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New Sea Grant Fact Sheets Showcase Diversity Of Eastern Lake Ontario Region

OSWEGO, NY – New York Sea Grant has published eight new Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Fact Sheets.

The series provides information and photos in pdf format on:

• Arrangement & Development of Eastern Lake Ontario Wetlands

• Beach Litter

• Bog Buckmoth

• Dune Building Plants

• Hybrid Cattails

• Muskrat

• Sediment along the beaches and dunes of Eastern Lake Ontario, and

• Yellow Perch,

and is posted online at www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/lodune/article.asp?ArticleID=211.

New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney authored the series. Penney says, “This series of Fact Sheets was developed to showcase the diversity of plants, animals and habitats found in New York’s Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area. We especially encourage both formal and informal teachers such as scout leaders, and coastal resource managers to share them with their students and resource visitors.”

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is part of a nationwide network of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.

For updates on NYSG’s activities and initiatives in New York’s Great Lakes and marine waters, check out our Web site, www.nyseagrant.org , “like” us on Facebook (keyword: New York Sea Grant) and follow us on Twitter (@nyseagrant). #

SIDEBAR

A Sampling of Facts from New NY Sea Grant Publications

· Practice “Carry-in, Carry-out” to reduce beach litter.

· Clay, silt, sand and pebbles are all forms of beach sediment.

· Yellow perch have a lifespan of eight to nine years.

· Wetlands are found on every continent but Antartica.

· Muskrats are typically seen in cattail marshes.

· Dune plants help maintain the fragile sand dunes of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area.

· There are only 10 colonies of bug buckmoth in the world; six of these New York State endangered moth areas are in Oswego County, NY.

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