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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.
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Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment set to take you back in time this weekend
Coordinators of the ninth annual Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment believe this year’s event will have all the historical thrill of its predecessors and more with the addition of an exciting new feature — visitation from members of the New York-based Seneca Nation of Indians.
Volunteers set to boost Pymatuning fish habitat today; and your outdoors briefs for the week starting June 11
The Pymatuning Lake Association seeks able-bodied volunteers to help with the construction of “cribs” today.
Pymatuning State Park looks to give you more room to enjoy the great outdoors
Pymatuning State Park may grow by 18 acres under a plan made public Tuesday at the Crawford County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.
Mastering the art of the call is essential to turkey season success
Do you think that calling wild turkeys into shotgun range is some sort of art form that can never be yours?
Or do you see yourself as a master caller, a being with special powers sent from above, because you have been successful in the turkey woods the past few years?
Fishing-related family fun set for hatchery today
An annual family friendly, mostly free entertainment and education event is today.
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.
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