Category Archive: Creature Features

May 18

A Super Highway for Aquatic Invaders

The system of locks and canals that allowed ships to bypass Niagara Falls suddenly created a path for invasive species. Tune in to this highway of info: When locks and canals began allowing ocean-going vessels to by-pass Niagara Falls, they did more than open new trade routes to the west. Suddenly… Campbell: “Things like sea …

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May 09

Hard to Tell the Good Guys From the Bad

There are thousands of different types of blue-green algae, and only a few produce harmful toxins. Tell your friends to listen to this: Blue green algae aren’t all bad. After all, there are about 6,000 different species… Boyer: And there are probably only a hundred or so that are known to make toxins that would …

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May 08

A Salamander Hell-Bent on Clean Water

Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. Bend your ears to this: At more than one-foot long, the Hellbender salamander is the largest in North America. Flat, brown, and wrinkled, it has lived at the bottom of streams and ponds for millions of years. But that legacy is threatened, as hellbender populations shrink  Conservationist …

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Feb 22

Fishy Business

How much sustainably caught fish comes out of the Great Lakes each year? We cast around for answers—and caught ’em. Listen up: Throughout history, people have been hooked on fishing the Great Lakes, from Native Americans in birch bark canoes to commercial fishermen in modern boats. A century ago, nearly 150 million pounds of fish …

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Feb 13

Multiplying Mussels Attack!

Invasive mussels muscle their way into the Great Lakes—listen up for the scoop on why that’s scarier than it might sound. You might think a creature the size of a dime is no match for a freshwater system the size of Texas, but quagga mussels are prolific breeders. Multiply one by trillions, and you get …

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