Category Archive: Creature Features

Apr 12

A bird lover’s paradise

A bird lover’s paradise: The western basin of Lake Erie is for the birds! Over 250 species are recorded in the basin each year. Mark Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory says the area has… Shieldcastle: “…Probably one of the largest concentrations of migrating songbirds found anywhere on the continent.” And at certain times …

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Apr 11

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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Feb 28

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/

Feb 27

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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Jan 25

A “ruffe” road ahead for the Great Lakes

An aggressive little fish is threatening to disturb ecosystems throughout the Great Lakes. The Eurasian Ruffe is recognizable by its long spiny dorsal fin and frowning mouth. It’s native to Northern Europe and Asia, and made its first appearance in Lake Superior in the 1980s, probably after catching a ride on a freighter from Europe. …

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