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E-M:/ Invasive Species Field Course

Enviro-Mich message from "Martha Waszak" <WASZAKM@michigan.gov>


Be a part of this exciting new program in the summer of 2002, designed for educators, regulators, environmentalists and citizens in the Great Lakes Region.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recently granted Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) and Environmental Solutions Inc. (ESI) a federal project grant for monitoring invasive species in Lake Michigan and for the development of a three-day Invasive Species Field Course in Grand Traverse Bay.  The course will be designed to teach educators, regulators, environmentalists and citizens in the Great Lakes Region about the nature of the invasive species problem.  One of the goals of the course will be to create teaching modules that will extend the reach of the project into classrooms and community groups throughout the Great Lakes Region.  

The three-day Invasive Species Field Course will take place on June 17-19, 2002 and food and lodging will be provided. The course will be a unique combination of hands-on field sampling aboard ISEA's 77' schooner Inland Seas and shoreside activities with professional seminars in the Grand Traverse Bay area.  Emphasis will be on "prevention through education".  Educational materials will focus on the resolution of invasive species issues including commerce, economics and alternatives for redemption.  Specific topics that will be addressed in the three-day Invasive Species Field Course include:

*  The history of invasions
*  Natural range expansion
*  Lakewide Management Plan indicators and goals
*  Human assisted vectors, intentional & unintentional invasion
*  Effects of canal building in Europe and America
*  Growth of trade and present water-based trade patterns
*  The shippers perspective
*  Comparison of Great Lakes ecosystem prior to European contact and the     present-day system
*  Sampling techniques for detecting exotic species in the Great Lakes environment
*  Qualitative water sampling methods and requirements
*  Teaching strategies for invasive species education in the classroom
*  Design of unique invasive species teaching modules for students of all ages

At the conclusion of the Invasive Species Field Course, participants will be well prepared to share the information and educational materials provided in the course with students and citizens in their home area.  Participants will also be asked for input on course improvement and updates.

Concurrent with the Invasive Species Field Course and other ISEA shipboard educational programs during the summer of 2002, the teaching/research vessel Inland Seas will be used to establish a monitoring program of receptor sites to detect invasive species in Lake Michigan waters.  ISEA will report on the status of invasive species within these areas throughout the summer of 2002, making its findings available to teachers, regulators and the general public on its website: www.schoolship.org.

Principal investigators for the project will be ISEA Biologist/Education Director Colleen Masterson and Diane Lundin, Industrial Management Specialist of ESI. 

For further information, contact Colleen Masterson, ISEA, PO Box 218, Suttons Bay, MI  49682, 231-271-3077 (phone),   231-271-3088 (fax),    isea@traverse.com
You may also register for the course at : www.schoolship.org/invasive-species-course

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