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Great Lakes Moment: Similarities between the Don and Rouge rivers, and one big difference-
In this month’s column, John Hartig discusses the lessons that can be learned from the naturalization of Toronto’s Don River.00
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River otters return to the Detroit River-
This special column from John Hartig celebrates that after roughly a century, there’s finally photographic evidence that otters have returned to the Detroit River.
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Great Lakes Moment: Historic Great Lakes agreement reaches golden anniversary-
In this month’s column, John Hartig talks about the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, signed 50 years ago in April, its binational legacy and whether the time passed has led to complacency.
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Great Lakes Moment: Detroit River, a magnet for bald eagle photography-
Mud Island, in the Detroit River and visible from the Detroit shore, has become a hub for wildlife photography.
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Great Lakes Moment: Overwintering ducks on the Detroit River create a sense of wonder-
In this month’s column, John Hartig thinks fondly upon the flocks of canvasbacks duck that spend their winters in the Great Lakes region and provide quite the sight to see on the Detroit River.
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Great Lakes Moment: Kirtland’s warblers are thriving in Michigan-
The Kirtland’s warbler went from less than 200 males in the ‘70s to more than 2,200 in 2021. In this month’s column, John Hartig looks at their recovery.
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Great Lakes Moment: Small habitat patches can have big ecological impact-
Researchers found that preserving small, isolated patches of land is just as critical to biodiversity and saving species as preserving large swathes of it. Key examples reside in Detroit and Chicago.
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Great Lakes Moment: Endangered catfish indicates improving health of the Detroit and St. Clair rivers-
A small catfish that is endangered in both Michigan and Ontario is making a comeback thanks to improved water quality and artificial reef construction in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers.
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Great Lakes Moment: Lessons from the Ashtabula River cleanup-
When the Ashtabula River and Harbor was identified as a Great Lakes pollution hotspot in 1985, few people thought the day would ever come when it was cleaned up and no longer a detriment to the community and Lake Erie. Thirty-six years later, it has been removed from the Areas of Concern list.
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Great Lakes Moment: International wetlands treaty turns 50-
Most regions throughout the world would be happy to have one wetland of international importance, but the region that includes southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario is notable for having three.