Month: February 2014

Saint Marys River BPAC Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that next week’s BPAC meeting will be taking place on Wednesday March 5th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in our regular boardroom BT 202 (Algoma University).

Pizza and pop will be provided, so please come hungry!

A portion of the meeting will be devoted to presentations, such as the findings of Environment Canada’s Fish Tumour Study (being presented by Dr. Paul Baumann), and the findings from the Michigan Department of Community Health’s (and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s) Chemical Fish Analysis and Eat Safe Fish campaign (being presented by Michelle Bruneau, MDCH).

 

 

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Recent research suggests pine tree smell can limit climate change

Recent research, published in the science journal Nature, suggests that the aroma of pine trees can limit the impact of climate change. Researchers found that the vapours from pine trees located in their study sites in Finland, turn into aerosols above the tree canopy, which promotes cooling and the formation of clouds as a result of the sun being reflected back into space.

To read the BCC News article, CLICK HERE.

Thanks to Klaas Oswald for the link.

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Recent Report on Evaporation in the Great Lakes and its Implications

Figure 1: Four components of the monthly Lake Superior water balance, beginning with the month of June, which is the typical start of the “evaporation season.” Each component is shown as a flux of water in units of inches per month (left; spread out over the surface area of Lake Superior), as well as in equivalent “number of Niagara Falls” (right). Note, in particular, the strong seasonal variation in evaporation.
Figure 1: Four components of the monthly Lake Superior water balance, beginning with the month of June, which is the typical start of the “evaporation season.” Each component is shown as a flux of water in units of inches per month (left; spread out over the surface area of Lake Superior), as well as in equivalent “number of Niagara Falls” (right). Note, in particular, the strong seasonal variation in evaporation.

A new report released by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) Centre discusses and details evaporation in the Great Lakes and its implications on water levels. To access the report, please click on the above photo.

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McKellar Island Bird Observatory looking for volunteers

Did you know that in April of this year, a new bird banding and migration monitoring station is opening in Thunder Bay, Ontario? McKellar Island Bird Observatory will be located on McKellar island in Thunder Bay!

Feel free to check out their website and become a member to receive newsletters regarding the happenings at the observatory! You can also adopt a bird!

ALSO – They are looking for VOLUNTEERS – bird bander interns, scribes, observers, interpreters and extractors. We have flexible shifts and offer training. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about birds and techniques used to monitor them.

McKellar Island is accessible by road, 10 minutes from intercity Thunder Bay. There is no public transportation and volunteers will need to supply their own transport.

Contact Maureen at mckellar@hotmail.ca or check out their Facebook page!

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Podcast Series – February 2014 Edition

Monday, February 10th 2014

FEBRUARY EDITION

Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews fourth year Lakehead University Environmental Science student, Laura Gallagher, about her undergrad thesis work on microplastics in the Thunder Bay Harbour.
Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews fourth year Lakehead University Environmental Science student, Laura Gallagher, about her undergrad thesis work on microplastics in the Thunder Bay Harbour.

For our second installment, Jim Bailey, North Shore RAP coordinator interviewed Laura Gallagher, a 4th year Environmental Science student here at Lakehead University.  Laura is currently completing her 4th year honours thesis project on the presence of microplastics in the Thunder Bay harbour.  Laura talks to us about “what is a microplastic?” and the consequences to them in the Great Lakes.

To listen to the podcast, please click on the above photo for a link to the interview!

See below for a microscopic image of the microplastics that Laura found.

Example of one of the microplastics that Laura Gallagher found in the Thunder Bay Harbour, seen here through a microscope (40X resolution). Photo courtesy of L.Gallagher.
Example of one of the microplastics that Laura Gallagher found in the Thunder Bay Harbour, seen here through a microscope (40X resolution). Photo courtesy of L.Gallagher.

On a larger scale, The 5 Gyres institute, in collaboration with SUNY Fredonia have recently published a scientific paper regarding the presence of microplastics in the Great Lakes. Click HERE to read the article.

Click our podcast page to see listen to archived podcasts!

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Nipigon Bay PAC Meeting – February 19

Lower Nipigon River

The lower Nipigon River entering Nipigon Bay.

The next meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan will take place February 19th, 2014 from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital (152 Hogan Rd.) More information including the agenda and complete meeting information package can be found here. The general public is welcome to attend and there is no charge.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Health of Fish Populations, Specifically Coaster Brook Trout
  • Nipigon Stormwater Management
  • Kama Creek Monitoring
  • Review PAC Terms of Reference, progress over the past year, election of officers.

All meetings of the Public Advisory Committee for the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan are accessible live online from your computer.

 

 

 

 

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Scientists dispel misconceptions about evaporation and suggest need for monitoring programs

A recent report released by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Centre (GLISA) has dispelled various myths regarding evaporation and the strong relationship between ice cover and evaporation rates.  To read the article posted on the University of Michigan News website, CLICK HERE.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

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