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A changing Maumee River in Ohio no longer home for some species
The Toledo Blade (7/6)
When the streams feeding Ohio's Maumee River system were channelized to enhance drainage for agricultural purposes, certain species of fish suffered.

Low water is high time to plant beaches
Great Lakes Echo (5/1)
As lake levels drop and grasses and other plants sprout on once plant-free beaches, ecologists are encouraging waterfront property owners to see the splendor in that greenery.

Spreading the invasive spiny water flea upsets lake ecosystems
Great lakes Echo (4/23)
Researchers believe that anchors and fishing lines can help spread the invasive spiny water flea, and Great Lakes fishermen may need to follow stricter equipment cleaning regulations.

Decision time for Isle Royale, only 8 wolves left
Michigan Public Radio - The Environment Report (4/18)
Isle Royale - with wolf populations at an all time low, a total of 8 individuals, the managers of the National Park are carefully considering their next move.

You can help guard the dinosaurs
UpNorthLive (4/15)
A Cheboygan County organization is gathering volunteers to help protect one of the most valuable natural resources in Michigan, the rare lake sturgeon.

Enbridge declines to pay for new studies on oil spill damage
Detroit Free Press (3/4)
The pipeline company responsible for the 2010 tar sands oil spill that fouled almost 40 miles of Michigan's Kalamazoo River is refusing to pay $800,000 to complete two new studies to assess the spill's damage.

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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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