Sunday, August 12, 2012

Advanced Invasive Species Field Course, August 4 - 9

The crew on this trip consisted of Tom Kelly, Ben Hale, Tim Davis, Emily Shaw and Kathy Kane.  Our students were 9 teachers from around the region (Chicago, Michigan and eastern Ohio) plus ISEA's Intern, Morgan.

We began our course at Petoskey on Sunday where we met the shuttle bus to take us to Sault Ste. Marie.  Ben, Emily and Kathy were already at the boat.  After arrival and stowing of gear, we walked to the Soo Locks and watched as the tanker Algosea locked up.  We had a tour of the Locks Museum before walking back to the boat (with a stop for ice cream).

On the bus, about to cross the Mackinac Bridge.  Next time we will go under the bridge!

Algosea locking up.
On Monday morning the students got a tour of the LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory in the Sault Edison Power House.  We then departed the marina and sampled the St. Mary's River just south of the Carbide Dock. From there we motored and later sailed in the river and narrow canal cuts to Lime Island.  Lime Island was once a coaling station for lake ships, but is now a park run by the State of Michigan.  We did some exploring of the island, including the restored schoolhouse and director's house.
We sometimes shared the St. Mary's River with 1.000 ft freighters.

Entering Rock Cut on the St. Mary's River.

Remains of the old marine railway on Lime Island

Lime Island Schoolhouse.
Discussing scientific research papers on Lime Island.

Inland Seas tied up to old fuel dock. 

Abandoned buildings, with director's house in background.

Inside the director's house. 

Old rowboat on Lime Island.

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