ecology http://michiganradio.org en Biologists expect the worst for Michigan's bat population http://michiganradio.org/post/biologists-expect-worst-michigans-bat-population <p></p><p>Bats with <a href="http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/">white-nose syndrome</a> have been found in Mackinac and Dickinson counties in the Upper Peninsula and Alpena County in northern lower Michigan.</p><p>The fungal disease has killed more than six million bats in 27 states and five Canadian provinces since 2006.</p><p>Allen Kurta is a biology professor at Eastern Michigan University. He’s one of the researchers who found the infected bats. I spoke with him for today's Environment Report (you can hear him talk about white-nose syndrome above).</p><p>Kurta compares the discovery of white-nose syndrome in Michigan bats to "every member of your extended family receiving a terminal diagnosis."</p><p>“I think that this is one of the worst wildlife calamities ever in the history of North America. You’re looking at potential extinction of multiple species of bats.”</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:05:35 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17242 at http://michiganradio.org Biologists expect the worst for Michigan's bat population The Beaver is back in southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/beaver-back-southeast-michigan <p></p><p>It has been nearly 150 years since the beaver has made its presence known along the Detroit and Rouge Rivers.</p><p>The hardy little critters were done- in by trappers and toxic water.</p><p>Beavers played a major role in Detroit's early history. The beaver and the coureur des bois who traded their pelts and helped the Great Lakes region grow.</p><p>Lucky for today's beavers, there's no demand for those shiny men's hats that were in fashion in the 1800s.</p><p>There have been encouraging signs that the beaver and other species are enjoying a resurgence in Michigan.</p><p>John Hartig is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and he seems pretty happy about the news.</p><p>He calls this, "one of the most dramatic ecological recovery stories in North America."</p><p>What does this tell us about efforts to clean up our waters and the tenacity of animal species?</p><p>Hartig tells us about the signs showing that beaver are coming back to southeast Michigan and the evidence of "beaver life."</p><p><em>To hear the full report, click the link above.</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:55:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 11808 at http://michiganradio.org The Beaver is back in southeast Michigan Stateside: Scientists draft a National Climate Assessment http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-scientists-draft-national-climate-assessment <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>More than 240 scientists contributed to a new draft report of the <a href="www.ncadac.globalchange.gov">National Climate Assessment</a>. The report <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/11/expanding-climate-change-conversation">addresses the country’s changing climate</a> and is the third federal climate review since 2000. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:28:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10970 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Scientists draft a National Climate Assessment "River Gypsies" studying three large Michigan rivers http://michiganradio.org/post/river-gypsies-studying-three-large-michigan-rivers <p>This summer, a group of scientists are studying five large rivers in the Midwest&hellip; including the St. Joseph, the Muskegon and the Manistee rivers in Michigan. It&rsquo;s part of a three year study of how large rivers process fertilizers &ndash; and how things like farming and wastewater affect the rivers.</p><p>Tom Kramer spent some time with this group that calls themselves &ldquo;The River Gypsies&rdquo; - here&#39;s his story:</p><p>The forecast says there is a 50/50 chance of thunderstorms, but the River Gypsies can&rsquo;t slow down for a little rain.</p><p>This group of 13 scientists, PhDs, grad students and undergrads has had three weeks to study five rivers in two states &ndash; packing up and moving to a new campground every three or four days. Picnic tables have become temporary laboratories.</p><p>Jennifer Tank, a professor at Notre Dame, says one of her students wasn&rsquo;t all that prepared for this nomadic lifestyle.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Now he did bring a Samsonite suitcase that weighs about 100 pounds into the field with him, but I know that next year he&rsquo;ll have a great dry bag&hellip; so he&rsquo;s learning as he goes along.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:39:43 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3809 at http://michiganradio.org "River Gypsies" studying three large Michigan rivers