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January 2014
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about the Detroit River.

Message from the Coordinator

Thank you so much for all of your help and support toward improving the Detroit River ecosystem. Our success lies in our partnership with so many great organizations, municipalities and, of course, people like you! I am so proud to have been a part of it all in my role as RAP Coordinator over the last 6 years. Keep up the great work!


As always, we love to hear from you. If you have any upcoming events, questions, or feedback, please email [email protected] A new coordinator will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Best Regards,
Natalie Green, M.Sc.
Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

Bird and tree identification? Yes, there's an App for that!

Have you ever wondered, 'what is that bird?' or 'what is this tree called?'. There are some new apps to help get you the answer quickly!    


Merlin Bird ID is an app that leverages the power of eBird observations to help beginners identify common birds (available for iPhone; Android version coming in Spring 2014).  Merlin uses eBird data to conjure up a shortlist of birds that match the user's description and are likely to be found at the location and time of the sighting. Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for beginning and intermediate bird watchers to learn about North America's most common birds!  To learn more, watch the video at Merlin Bird ID. 


Is it tree identification you're into? Then check out Leafsnap. It's a free mobile app (only for iPhone and iPad) that uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of the leaves. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of the Northeast and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States. For more information about Leafsnap, click here.


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The Detroit River in the news....here are some relevant, external links to news articles that may pique your interest. Click on the link to read on.
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these great local events! Please ensure you contact the organizer for more information.
Saturday, February 1, 2014: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Belle Isle, Michigan

This family-friendly ecology fair on the Detroit River features something for everyone. It includes exhibits, displays, professional demonstrations, activities for children, mercury thermometer and CFL bulb exchange, refreshments and more. Many of the Belle Isle facilities, such as the aquarium, will be offering tours and family activities. Please click here for more information.  
Wednesday, February 5: 7:00pm - Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Amherstburg
Thursday, February 13: 7:00 pm - Camp Cedarwin Scout Camp, Harrow


Come out for a presentation on the owls of Southern Ontario, their calls and behaviour. Take a guided hike through the woods (weather permitting) looking and listening for owls.  Cost $5 per person or $12 per family. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


To purchase tickets:


Various dates (see below)

Meet the Scientist & Cash Bar at 6:30 pm, Lecture at 7 pm 

Cranbrook Institute of Science


Wet & Wild - January 23, 2014 
Restoring Native Fish Habitat Aquatic Ecologist Matt Herbert will talk about new experiments and techniques used to reduce the impacts from aquatic invasive species while also working to restore and improve habitat for native fish in the Great Lakes.

Get with the Program -  February 20, 2014 
How Technology is Advancing Conservation Director of Science Dr. Scott Sowa will share the latest, state-of-the-art innovations in the works and underway in the conservation science field to improve efficiency and precision on the ground and in the water.

Is More Better? -  March 20, 2014 
Striking a Balance Between Farming & Freshwater Hear Saginaw Bay Project Director Mary Fales explain how science and academia is working with farmers to protect our freshwater resources as agricultural production increases and intensifies.

Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition!  - April, 24, 2014 
Techniques for Protecting Rare Species & Habitats Learn how Restoration Director Chris May is implementing the latest ecological techniques to save the last of the least and the best of the rest rare species and habitats in Michigan.



Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members and $12 for non-members. Series tickets: $40 for Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy Members, $50 for non-members.
To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or online. Click here to register for an individual lecture or click here to register for the whole series. Seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. This series is sponsored by Northern Trust.
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The DRCC initiative is a partnership between government, industry, academics, as well as environmental and community organizations that work together to improve the Detroit River ecosystem through a Remedial Action Plan. Our main goal is to
remove the River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.