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McCormick Ravine being restored for $3.5 million
Chicago Tribune (2/9)
Restoration of the McCormick Ravine in Illinois is part of a larger project called the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration Program that is under the auspices of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Great Lakes national parks prepare for centennial
Great Lakes Echo (1/31)
The Great Lakes region units of the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year. Popular or not, vast or small, widely familiar or not, they’re publicly owned treasures of environmental resources, historic and cultural wealth, recreation and national identity.

Ecological casualties: winners and losers in the war on carp
Great Lakes Echo (1/28)
A new study suggests that Asian carp would disrupt the food web and decimate native species like walleye if they invade Lake Erie. And that could blunt the economic impact of anglers on nearby communities.

Searching for woodland fairies and fingernail clams
Great Lakes Echo (1/19)
Vernal pools are awe-inspiring ecosystems, and they provide habitats for unique creatures you won’t find anywhere else. But they’re in danger of being overlooked–most notably by land developers.

Study: Walleye, trout will be hardest hit by Asian carp
The Detroit News (1/4)
Walleye, prized for their taste and the sheer fun of hauling in a fish that can reach 20 pounds, would be among the most heavily-impacted in Lake Erie should invasive Asian carp establish themselves there.

Steady decline in wetlands endangers Great Lakes
Michigan Radio (1/4)
In Michigan and across the country, wetlands are known as marshes, swamps, bogs, fens and pocosins. They are also known as threatened.

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General Resources
Biodiversity
The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
The Coastal Centre, through education, research and community stewardship, are undertaking efforts to help restore the biodiversity of the coast and minimize future losses.

Biodiversity Portrait of the St. Lawrence
Green Lane, Environment Canada
Presents the current knowledge base of the river's ecological and biological diversity in atlas form.

Biological Diversity in the Great Lakes Ecosystem
The Nature Conservancy
The network of state and provincial Natural Heritage Programs, which identify and track the status of key biodiversity features, has identified 131 elements within the Great Lakes basin that are critically imperiled, imperiled or rare on a global scale.

Canada's Aquatic Environments
University of Guelph, Ontario
Includes more than 9,000 pages of information on aquatic animals and habitats and soon to be expanded to include plants. Designed to make education fun, this site is the ultimate web resource for those with a passion for aquatic life.

Canadian Biodiversity Information Network (CBIN)
CBIN is a Canadian node of the BIN21 (Biodiversity Information Network) and is being developed by Canadian participants, be they government, non-government or private sector.

Canadian Botanical Conservation Network (CBCN)
A useful source for information on biodiversity and the conservation of botanical genetic resources.

Great Lakes Biodiversity Resources
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Find out about the Marsh Monitoring Program, the Chicago Native Seed Garden project and the status of biodiversity in the Great Lakes region.

Great Lakes in the Balance
The Nature Conservancy
This 1997 document discusses the biological diversity of the Great Lakes region and the efforts to balance the needs of nature with the needs of people.

Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
The data center locates and keeps track of Indiana's rarest plants, animals, and natural communities. It maintains an extensive database of these elements of natural diversity.

NatureServe
NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the trusted source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.

Prairies in the Prairie State
Presented by the Openlands Project and the Illinois State Museum, this exhibit discusses the environment, plants and animals, and human interaction of the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie

Protecting Lake Superior
National Wildlife Federation
NWF started the Lake Superior & Biodiversity Project to focus efforts on the measures needed to protect Lake Superior, the headwaters of the world's largest freshwater system and the heart of one of the most heavily forested ecosystems in North America.

Tallgrass Prairie
Illinois Natural History Survey
According to a document produced by The Nature Conservancy, the tallgrass prairie is "the most diverse repository of species in the Midwest [and] ... habitat for some of the Midwest's rarest species."

The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
NBII is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. Great Lakes related information includes invasive species, fisheries and biodiversity.

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Publications
Biodiversity Investment Area Papers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Papers on aquatic, coastal wetlands, and nearshore terrestrial ecosystems.

Explore Our Natural World: A Biodiversity Atlas of the Lake Huron to Lake Erie Corridor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wildlife Habitat Council
The Biodiversity Atlas is an interpretive guidebook to the natural communities of the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, and Detroit River watersheds. View the document online or read more about it on the Council's project page.

Midwest Oak Savanna Conference Proceedings
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
These papers contribute to a growing base of information about an ecosystem that was virtually unknown 10 years ago. Topics include ecology and science; restoration; law, policies and ethics; and people.

The Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Great Lakes Ecosystem: Issues and Opportunities
The Nature Conservancy
This 1994 document provides a "first look" at the special biological diversity of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem and at those human activities that place it at risk.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Ecosytem Management in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Endangered and Threatened Species in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Plants of the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Wetlands in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Wildlife of the Great Lakes Region

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