Category Archive: Creature Features

Oct 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 were …

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Sep 25

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/industrial-and-corporate-water-use/a-super-highway-for-aquatic-invaders/

Sep 19

Not All Engineers Work In An Office

Build up knowledge on nature’s engineers  . . . Learn more: “Before European colonization, beavers would have been ubiquitous across the northern United States Great Lakes region,” explains Melinda Daniels of the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania. She says in developed areas, beaver dams can be a nuisance, “but if there’s room, beavers are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/not-all-engineers-work-in-an-office/

Sep 04

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/creature-features/mudpuppy-love/

Aug 31

Invasion of the Bottom-Dwelling Gobies

Aggressive round goby fish are causing mayhem in the Great Lakes. Hook yourself up with the intel: There’s trouble in the Great Lakes, and plenty of it’s coming from a non-native, bottom-dwelling fish called the round goby. These fish hitched a ride in the ballast waters of ships and arrived in the lakes uninvited. This …

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