Environment

Courtesy photo / Michigan Audobon Society

Every fall, thousands of sandhill cranes descend on the marshes in the Baker Sanctuary near Battle Creek. We hear more about the upcoming CraneFest from the Executive Director of the Michigan Audubon Society, Johnathan Lutz.

Rusty blackbird photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State's Kevin Lavery meets up with staff members banding birds at the Burke Lake Banding Station this week.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Governors and environmentalists from around the region are gathering in Chicago this week to discuss Great Lakes issues. We check in with commentator Gary Wilson about the topics getting the most attention for September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.


Enbridge oil spill response photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Enbridge ships 540,000 barrels of natural gas liquids beneath the Straits of Mackinac every day. The company just completed a full-scale oil spill response drill at the Straits. Current State's Kevin Lavery was there, and reports on the simulation.


Rebecca Grumet photo
Courtesy photo / Courtesy MSU Department of Horticulture

The debate over genetically modified organisms have centered on health issues and the possible impact on the environment. Dr. Kirk Heinze of Greening of the Great Lakes talks about GMO's with Dr. Rebecca Grummit of the MSU Department of Horticulture.


Could fish farm expansion in MI hurt the Great Lakes?

Sep 15, 2015
lake trout photo
USFWSmidwest / flickr creative commons

From chinook salmon to rainbow trout, the Great Lakes are known for some of the most incredible freshwater fisheries in the world, but could they also become a hotspot of open water fish farming? We talk to Dr. Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Trout Unlimited, about why environmentalists are saying that would be a bad idea.


Solar panels photo
Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

Michigan is grappling with important questions relating to energy. Current State talks with Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop and Sarah Mulkoff of the Michigan Environmental Council.


rooftop solar panels photo
Bernd / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with MLive reporter Emily Lawler about potential changes for people who’ve installed solar panels on their roofs and how that ties into a debate over Michigan’s energy future.


Potter Park moose to get new pad

Aug 24, 2015
Willow the moose photo
Courtesy photo / Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is upgrading their moose exhibit. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with executive director Sherrie Graham.


Fenner prairie photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Current State takes a tour of Fenner Nature Center's recent restoration of 19 acres of prairie land right in the middle of Lansing with the organization's executive director, Liz Roxberry.


MI forests pestered by return of spruce budworm

Aug 11, 2015
Spruce budworm moth photo
entomart / Wikimedia Commons

It’s been about 30 years since Michigan saw an outbreak of spruce budworm, but the little insects are now back in a big way. Current State talks with Bob Heyd, forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what that means for the state’s trees.


smokestacks photo
Quinn Dombrowski / flickr creative commons

Environmental groups in Michigan are expressing pleasure with the EPA's new Clean Power Plan. Others, though, have their doubts. Current State talks with Andy Such of the Michigan Manufacturers Association and Frank Macchiarolo of America's Natural Gas Alliance.


John Hartig photo
Tina Shaw / flickr - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

When you think of wildlife refuges, Detroit probably isn’t the first place that pops to mind. But conservation scientists are paying increasing attention to the potential of urban spaces. Current State’s April Van Buren talks with John H. Hartig, who manages the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, about his new book “Bringing Conservation to Cities.”


Jeff Andresen photo
Courtesy MSU Today

"Greening of the Great Lakes" host Kirk Heinze talks with state Climatologist Jeff Andresen at the Michigan Sustainability Conference.


Should Isle Royale replenish wolf population?

Jul 30, 2015
Isle Royale sign photo
Joe Ross / Flickr Creative Commons

Should Isle Royale replenish wolf population? The future of the wolves of Isle Royale National Park is in question. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with biologist Rolf Peterson.


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