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Tainted turtles still suffering 15 months after river oil spill

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Bob Doherty holds a snapping turtle that will spend the winter in an Emmett Township building. The turtle is among many deemed too unhealthy to be released in time for the start of the turtle hibernation season.The oil spill in Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River may have occurred more than 15 months ago, but it still defines every day for one man and the 30 turtles he'll care for over the winter.Enbridge Inc.-contracted scientist Bob Doherty and three part-time helpers are still administering daily care to dozens of turtles that were rescued from the creek and river this spring and summer.
The turtles were too unhealthy to be released in time for winter hibernation, and will have to spend the winter in a small one-room heated facility near Historic Bridge Park in Emmett Township.Throughout this summer's oil spill cleanup, turtles with oil on them were still being discovered, said Lisa Williams of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Some were cleaned in the field while others had to be taken into Doherty's wildlife center for care, Williams said.  more...


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American eel may need protection: U.S. agency

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The American eel, a freshwater fish native to the eastern United States that is born and dies in the open ocean, may be at risk of extinction because of climate change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Wednesday.  more...


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Personal cormorant cull costs man $6,000

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A Picton man has been fined $5,000 and ordered to make an additional $1,000 donation to Ducks Unlimited for killing more than 100 cormorants on the St. Lawrence River.  more...


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Life finally goes swimmingly for Lake Erie water snake

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After slithering through government bureaucracy for 12 years, the Lake Erie water snake came off the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife last week. That should be a source of pride for all of us in the Great Lakes region.  more...


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Toronto Ripley's aquarium to feature fish from around world, Great Lakes

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Torontonians and visitors to Canada's largest city will soon be able to see sharks and stingrays despite being thousands of kilometres away from the ocean.  more...


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Spawning success signals start of sturgeon comeback

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After 28 years of stocking sturgeon in Minnesota's St. Louis River and waiting for them to mature, fisheries biologists have documented the first natural reproduction of the species.  more...


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Piping plover spotted at Presque Isle State Park

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A piping plover was spotted Tuesday at Presque Isle State Park, Penn.  more...


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Raptors are roosting in Ontario

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The raptors are coming home to roost, flying all along the Niagara Escarpment, providing an opportunity to see the migration of thousands of hawks, eagles, vultures, falcons and more.  more...


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Presque Isle State Park tries to balance needs of piping plovers, people

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Fluffy piping plover chicks, resembling cotton balls with legs, once hatched on Presque Isle's beaches under the watchful eyes of their 6-inch-tall parents. But then more human adults, and their children, flocked to the peninsula for recreation.  more...


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Welcome home: Eagles of Onondaga evoke awe, concern

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In Syracuse, the arrival of more than 20 bald eagles along Onondaga Lake for the winter creates two conflicting points of view. Many Central New Yorkers, like the hundreds who turned out Sunday to watch for eagles outside Carousel Center, view the presence of the birds as an awesome gift. Others, aware of mercury and other industrial poisons just beneath the lake, fear for the well-being of such majestic visitors — especially because these eagles prefer fish.  more...


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Eagles return to Thousand Islands

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The magnificent bald eagle that used to grace our skies and soared above the Thousand Islands until the 1930s is back. Since pollution and encroaching human populations eliminated the birds, their re-introduction to the area after more than 70 years can be taken as a sign that our ecosystem is recovering.  more...


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Resilient Habitat in the Great Lakes

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Quetico-Superior is a 10-million-acre international ecoregion straddling the Minnesota-Ontario border. The area contains 2.5 million protected acres, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the largest federally designated wilderness in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Everglades, and Voyageurs National Park. Just over the border is Ontario's 1.18-million-acre Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park.  more...


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Endangered species protection is proposed for two freshwater mussels

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Two funny-named species of freshwater mussels currently found in rivers of the Great Lake states were recently proposed for Endangered Species Act protection. The rayed bean and snuffbox mussels were recently proposed to be listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Chemical contaminants, sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and mining are threats to their habitat’s water quality, according to the service.  more...


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Eagles in Au Gres

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Guest blogger and photographer, Stephane Irwin shares what it’s like to witness the majestic eagle soaring through its wholesome Michigan habitat. Read her story here on Pure Michigan Connect!

I bought a cottage in Au Gres last year and had wonderful times there with friends and family all through that summer season. But after the boats were gone and the docks were pulled out, something happened that surpassed my expectations to a degree I could not have imagined. I started seeing eagles.  more...



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Hawk migration underway

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The cold front that rained and blew its way through the region Thursday night may be just what the doctor ordered for boosting the magnificent annual passage of thousands of hawks around the northwest corner of Lake Erie.  more...


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