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Wisconsin Sea Grant blog celebrates popular posts for Earth Day

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are highlighting five popular posts from our blog — one representing each Earth Day decade, although all the stories were published recently. We hope this Earth Day gives you a chance to reflect on the topics they describe – from aquatic invasive species, to the importance of drinkable water, to fishing.

Here they are:

  1. Spring thaw throwdown! March 14, 2019

This was a tournament we offered last year where 16 species competed for the title of “Least Wanted Aquatic Invasive Species in Wisconsin.” The game was widely publicized and was hosted by our AIS staffers. The winner(s)? Zebra and quagga mussels. Read more about the results here.

  1. Muskie fishing a restored river March 13, 2019

Muskie anglers are a passionate bunch. This story, written by our River Talks student blogging intern, outlined a presentation by Keith Okeson, past-president of the Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies Inc. Okeson described efforts to restock and assess muskie populations in the St. Louis River in northeastern Wisconsin.

  1. Water connects us: Getting to know your urban streams January 17, 2019

This was another story written by our River Talks student blogger. This talk in the monthly series featured a panel of local urban stream experts: Tiffany Sprague with the University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute, Andrea Crouse with the city of Superior and Todd Carlson with the city of Duluth. They highlighted the many environmental and lifestyle impacts we have on our urban streams.

  1. Tips for good outdoors and nature writing December 17, 2018

One of our science communicators attended a writing seminar by noted book author and Duluth News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook. This post highlights a few of his tips and tricks of the trade.

  1. Welcome to the water bar. Water is all we have April 22, 2019

One of our science communicators learned a new skill and encouraged discussions about water, all at the same time. With the intent of celebrating the importance of clean water, the event offered the public a chance to taste regional water at a Water Bar and local craft beer brewed with Lake Superior water.