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Image of the contents of a repeat photo stake folder.
Date Published: March 3, 2016
Status: Completed

Developing a USGS Legacy Data Inventory to Preserve and Release Historical USGS Data

Legacy data (n) - Information stored in an old or obsolete format or computer system that is, therefore, difficult to access or process. (Business Dictionary, 2016) For over 135 years, the U.S. Geological Survey has collected diverse information about the natural world and how it interacts with society. Much of this legacy information is one-of-a-kind and in danger of being lost forever...

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Assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project
April 5, 2016

Assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project

USGS scientists conduct a post-construction assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project on the St. Clair River, Michigan.

Image: Gulls on Shore of Lake Michigan
March 14, 2016

Gulls on Shore of Lake Michigan

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, with help from many partners and support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, has established "Lake Michigan Volunteer AMBLE - Avian Monitoring for Botulism Lakeshore Events." The goal of AMBLE is to empower a network of concerned citizens to monitor bird health and beach conditions along miles of Lake

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Image: Gull on Rock, Lake Michigan
March 14, 2016

Gull on Rock, Lake Michigan

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, with help from many partners and support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, has established "Lake Michigan Volunteer AMBLE - Avian Monitoring for Botulism Lakeshore Events." The goal of AMBLE is to empower a network of concerned citizens to monitor bird health and beach conditions along miles of Lake

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Pitcher's Thistle Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
July 8, 2015

Pitcher's Thistle Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Pitcher's Thistle Sleeping, Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI. Lake Michigan is pictured in the background.

R/V Sturgeon leaving dock
August 12, 2014

R/V Sturgeon leaving dock at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL

The R/V Sturgeon setting sail from the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL on its fall survey of Lake Michigan.  The Sturgeon is based in Cheboygan, MI at the Cheboygan Vessel Base.

Sea Lamprey Hammond Bay Biological Station
April 11, 2014

Sea Lamprey Hammond Bay Biological Station

Sea Lamprey at the Hammond Bay Biological Statioin in Millersburg, MI

December 11, 2013

The NEW Great Lakes Wet Lab - Ann Arbor

The capabilities of the Great Lakes Science Center's new aquatic wet lab are highlighted. Note:Music: "See You Later" by Pitx featuring Fireproof Babies, Bmccosar. Available at http://ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/17154. Creative Commons License: http://

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August 31, 2013

USGS Lake Michigan 2013 Bottom Trawl Survey Video Highlights

The U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center has conducted lake-wide surveys of the fish community in Lake Michigan each fall since 1973 using standard 12-m bottom trawls towed along contour at depths of 9 to 110 m at seven different sites around the perimeter of the lake. The resulting data on relative abundance, size and age structure, and condition of

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Quagga Mussels
July 18, 2013

Quagga Mussels Caught in Bottom Trawl

These invasive quagga mussels were caught using a trawl, or fishing net. Invasive mussels are causing significant ecological and economic impacts and the range of these impacts continues to increase as they spread across

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R/V Arcticus
September 29, 2012

R/V Arcticus

The Research Vessel Arcticus

Hammond Bay Biological Station
February 8, 2012

Hammond Bay Biological Station

A view of the Hammond Bay Biological Station in Millersburg, MI.

Lake Michigan in a Storm
December 31, 2011

Lake Michigan, Muskegon in a Storm

Researchers supported by USGS are conducting science to understand how climate change will impact fish populations and fisheries production in the Great Lakes. 

Learn more about some of these projects:
Evaluating the Effects of Climate and Land

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Tethys 1
August 4, 2016

The USGS and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute deployed a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle, named Tethys, in Lake Michigan on August 1. The deployment will last approximately 25 days. Tethys is continuously measuring amounts of algae and fish food called zooplankton across vast distances to help scientists better understand the base of the changing Lake Michigan food web. 

Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island
July 13, 2016

Paleo-ice streams, or corridors within ice sheets that move more quickly than surrounding ice, may have formed much of the egg-laying habitat for critical fish species in Lake Huron during the last glacial period.

Photo of a USGS scientist measuring of flow of water around the barge in Illinois.
June 14, 2016

When a moving barge encounters small fish in the Illinois Waterway there is a possibility that the fish will become trapped in the gap between barges, according to a new study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
April 1, 2016

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Ralph-Escanaba-Menominee region.

Helicopter in flight with the VTEM Plus AEM system from Geotech Ltd. attached underneath.
March 29, 2016

Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

Visualize Your Water EPA logo
January 13, 2016

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Image: Sea Lamprey Parasitic
January 4, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone, 3kPZS, as the first ever vertebrate pheromone biopesticide in late December, 2015. Like an alluring perfume, the mating pheromone is a scent released by male sea lampreys to lure females onto nesting sites.

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