Becky McKendry

Becky McKendry is an undergraduate senior at Michigan State University studying journalism with a concentration in editorial reporting. With almost eight years of professional publishing experience, she has previously worked for a variety of media outlets - 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. Currently, she also works as Assistant Bureau Chief for the newswire Capital News Service, with a focus on covering the civil rights and human services, primarily for the Metro Detroit and Lansing areas.

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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Wildlife Forever announces 16th annual State-Fish Art contest

Students from kindergarten through high school are invited to enter the 2014State-Fish Art Contest. Photo: Flickr/CC/Pioneer Library System.

The contest originated in Minnesota in 1999 to promote learning about state fish.The deadline is fast approaching for Wildlife Forever’s annual State-Fish Art Contest! To enter, students (K-12) must submit a portfolio that consists of a handmade artistic depiction of the fish in its natural habitat and a brief personal essay. Entries may be submitted about any state fish or fish of Ontario, Canada. Winners are grouped by grade level and are chosen for artwork and written work, on both the state and national level. Entries must be received by March 31, 2014. Continue Reading →

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Calling all students and teachers: Young Reporters for the Environment Competition

Students may enter via photo, audio or written work. Photo: Susan Hersh via Flickr/CC.

By Becky McKendry
Great Lakes Echo

Student reporters and educators alike – the National Wildlife Federation’s “Young Reporters for the Environment Competition” is looking for your environmental work! The contest is open to students ages 13-21. Eligible submissions should demonstrate investigation about an environmental topic, offer solutions, and reflect knowledge of how the topic relates both globally and to the community. Contest entries are accepted as:
-Single photograph
-Photo essay, consisting of no more than 12 photos
-A written article, no more than 1000 words
-Video, no more than three minutes long

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. National winners, which are announced at the end of April, are then entered into the competition’s international level. Continue Reading →

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Ecologist James Ludwig discusses the “Dismal State of the Great Lakes”

Ludwig handles Cosmos, his cross-billed cormorant. Photo courtesy of James Ludwig.

Ecologist James Ludwig spent his career studying the chemical pollution of the Great Lakes – most notably with the help of his cross-billed cormorant, Cosmos.

Great Lakes Echo recently spoke with Ludwig about his new book, “The Dismal State of the Great Lakes.” 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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