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Protecting Our Lakes & Shorelands: Aquatic Plants – Michigan’s Underwater Forests
May 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
A three part VIRTUAL educational & informational series for those living on or recreating in our local lakes and waterways.
Developed by: Friends of Spider Lake and Rennie Lake, Michigan
Saturday, May 23rd | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Aquatic Plants – Michigan’s Underwater Forests
Dr. Jo Latimore, Aquatic Ecologist/Outreach Specialist, Michigan State University, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife
Explore the rarely seen world of freshwater plants! Let’s face it – aquatic plants get a bad rap. We refer to them as “weeds” or, even less accurately, “seaweed”. We complain about them touching us when we swim, snagging our fishing tackle, or tangling in our boat motor propellers. We see one aggressive invasive plant overtaking part of a lake and jump to the conclusion that all aquatic plants are undesirable. We should take another look! Within our lakes – mostly below the surface – exists a diverse and beautiful underwater forest. Native aquatic plants benefit our lakes by taking up nutrients, and stabilizing shorelines and bottom sediments. They provide habitat for fish, frogs, turtles, and insects. Many waterfowl rely on them for food. Healthy native plant communities can also make areas of a lake less susceptible to invasion by non-native plants. If you’d like to learn more about Michigan’s underwater forests, join us for this virtual event!
Links to the on-line event will be sent out a couple of days prior to each presentation. Register and mark your calendars now to reserve these dates and times, and join us to learn about our inland lakes and how to protect them.