Invasive Species: Phragmites

By Matt Forster The story of phragmites is an immigrant’s story. It is the tale of a common reed from Europe—used there for thatching roofs—and how it rose to become the scourge of North American wetlands. If you live in Southeast Michigan, you’ve seen phragmites. This newcomer to the ecological scene has been overtaking roadside wetlands for years. Where you once saw cattails, tall grasses—usually well over 8 feet in height—now form a near impenetrable wall of vegetation. Michigan is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What if I am afraid of boats?

Dear Crabby, I have always been afraid of boats. I don't know why, but I am not a very good swimmer and I assume that is why I don't enjoy them.  My family wants to go out on a boat this summer, but I am just terrified.  Is there anything I can do to get over this fear? Sincerely, Ineeda Floatee Dear Ineeda Floatee, This is a tough one for me.  I grew up around boats and I love being out on them.  As a child my father had a cabin out on Harsens Island, just across the way from … [Read more...]