Impact

Most posts here are about a particular project among those currently or recently active at the Ives Lake Field Station. This one attempts a more over-arching perspective on the overall impact of the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation’s 66 years of sponsoring research. There are many ways of assessing the significance …

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Insects in the Mines

Even very ubiquitous and diverse groups of organisms are sometimes so cryptic we’re barely aware of them. Leaf-mining insects, for example, are abundant where-ever there are leafy plants, but most of us are barely aware of them.  The leaf-mining life-style works so well, though, that it has evolved convergently in …

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Headwaters

Streams have to start somewhere, but their beginning can be ambiguous. The smallest headwater streams — ‘first-order’ streams that have no smaller tributaries — are usually ephemeral, flowing only at snowmelt or after heavy rains. One relatively definite beginning point is the highest point where these headwater streams establish an …

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What Fruit Flies Like

The upcoming HMWF newsletter features two researchers who have been documenting, over the last several years, the huge biodiversity of moths at Huron Mt.  I’ve written about this work before, but wanted to recognize a recent achievement by one of these researchers in another arena.  Dr. Thomas Werner (Michigan Technological …

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Suckers and Citizen Science

Increasingly, ecological questions call for ‘big picture’ perspectives in space and time.  It’s not so much that these questions are new — they aren’t — but that new tools and approaches are making them, for the first time, rigorously addressable.  Synoptic views from satellites and air-borne sensors, techniques for analyzing …

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