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Great Lakes Network (GLKN)

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Great Lakes Network

Endangered piping plover chick at Apostle Islands NL View from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore A climber carefully approaches an eagle nest Pictured Rock beach Isle Royale National Park Weather station at St. Croix NSR Scarlet tanager at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Storm runoff pipe at Mississippi NR&RA Vegetation sampling field crew at Mississippi NR&RA Bluebird at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

The GLKN Inventory and Monitoring Program, comprised of nine national park units,is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country. As a program of the National Park Service, Great Lakes I&M scientists conduct long-term monitoring of critical park resources, or “Vital Signs,” at nine national park units in Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Network analyzes and summaries these monitoring data and provides it to the parks so that they can make more scientifically-informed management decisions.

The GLKN consists of nine park units that cover one million acres, extending from the boreal forests of northern Minnesota to the sand dunes of southern Lake Michigan. The parks reflect diverse landscapes and human dimensions ranging from remote wilderness to metropolitan areas.

This web site provides information about the Network's inventory and monitoring work at these parks. Visit the parks in this Network to discover the particular resources found at these special places.


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GLKN Newsletter: Fall 2013

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The Inventory and Monitoring program's long-term monitoring projects offer excellent opportunities for teachers and their students...
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Video: Little Things Big Problems—Aquatic Invaders.

EagleCam: MN DNR live camera on an Eagle Nest in the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area.

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Report: Breeding Bird Monitoring at Isle Royale National Park: 1996-2008

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Breeding Bird Monitoring at Isle Royale National Park, Michigan: 1996-2008
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