Monday, June 21, 2010

summer LIMNO Day 4-5-6






Oden Fish Hatchery, spotted knapweed removal, fly fishing, canoeing, Jordan Fish Hatchery, Manuka Lake, Otsego Lake water quality.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

summer limno day # 3 LWD

LWD is the three letter acronym for Large Woody Debris. We put some in the river today. Wait, we put a LOT in the river today. Our work on the Black River (in coordination with the Upper Black River Council) helps improve insect habitat, trout habitat, and makes a better river. We worked with this same crew last summer - Thanks so much Carol and Nico !! You gave us a view of the river that few see, the cold, deep, dark side. And, so often we get caught up in educating students that we forget about "immersing" them in the thing we're teaching them about. What student can forget what LWD is when they've spent hours putting it back in a river! There is nothing like 4-5 hours of manual labor to help a student remember conservation is not just a word, it's ACTION.

Tomorrow we're off to the Gaylord High School forest to pull out spotted knapweed (an exotic species) for the Soil Conservation District and then the Oden Fish Hatchery to learn about trout. After this we'll camp on the Sturgeon River and then canoe down it from south of Wolverine to the mouth at Burt Lake. Busy two days!!





Tuesday, June 15, 2010

LIMNO day 2

Water chemistry, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, bacteria, conductivity, chlorine, turbidity, heard from a wildlife biologist - Brian Mastenbrook and fish biologist Dave Borgeson. Electroshocked some brook trout and dace and a white sucker.





Monday, June 14, 2010

DAY ONE SUMMER LIMNO CLASS

Great day one at summer limno. Benthic Macroinvertebrates in the morning, some practice, then a hike at Hartwick Pines with the naturalist. Key terms - SELF PRUNING, DUFF BAD, FIRE GOOD, PINE MARTEN, LUMBERJACK, GLACIAL ERRATIC, ACID SOIL, HEMLOCK BARK, OLD GROWTH. Then later we hit the Manistee River and found stonefly, caddisfly, dragonfly, hellgrammites, and a RIVER LAMPREY. According to the data we collected the Manistee is in GREAT shape, excellent fish habitat and little sand noted. Pics of the day below





DAY ONE SUMMER LIMNO

Great day one at summer limno. Benthic Macroinvertebrates in the morning, some practice, then a hike at Hartwick Pines with the naturalist. Key terms - SELF PRUNING, DUFF BAD, FIRE GOOD, PINE MARTEN, LUMBERJACK, GLACIAL ERRATIC, ACID SOIL, HEMLOCK BARK, OLD GROWTH. Then later we hit the Manistee River and found stonefly, caddisfly, dragonfly, hellgrammites, and a RIVER LAMPREY. According to the data we collected the Manistee is in GREAT shape, excellent fish habitat and little sand noted. Pics of the day below.





Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SUMMER LIMNO 2010 - June 14-15-16-17-18-19

We're on!!! Official word is out, summer limno is a go for June 14-19th. Tenative schedule.

Monday - Hartwick Pines, Manistee River, Ausable River, 2 hours classroom in morning. BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR OWN LUNCH PACKED!! Also, rain gear wouldnt hurt, sturdy shoes.

Tuesday -- wildlife biologist and fish habitat, electroshock, Black River
Wed. - BLACK RIVER LARGE WOODY DEBRIS PROJECT, EROSION CONTROL
Thursday - Oden Fish Hatchery, Sturgeon River, camp out overnight
Friday - All day canoe Sturgeon River, back to GHS later, 6-7pm.
Saturday - Jordan Fish Hatchery, Jordan River tour, Otsego Lake and Manuka water chem
Monday - exam

Monday, Tues, Wed, Thursday and SAturday you need to bring a cold lunch for yourself.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SUMMER LIMNO 2010

Hey summer limno fans, here are our dates for 2010. We will have class starting at 9am, room 120 at GHS on JUNE 14th. Class will run daily through Saturday June 19th, with our final exam on Monday June 21st.

This is a TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF OUR ACTIVITIES.

1. Field trip to Hartwick Pines, a visit to the GRAYLING RAIN GARDENS, followed by benthic macroinvertebrate census at the Manistee River.
2. Tuesday - LARGE WOODY DEBRIS project on the Ausable River and insect collection.
3. Wed we'll be in Gaylord primarily doing some water quality testing. Big Lake, Manuka Lake, Otsego Lake, Sturgeon River.
4. Thursday we visit the Oden fish hatchery and camp out near Wolverine.
You should be prepared for our Thursday camping experience. You'll need a tent, sleeping bag/gear and fresh dry clothes (preferably two pair) for our canoe trip the next day. After our Oden hatchery tour we'll hit Subway in Indian River for some food/dinner then head to the campground. In the evening we'll hear from two guest speakers - on one forestry and one on history of the rivers here in northern Michigan.

5. Friday - our big canoe day. You need to pack up a GOOD breakfast for the morning. You WILL be hungry and you need a good full belly for canoeing and you're on your own for your own food. Box lunches will be provided for on the river. We'll hop in the river at Wolverine for a full day canoe trip. Along the way we'll take some water quality measurements and do a benthic macroinvertebrate survey. Its a full 5-7 hours of canoeing and you'll be TIRED. Canoes and lifejackets and paddles will be provided.

6. Saturday we'll work all day gathering data with the Trout Unlimited group on the Pigeon/Black Rivers.

7. Monday - our exam.

shoot me an email if you have questions - kalember@chartermi.net

Mr. Kalember