Category Archive: Biodiversity

Sep 30

Butterflies and bogs

  In some northeastern wetlands, tiny brown butterflies called Bog Coppers feed on wild cranberry flowers. Their habitat requirements are very specific: “You not only need a bog, but you need the host plant, which is cranberry. They rarely move more than just a few meters away from their host plant,” says naturalist Jerry McWilliams. …

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Sep 27

So many fish, so little lake

Lake Erie has only about two percent of the water in the Great Lakes… But roughly half the fish. “During 40 of the 55 years between 1915 and 1970, Lake Erie produced more fish for human consumption than the other four Great Lakes combined,” says Jeff Reutter, former Director of Ohio Sea Grant. He says Lake …

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Sep 20

Mudpuppy Love

Squeaky salamanders that sound like dogs? Yes, they’re a thing—and they could be living at the bottom of a lake or river near you. Listen up: Say hello to the mudpuppy! Actually a splotchy-brown salamander with red feathery gills, this creature is the one of few salamanders that can actually make noise—and its noise is …

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Sep 19

This (Wet)land Was Made for You and Me

The benefits of swamps, marshes, and other wetland wonderlands are worth singing about. Join the chorus: People once considered wetlands useless, as little more than soggy ground waiting to be drained and put to better use. Now we recognize wetlands as the croon-worthy areas they are. Besides being quiet places of safety and serene seclusion …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/wetland-wonderlands/

Sep 06

Grass carp putting down roots

There are extensive efforts underway to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. But one variety has already been popping up there for over 30 years. For decades, people have used sterilized grass carp to control pond vegetation. Over time, some of those fish have escaped to the Great Lakes. Because they could …

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