- A chilly Lake Superior warms up | Michigan Radio 093013
We kick off our week-long series In Warm Water: Fish and the Changing Great Lakes with a look at Lake Superior. It has long been the coldest and most pristine Great Lake. Its frigid waters have helped defend it from some invasive species that have plagued the other Great Lakes. But Lake Superior’s future could look radically different. Warming water and decreasing ice are threatening the habitat of some of the lake’s most iconic fish.
- Great Lakes fish on a diet | Michigan Radio 100113
Scientists say one way climate change is harming the Great Lakes is by warming the water too quickly in the spring. That warm-up can decrease food for tiny creatures in the lakes–the creatures that game fish like trout and salmon eat.Leaner meals
- A mystery at the bottom of the Great Lakes food web | Michigan Radio 100213
Phytoplankton – the algae that are food for plankton which in turn feed fish – are behaving strangely. They’re surrounded by a nutrient they need to grow. But for some reason, they’re not using it. The puzzle has big implications for how scientists think about the Great Lakes’ future in a warming world.
- Too warm for your fried perch dinner? | Michigan Radio 100313
Yellow perch are a staple of firehouse and church fish fries, and the delicate fish on that dish might once have lived in the Great Lakes. But warmer lake waters in a changing climate threaten the yellow perch population as well as other popular cool water fish, like walleye.
- Warmer waters fuel toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes | Michigan Radio 100413
Big, ugly algal blooms are reappearing in the western basin (and sometimes the central basin) of Lake Erie. The blooms happen when excess nutrients – mostly phosphorus – run off into the lake from farms and sewage treatment plants. Some of these kinds of algae produce toxins that are among the most powerful natural poisons on Earth. Over the past decade, these algal blooms have been common in Lake Erie. And scientists predict climate change could make the problem worse.
Blue Hole: Little Miami River
What is a village? A small place, yes, as wide as the world, layered with histories and stories, where you can walk wherever you want to go. In my vision of that place, a river like the Little Miami runs through it, and still water like the Blue Hole remains as transcendent as the day in 1851 when Robert Duncanson painted it.
Big Water: Lake SuperiorI’ve canoed on Lake Superior for almost as many years as I’ve been losing eyesight. I return year after year like a migrating loon to learn the other side of a slow, uncertain process that we could call “going blind.” After 35 years with the lake as my teacher, I know what lies on the other side. I call it letting go of sight. Read my essay Big Water.