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Service held for last survivor of ’58 Great Lakes shipwreck
- by The Associated Press

A memorial Mass has been held in northern Michigan for the last remaining survivor of a Lake Michigan shipwreck that killed 33 people in 1958.

Comments Requested: Lake Ontario marine sanctuary proposal moves forward
- by Noah Bock

NOAA announced a public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary, including feedback on what areas the sanctuary should include.

NOAA to designate Wisconsin coastline as national sanctuary
- by The Associated Press

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published the final rule designating the sanctuary.

BEN is back! Autonomous vessel launches into Lake Huron from Rogers City, Michigan
- by The Alpena News

From coast to coast in the U.S., to American Samoa, and back to Lake Huron, the autonomous surface vessel is in Rogers City this month for lake floor mapping.

Marine archaeology research crew up from University of Texas
- by The Alpena News

A trio of researchers who have been studying the Alpena-Amberley Ridge in Lake Huron are joined this month by a group of undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Shifting sand, water again reveal shipwreck from 1880s
- by The Associated Press

A change in Lake Michigan water levels has revealed the shipwreck from the 1880s that is visible in western Michigan for the first time since 2018.

Watch Party: Ships and Shipwrecks
- by GLN Editor

Come aboard a boat that delivers mail to ships on the Great Lakes, learn about life on a Great Lakes…

COVID-19 pushed people outdoors. Michigan’s ski industry is ready for them.
- by Bridge Michigan

Recreational activity skyrocketed in Michigan through spring and summer. Now the state’s snowsports businesses hope they’ll get a similar burst of sales.

The Age of Nature: Series finale ends with hope
- by Natasha Blakely

As “The Age of Nature” documentary concludes its national airings on PBS stations, we find more hope globally and in the Great Lakes region.

What Grows: “Shipwrecks and Ecosystems” watch party for Great Lakes Now and “The Age of Nature”
- by Sandra Svoboda

Whether they’re in oceans or the Great Lakes, shipwrecks create unique ecosystems for a variety of aquatic life.

The Age of Nature: Humanity’s relationship with nature in the Great Lakes region and beyond
- by Natasha Blakely

What are the modern issues affecting nature and what are humans doing about them?

What Grows: Shipwrecks become ecosystems, even at nuclear testing sites
- by GLN Editor

“The Age of Nature” producer Pete Lown spoke with Great Lakes Now about the powerful symbolism of marine life returning to the wrecks in advance of the documentary airing.

Shipwreck Life: How fish and other aquatic species utilize Great Lakes shipwrecks
- by Kathy Johnson

From bass and burbot to freshwater sponge, the kind of ecosystem that forms around Great Lakes shipwrecks are as varied as the thousands of wrecks.

One Old, One New: Teen project finds meteorite fragments in Lake Michigan
- by Natasha Blakely

In a live update, students and researchers shared two major finds from The Aquarius Project’s years-long attempt to find the meteorite.

Watch Party: Recoveries
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with John Russick from the Chicago History Museum, and GLN Producers Kathy Johnson and Nick Austin. They answer some audience questions about the show.

Eastland Documentary: Filmmakers talk behind-the-scenes journey and stories
- by GLN Editor

Learn more about the tragedy and what inspired the filmmakers to tell the story of the Eastland.

Chicago’s Eastland Disaster: Explore this Great Lakes tragedy with a Storymap
- by Sandra Svoboda

Navigate through this digital feature to learn more about this steamship and its tragic story.

Recoveries – Episode 1017
- by GLN Editor

Learn more about a little-known Chicago shipwreck that took more lives than the Titanic. Check in on the Kalamazoo River’s wildlife 10 years after the Line 6B pipeline spilled over a million gallons of oil there, and find out if COVID-19 means no basketball tournament in 2020 for four Great Lakes island schools.

Despite virus, Michigan groups aim to keep summer fireworks tradition
- by The Associated Press

The Alpena Municipal Council is giving people time to raise money for a July 4 fireworks show along Lake Huron.

Shipwreck fragment emerges along Lake Michigan beach
- by The Associated Press

The fragment was revealed by waves amid high water levels on the Great Lakes.