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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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Now that winter is nearly over, let's get ready for trout season
With another long and brutal winter hopefully pretty much behind us, many Pennsylvania anglers are already looking ahead to our state’s trout season opener. As in the past several years, opening day of trout season will vary by region. For trout anglers fishing in the eight-county Northwest region, opening day is April 12.
Here are outdoors news and activities notes for the week beginning Jan. 29
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is encouraging anglers to vote online by Friday for their favorite color for a new series of fishing license buttons that will be available beginning in March.
“The buttons for this first year will be in the color which receives the highest number of votes,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Brought back by popular demand, this custom button is similar to the buttons offered by the PFBC in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and again in 1974 and 1975.
Each custom button will measure 1 3/4 inches (same as past, vintage buttons) with a high-quality pin-back design and feature the angler's customer identification number (CID), same as the number displayed on a paper license.
Anglers need to display only the button when fishing, as long as they are carrying a valid paper license. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-PA-Fishing-License-Button to vote.
New optional youth fishing license goes on sale Saturday
A new voluntary $1 youth fishing license will generate revenue to fund programs to increase youth fishing participation.
Outdoors news briefs and events for the week starting Jan. 15
Democratic Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has called for a public meeting to be held in Erie to discuss options for combating invasive Asian Carp.
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.
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