Around Cook County
The quest to figure out what is killing Minnesota’s moose continues. The moose population has fallen from an estimated 8,840 in 2006 to an estimated 2,760 in 2012. And while researchers are attempting to put together pieces of the puzzle, they don’t have all of the answers yet.
To try to find some answers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Monday February 1, that it would add 52 adult moose to its morbidity study. The DNR has begun capturing and fitting moose with GPS collars.
Last year researchers fitted 111 moose with high tech GPS collars and stomach implants that alert them when a moose’s heart stops beating or when the animal has stopped moving for six hours—indicators that the moose had died.
At that juncture biologists try to get to the deceased animal within 24 hours before predators or scavengers get to it, or before it decomposes too badly and a determination of the cause of death can’t be made.
Dr. Seth Moore is leading the moose study in Grand Portage for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He and his colleagues have begun capturing and collaring 16 moose this winter. Moore works in conjunction with his fellow DNR researchers and all parties involved share findings.
Another moose research project, studying moose calves will also continue this spring. Research scientist/moose project leader Glenn DelGiudice, Ph.D. oversees the calf mortality study. DelGiudice said that 50 more calves would be captured and collared for study this spring.
Concerns have been expressed over the number of calf deaths that have been attributed to collaring (11), so DelGiudice said researchers may wait longer than the 24-36 hours after birth to catch and collar the babies this time around.
The ISD 166 school board held a special meeting on the morning of Friday, January 31, 2014 to discuss how to make up for time missed due to the unusually high number of winter related school closings for the district so far this year. Students have lost just over six instructional days this school year.
The school had originally scheduled 1,101 instructional hours for the year and are currently on pace to achieve a total of 1,066 hours barring any further weather related absences.
The Arrowhead Library System will present the Creativity Tank, a free hands-on art project at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.
Care Partners has a lot to offer. WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Kay Grindland of Care Partners on North Shore Morning.
Care Partners’ Caregivers Support Group will now be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Fireside Room of the Congregational Church. Vicky Biggs and Tyler Howell will be the group facilitators.
The next Caregivers’ Group will be Feb 12.
Care Partners’ Group Respite Program is held at the same time & location to give you more freedom to join the group. You could bring your loved one to the lower level of the church at 11 am, attend the support group and still have time for errands before you pick them up at 3 pm. Participants must pre-register so call Jeannette if you are interested at 387-3787.
The Group Respite is held twice a month to offer a safe and enjoyable social setting for seniors with early memory loss or other long term illness. This gives the family caregiver several hours of independent time. It is held the 2nd Wednesday & 4th Friday from 11 am to 3 pm at the lower level of the Congregational Church. Participants must preregister with Care Partners.
Other upcoming programs:
Care Partners Companion Volunteer Training will be held March 3, 4 and 11 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm for those who want to provide friendly visits, respite care, or presence at end of life.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be offered for six Thursdays beginning March 20 from 5 -7:30 pm.
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — A member of Congress proposed legislation Wednesday that would order the federal government to cut off links in Chicago waterways between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River system to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.
The bill introduced by Rep. Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican, would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct barriers in rivers and canals that were reconfigured more than a century ago to connect the two giant watersheds. That project boosted waterborne commerce but created a pathway through which fish, mussels and other aquatic animals and plants could stake out new territories and compete with native species.
The linkage has allowed nuisance species such as the round goby and zebra and quagga mussels to escape the Great Lakes and infest the Mississippi and other waterways. But the threat that Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes has intensified the search for answers.
Silver and bighead carp, imported from Asia in the 1970s, have made their way up the Mississippi and its tributaries, including the Illinois River, which leads to Lake Michigan. Scientists say if the voracious carp reach the lakes, they could unravel food webs and threaten the $7 billion fishing industry.