1 to 2 pm
In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, A Thousand-Mile Walk on the Beach. In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1,000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure, A Thousand-Mile Great Lakes Walk, explores the entire Great Lakes system. Finally, in 2014, she launched off of the shoreline to visit many of the islands of the Great Lakes. In 2015 her book A Thousand-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure was released. In this presentation, Niewenhuis will take you to islands in each of the five Great Lakes and their connecting waters. She’ll reveal how these islands are diverse in both geological underpinnings and in the life forms existing on the islands. Niewenhuis will also discuss some of the scientific research on the islands, from the wolf-moose study on Isle Royale to the conservation of the endangered piping plover on the Manitou Islands. Niewenhuis will address important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting the fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.
Free and open to the public; no registration required.