Lake Invaders

Author: William Rapai
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 081434125X
Format: PDF, Docs
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There are more than 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes. Some, such as green algae, the Asian tapeworm, and the suckermouth minnow, have had little or no impact so far. But a handful of others—sea lamprey, alewife, round goby, quagga mussel, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water flea, and rusty crayfish—have conducted an all-out assault on the Great Lakes and are winning the battle. In Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes, William Rapai focuses on the impact of these invasives. Chapters delve into the ecological and economic damage that has occurred and is still occurring and explore educational efforts and policies designed to prevent new introductions into the Great Lakes. Rapai begins with a brief biological and geological history of the Great Lakes. He then examines the history of the Great Lakes from a human dimension, with the construction of the Erie Canal and Welland Canal, opening the doors to an ecosystem that had previously been isolated. The seven chapters that follow each feature a different invasive species, with information about its arrival and impact, including a larger story of ballast water, control efforts, and a forward–thinking shift to prevention. Rapai includes the perspectives of the many scientists, activists, politicians, commercial fishermen, educators, and boaters he interviewed in the course of his research. The final chapter focuses on the stories of the largely unnoticed and unrecognized advocates who have committed themselves to slowing, stopping, and reversing the invasion and keeping the lakes resilient enough to absorb the inevitable attacks to come. Rapai makes a strong case for what is at stake with the growing number of invasive species in the lakes. He examines new policies and the tradeoffs that must be weighed, and ends with an inspired call for action. Although this volume tackles complex ecological, economical, and political issues, it does so in a balanced, lively, and very accessible way. Those interested in the history and future of the Great Lakes region, invasive species, environmental policy making, and ecology will enjoy this informative and thought-provoking volume.

Great Lakes Island Escapes

Author: Maureen Dunphy
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814340415
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Great Lakes Basin is the largest surface freshwater system on Earth. The more than 30,000 islands dotted throughout the basin provide some of the best ways to enjoy the Great Lakes. While the vast majority of these islands can only be reached by private boat or plane, a surprising number of islands—each with its own character and often harboring more than a bit of intrigue in its history—can be reached by merely taking a ferry ride, or crossing a bridge, offering everyone the chance to experience a variety of island adventures. Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure explores in depth over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands. Thirty-eight chapters include helpful information about getting to each featured island, what to expect when you get there, the island’s history, and what natural and historical sites and cultural attractions are available to visitors. Each chapter lists special island events, where to get more island information, and how readers can help support the island. Author Maureen Dunphy made numerous trips to a total of 135 islands that are accessible by ferry or bridge in the Great Lakes Basin. On each trip, Dunphy was accompanied by a different friend or relative who provided her another adventurer’s perspective through which to view the island experience. Great Lakes Island Escapes covers islands on both sides of the international border between the United States and Canada and features islands in both the lakes and the waterways that connect them. Anyone interested in island travel or learning more about the Great Lakes will delight in this comprehensive collection.

Brewed in Michigan

Author: William Rapai
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814342116
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Brewed in Michigan: The New Golden Age of Brewing in the Great Beer State is William Rapai’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”—a discussion of art and art’s audience. The art in this case is beer. Craft beer. Michigan craft beer, to be exact. Like the Great Lakes and the automobile, beer has become a part of Michigan’s identity. In 2016, Michigan ranked fifth in the number of craft breweries in the nation and tenth in the nation in craft beer production. Craft brewing now contributes more than $1.8 billion annually to the state’s economy and is proving to be an economic catalyst, helping to revive declining cities and invigorate neighborhoods. This book is not a beer-tasting guide. Instead, Rapai aims to highlight the unique forces behind and exceptional attributes of the leading craft breweries in Michigan. Through a series of interviews with brewmasters over an eighteenth-month sojourn to microbreweries around the state, the author argues that Michigan craft beer is brewed by individuals with a passion for excellence who refuse to be process drones. It is brewed by people who have created a culture that values quality over quantity and measures tradition and innovation in equal parts. Similarly, the taprooms associated with these craft breweries have become a conduit for conversation—places for people to gather and discuss current events, raise money for charities, and search for ways to improve their communities. They’re places where strangers become friends, friends fall in love, and lovers get married. These brewpubs and taprooms are an example in resourcefulness—renovating old churches and abandoned auto dealerships in Michigan’s biggest cities, tiny suburbs, working-class neighborhoods, and farm towns. Beer, as it turns out, can be the lifeblood of a community. Brewed in Michigan is a book for beer enthusiasts and for people who want a better understanding of what makes Michigan beer special. Cheers!

Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species

Author: Participant Media
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1586488392
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What does an unusually large, ugly, invasive species of toad have to do with global warming, international trade, and the survival of biodiversity? Quite a lot, actually. Mark Lewis's amazing and hilarious documentary Cane Toads tells the story of Bufo marinus, which was introduced to Australia in 1935 to control bugs but which quickly became a far greater menace than the beetles they eat. Today they number in the hundreds of millions and are taking over Australian habitats at 25 miles per year, spreading disease and killing native species as they go. Rogue Species explains the little-understood dangers of invasive species. Ranging from the zebra mussel (currently threatening the health of the Great Lakes) to the infamous kudzu vine (a Japanese import that now smothers seven million acres in the American southeast), these disastrous human blunders threaten the biodiversity on which all life—including our own—depends. The book will raise readers' awareness about the threat of non-native species, increase their appreciation of natural biodiversity, and explain what they can do to help protect unique ecosystems wherever they live or travel.

Sweetgirl

Author: Travis Mulhauser
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423430524
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Auf der Flucht durch den Schneesturm Es ist tiefster Winter im Norden von Michigan. Die 16-jährige Percy rettet ein vernachlässigtes und halb erfrorenes Baby aus dem Haus des Drogendealers Shelton, der ebenso unterbelichtet wie höchst gefährlich ist. Irgendwie muss sie es schaffen, das Baby in ein Krankenhaus zu bringen. Es folgt eine dramatische Flucht durch Schneesturm und unwegsames Gelände, mit unberechenbaren Verfolgern und unvermuteten Verbündeten. Dank Sheltons genereller Unfähigkeit gibt es bei der Verfolgungsjagd, teils aus Versehen, tatsächlich ein paar Leichen. Und am Ende will natürlich niemand schuld sein.

F r immer in deinem Herzen

Author: Viola Shipman
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104901384
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Alle Frauen der Familie Lindsey besitzen ein Armband mit Glücksbringern, Großmutter Lolly, Tochter Arden und Enkelin Lauren. Die Anhänger werden von Generation zu Generation weitergegeben und stehen für Geschichten voller Hoffnung, Sehnsucht und Lebenslust. Viola Shipmans Roman ›Für immer in deinem Herzen‹ erzählt von einem Sommer, der drei Lebenswege zusammenführt und verändert. Jedes Armband erzählt eine Geschichte Großmutter Lolly lebt immer noch am Lost Land Lake, wo ihre Mutter ihr vor langer Zeit das Armband gab, das ihr Talisman wurde und Symbol für ihre Verbindung zur Familie. Aber ihre Tochter Arden und ihre Enkelin Lauren haben sie seit Jahren nicht mehr besucht, und Lolly läuft die Zeit davon. Arden konnte es kaum erwarten, ihre Kleinstadt hinter sich zu lassen und nach Chicago zu ziehen, aber jetzt, im mittleren Alter, besteht ihr Leben nur noch aus Arbeit in der Redaktion, und sie schleppt sich einfach nur noch von Tag zu Tag. Alles, was ihr mal Spaß machte, ist ihr entglitten. Als sie einen Brief mit einem Armbandanhänger von Lolly und einen unerwarteten Anruf aus dem Heimatort erhält, ist sie alarmiert. Ein Notfall? Arden muss sich überlegen, ob sie es erträgt, nach Hause zu kommen. Lauren, eine begabte junge Malerin, hat ihre Leidenschaft aufgegeben, um Betriebswirtschaft zu studieren. Aber sie verkümmert allmählich immer mehr und weiß nicht, wie sie ihrer Mutter die Wahrheit sagen soll. Durch das Armband mit Charms entdecken die drei Frauen die Bedeutung von Familie, Liebe, Treue, Freundschaft, Spaß und der Lust zu leben, während der Zauber der Glücksbringer ihre Leben verändert.

Ein wilder Tag

Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783426196786
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Es könnte die Schilderung einer puren Landidylle sein, wenn da nicht das katastrophale Feuer wäre, durch das die historische Scheune von George Harland abbrennt und die Schilderung der Nachbarn zeigen würde, dass jeder seine eigenen kleinen und grossen Katastrophen zu bewältigen hat.

Der Ruf der Stille

Author: Michael Finkel
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641169240
Format: PDF
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Sehnsucht nach Stille - wie Christopher Knight 27 Jahre in der Wildnis lebte. Im Sommer 1986 begibt sich Christopher Knight auf einen Roadtrip von Massachusetts nach Maine und verschwindet in den Wäldern. 27 Jahre lang bleibt er dort, abgeschieden von der Welt, ohne menschlichen Kontakt, bis er wegen Diebstahls gefasst wird: Er hatte Essen geklaut. In einem einfachen Zelt überlebte Knight die härtesten Winter, weil er klug wie ein Eichhörnchen Vorräte gebunkert und alles darauf ausgerichtet hatte, nicht zu erfrieren. In den nahegelegenen Ferienhäusern versorgte er sich mit Lebensmitteln, Kleidung und Büchern und verstörte als unheimliches Phantom die Bewohner von North Pond. Der Journalist Michael Finkel hat das außergewöhnliche Leben des Chris Knight dokumentiert. Entstanden ist eine fesselnde Story, die den fundamentalen Fragen über ein gutes Leben nachgeht und das tief bewegende Porträt eines Mannes hinterlässt, der sich seinen Traum erfüllte: ein Leben in absoluter Stille.