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E-M:/ Free Program on Prairies and Sturgeon

Enviro-Mich message from Smileysmlc@aol.com

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Program of the Southeast 
Michigan Land Conservancy.  It is free and open to the public.

WHEN:   Saturday, November 8, 2003
            Nature Walk at Noon; Program at 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:      U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center
            4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn MI 48128
            (free parking in the parking structure)
                The Environmental Interpretive Center is in the northwest 
                corner of the campus.  For a campus map,  go to

12 Noon - Nature Walk led by Rick Simek.  Tour the Rouge River floodplain and 
the             grounds of the Henry Ford Estate.

1:15 p.m. - Registration for Program; Refreshments  
            We will also have a few Silent Auction items to bid on.

  Short Update on the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy

  The Greater Sibley Prairie Complex - Michigan's most endangered habitat
        - Mary LaFrance, Sierra Club, SE Michigan Group
The Sibley Prairie, a lakeplain prairie in Brownstown Township, is among the 
most endangered habitats in the Great Lakes basin.  It is the largest known 
remaining lakeplain prairie ecosystem in Michigan, and it is home to at least 14 
rare, threatened, and endangered species.  Hear about threats from 
development--and fleeting opportunities to protect this unique, irreplaceable, resource.

  Restoration and Conservation of Lake Sturgeon in the Detroit River
        - Bruce Manny, U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center 
The Detroit River has been the focus of much attention due to its recent 
designation as an American Heritage River and with the creation of the Detroit 
River International Wildlife Refuge.  Of other noteworthy interest is the recent 
research about the distribution, movements, and habitat use of lake sturgeon 
in the Detroit River.  This prehistoric-looking fish was nearly extirpated from 
the Great Lakes by overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss.  Today, lake 
sturgeon populations are estimated to be at less than 1% of their former 
abundance and, in Michigan, lake sturgeon are listed as a threatened species.  Are 
lake sturgeon making a comeback in the Detroit River?  Come and hear the 
firsthand results of the some of the most recent research.

This should be an interesting program.  Please plan to attend.  Bring some 
friends--or just plan to make new ones!

Note:  we will still have our Full Moon Campfire Saturday evening at the 
LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve in Superior Township, beginning at 6 p.m. (gates 
open at 5 p.m.)  This will be our last campfire for the year, but it should be a 
good one as there will be a lunar eclipse!

Jack Smiley, President
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy

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