compared to similar projects going on in the Apostle Islands as well as the mainland of the Bayfield Peninsula. “It will allow us to look at how island size, island distance, and habitat of islands influence the wildlife composition and abundance,” Olson said. “We really haven’t looked to see what…

Great Lakes map

Buffalo News Editorial: Battle is brewing

…scenes that Michigan and New York had softened their positions, thanks to some last-minute tweaks to Lowell’s application. But the day before the vote, Michigan shocked the state of Indiana—and Governor Evan Bayh—by releasing a statement saying that Engler planned to deny Lowell’s application. The Great Lakes states convened by…

Timber Wolf Alliance

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through public education, citizen science, and volunteer activities. The mission ofTimber Wolf Alliance is to use science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat, and promote human coexistence with emphasis on Michigan and Wisconsin. The Timber Wolf Alliance is committed to investigating…

SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

…1- 5. My wounded Island introduces the effect of climate change on Sarichef a small island near the Arctic Circle. The Inupiat people who inhabit the island have moved their small wooden homes to the center of the island because of rising sea levels. Imarvaluk, a young girl on the…

Great Lakes

Foxconn finds way to stick 7 million-gallon straw into Lake Michigan

Peter Annin says proposed diversion could be vulnerable to a legal challenge

…any comments we receive.” Easy access to Lake Michigan water was one of Walker’s selling points as he wooed Foxconn last year. Two other Great Lakes states, Michigan and Ohio, were finalists in the company’s sweepstakes for its latest liquid-crystal display (LCD) factory. Walker, a former Republican presidential candidate who…