Thunder Bay Film Fest, Invasives Species Summit and Soil Health Heroes

For Friday, Feb. 4, 2022


1 – The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena is hosting its 10th annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival online through Sunday, Feb. 6. 

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It’s a celebration of the ocean and Great Lakes, with nearly 100 films. 

Produced in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival, the film fest includes online screenings and question and answer sessions with filmmakers, scientists, and Great Lakes stewards.

Organizers say the event showcases new, independent ocean and Great Lakes films from all over the world. 

Themes range from adventure and science to marine life and coastal cultures.

Films are selected to entertain and inspire.

Find out more at

2 – A 2022 Spring Invasive Species Summit is planned for Saturday, March 19. 

The event is virtual, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will feature a variety of 15-minute talks on invasive species. 

It’s being put on by the Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and other groups in Michigan. 

The topics include pathways and origins of invasive species, identification and management, and supporting pollinators and wildlife with native plants. 

Look for the Saginaw Bay CISMA on Facebook for details. 

3 – Some Saginaw Valley farmers were honored as Soil Health Heroes by The Nature Conservancy. 

On Jan. 27, at the Great Lakes Crop Summit, the conservancy rolled out the “green carpet” to honor this year’s Soil Health Heroes. 

Credit: King Lip / Unsplash

A project manager for The Nature Conservancy says the farms recognized this year are examples of how soil health practices can support resilient, thriving farms, while still protecting local water resources.

More information is available at

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Public Radio 90.1 FM (listen). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes


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