Downriver Linked Greenways Celebration

Event Date: 6/8/2017

You’re invited to the Downriver Linked Greenway Celebration. Bring your bicycle or walking shoes and join us for the Stroll and Roll Meet-up following the festivities.

When: Thursday, June 8, at 4pm
Where: Trenton City Hall, 2800 Third St., Trenton, MI
RSVP: Trenton Parks and Recreation by June 7, please call (734) 675-7300

2017 Summer Discovery Cruises

Event Date: 5/22/2017
End Date: 9/15/2017

Do you want to learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes? If so, you will want to learn more about our 2017 Summer Discovery Cruises season!

For the 16th summer, Michigan Sea Grant Extension will provide Michiganders (and visitors to Michigan) with the opportunity to learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes. Cruises depart from Lake Erie Metropark, with cruises on the lower Detroit River and Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair Metropark, cruising Lake St. Clair.

The 2017 season offers more than 20 educational cruises around themes such as Fisheries, Wildlife, Wetlands, Shipwrecks, Lighthouses, Weather, Shipping and more. Cruises for educators wanting to enhance the use of Great Lakes content in their teaching are also provided, with stipends.

Some of the exciting cruises for the 2017 season include:

Lake St. Clair Fisheries – This is not a fishing cruise, but it definitely is a “fishy” cruise! Learn first-hand about the fish that are found in Lake St. Clair, many of which are available for hands-on examination during the cruise. We will be joined by a Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist and rendezvous with their research vessel while out on the lake to observe fish tagging, measuring and other research operations.

Warfare on the Waterfront – The War of 1812, World War II, and even the American Civil War have all shaped the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Long after the end of hostilities, remnants of this military presence can still be found. Join an Interpreter for an in-depth look at these conflicts, their sites and stories, and see how they impacted the region and the world.

Shipwreck at Sugar – Just under the waves off a crumbling Sugar Island dock lie the remains of a vessel sank in 1945. Travel with our resident historian to the wreck site to learn about the S.S. Seabreeze, the story of how it got there and the circumstances surrounding its mysterious sinking.

Birds, Boats & Booze (4 hour history cruise) – Many things brought people to the St. Clair River Delta Flats area. The abundant wetlands brought duck hunters and fishing. Wood boats and passenger steamers brought tourism and recreation, and Prohibition brought rumrunners and speakeasies to the region. Spend a little more time in “the flats” with us as we cruise farther up the South Channel and share a little of the past including stories of the big hotels, Tashmoo Park, Chris Craft boat building and more.

Great Lakes Science for Kids – Learn about the ecology of Lake St. Clair or Lake Erie, by using the tools a Great Lakes Scientist uses to determine water quality by studying the plants and animals of the lakes. Try your hand at using a plankton net, bottom dredge, water testing kit, underwater camera, and binoculars to discover the exciting nature of the lake and become a Great Lakes Scientist!

To learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes, visit the Summer Discovery Cruises web site at www.discoverycruises.org for complete cruise descriptions, locations, dates and times, as well as directions on how to register for your 2017 Summer Discovery Cruises. Don’t miss the boat!

Hiring On-Call Sea Grant Support Staff

Event Date: 5/8/2017
End Date: 6/1/2017

Position Description

Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension are pleased to announce the availability of an on-call position beginning July 1, 2017.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating Sea Grant Extension Programming in coastal and Great Lakes communities. This position will include work on citizen science programs such as the Great Lakes Angler Diary, assistance planning for events including Regional Fisheries Workshops and the National Working Waterfronts Symposium, and work on educational materials including the Introduction to the Great Lakes online course. The successful applicant will interact with Sea Grant partners at the federal, state and local levels including anglers who volunteer for citizen science programs and natural resource professionals specializing in Great Lakes and coastal issues.

This position is located in West Olive in the Ottawa County MSU Extension office. 

Major Responsibilities

  • Assist three Sea Grant Extension Educators with secretarial support, data entry, management of e-mail lists, development of educational materials, and other duties related to program coordination, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Communicate with volunteers, natural resource professionals, and other stakeholders by phone, e-mail, and social media.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required

  • Strong writing, editing, data entry, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Demonstrated interest in Great Lakes issues, fisheries management, or coastal communities.
  • Ability to work independently and budget time efficiently.

Desired

  • Experience working with software including but not limited to Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, Mail Chimp, Adobe Creative Suite, Excel, Word and social media platforms.
  • Undergraduate coursework in fisheries management.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state.

Hours & Compensation

  • Approximately 12 hours/week on average and no more than 19 hours in any given week.
  • Some evenings and weekends required; occasional travel.
  • $13-15/hour depending on qualifications.
  • Travel expenses provided when required to perform work duties.

To Apply:  Send cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and resume to Dr. Dan O’Keefe, okeefed@msu.edu, by June 1, 2017.

About Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension

Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the University of Michigan (UM) and Michigan State University (MSU) and is part of the National Sea Grant College Program. Michigan Sea Grant supports research, education and outreach projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of Great Lakes resources. Sea Grant also supports extension educators located in coastal communities. These extension educators work within the MSU Extension system which includes offices and staff across the state dedicated to bringing the knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities, and businesses.  

Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop

Event Date: 5/24/2017

This May 24 workshop is a chance for anglers, and others to network, get updates from researchers, and agencies on Lake Superior Fisheries.

Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop planned for May 24 in Central Upper Peninsula

Do you like to fish on Lake Superior and want to know what others are catching on the lake? Are you curious how lake trout are being managed? Do you want to understand more about what invasive species are present and how they impact the Great Lakes? If the answer was yes to any of these questions, then the Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop is for you!

Michigan Sea Grant hosts a number of workshops across the Great Lakes that help inform the angling community and general public about fish populations and management. This year Michigan Sea Grant in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) will host a Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop in Harvey, Mich., just outside of Marquette. The workshop will feature a variety of talks from managing agencies such as the MDNR, US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The talks will help anglers and the general public understand what research is taking place on the lake and how it is informing fisheries management decisions. There will also be plenty of time for question and answers allowing anglers to give valuable input.

The workshop takes place 6 p.m.-9 p.m. May 24, 2017, at Chocolay Township Hall, 5010 US-41 Harvey, MI 49855. Parking is available at the Township Hall and overflow parking is available at the nearby Silver Creek Church just northwest of the facility.

Presentations will include:

  • Lake Superior Nearshore Sampling, Troy Zorn –  MDNR: Fisheries Research
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Sampling and Update, Jared Myers – US Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Lake Superior Prey Fish Updates, Dan Yule –  US Geological Survey)
  • Lake Trout Status and Updates, Shawn Sitar – MDNR: Fisheries Research)
  • Sea Lamprey Control Status, Jessica Barber – US Fish and Wildlife Services)
  • Fishing Enforcement in 1836 Treaty Waters, Marvin Gerlach – MDNR-Law Enforcement Division
  • Fishing Enforcement in 1842 Treaty Waters, Steven Amsler and Matt Kinskern – Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Lake Superior Angler Creel Data, Cory Kovacs – MDNR: Fisheries Management)

The Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop is free and open to any and all interested participants.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn about what is happening with the Lake Superior Fisheries!

Sustainable Small Harbors Webinar

Event Date: 5/8/2017

Michigan Sea Grant to host webinar about Sustainable Small Harbors project findings and next steps

On May 8 at 2–3:30 p.m. EDT, Michigan Sea Grant will host a webinar titled, “The Sustainable Small Harbors Project: Helping coastal communities re-imagine their waterfront.”

This webinar will provide an overview of the Sustainable Small Harbors project, an initiative to boost the long-term well-being of Michigan’s coastal communities. All people involved in coastal communities, both in and outside of Michigan, are invited to participate.

The Sustainable Small Harbors project arose in 2014 when many of Michigan’s small coastal communities were struggling to cope with fluctuating water levels, declining populations, and economic instability. The project research team (consisting of Lawrence Technological University, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., Veritas Economic Consulting, LLC, and David Larkin Knight, LLC) has assessed barriers preventing small harbor communities from becoming socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Members of the project research team along with personnel from Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension facilitated in-depth visioning workshops in six coastal communities to help community members identify potential growth areas for their waterfronts. By May 2017, the team will publish a guidebook to help other coastal communities analyze their own waterfront assets and develop strategies to bolster their long-term economic, social, and environmental stability.

“This effort empowers communities to overcome the burdens of their historic legacies,” says Jon Allan, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes. “The process engaged community members in constructive conversations to create a shared vision.”

The 90-minute webinar will provide an overview of the project’s history, major findings and outcomes, and future directions. Representatives from the cities of New Baltimore and Ontonagon will speak about their experiences with the project. The webinar will conclude with an open question-and-answer session.

Registration is required to participate in this webinar, scheduled for May 8, 2017, at 2–3:30 p.m. EDT. Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8474664373942398467

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the webinar. Learn more about the project at: www.sustainablesmallharbors.org

Contact: Rhett Register, Michigan Sea Grant; (734) 647-0767, rregist@umich.edu 

Boardman River Selective Fish Passage National Demonstration

Event Date: 4/11/2017

Keeping out the bad and encouraging the good!

April 11, 2017

ISEA Education Center, 100 Dame St., Suttons Bay, MI, 6:30–8 pm (Free to public)

This seminar will discuss a broad overview of the project and the preliminary ideas of the recently announced Selective Fish Passage Demonstration on the Boardman River. Announced by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Fall 2016, The Boardman River Union Street Dam site was chosen to implement a state-of-the-art system to keep adult sea lamprey upstream of the project site while allowing self-sustaining populations of various fish species to migrate to and from Lake Michigan and all the way up the Boardman River watershed. The project is in its very initial stages of a possible 10 year experiment to be followed with a long-term operational mode allowing such selective fish passage.

Mark Breederland works with Great Lakes coastal communities and has done so for over 25 years. He is a field-based educator with the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, Michigan State University Extension serving the Northwest Lower Michigan area from his base in Traverse City. He is collaborating with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission on the Boardman River Selective Fish Passage Project as part of the education and outreach team.

IAGLR 2017 – Register by May 1

Event Date: 5/15/2017
End Date: 5/19/2017

Join us on May 15-19, 2017, for IAGLR’s 60th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. You’ll experience four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on the theme From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems. Registration is open until May 1. Learn more about the conference and register here.

Fishes of the Lower Grand River

Event Date: 4/18/2017

Birders commonly keep lifelists to track the species that they encounter. Why not do the same for fish? This talk will highlight some of the rare and unusual fish species found in the Grand. Attendees will also receive a checklist of the 100+ species found in local waters.

There is no cost to attend this talk by Dan O’Keefe of Michigan Sea Grant.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
St. John’s Episcopal Church
524 Washington AVE
Grand Haven, MI 49417

This presentation will be given at a regular meeting of the Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society.

History of Lake Michigan Fisheries

Event Date: 4/27/2017

Dr. Dan O’Keefe will discuss historic commercial fisheries and issues facing the modern salmon fishery.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Loutit District Library
407 Columbus AVE
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Request for Proposals: Great Lakes Clean Marina Network

Event Date: 4/17/2017

Michigan Sea Grant, as co-coordinator of the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network, is soliciting proposals for projects supporting Great Lakes Clean Marina Programs in 2017. Michigan Sea Grant anticipates awarding two grants with $5,000 as the maximum annual funding allowance per grant. The projects will run for up to one year, to be completed by April 30, 2018.

This request for proposals is open to all eight Great Lakes states of the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network (IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI). The network’s mission is to ensure that quality of life, economic prosperity, and environmental quality are achieved in the Great Lakes region by increasing participation in Clean Marina efforts.

This request for proposals focuses on two categories: 1) projects to expand the territory for Clean Marina certification within the Great Lakes Basin, or 2) projects that evaluate and/or support Clean Marina Program sustainability.

See: Funding Opportunities