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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Save the River looks to boost its education program
TWC News - Syracuse, NY (8/20)
A volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to protecting the St. Lawrence River has published a book to benefit the cause.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance aims to raise awareness of Bay City's schooner Appledore, other STEM teaching tools
MLive (8/20)
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance ambassadors and board members, joined Bay City, Mich. area educators and members of the media for a STEM excursion aboard the schooner Appledore IV.

Local teachers travel to study lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/4)
An Indiana high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a weeklong summer program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

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Great Lakes native flora

6 | Native flora fun facts!

Click for larger image. State & Provincial Trees
Illinois: white oak (Quercus alba)
Indiana: yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Michigan: eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
Minnesota: red pine (Pinus resinosa)
New York: sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
Ohio: Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Ontario: eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
Pennsylvania: eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Québec: yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Wisconsin: sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

Click for larger image. State & Provincial Flowers
Illinois: native violet (Viola sororia)
Indiana: peony (Paeonia spp.)
Michigan: apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria)
Minnesota: lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae)
New York: rose (Rosa spp.)
Ohio: scarlet carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Ontario: white trillium (Trillium L.)
Pennsylvania: mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
Québec: white lily (Lilium candidum)*
Wisconsin: wood violet (Viola sororia)

*not a native plant
Reference: Geobop's Symbols

Sassafras fall color Why do leaves change color in the autumn?

Why do plants have a common name and a Latin name?
Carl von Linne created scientific names for plants, or botanical nomenclature, in order for scientists and plants lover all over the world to be able to identify the same plant with the same name. Von Linne's Latin names for plants often include a noun, the generic name, and an adjective, the specific name. The first name is the generic name, and states the genus to which the plant belongs; the second name, called the specific name, describes the species of the plant. The generic name is always capitalized and italized, and often honors the person who found the plant, or relates to mythology or description. The specific name is italized and usually lowercase, and provides a good clue to the plant's look or character.
Reference: Iowa State University Horticulture & Home Pest News

Some examples:
Quercus alba (white oak): Quercus means strong, and alba means white.
Pinus resinosa (red pine): Pinus means pine, and resinosa means resinous (translucent and sticky plant secretion)

Go to the Glossary of Roots of Botanical Names to read more!


Graphics: yellow poplar (credit: USDA PLANTS database); lady's slipper (credit: Raphael Carter); Sassafras fall color

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