Coordinator of the US Forest Service's Urban Connections program in Milwaukee, Jean Claassen, and this year's intern group Taylor Ruffin, Arturo Garcia, and Cassie Cibik spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the program.
Students at most colleges and universities around the state are back in class at this point. For a group of students that spent the summer in Milwaukee, they take back with them lessons learned in developing environmental curricula for young people.
Most kids are back in school by now; that means their outdoor play time is dramatically reduced. That assumes, of course, that children actually spend time playing outside and exploring nature. Data suggests otherwise.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:33 am
People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their Major League Baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state.
Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:20 pm
Even though Michigan is surrounded by more than 20 percent of the world's freshwater, fish farming is largely unheard of there.
But this summer, the aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over the appropriateness of fish farming on the Great Lakes.
There's only one company now in Michigan that raises fish for restaurants and grocery stores in large volumes. It's a family business, run by Dan Vogler, on a few acres near Harrietta, Mich., population 143.
Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:16 pm
Decades after the threat of extinction led to them being protected from whalers, there are now about 2,200 blue whales off the West Coast, according to a new study. That's roughly 97 percent of historical levels, say researchers at the University of Washington who call their findings a conservation success story.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 1:42 pm
Perdue Farms says it has ditched the common practice of injecting antibiotics into eggs that are just about to hatch. And public health advocates are cheering. They've been campaigning against the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture, arguing that it's adding to the plague of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.