Becky McKendry

Becky McKendry served as Copy Editor/Senior Reporter for Great Lakes Echo from January 2013 to May 2014. She graduated from Michigan State University in May 2014 with a BA in journalism and a concentration in editorial reporting. Her previous eight years of media experience include roles as a production assistant for the WKAR radio news program "Current State," a sports columnist for the Marshalltown Chronicle, an interviewer for author Chuck Palahniuk's official website and more. From August 2013 to May 2014, Becky also worked as Assistant Bureau Chief for Capital News Service. She is currently News Editor at the City Pulse, Lansing's only alternative weekly newspaper."

Recent Stories

Authors “Canvas Detroit” for art’s impact on the urban environment

Artist Ron English's character Mousemask Murphy, who subsists off air pollution. Photo: Flickr/CC.

In “Canvas Detroit,” Nichole Christian and Julie Pincus profile the Motor City’s brightest and most diverse of up and coming street artists. From murals on boulevards to grass sculptures, their work can actively improve the urban environment and shine a light on previously ignored and abandoned cityscapes. Detroit is a city that needs “problem solving,” Christian says, and art won’t solve it all. But the city is fostering a wickedly creative atmosphere that is ripe for revitalization. ­Christian recently explained to Great Lakes Echo the importance of street art and how it can revitalize a city. Continue Reading →

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Twelfth day of Christmas: Quaggas clogging

A freighter travels in the distance along Lake Superior. Photo: Flickr/CC.

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas.  

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me… Twelve quaggas clogging – Quagga mussels are now the dominant invasive mussel in Lake Michigan. A congener (a member of the same genus) of zebra mussels, the quagga mussel can tolerate colder water and colonize soft substrates. Continue Reading →

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Eleventh day of Christmas: Gobies gobbling

Gobies gobble on the eleventh day of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Photo: Kristen Stanford, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory (Flickr).

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas.  

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me… ‘Leven gobies gobbling – Round gobies are very effective egg predators. Their advanced lateral line system (a series of fish sensory organs) allows them to find eggs that native benthic egg predators are unable to. Continue Reading →

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Tenth day of Christmas: Alewives croaking

Alewives were once nuisance non-native species in the Great Lakes.  Now they prop up the lakes' hugely profitable salmon fishery.  Photo: David Jude.

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas.  
On the tenth day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me…
Ten alewives croaking – Alewives are one of the few invasive species that foul Great Lakes beaches throughout the summer. Until the introduction of Pacific salmon, alewives died off in such great numbers that tractors were required to remove them from beaches. Salmon now do a great job controlling alewife numbers, but there are still alewife die-offs due to spawning-related stresses. Continue Reading →

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Ninth day of Christmas: Eggs in resting

The spiny waterflea, adult-sized and magnified. Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas.  

On the ninth day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me… Nine eggs in resting – The spiny waterflea and the fishhook waterflea produce tiny resting eggs that can survive long after the mature waterflea has perished.  The resting eggs can also survive extreme environmental conditions, so it is imperative to make sure that recreational equipment is cleaned to prevent spreading these invasive crustaceans.  Luckily, their Wisconsin distribution is limited to Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, the Madison Lakes, and a few other inland lakes. Eight shrimp ‘a swarming, seven carp and counting, six lamprey leaping, FIVE BOAT-WASH STATIONS! Continue Reading →

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Eighth day of Christmas: Shrimp a swarming

The full effects of the bloody-red shrimp invasion of the Great Lakes are still to be determined. Photo: Kelly Bowen/Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas.  

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me… Eight shrimp ‘a swarming – The bloody red shrimp, Hemimysis anomala, is one of the Great Lakes’ most recently discovered ballast invaders. Another Ponto-Caspian invader, bloody-red shrimp swarms have been documented up to 1,500 individuals/square meter. Continue Reading →

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Seventh day of Christmas: Carp

The ever pesky Asian carp. Photo: Shedd's Aquarium.

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas. On the seventh day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me… Seven carp and counting – There are seven species of invasive carp in the United States. There are the four collectively known as Asian carp (black, grass, silver and bighead), the common carp, the crucian carp, and last but not least, the Prussian carp (aka the goldfish). Continue Reading →

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Sixth day of Christmas: Lamprey leaping

Sea lamprey use toothy, suction-cup mouths to chew up Great Lakes fish. Photo: Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Editor’s Note: It’s an Echo tradition to revisit one of our favorite holiday stories: Tim Campbell’s The Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas. Campbell rewrote the lyrics of the holiday tune for the Wisconsin Sea Grant in 2011.  We’re publishing a new verse on each of the actual twelve days of Christmas. On the sixth day of Christmas, a freighter sent to me… Six lamprey leaping – This is actually some bad lamprey biology humor. Lampreys are poor jumpers, especially when compared to trout and salmon, so a small low-head obstacle or ledge can prevent lampreys from moving further upstream while other fish leap over the obstacle. Continue Reading →

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