Report Winter Fish Kills, Enter Duck Stamp Contest

For Feb. 9, 2018


1 – If you see more than 25 dead fish, the state wants to know about it.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has created new online form for reporting mass fish kills.

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The agency says winter weather can create conditions that cause fish and other other creatures such as turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish to die.

The new online form allows people to report fish kills in quantities of 25 or more.

Officials say a fish kill of that size could have more factors involved that require further investigation.

The Sick or Dead Aquatic Species form can be found in the DNR’s Eyes in the Field application at michigan.gov/eyesinthefield.

2 – A Federal Junior Duck Stamp program uses art and science to teach students in grades K through 12 about the value of wetlands and waterfowl.

By entering the Junior Duck Stamp art contest, students can show off what they’ve learned visually.

Each year, thousands of students across the US enter the contest. In 2017, 230 students in grades K through 12 participated in Michigan.

A total of 100 winners are chosen with one top winner named as the “Best of Show.” The Best of Show’s then compete in a national competition. One image is selected to become the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Entries for the Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest are due by March 15. Artwork must be of a North American duck, goose or swan.

A special awards ceremony is held each spring at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw for first through third place winners. Prizes in past years have included gift certificates, art supplies, backpacks and more.

Registration information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s Junior Duck Stamp Program webpage.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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Happy ‘Shoe Year’

Winter Fitness, Recycling and Visualizing Your Watershed

For Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

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1 – Happy Shoe Year.

It’s 2016, and time to explore new trails, see new vistas, and get to know Michigan while you get fit.

The pitch comes from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which is encouraging residents to get outside and exercise during the month of January.

The DNR is offering Shoe Year hikes at state parks, including the Bay City State Recreation Area in Bay County.

A Shoe Year’s Trek is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the recreation area in Bangor Township.

There will be healthy refreshments, tips on winter fitness, a warm-up activity and a guided nature trail hike. Limited snowshoes also are available.

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Credit: Karen Neoh

For more information, call the Visitor Center at 667-0717.

The DNR also is promoting a virtual 5k event with Epic Races. People can register to participate, with a portion of the proceeds going to support fitness programs and reforestation efforts in state parks.

2 – Tired of recycling bins? Imagine recycling carts: one big cart instead of a bunch of smaller bins.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering up to $450,000 in grants to local governments interested in purchasing recycling carts for residents.

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Recycling carts – via infographic from The Recycling Partnership.

The money is part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s initiative to double the state’s residential recycling rate, with is one of the lowest in the nation.

The state says thats switching to recycling carts, as opposed to smaller bins, generally increases community recycling rates. According to a national nonprofit called The Recycling Partnership, communities that use carts can recover 400-450 pounds of recyclable material per household every year.

The deadline for applications is March 31. More information is here.

3- High school students have returned to classes following a holiday break.

Some are working on a new mapping challenge to visualize their local water quality.

The challenge is sponsored in part by Esri, which makes software for mapping and analyzing data. It’s open to high school students in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The aim of the contest is for students to create visualizations about nutrient pollution using software along with water quality data from other sponsors including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Students in the contest will create a map that tells a story about the problem and suggests possible solutions.

The competition starts this month, with submissions due in March. Winners will be announced in April.

The grand prize includes an opportunity to attend the Esri Education Conference and publication of the winning map in an Esri Mapping the Nation book.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.

Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

 

 

 

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