1 – Two upcoming events will focus on environmental issues in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.
The first is a speaker series being hosted by the Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed, to discuss nutrient levels and nuisance algae in the bay. The event is from 1-3 p.m. on April 24 at the Wirt Public Library in downtown Bay City. It also will discuss ongoing projects by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey to better understand and manage the bay’s algae problems.
And, a Wayne State University researcher will present “An Integrated Assessment of Beach Muck and Public Perception at the Bay City State Recreation Area.”
The second event is a Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference, being coordinated by the Michigan State Land Policy Institute and groups throughout the watershed. That event is on June 12 at Saginaw Valley State University’s Curtiss Hall.
The day-long conference will focus on “tools and strategies for protecting water quality, the critical need for action and the development of local policies to protect and restore the Saginaw Bay.”
2 – Fifty words or less could be worth $1,000 to a local nonprofit.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network is looking for short descriptions of projects for an Earth Day Contest.
The ideas need to be related to conservation, public access to natural resources, natural resource-based recreation and education, or energy efficiency.
If you can describe the project in 50 words or less, your favorite nonprofit can win a grant to help support it.
Ideas will be posted to the Saginaw Watershed Initiative Network’s Facebook page, and the one with most votes will receive the grant.
The deadline is April 9. The award is to be announced on Earth Day, April 22.
3 – Which Michigan county is home to the largest number of nesting Kirtland’s warblers?
The answer: Ogemaw County. The endangered birds nest in 12 counties in Northern Michigan. Out of more than 2,000 singing males counted in a 2013 census, 26 percent were found in Ogemaw.
Why Ogemaw? Huron Pines, a nonprofit in Gaylord, notes that conservation programs which help the warbler also also help protect other natural resources in the region.
Ogemaw contains the headwaters of the Rifle River, which flows for 60 miles and empties into Saginaw Bay.
The group is looking for volunteers to help keep the river clean. You can find out more at Huron Pine’s website.
– Mr. Great Lakes, as heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.