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ERIE — The story of the Great Lakes — rife with dramas brought on by past decades of human-driven degradation
— is ultimately about redemption.
That’s according to Science North filmmaker David Lickley,
producer and director of “Mysteries
of the Great Lakes,” a new documentary that celebrates Earth’s greatest freshwater ecosystem while issuing a rallying cry for its protection.
The U.S. giant screen debut of the hour-long film, with portions featuring Lake Erie’s Presque Isle State Park, is Friday at 6 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center’s Big Green Screen Theatre.
“One of the reasons we made this film,” Lickley recently told a private screening audience, is that “we want people to be aware of what’s out there beyond the borders” of the Great Lakes’ shorelines.
To accomplish that feat, Lickley and his crew — using state-of-the-art IMAX lens technologies — spent eight years and a $6 million production budget on capturing the lakes’ scenery and wildlife, as well as the efforts being undertaken to prevent further environmental degradation and extinction of species in various areas.
Along the way, audiences are introduced to an in-depth look at Lake Erie’s Presque Isle State Park. One of the last protected Great Lakes regions, the park’s ecosystem includes six distinct ecological zones, each with a different plant and animal community.
Beyond that, the film examines a renewed interest in the health of the Great Lakes, highlighting the continuing need for preservation and conservation while showcasing the geography, ecology, science and history of the lakes region.
The lakes, which experienced numerous environmental atrocities over the past century, are now the subject of one of the most extensive cleanup projects in history, according to the filmmakers. Those efforts have resulted in bird and fish species rebounding from near-extinction to sustainable populations.
“This film is important here in Erie, and it’s important all (throughout the world),” said Lickley. The Great Lakes basin “is a vast treasure.”
TREC’s Big Green Screen Theatre is one of 11 theaters “Mysteries of the Great Lakes” has been leased to nationwide. The Presque Isle Partnership of Erie and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are two of the project’s major funding partners.
FedNav Limited is the presenting sponsor, and Unilever Canada is its promotional sponsor. Other major funding partners include the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Fed Nor, Parks Canada, Ontario Power Generation, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.
YOU CAN GO
The U.S. giant screen debut of “Mysteries of the Great Lakes,” with portions featuring Lake Erie’s Presque Isle State Park, is Friday at 6 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center’s Big Green Screen Theatre.
–– For all show times, prices and more information: Visit www.trecpi.org or call (814) 838-4123.
DID YOU KNOW
–– The Great Lakes — Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan — are the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet.
–– Lake Erie — with a surface area of 9,940 square miles, a length of 241 miles and a breadth of 57 miles at its widest points — is the 10th largest lake on Earth. It produces more fish each year for human consumption than the other four Great Lakes combined.
–– One of every three Canadians and one of every seven Americans rely on the Great Lakes for their freshwater.
–– Researchers have identified more than 360 chemical compounds, many of which pose ecological threats, in the Great Lakes.
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New business group out to spread word about economic impact and benefits of hunting
I think that I’d be pretty safe in saying that hunting is a pretty popular pastime in Pennsylvania. Few people would dispute that. With nearly 1 million hunters heading afield each year in this state alone, it’s pretty easy to see a ripple effect between hunting expenditures and area economies.
Here are the outdoors briefs for the week that began Nov. 20
Gary Glunt of Black Ash Sportsman’s Club discusses the club’s youth pheasant hunt and chef Lisa Beck has a recipe for pheasant in cream sauce this week on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23.
Here are area outdoors news briefs for the week starting Nov. 6
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds boaters that Nov. 1 marked the first day of mandatory life jacket wearing on boats less than 16 feet in length. This regulation that first went into effect in 2012 states that a person shall wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from Nov. 1 through April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.
More information: Visit fishandboat.com.
Important reminder for boaters: Mandatory life jacket period starts Friday
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds boaters that Friday marks the first day of mandatory life jacket wearing on boats less than 16 feet in length. This regulation that first went into effect in 2012 states that a person shall wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from Nov. 1 through April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.
50-some-year veterans hunter shares tips that helped him hunt down 'Titan,' a 10-point buck
I’ve been deer hunting with a bow, rifle or muzzleloader for 50-some odd years and in the process I’ve made just about every mistake in the book. But I’ve learned a ton of information about the whitetail deer.
Here are news briefs about outdoor events and activities for the week starting Oct. 30
Duane Koller will talk with exhibitors at Antlers & Anglers and Lisa Beck makes wild west venison chili and venison cheese dip during the weeks of Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23.
Big news for anglers: Date set for Walnut Creek Marina to open for fishing
The Walnut Creek Marina basin will open for fishing at noon on Nov. 7, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Plan your outdoors activities with these notes for the week beginning Oct. 23
The Erie National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting bids for trapping on the refuge. The refuge has nine trapping units in the Sugar Lake Division and seven units in the Seneca Division. Bids are due by today at 1 p.m. at the refuge headquarters at 11296 Wood Duck Lane, Guys Mills, which will also be the time of the public bid opening.
To submit a bid, trappers must complete an application for trapping form, which can be obtained at the refuge office. Maps showing the trapping units are available from the refuge office.
Bids were originally due on Oct. 2 before the federal government shutdown closed the refuge and postponed the public bid opening.
The Crawford County Conservation District has a number of fun and educational events planned for November and December
The Crawford County Conservation District will offer several environmental education programs to the public at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21724 German Road, Meadville, throughout November and December.
Local photographer wins honors in worldwide Audubon nature contest
With more than 350 entries from 153 photographers from around the world, Meadville photographer Ricardo Gilson was a winner in the 2013 Jamestown, N.Y., Audubon Nature Photography Contest.
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