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E-M:/ "Celebrating the Return of Detroit River's Charismatic Megafauna" by John Hartig, DRIWR 9/4/08

--- On Wed, 8/27/08, Sierra Club - Southeast Michigan Group <gscicli@comcast.net> wrote:
From: Sierra Club - Southeast Michigan Group <gscicli@comcast.net>
Subject: Sierra Club-SEMG General Membership Meeting ,Thursday September 4
To: "Sierra Club - Southeast Michigan Group" <alert@sierraclub.org>
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 7:57 AM

"Coming Home: Celebrating the Return of Detroit River's Charismatic
Megafauna" by John Hartig, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and
Riverside Kayak Connection, Wyandotte, MI.
The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR) is the only wildlife
refuge that can claim title to an international boundary in North America.
Established in 2001, the refuge includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes,
shoals and riverfront lands along 48 miles of the Detroit River and western Lake
Erie. In the past 100 years, discharges from the steel and chemical industry and
municipal sewage effluent, along with the effects of large, deep-draft vessels,
have degraded the lower Detroit River ecosystem. However, over 35 years of
pollution prevention and control have resulted in improvements in the water
quality of both the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. The river and lake have
responded with surprising ecological recovery, including the return of bald
eagles, peregrine falcons, walleye, lake sturgeon, lake whitefish and mayflies.
On September 14th, the 4th annual "Paddle By Your Refuge" will occur
which benefits the DRIWR and features both kayak instruction and tours along the
Detroit River to the famous Humbug Marsh. The Sierra Club was among the
coalition of environmental groups who fought and won the 7 year battle to save
the last mile of undeveloped coastal wetlands on the US side of the Detroit
River. The Humbug complex, considered one of the richest areas of biodiversity
along the river, provides critical habitat for many species of fish, ducks,
migratory birds, mammals, as well many valued plant species. 
The Southeast MI Group (SEMG) meets on the first Thursday of each month at the
Northwest Unitarian-Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI.
The church is located along the southbound US10 service drive between 9 & 10
Mile. Our meetings begin with a potluck dinner from 6-7pm followed by a brief
local club update from7-730pm. The featured programs listed below begin at
730pm. ***Plz note the time changes!*** All are welcome, members and non-members
alike, so please consider bringing a friend! For more info, contact Carol Izant
at (248)352-6137 or cogknot@yahoo.com. For complete coverage of SEMG activities,
check out our website@www.michigan.sierraclub.org/semg
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