What do sharks, mysterious sinkholes, Indigenous foods, poaching and Milwaukee harbor have in common?
All were topics of the most-viewed stories on Great Lakes Echo last year.
And more than half – nine – of the most popular 16 stories dealt with wildlife
Some on the top-16 roster were newly reported in 2020, including ones about mysterious sinkholes under Lake Huron and recipes for Great Lakes Indigenous foods.
But other stories displayed a long lifespan of reader attention, including the most popular one – about bull sharks in the Great Lakes (not) published in 2015. The longest-lived – about regulating water levels on the Great Lakes – first appeared in 2009.
Here’s our popularity ranking:
- Great Whites in the Great Lakes? Bull shark! (2015) by Brooke Kansier
- Scientists to explore mysterious Lake Huron sinkholes (2020) by Carin Tunney
- New cookbook highlights food of Great Lakes Indigenous peoples (2020) by Carin Tunney
- Former hunting TV show host sentenced for violation of Lacey Act (2020) by Amelia Cole
- New maps for the Milwaukee Harbor shows what lies beneath the surface (2020) by Audrey Porter
- People can once again kill cormorants (2018) by Steven Maier
- The unspoken tradition: cliff jumping at Marquette’s Blackrocks (2013) by Becky McKendry
- White pelicans extend their Great Lakes range, study finds (2019) by Eric Freedman
- Alewives: The trouble they cause and the salmon that love them (2009) by Jeff Gillies
- Rooting out wild pig’s impact in Michigan (2020) by Kurt Williams
- Fixing the food web: Cisco reintroduction to the Great Lakes could have enormous ripple effect (2020) by Lucas Day
- Mowing milkweed means more monarchs (2019) by Kelsi Kroll
- Regulation of Great Lakes’ water levels possible, experts debate effects (2009) by Allison Bush
- Microplastics are filling the Great Lakes and birds’ bellies (2020) by Cassidy Hough
- Fish tale: Chances of Arctic grayling return to Michigan ‘Very good’ (2020) by Lucas Day
- COVID-19 pro tip: keep your glasses from fogging (2020) by Ben Goldman