Video footage of a ship that sank in 1884, stunning photographs taken at dawn in Duluth Harbour (every morning), news about cessation of chinook salmon stocking by Michigan, marine charts of Superior from the 1800s, information about Environment Canada’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, management of whitefish populations, Great Lakes remote sensisng, a panel discussion about aboriginal perspectives and photos of the “super moon” over Superior are all topics present on social media, every minute, every day, 365 days a year.
All of this information is contributed by a broad community of people passionate about Lake Superior and the Great Lakes – an early-rising Duluth photographer , a researcher at Michigan Technical University in Houghton, a student in Thunder Bay, a mayor from a Canadian North Shore community, a member of a U.S. tribe. There is probably more current information about Lake Superior and the Great Lakes available through social media, from photos to habitat restoration webinars to posts about the Great Lakes regional economy, than from almost anywhere else. From popular to serious to news – an absolute plethora of Great Lakes people, connections and discovery are in easy reach.
Infosuperior has over 400 Twitter followers including “Microplastics.sci“, “GreatLakesNow“, “OntarioParks” “IJCsharedwaters“, “GreatLakesCommission“, “WorldWaterTech“, “DetroitRiverCleanup” “WatersNext“, and “MakingWaves” to name a few. If you’re not into Facebook and the like, give it a try. Click the following links to a whole world of Great Lakes discovery.
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The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced they are accepting applications for the 2016-17 Best in Science research grant. More than $700,000 in funding (up to $100,000 per project of up to 3 years in duration) is available to support work regarding climate change and greenhouse gas reduction; new testing methods for pathogens and environmental pollutants affecting our water sources; the impacts of climate change and the potential for increased toxic algal blooms and the health of critical pollinators. The application is open to those who are affiliated with a university or college, research network, or public non-profit research institute. More information on this opportunity is available by contacting BestInScience@Ontario.ca or by reviewing the application guide (.pdf)