Our favorite reader comments of 2010

Annually the Echo staff collects our favorite comments of the previous year.

For the next three days we will publish a sample of the reader reactions that our reporters enjoyed in 2010.

Here’s the start:

Photo Friday: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

These photos of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan came to Great Lakes Echo from Tim Stein. Thanks Tim! To submit to Great Lakes Echo Photo Friday, send your photo, a caption and your name to greatlakesecho@gmail.com.

Photo Friday: Lake Erie waterfront in Buffalo, NY

These photos came to Great Lakes Echo from Derek Kelly, a science education student at Buffalo State College. Thanks Derek! To submit to Great Lakes Echo Photo Friday, send your photo, a caption and your name to greatlakesecho@gmail.com.

Great Lakes residents show admiration for Jack Hanna in contest

The Great Lakes region has some die-hard Jack Hanna fans.  Three of the top five finalists in the “Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna” contest are from Great Lake states. The contest required applicants to create a 60 second video explaining why they wanted to be like the famous zookeeper, TV show host and animal enthusiast. The final applicants from the region are: Rebecca Long from Worthington, Ohio, Bret Muter from Saginaw, Mich. and Cassandra Stull from Delaware, Ohio. Click on their names to watch their video submissions.

Introducing Great Lakes Echo Photo Friday

We’re introducing a new feature called Photo Friday. Every Friday in Catch of the Day we will post an image  representative of the Great Lakes environment. You can help by contributing images you have taken. Send submissions to greatlakesecho@gmail.com. Include your name, a short caption and an approximate date that you took the picture. There are no prizes here.

Egg powder, cayenne pepper and dried blood could help Christmas tree farmers

A few weeks ago, ScienceDaily reported how North Carolina State researchers are researching inventive repellents to help Christmas tree farmers keep deer away from their trees. According to NC State, egg powder, hair clippings, dried blood and even cayenne pepper  protect the trees from deer. The researchers say these natural products are 85 to 90 percent cheaper than commercially produced products. Commercial deer repellents can cost $18 per pound, while many of the scientist’s suggestions can be less than $2, said researcher Jeff Owens. Fencing is also extremely expensive.