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Change is a Shore Thing at Lake St. Clair

March 1, 2023 By Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Visitors to Lake St. Clair Metropark may have noticed some changes starting late last summer and into the fall. At the marina, instead of thick, rocky rip-rap there are now long…

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Importance of Ice

February 15, 2023 Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Winter ice, covering our lakes, streams, and ponds, isn’t just a beautiful surface for skating and ice fishing. It serves an important role in the annual cycles of our freshwater ecology and…

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World Wetlands Day: Celebrating and Saving Unique Habitats

February 2, 2023 By: Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor World Wetlands Day is an annual celebration of one of our critically important and deeply misunderstood landscapes: wetlands! Here in Southeast Michigan, wetlands have been under-appreciated and over-developed for centuries. According…

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Syrup Season & Climate Change

January 18, 2023 By: Steve Dishman, Interpreter, Lake St. Clair Metropark To some, the end of winter signals the arrival of migrating birds. Or perhaps the awakening of reptiles, amphibians, and some mammals from hibernation. And to others, it means…

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Winter Wonderland in the Metroparks?

January 4, 2023 By: Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Winter’s arrival in the Metroparks should herald the start of ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and other snowy and icy adventures. But the impacts of climate change can be observed…

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Climate Action in #YourMetroparks

November 23, 2022 Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Warm November days in Michigan brought record-setting observations of things like monarch butterflies flying by and black swallowtail caterpillars lingering in still-green gardens. While a single warmer-than-average season doesn’t indicate anything other…

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Aquatic Invasives: Phragmites

Jesica Jurj, Interpretive Intern, August 10, 2022 What are invasive species? Our Great Lakes region is full of diverse and rich wildlife that are crucial to the health of Michigan wetland ecosystems. There is a wide variety of plants and…

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Fighting for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland

Author: Kevin Arnold, Southern District Interpretive Supervisor In an earlier article, Community Outreach Interpreter Lisa Parsons wrote about “Celebrating Our Local Wetlands.” Here at Lake Erie Metropark, we are also “fighting” for one of our local wetlands, the Great Lakes…

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