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This birder’s Winged Wednesday picks favor the coasts

These birds take 'in your face' very seriously. Photo: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Editor’s note: Echo’s Winged Wednesday series reports on expert birders’ favorite Great Lakes birds to watch. Tell us your favorites in the comments. Summer birding is tricky. Birds are in the midst of the nesting season and are often quiet as they patiently sit on eggs and care for their newly-hatched chicks. Mark Cranford admires the feathered co-inhabitants of his Lake Michigan cottage property from a distance. Continue Reading →

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Starting a Great Lakes island trek – sneak preview


Great Lakes Echo recently interviewed Loreen Niewenhuis in the middle of her third 1,000 mile hike. She’s the author of A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. Both chronicle her hiking adventures around the Great Lakes. This time she is hiking, biking and kayaking on islands in each of the five Great Lakes. Read about it here LINK. Her third book, tentatively titled A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island Adventure, is scheduled to be released in June 2015. Continue Reading →

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Animated satellite data shows record-setting Great Lakes ice


The longest period of ice cover in the Great Lakes officially ended on June 6 – much to the relief of everyone who suffered post-traumatic stress from last year’s harsh winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] recently released a year’s worth of Great Lakes surface temperatures. The animation at right shows ice cover and temperature for one day each month of the year. The one below shows the same information for every day of the year. In the 40 years of collecting data there hasn’t been ice cover that has lasted this long, said Anne Clites, physical scientist for the NOAA. Continue Reading →

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