MILC Lightning Talks
From Renae Siler
This videos is a series of 5 minute lightning talks from the 2022 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. You can learn more about presentations at the Convention here.
- 0:00- Libraries Love Lakes – The 2022 TADL Event, Ralph Bednarz, MDEQ Limnologist (retired); The Rennie Lake Association. Libraries Love Lakes is an outreach project which pairs school and public libraries with lake scientists to provide collaborative programming emphasizing the importance of lakes in our everyday lives. In 2019, the North American Lakes and Management Society (NALMS) partnered with Libraries Love Lakes to bring the project to a broader audience in conjunction with Lakes Appreciation Month. This presentation highlights a Libraries Love Lakes event implemented in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library (TADL), Traverse City, Michigan during July 2022 Lakes Appreciation Month.
- 5:08- Assessment of Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle for Fish Abundance and their Relations to Habitat, Elizabeth Belanger, Lake Superior State University Center for Freshwater Research and Education (student). My Research project is through Lake Superior State University, Center for Freshwater Research and Education Center. My project is an ongoing development project with data to be recorded this coming summer. The project incorporates both robotics and biology whereby I have been designing mounts, building, wiring, and programing (in development) DIY Sensors attached which have been attached to a Sofar Trident drone (ROV). This summer the project will start in a local lake, Monocle Lake. The objectives of the study are (1) determine if the ROV fitted with sensors can be an effective non-intrusive method of locating fish within Monocle Lake, (2) What season is the best use for the ROV (spring or summer) and (3) determine how water quality parameters (temperature, depth, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity) relate to the distribution and relative abundance of these fishes. The proposed methods are as follows; before a thermocline develops forty evenly space transects will be ran perpendicular to shore, and after a thermocline develops, twenty transects will be ran, more if time and budget permits. Every two seconds data will be recorded from both the dissolved oxygen and turbidity sensors, depth and temperature are live recording from ROV. At every fish sighting data from the ROV and sensors will be back tracked to the closest time of sighting to identify the water quality at the fish's location. From here I will see if there is a correlation between the four factors and fish location and produce a distribution map. All data will be collected in a brief time to minimize recounting.
- 9:50- Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, Melissa DeSimone, Michigan Lakes and Streams Association. Description of the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association mission, programs, and history as an organization.
- 15:00- Keeping aquarium and garden pets and plants out of Michigan’s inland lakes, Paige Filice, MSU Extension. Aquatic invasive species are a significant ecological and economical threat to the health of Michigan’s inland lakes. Sometimes these non-native plants and animals are from aquariums and water gardens and are released by well-meaning hobbyists. To address this issue, Michigan State University Extension educates retailers and hobbyists about safe handling and disposal practices for aquarium and water garden organisms through the research-based outreach program Reduce Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes (RIPPLE). Since RIPPLE began in 2015 over 140 pet stores, garden centers, hobbyist clubs, nature centers, zoos and school districts have become RIPPLE partners. Partners receive free aquatic invasive species identification and reporting resources as well as eye catching materials for public display that stress the “do not release” message.
- 19:38- Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Julia Kirkwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) formed in 2008 with a mission of protecting Michigan lakes through conservation and restoration of natural shorelines. Learn about how the MNSP and the resources and learning opportunities it has provided.
- 24:45- Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program, Julia Kirkwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program is an online inland lake property assessment tool. Learn more about this free program and how you can access it.
- 27:23- Grant Funding Options for Inland Lakes, Julia Kirkwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Joe Nohner, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. While grant funds for inland lakes are limited there are a few sources available. Find out a few state and federal level sources and some ideas for local options.
- 32:50- Introduction to Lakes Online: A course from MSU Extension, Jo Latimore, Michigan State University. Introduction to Lakes Online is a 6-week, fully online course offered by Michigan State University Extension. Through self-paced videos, readings, activities, and discussions, the course introduces lake and watershed ecology, aquatic plants, shoreline habitat, lake policy and law, and community engagement. First offered in 2015, over 1500 people have participated in the course. It will be offered next in early 2023.
- 36:05- Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program Annual Results, Paul Steen, Michigan Clean Water Corps. Every year since 1974, the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP), a part of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), trains and equipments volunteers to monitor Michigan's inland lakes. This five-minute lightning talk very briefly explains what the CLMP is and then provides the highlights of the program's data collected in the summer of 2021.
- 41:10- Eat Your Freedom Lawn, Sally Wenczel, West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Author, Garden Educator. We eat our lawn. And it’s delicious! Dandelion greens and flowers, violet leaves and flowers, plantain… I love adding nutrient packed living plants to meals, knowing that just minutes before they were soaking up the sun’s energy and minerals from the earth. Our patch of violets really spread out since last spring; delicate, heart shaped leaves and soft petals carefully plucked and placed in the basket by my daughter. She’s mindful to leave enough of the plant behind so it will keep growing. Just take enough for a meal. Dandelion greens taste best in spring when they’re tender and new. A bit bitter otherwise as the heat of summer sets in. We add them to stir fries, salads, scrambled eggs. Last spring, we made dandelion jelly for the first time. It worked! I’ve had my trials and fails in the kitchen, but this one was a winner. My girls loved it on toast with butter. Dandelion is smart. Have you ever noticed that it flourishes in poor soil and abandoned lots? That's because it has a job to do. The plant drives its long tap root down through layers of topsoil to find the rich minerals deep in the ground. The tap root then pumps minerals up into its leaves. When the plant dies back, the leaves replenish the topsoil with minerals. Voila! When dandelion's job is complete, you'll see less and less of her on your lawn. We have a high frequency lawn, buzzing all summer long with all types of bees and other pollinators. We use zero chemicals or fertilizers on our lawn. My friends, we must stop dumping unnecessary nutrients and chemicals on our lawns. TODAY. Grow your freedom lawn and be proud of it. It’s good for your body and good for your lake!
- 46:49- McNALMS Promotes Protection of Michigan's Inland Lakes, Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University. The Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society also known as McNALMS is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems. During this presentation, we will talk about current activities, our student research grants program, and how others can become involved in our organization.
- 52:05- Stewardship through Boat Cover Recycling, Katie Fournier, Michigan Recycling Coalition
- 1:00:20-Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: Science, Outreach, and Conservation funding lake ecosystem management, Joe Nohner, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership works together to protect, rehabilitate, and enhance sustainable fish habitats in glacial lakes of the Midwest for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. The partnership provides scientific assessments of all Midwest lake ecosystems and fish habitats such as those found it its Conservation Planner tool. It enables partners to complete on-the-ground habitat conservation projects through grants. It conducts education and outreach such as the distribution of its Shoreline Living document that promotes natural shorelines or its Lake Conservation Webinar Series. Finally, it provides a forum for those seeking inland lake fish habitat conservation to share strategies and resources. Learn more about the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership at this presentation or by checking out the website, MidwestGlacialLakes.org.