Shiver on the River

Event Date: 2/2/2019

Saturday, February 2, 2019

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. 

Shiver on the River is a free family annual event sponsored by Friends of the Detroit River. This year’s event will include an environmental fair, presentations and kids activities at the Casino Building as well as free access into several Belle Isle buildings such as the aquarium, conservatory and nature center. Sea Grant educator, Mary Bohling will be giving a presentation on her new book: Beautiful Belle Isle at 12:30pm in the Casino.

Contact

Mary Bohling
Extension Educator, Urban Southeast District
(313) 410-9431
bohling@msu.edu

Webinar: Michigan EnviroImpact Tool Nutrient Application Planning

Event Date: 1/23/2019

Learn how to use a free decision support tool for short-term planning of manure application.

By Meaghan Gass, Michigan Sea Grant, and Erica Rogers, Michigan State University Extension

A tractor pulls a container spreading manure in a field.

Utilizing manure as a fertilizer source can be a cost-effective way for farmers to meet crop nutrient needs and, with effective application, be environmentally sustainable. Photo: Erica Rogers

Are you a farmer applying manure or commercial fertilizer to your farm fields? You are invited to attend a free webinar to learn more about the MI EnviroImpact Tool.

The MI EnviroImpact tool is a decision support tool for short-term manure application planning that shows daily runoff risk across Michigan. The tool’s runoff risk forecast comes from real-time precipitation and temperature forecasts, which are combined with snow melt, soil moisture, and landscape characteristics in order to forecast runoff events. With the tool, farmers can better determine when to apply manure as a fertilizer source with lower runoff risks.

A computer screenshot shows what the EnviroImpact Tool looks like with a specific day's forecast shown.

Planning reduces runoff risk

Nutrients found in manure and commercial fertilizers, like nitrogen and phosphorus, can enter rivers and streams as runoff, and in Michigan, almost all of our waterways flow to the Great Lakes. When it rains, these nutrients have the potential to wash into nearby waterways, leading to excess nutrients and overgrowth of algae or harmful algal blooms. These algal blooms can have a big impact on the Great Lakes watershed as they consume oxygen that fish need to survive and can affect the quality of drinking water. With manure application planning, farmers are able reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and help better protect the Great Lakes.

Manure application is just one possible source of excess algal growth, but with proper planning, farmers can help keep applied manure nutrients on their fields and reduce runoff entering the Great Lakes.

Register for the free webinar

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant are hosting a FREE webinar to support farmers with their manure application planning on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 12-12:30pm (with additional time for questions). Visit http://bit.ly/MIEnviroImpactWebinar to register for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants, but attending the live webinar is encouraged to get any of your questions answered directly by experts.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erica Rogers (email: roger392@msu.edu or by phone: (989) 875-5233).

The Michigan EnviroImpact Tool was developed in partnership with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension. The tool is part of a regional effort to improve runoff risk decision support tools in the Great Lakes basin supported by the Environmental Protection AgencyGreat Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), and National Weather Service North Central River Forecast Center (NCRFC).

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

NEMIGLSI Regional Network Meeting

Event Date: 2/13/2019

Your school, your community organization, and you are invited to join and participate in the annual, youth education-focused Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) Regional Network Meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 hosted in Alpena, Michigan. 

Please RSVP and register online by Friday, February 8th. 

In great tradition, we are planning for a wonderful day of networking, sharing, and new ideas among schools, educators and community partners engaged in youth development and environmental stewardship across northeast Michigan. We look forward to your involvement! 

“NEMIGLSI: Past, Present and Future”

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Lunch Provided]

Location: Alpena, MI – hosted at the Alpena Events Complex, 701 Woodward Avenue, Alpena, MI  49707, in the Huron Conference Room. 

Program Expectations:  

  • Learn about the NEMIGLSI network through educational updates, information and resources in support of your stewardship education efforts.
  • Gain place-based stewardship education insights and ideas from a panel of education and community partners. 
  • Network, share, and trade lessons learned with participating NEMIGLSI partners – a chance to connect with educators from other schools and community partners from across our regional network.
  • Contribute in planning the future direction for our regional NEMIGLSI network – your opportunity to provide input and guidance about how the GLSI can better support place-based stewardship education inquiries in northeast Michigan!

Registration Information: 

Please share with those who may want to participate and benefit from the day, and we hope you will plan to join yourself!

  • CLICK HERE to register online at the NEMIGLSI website (www.nemiglsi.org – registration under “Professional Development” tab).  Please register no later than Friday, February 8th.   
  • No cost to participate and lunch is provided.   We only request you please pre-register, as this helps us plan for meals and educational materials provided.
  • School participation stipends.  Participating schools will be reimbursed ($100 stipend for each educator participating) to help cover substitute teacher costs.

Questions or need additional information? Please feel free to contact Meag Schwartz (meag.nemiglsi@gmail.com // 989.884.6216) or Brandon Schroeder (schroe45@msu.edu // 989-354-9885).

We hope you will plan to join to celebrate successes and plan together for an even brighter future for our collective NEMIGLSI network and partnership!

Downriver Trail Triumphs!

Event Date: 1/22/2019

This event—Trail Triumphs!—is being hosted by Downriver Linked Greenways (DLG), in partnership with the City of Flat Rock. The purpose of the event is to announce a new partnership with Friends of the Detroit River and the completion of several grant-funded projects including a DLG trail signage strategy, Trail Towns Pilot Project and several new types of trail signage (unveiled at the event) that will soon be installed along the Downriver Linked Greenway in 2019. Many of our trail partners will be there with information booths. 

Aquaculture Challenge registration deadline

Event Date: 1/18/2019
End Date: 1/30/2019

Michigan schools are invited to participate in the 2019 Aquaculture Challenge program. The aquaculture challenge is a science and business competition in which teams of students design and create an aquaponics system. The competition is composed of three parts, including: 1) Designing and creating a system, 2) Monitoring the system, and 3) Creating a business plan to accompany the system.

Student teams are provided a free Arduino control board and probes as well as a water chemistry monitoring kit. Student teams provide their own equipment to create the aquaponics system. This program is sponsored and run through Lake Superior State University and Michigan Sea Grant.

The registration deadline for this year is January 30, 2019 (*NOTE: Deadline extended from January 19). There is also an optional open house where students can visit Lake Superior State on January 24 (*NOTE: Event moved from January 11). The competition then runs through the end of March. Student teams must submit three videos showcasing their accomplishments, as well as supporting materials, by April 8. A virtual awards ceremony will be held April 11. These dates and an overview of the competition can be found here. The team rules manual with detailed information about the competition is here.

Registering a team is free and easy. Simply click here and fill out the required information. Teams can work on the competition as part of a class or as an after-school activity. Multiple teams can register per school, and teams can also register as part of a club or other academic-related organization.

Additional information about this competition and aquaculture in the classroom can be found at www.ncrac-yea.org

Michigan Sea Grant MSU Extension Fellowship

Event Date: 12/17/2018
End Date: 3/29/2019

Opportunities for graduate students

Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., science, policy, law) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, or marine issues are encouraged to apply. Programs require a full-time commitment and most, but not all, fellows participate after graduating.

  • Knauss Marine Policy: The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program matches graduate students with “hosts,” such as congressional offices, NOAA branches, or other federal agencies. Fellows work on a range of policy and management projects related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Application deadline February 22, 2019.
  • NOAA Coastal Management: This program places recent graduate students in state coastal management programs. Fellows spend two years working on projects related to climate change, shoreline protection, spatial planning, or other coastal issues. Apply by January 18, 2019.
  • Michigan Sea Grant Extension Fellowship: This program is designed for Michigan State University master’s or doctoral students interested in engaged scholarship for research and Extension engagement within the Great Lakes region. Apply by March 29, 2019.

NOAA Coastal Management

Event Date: 12/17/2018
End Date: 1/18/2019

Opportunities for graduate students

Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., science, policy, law) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, or marine issues are encouraged to apply. Programs require a full-time commitment and most, but not all, fellows participate after graduating.

  • Knauss Marine Policy: The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program matches graduate students with “hosts,” such as congressional offices, NOAA branches, or other federal agencies. Fellows work on a range of policy and management projects related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Application deadline February 22, 2019.
  • NOAA Coastal Management: This program places recent graduate students in state coastal management programs. Fellows spend two years working on projects related to climate change, shoreline protection, spatial planning, or other coastal issues. Apply by January 18, 2019.
  • Michigan Sea Grant Extension Fellowship: This program is designed for Michigan State University master’s or doctoral students interested in engaged scholarship for research and Extension engagement within the Great Lakes region. Apply by March 29, 2019.

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Event Date: 12/17/2018
End Date: 2/22/2019

Opportunities for graduate students

Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., science, policy, law) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, or marine issues are encouraged to apply. Programs require a full-time commitment and most, but not all, fellows participate after graduating.

  • Knauss Marine Policy: The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program matches graduate students with “hosts,” such as congressional offices, NOAA branches, or other federal agencies. Fellows work on a range of policy and management projects related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Application deadline February 22, 2019.
  • NOAA Coastal Management: This program places recent graduate students in state coastal management programs. Fellows spend two years working on projects related to climate change, shoreline protection, spatial planning, or other coastal issues. Apply by January 18, 2019.
  • Michigan Sea Grant Extension Fellowship: This program is designed for Michigan State University master’s or doctoral students interested in engaged scholarship for research and Extension engagement within the Great Lakes region. Apply by March 29, 2019.

Michigan Fish Producers Association Annual Conference

Event Date: 1/26/2019

Great Lakes Commercial Fisheries Issues to be Discussed at Michigan Fish Producers Association Annual Conference

Michigan Sea Grant Extension will be coordinating a daylong, educational program on current issues affecting the Great Lakes commercial fishing industry. The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 as part of the Michigan Fish Producers Association Annual Conference at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City.

There is no charge for attending this event. For additional information please contact Ron Kinnunen (Michigan Sea Grant Extension) at (906) 226-3687 or kinnune1@msu.edu

Agenda

Park Place Hotel
300 E. State Street
Traverse City, Michigan 

Great Lakes Commercial Fisheries Educational Session, Lakes Conference Room

Moderator: Ron Kinnunen (Michigan Sea Grant)

9:00-9:30 am – Superior and Michigan-Huron Lake Levels: A Review of 2018 and Updates/Possibilities in 2019

            Mark Breederland (Michigan Sea Grant)

9:30-10:15 am – Great Lakes Weather: An Update from the National Weather Service

            Jason Alumbaugh (National Weather Service)

10:15-10:45 am – Status and Management of Lake Whitefish Populations in 1836 Treaty Waters-2019

            Dave Caroffino (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

10:45-11:15 am – Status and Trends of Prey Fish in Lake Michigan, 2017

            Chuck Madenjian (U.S. Geological Survey)

11:15-12:00 noon – Early Life Diets and Possible Recruitment Bottlenecks for Lake Whitefish in Lakes Michigan and Huron

            Steve Pothoven (NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory)

12 noon-1:00 pm – Lunch on your own

1:00-1:30 pm – Fishtown: A Report from the Docks

            Amanda Holmes (Fishtown)

1:30-2:15 pm – Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail: New Website, New Opportunity

            Brandon Schroeder (Michigan Sea Grant)

2:15-2:45 pm – Changes in Cormorant Numbers and Reproductive Output since Regime Change: Implications for Fisheries

            Jim Ludwig (Waterbird Population Ecologist Consultant)

2:45-3:15 pm – Catch Composition and Bycatch in an Experimental Lake Whitefish Trawling Study

            Titus Seilheimer (Wisconsin Sea Grant)

3:15-3:45 pm – Cisco Integrated Assessment

            Ron Kinnunen (Michigan Sea Grant)

3:45-4:15 pm – Contaminants in Walleye from Two Areas of Concern (AOCs): Fox River and Saginaw River

            Chuck Madenjian (U.S. Geological Survey) 

Michigan Sea Grant Undergraduate Environmental Internship Program 

Event Date: 12/14/2018
End Date: 2/15/2019

Michigan Sea Grant is initiating a summer internship program for undergraduate students to work with a partner school, organization, or business to pursue a research project related to Great Lakes environmental stewardship. Funding is available for up to eight students the summer of 2019. Application details and submission deadline available at the link below.

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