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LTER goes to Capitol Hill PDF Print E-mail
KBS Research News
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:24

G. Philip Robertson, director of the KBS Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program and a KBS faculty member (Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences), visited Washington, D.C. in June to speak at a Congressional briefing on environmental issues.

Read more about the event in an article from LTER Network News, linked here.

Hamilton wins MEC's Petosky Prize PDF Print E-mail
KBS News
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 21:47

HamiltonCongratulations to KBS's Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton, Professor of Zoology, named the 2014 recipient of the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership by the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC).

The annual award honors an individual whose commitment, creativity and courage have inspired others to safeguard Michigan’s air, land and water for future generations.

Hamilton served as an independent scientific advisor to policymakers, clean-up workers and concerned community members after a pipeline rupture in 2010 spilled an estimated 843,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River system, creating the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.

As associate director of the biological station, where he has taught since 1995, Hamilton’s research focuses on biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology with particular attention to aquatic environments.

He has served as president of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council since 2006.

In a statement, the MEC called Hamilton “a rare species: an accomplished scientist who uses his knowledge to inform the public, engage the media, consult with decision makers and champion environmental protection.”

Hamilton will be recognized at the MEC’s 16th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration on Wednesday, July 9 at the Ann Arbor City Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

More information can be found on the MEC website and on Facebook.

KBS Intern Studies in Yellowstone PDF Print E-mail
Bird Sanctuary News
Friday, 27 June 2014 20:30

Introductions are in order!  I am Austin Hackert, one of two Avian Care Interns for the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary this summer. The internship includes daily cleaning, feeding, and monitoring of the captive birds and facilities. It is a great hands-on experience learning how to handle gamebird, waterfowl and native raptors.  In addition to the birding part of the job, I am also working on a project to expand our education and outreach through a native pollinator garden, showcased near the Resource Center of the Sanctuary.  After a fun filled summer and a few more courses in the fall, I will be graduating this winter from Michigan State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife, concentrating on Wildlife Biology.


Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to study...vacation academically in Yellowstone National Park as the first iteration of a new National Park study away program through Michigan State University. This new course is a great way to get the hands on experiential learning that the Fisheries and Wildlife department requires and continues to encourage for undergraduate studies.   As a first time traveler out west, I didn’t even know what to expect.  Beginning with the little things like my favorite radio show playing on the way to the airport, and a beautiful vista setting the stage at the airport in Bozeman, Montana, I knew the trip was going to be great.

The faculty had a few days planned officially with the Yellowstone Association, travelling through and learning about various aspects of the park.  The remaining half of the week the nine other students and I travelled across Yellowstone and the foothills in Montana taking in the sights, sounds and culture.  We had the chance to speak to local ranchers and biologists about issues with wolf reintroduction, climate change and park management, and of course there was no shortage of wildlife watching.  For the first time I saw a plethora of elk, bison, and pronghorn, along with some slightly more adventurous sightings of a wolf, black bear and grizzly bear.  Not to forget my summer pastime, I also saw various nesting raptors, including red-tails, bald eagles, osprey and a peregrine falcon.  It seemed only fitting to finish the trip with a lazy horseback ride through the hills of Montana and a short trip rafting down the Yellowstone River before travelling back to Bozeman the following morning.


Combining the awe striking landscapes, wide range of wildlife and the pleasure of good company, I can say it was a bittersweet trip back to the state I know and love, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer here at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.


MLive: KBS LTER efforts slashing N2O emissions "one farm at a time" PDF Print E-mail
KBS Research News
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 15:57

From MLive.com, 6/24/14

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Researchers in West Michigan are looking to reduce the impact of agriculture on global warming through smarter and more efficient use of nitrogen-rich fertilizers.

In an effort to curtail dangerous levels of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, scientists at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, based in Hickory Corners, have developed a program for farmers across the country to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizers without affecting crop yield – and all while making a profit on the deal.

Dr. Neville Millar, a senior research associate with the KBS Long-term Ecological Research program (LTER), was a part of the team that began the study six years ago and released its results earlier this month.

"In general, when we talk to farmers about reducing their nitrogen use, they become concerned with their yield, which is a natural reaction," Millar said. "But with improved fertilizer timing, formulation and placement, a farmer will have greater confidence in reducing his N rate."

For the rest of author Ryan Loren's article on MLive.com, click here.

LTER/EPRI methodology generates first GHG offsets PDF Print E-mail
KBS Research News
Monday, 09 June 2014 18:32

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced today the first agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) offsets transaction based on validation and verification methodology developed by EPRI and KBS LTER researchers.

The American Carbon Registry issued the offsets, called Emission Reduction Tons, to a Michigan farmer for voluntarily reducing nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by curbing the amount of nitrogen-based fertilizer used to grow corn.

Read more about the project in an EPRI press release here.

Tree Climbing Championship held at KBS PDF Print E-mail
KBS News
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:05

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Michigan Tree Climbing Championship, held at KBS on April 26.

Read more about the event in this article from MLive.

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