Current Events


August 2021

The GVSU crew just wrapped up another successful field season sampling coastal wetlands all around Michigan. Some of the fish pictured below include northern pike, common carp, longnose gar, and bowfin. A common snapping turtle is also pictured below. To read more about the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program, click here.

a student holds a longnose gar

student sort through debris while looking for invertebrates

a student holds a northern pike

a student holds a fish after sampling a coastal wetland

floating lilies in a coastal wetland

students sort through debris while looking for invertebrates

a student holds a common snapping turtle

a student holds up a bowfin

a student sets a trap net to sample fish in a coastal wetland

a student holds a northern pike

a student holds a ysi while sampling water quality in a costal wetland

a student holds a common carp that was sampled from a coastal wetland


May 2021

The 2021 field season for the Ruetz Lab started up this week with sampling fish on Muskegon Lake using fyke nets. Some of the most abundant fish species that we sampled were yellow perch, brook silverside, and rock bass. Picture below is a large bowfin and a rock bass. For more information on the Muskegon Lake Long-Term Monitoring, click here.

A student holds up a bowfin (fish) that was captured in a fyke net.

Two students are standing next to a fyke net measuring the water temperature.

A student is holding a rock bass (fish) that was captured using a fyke net.


October 2020

To close out our 2020 field sampling season, we sampled fish and macroinvertebrates in the ponds at Riverside Park (Ottawa County Parks). Some of the sampling days were quite cold, but we were excited about the fish we sampled like warmouth, yellow perch, bowfin, and lake chubsucker. Pictured below is a student with a pumpkinseed. In our sampling efforts in 2018 and 2020, we sampled a total of 17 different species of fish in these ponds at Riverside Park. To find out more information on this project, follow this link.

A student is standing in a wetland at riverside park holding a YSI.

A student is holding a pumpkinseed fish.

Two students are standing in a wetland at riverside park getting ready to sample fish using fyke nets.


July 2020

This week we were again on Muskegon Lake sampling fish using fyke nets. Pictured here are a white sucker and a flathead catfish. Our fyke nets typically sample fairly small fish, so capturing such a large flathead catfish in one of our nets was quite a surprise.

A student holds a large flathead catfish

A student holds a YSI water quality instrument while sampling Muskegon Lake

A student holds a small fish, a white sucker


July 2020

We recently finished up our second week of sampling coastal wetlands for the Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program. These photos highlight a few of the coastal wetlands we sampled. Pictured here are a painted turtle and a common carp. To learn more about the Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (CWMP), click here.

a patch of water lilies in a coastal wetland

trees in a coastal wetland

a cloudy day in a coastal wetland

a student holds a painted turtle in a coastal wetland

water lily in a coastal wetland

a student holds a common carp in a coastal wetland


July 2020

Travis and Matt spent two days on Muskegon Lake this month sampling fish using fyke nets. This sampling was a part of the Muskegon Lake Long-Term Monitoring Project. Pictured here are a bowfin and a silver redhorse. 

A student with a bowfin

A student in the boat with fyke nets shown in the background

A student with a silver redhorse


October 2019

From October 7 to October 10 we sampled fish to assess post-restoration conditions at Veterans Memorial Park. This sampling effort will compare the water quality and fish community with pre-restoration sampling done in 2015. With student summer interns back in class, technicians from other labs at AWRI stepped in to make this sampling possible. Both the north and south pond at Veterans Park have good numbers of warmouth- a fish species that is not very common in the nearby Muskegon Lake. Pictured below are two different warmouth that we sampled.

warmouth head

students with YSI

warmouth


August 2019

On August 21 and 22 we sampled fish in two wetlands in Bear Lake (Muskegon County). Some of the most common fish we encountered in this sampling were largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and yellow perch.

water quality measurements at bear lake

pumpkinseed


August 2019

Our research takes us to many picturesque places in Michigan. These four photos below highlight some of the beautiful landscapes we have experienced so far in Summer 2019.

sunset

a wetland with clouds in background

a wetland with water lilies

a wetland with many trees and clouds


July 2019

In the end of July we wrapped up our third week of sampling coastal wetlands as a part of the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program. We spent this last week of July sampling coastal wetlands in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near the town of Naubinway. In Fall 2018 we added a larger jon boat to the GVSU fleet. This boat (picture below) has been very useful this year. Although our fyke nets are used primarily to sample fish, we do occasionally catch turtles. Pictured below is a large snapping turtle that was captured and released. 

Megan in boat

Megan with snapping turtle

fyke net


June 2019

On June 24, we started our coastal wetland sampling as a part of the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (CWMP). Our first three sites were in the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Pictured here are a common carp and longnose gar.

a lily zone within a wetland

a student with a longnose gar - fish

a fyke net is used to sample fish


May 2019

On May 13 and 14, Dr. Ruetz led fish sampling on Muskegon Lake using fyke nets in the shallow-water areas of the lake. This fish sampling is a part of the Muskegon Lake Long Term Monitoring Project. Yellow perch was the most common fish species we sampled in spring 2019. A large pumpkinseed is pictured. 

fish - a pumpkinseed

A fyke net is set in Muskegon Lake

students empty a fyke net


April 2019

Spring is here and with it comes installation of remote site incubators as a part of our assessment of streamside egg incubators. In these photos we see AWRI student workers, Zak and Katy, working to install the remote site incubators in a tributary to the Manistee River. This research is a collaborative effort with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and a component of the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative.

Student next to remote site incubator

remote site incubators are installed next to Hinton Creek

remote site incubators are installed next to Hinton Creek


March 2019

Identification of macroinvertebrates is in full swing in the Ruetz Lab. During the 2018 field season, macroinvertebrates were collected from wetlands all around the Great Lakes for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program. Here we see some of the common macroinvertebrate taxa we encounter in coastal wetlands.

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