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May 15, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Admission is FREE!!!
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Not Your Grandparent’s Great Lake: Lake Michigan’s Changing Ecosystem with Dr. Titus Seilheimer at Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Manitowoc Public Library & Wisconsin Maritime Museum invite you to join Dr. Titus Seilheimer as he dives deep into the changes to the structure of the food web of the Great Lakes and its ecosystem on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 PM at Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The Great Lakes are important and unique freshwater ecosystems. They’re both a major driver of the region’s economy and a source of food, recreation, and transportation. Over time, the structure of Lake Michigan’s ecosystem has been greatly altered. While pollution, habitat loss, and dam construction have caused major changes, it’s invasive species that have profoundly altered the way Lake Michigan functions. Major changes to the structure of the food web—from species like quagga mussels, round goby, and sea lamprey—have caused cascading effects. Managing our aquatic resources requires balancing ecological, economic, and social forces, a situation made all the more difficult when invasive species create changes within the ecosystem.