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Melinda manages the Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation program. This program's goal is to protect Great Lakes wildlife from warming temperatures, changing habitats, water level decline and other impacts from climate change already occurring and in the future.

This Year’s Outlook for Water Levels and Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes

7/12/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

We’ve been getting A LOT of rain in the Great Lakes region this year. Some of it falling like a missle from severe storms. See, for example, a tree through the wall of my friend’s bedroom in Minnesota caused by […] Read more >

Credit: Ohio Sea Grant September 10, 2009.

Heavy Rains, Runoff, Toxic to Wildlife

5/2/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

Lake Erie is experiencing a one-two punch of heavy rains and excess farm runoff that influences the magnitude of algae toxic to wildlife and humans. In a recent report: Taken by Storm: How Heavy Rain is Worsening Algal Blooms in […] Read more >

Credit: Sid Jansma, Jr.

Great Lakes Experience Record Floods

4/23/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

It’s been raining here in the Great Lakes. A lot. And cities like Grand Rapids and East Lansing, MI , Chicago, IL, and Toledo, OH are bearing the brunt. Rivers – the veins and arteries of cities in the Great […] Read more >

Photo by Melinda Koslow, 2009

What’s Happening to Great Lakes Ice?

2/26/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

It’s that time of year again: snow is falling, noses are running, and the Great Lakes are icing. But to what extent are they icing? Since ice records began in 1973, Great Lakes ice cover has declined by an average […] Read more >

Photo by Melinda Koslow, 2012

Great Lakers Learn about Climate-Smart Restoration Success

9/19/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

This past week more than 600 representatives from around the Great Lakes joined at the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition Restoration Conference as part of the largerĀ Great Lakes Week in Cleveland, Ohio. My colleagues Doug Inkley, Celia Haven […] Read more >

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Thoughts on A New Normal

6/28/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

I attended the Aspen Environmental Forum this past weekend, bringing together a mixture of scientists, policy makers and business leaders who all care deeply about the environment. This year the Forum tackled the idea of “Living With the New Normal,” […] Read more >

Of Puppies and Polar Bears

3/23/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

As we continue to celebrate National Wildlife Week it was also brought to my attention that today is National Puppy Day. For some of us, our love for wildlife is coupled with a love for pets, whether cat, fish, dog […] Read more >

Flickr\Mike Traboe, 2009

Danger: Thin Great Lakes Ice

2/7/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

Great Lakes Ice Cover All of us in the Great Lakes region (and perhaps other regions also) are either enjoying or fretting over what is such a mild winter. Air temperatures remain above average and snowfall amounts are very small. […] Read more >

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Nature and Wildlife Help City of Tucson Connect One Year After Tragedy

1/6/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

The goal is to commemorate, celebrate and commit. This weekend thousands of Tucsonans will gather to do just that while memorializing friends and family lost in the tragic violence on January 8, 2011. Only one year ago, that horrific day […] Read more >

Smile, Planet, You’re on NPP

12/14/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Almost two months ago a new environmental-observing satellite, NPP, hitched a ride on the United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket into earth’s orbit and data is already coming back to earth. The NPP carries five instruments set to collect daily […] Read more >