Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (December 20, 2021) – The 2022 Fish Tales Lecture Series will bring the science of the Great Lakes Fisheries to Door County and beyond. Fish Tales is an educational program of Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Center and Nature Preserve in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s series will explore the latest invasive carp barrier planned for the Brandon Road Lock on the Illinois River, how environmental DNA (eDNA) is deployed to detect the potential establishment of invasive carp in Lake Michigan, the development and accomplishments of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry and Observation System (GLATOS), and the ecology and importance of suckers in the Great Lakes.
All presentations will be held in-person at 7PM (CST) in the lecture hall at the Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Center and Nature Preserve, 2401 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Zoom and Facebook Live links will be available and offered in partnership with the Door County Library. To participate online, visit the Door County Library calendar at doorcountylibrary.org/event on the date of the talk to access the link.
DR. TAMMY NEWCOMB, Senior Water Policy Advisor for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will kick off the lecture series on Thursday, January 20, with “PROTECTING THE GREAT LAKES FROM INVASIVE CARP: THE BRANDON ROAD INTERBASIN BARRIER PROJECT.” She will discuss the science of the Brandon Road Lock Interbasin Project on the Illinois River, designed to keep invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes basin, and explain why it is so important to prohibit their entry.
On Monday, January 31, DR. CHUCK KRUEGER, from Michigan State University, and Director Emeritus of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS), will present “GREAT LAKES ACOUSTIC TELEMETRY OBSERVATION SYSTEM: PRYING INTO THE SECRET LIVES OF FISHES.” He will describe how the science of acoustic telemetry has greatly enhanced our understanding and ability to manage Great Lakes fisheries.
DR. CARI-ANN HAYER, Program Manager of the Aquatic Invasive Species Detection and Monitoring Program for Lake Michigan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on Thursday, February 24, will present “ENVIRONMENTAL DNA (EDNA) AS A TOOL TO DETECT THE ARRIVAL OF INVASIVE CARPS IN THE LAKE MICHIGAN BASIN”.
Finally, on Thursday, March 17, DR. KAREN MURCHIE, Director of Freshwater Research at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, will present “SUCKERS – SWIMMING SUPERHEROES OF THE GREAT LAKES.” She will describe the ecology and importance of suckers in the Great Lakes, especially in the Sturgeon Bay and Door County tributaries.