The Great Lakes Series @ The Library
January-May 2007 at Portage District Library
May 14 -How Do We Know if the Great Lakes Are Healthy? --Summary
or as a Flyer or as a PDF Version
Dr. Marty Auer, a Great Lakes research scientist at Michigan Technological University, will demonstrate the equipment used to gather important information about the Great Lakes. Many organisms that live in Lake Superior, including lake trout, plankton, macroinvertebrates, and more, will be displayed from 5-8 pm at the library. Dr. Auer will lead three 45-minute scientific excursions aboard MTU's research vessel, R/V Agassiz, for 45 participants (ages 6+ years), departing at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm from the library (look for signs). To register, call Chris Alquist at the library to sign up at 482-4570.
April 16 (3rd Monday) -Challenges to the Great Lakes -- Summary and photos
Find out the top ten threats to the Great Lakes and what we can do about it. Students will make wetland models, trace pollutants, test water quality, find how tiny a part per million is, investigate invasive species, and more.
March 12 - The Great Lakes: Water in Motion -- Summary and photos
Group demonstrations and engaging activities will involve participants in following water movement through the Great Lakes, such as: warm water rises and cooler water sinks, seasonal temperature profiles, Great Lakes water movement from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, and how lock systems work
Feb. 12 - The Lake Superior & Great Lakes Watershed -- Summary and photos
What is a watershed, U.S. & Canadian geography, population distribution, pollution threats, physical characteristics of each lake
Jan 8 - Life Aboard Ship: What It Takes To Be A Ship Captain & Deck Hand -- Summary & Photos -- or Flyer PDF
Captain Dave Laban and deck hand Derek Wiitanen; will describe their work and life aboard Great Lakes ships. Houghton resident, Capt. Laban, will describe his responsibilities, training, and future job opportunities. Derek Wiitanen, an NMU student from Dollar Bay, will present his experiences as a summer deck hand. Laban’s wife, Julie, will describe the family's perspective from shore. This program is ideal for middle/high school students, parents and school counselors to learn about possible summer job and professional career opportunities. After the opening presentation, K-6 students will participate in activities to learn more about Great Lakes shipping: ship cargoes and their products, ID parts of a ship, shipping lingo, tools used by captains and deck hands to do their jobs, and a game requiring them to safely navigate a ship through the harbor---don’t sink the ship!
November 30, 2006 - The Story of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Weather or Not to Go (Flyer PDF)
Presented by Joan Schumaker details the events that led to the loss of the 1000-foot freighter, Edmund Fitzgerald, and activities around Great Lakes shipping cargos. Special guest, Capt. Bill Hanrahan, will describe how the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald has resulted in improved ship safety and communication.