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Lighthouses of the Great Lakes

Lighthouses of the Great Lakes

Lighthouses are a lot like land line telephones. Do they still have a function if need be? Sure. Are there better ways to get the job done? Oh yeah. But in these days of nostalgic analog everything (see: vinyl records making a comeback) lighthouses are still cool. They conjour memories of a different era and often call to mind the romance of the open water and ships making their way with lonely lighthouse keepers maintaining a dutiful watch, ensuring the lamp is lit. In fact, they are SO cool that many are still standing despite their obsolescence and some are open to the public for you to visit!
How to get rid of your empties AND make a difference

How to get rid of your empties AND make a difference

In Michigan we’ve got the highest deposit at 10 cents per bottle/can which means residents don’t want to toss them to the curb just because bottle returns are closed. However with the stay at home order extended through at least May 28th, we’ll likely be running out of space to store our empties before we get a chance to return them. To complicate things, once returns open back up, the deluge of returns will likely overwhelm recyclers.
How To Make a Face Mask With Household Items

How To Make a Face Mask With Household Items

As there is a global shortage of masks, the CDC has step-by-step instructions on making your own cloth mask at home to use should you have to go out and come in contact with others. Check out our list of instructions on how to make your own cloth facemask, some requiring NO sewing! Phew!

St. Patrick’s Day Around the Lakes

St. Patrick’s Day Around the Lakes

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and many cities in the Great Lakes region are celebrating! With that in mind we compiled a list of parades a...
How much does a polar bear weigh? The importance of icebreakers in Great Lakes commerce

How much does a polar bear weigh? The importance of icebreakers in Great Lakes commerce

Our lakes are a year-round thoroughfare for ships moving goods thousands of miles to keep business humming and global commerce moving seamlessly, but how do they do it when there is thick ice from coast to coast? Icebreaker ships.
Lake-Effect Snow and the Climate

Lake-Effect Snow and the Climate

Snow. Every year we in the Great Lakes region know it’s coming, but we’re never sure how much or when. Luckily we have the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments to help shed light on what to expect this winter.
Michigan Winter Activities

Michigan Winter Activities

Michigan offers a plethora of winter activities for those willing to brave the elements. The beauty is that there is something to do for every skill level and every budget. 
Climate Change

Climate Change

Climate change.  This phrase has been on the forefront of everyone’s mind and seemingly every media outlet recently.  We know what it is, but how ...
October Sights around the Great Lakes

October Sights around the Great Lakes

October means flannels, cider, and enjoying the fall colors around our lakes. In some parts of our region the leaves are just beginning to start t...
Lake Erie Algae Bloom

Lake Erie Algae Bloom

  An algae bloom sounds like something you may see in your local conservatory, but in reality it’s a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can prod...
Urban Beaches

Urban Beaches

Some of the best beaches around the Great Lakes are actually in these urban centers that many of us already call home! Imagine being a short bike ride or Uber away from an unparalleled beach experience—we’ll show you where some of the best beach spots are in the major cities around the Great Lakes where you can get your tan, paddle, and drink on.

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