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Each day as new information is added to the GLIN indices, it is archived here. Current Great Lakes issues, upcoming events, and new Great Lakes-related publications or web sites of interest, are just a sampling of what you'll find in this section. The items are archived monthly.

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April 2015
Healthy prairies mean healthy monarchs
(4/30)
Fire is good for monarchs? Yes. The charred remains of a prairie after a prescribed burn might look catastrophic, but the opposite is the case when it comes to monarch health. To understand how prescribed burning benefits habitat for monarchs and other prairie wildlife, you first need to know what makes prairies look and function the way they do.

Amphibian conservation at the Shedd Aquarium
(4/29)
If you’re lucky enough to live near a pond or wetland where frogs peep, chirrup, bark, or trill a deafening spring chorus, you might not realize that amphibian numbers are plummeting around the world. Shedd Aquarium's new special exhibit, Amphibians, features information about habitat and conservation efforts for a variety of amphibian species.

The history of the federal duck stamp
(4/28)
Since its creation in 1934, the federal duck stamp has raised almost $1 billion and has allowed the purchase or lease of more than 6 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and other waterfowl habitat. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar raised goes directly on the ground to conserve habitat.

Support the 'I don't flush' campaign
(4/27)
Don't forget to visit GLIN's April Site of the Month, I don't flush, a public awareness campaign to keep our water free of pharmaceuticals. The clever, celebrity-supported campaign asks the public to return unused medications to the pharmacy as opposed to flushing them, or throwing them in the garbage.

IAGLR 2015: New Views New Tools
(4/24)
Researchers from around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont, for IAGLR's 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. The conference takes place May 25-29 and features scientific sessions and speakers focusing on this year's theme: New Views New Tools. Registration closes on May 8!

Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival
(4/23)
Milwaukee, Wis., is set to join the environmental film festival circuit with the first annual Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival, running May 1-3. The festival centers on documentaries with ecological themes; subject matter ranges from the historic extinction of the Passenger Pigeon to glacial life cycles.

Earth Day
(4/22)
Earth Day takes place each year on April 22. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was first recognized in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Unexpected Voices of the Great Lakes
(4/21)
"Unexpected Voices of the Great Lakes," a panel discussion featuring photographer Edward Burtynsky, will take place at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. This presentation is an event of the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board in partnership with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Researchers set their sights on Lake Michigan
(4/20)
Research into Lake Michigan’s rapidly-changing ecosystems will leap forward this year with help from intensive field sampling coordinated by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. The Lake Michigan Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative is part of a larger binational effort to advance Great Lakes monitoring and research.

New podcast on Wisconsin aquifers and watersheds
(4/17)
A new, free podcast series from Wisconsin Sea Grant takes listeners into the field and interviews researchers working on Wisconsin’s water resource issues to ask, “What’s important for people to know?” The podcast can be found on iTunes or by visiting Wisconsin Sea Grant's podcast page.

Ecosystem stewardship in an era of rapid climate change
(4/16)
A webinar presented as a part of the Climate Explorations Series by Ohio State University will discuss ecological science and management guidelines for climate change. This free webinar takes place April 22 and will feature Dr. Peter Curtis, a professor of plant ecology at Ohio State University.

I don't flush
(4/15)
Have you checked out GLIN's April Site of the Month yet? The honor goes to I don't flush, a clever public awareness campaign to keep our water free of pharmaceuticals. The campaign asks the public to return their unused medications back to the pharmacy as opposed to flushing them, or throwing them in the garbage.

Water After Borders
(4/14)
Water After Borders is a summit taking place at the University of Illinois – Chicago on April 23-24, 2015. Participants in the Water After Borders summit will discuss transboundary water systems, with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes.

Climate Explorations: Why We Don't Believe in Science
(4/13)
A webinar presented as a part of the Climate Explorations Series by Ohio State University will explore why the human mind is not always objective when it comes to perceiving risks and making decisions regarding climate and other domains. This free webinar takes place this Tues., April 14.

Great Lakes Mud
(4/10)
Residents living near sediment remediation projects can now stay up-to-date on cleanup goals and milestones with GreatLakesMud.org. Developed by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, the comprehensive website provides information on waterways selected for cleanup and restoration through the Great Lakes Legacy Act.

Researchers track the toxicity of Lake Erie cyanobacterial blooms
(4/9)
The University of Michigan Water Center is researching factors that affect the toxicity of algal blooms in Lake Erie. Researchers are hoping the study yields insights that can be incorporated into computer-based ecological models used to forecast cyanobacterial blooms.

Aquatic Sciences Chronicle
(4/8)
The latest issue of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle is now available online. The Chronicle delivers the latest news from the Aquatic Sciences Center, home of the Sea Grant and Water Resources institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This issue features a look at manganese in the Madison water system, climate change effects on Chequamegon Bay, and more.

Piping plovers make a comeback
(4/7)
The piping plover, an endangered species of shorebird that was once almost extinct, is making a comeback. At one point, just 12 pairs of the bird were left in the Great Lakes. But thanks to conservation efforts, scientists are starting to see a rebound in the population.

GLIN April Site of the Month
(4/6)
GLIN's April Site of the Month is I don't flush, a public awareness campaign to keep our water free of pharmaceuticals. The campaign asks the public to return their unused/unwanted medications back to the pharmacy as opposed to flushing them down the toilet or drain, or throwing them in the garbage.

GLIN April Site of the Month
(4/3)
GLIN's April Site of the Month is I don't flush, a public awareness campaign to keep our water free of pharmaceuticals. The campaign asks the public to return their unused/unwanted medications back to the pharmacy as opposed to flushing them down the toilet or drain, or throwing them in the garbage.

Zero Waste Week
(4/2)
Students are inviting their local communities to "Go Green and Think Blue" by joining the third annual Students for Zero Waste Week. During this campaign, students focus on reducing land-based waste in order to protect the health of local marine environments.

Spring break on the Great Lakes is no vacation for Canadian, U.S. Coast Guards
(4/1)
The Great Lakes have seen historic winters during the last two years, with prolonged arctic-like weather. While above-average snowfall and ice-coverage amounts are generally good for lake levels, unremitting cold and winds have produced ice conditions not present on the Lakes since the mid-1990s.

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