Collection Sites

Collecting algae has motivated me to explore the great outdoors and visit numerous watering holes--large and small, lotic and lentic, eutrophic and oligotrophic.  I am familiar with the larger lakes through fishing, but increasing I have focused my sampling efforts on small, inconspicuous water bodies.  Here are some of the sites on the Keweenaw Peninsula that I have sampled.


Arnheim Sloughs image
site #3
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site #5
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puddle #1
Although I infrequently visited this area, these man-made canals and isolated puddles produced some memorable specimens, and were especially rich in euglenoids.
Dollar Bay image
boat launch
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from boat
  This small bay on the Keweenaw Waterway was a diversity hotspot.  I have sampled it frequently and still hope to encounter (again) some of the rarer flagellated greens.
Boston Pond image
northern shore
    Here is a lake located just out of town that contained typical taxa so far, but I need to sample it more throughly.
Coles Creek image
near mouth
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attached algae
  The clear and cool waters of this creek did not support a visible diatom biofilm, but tuffs of aquatic moss and filamentous algae were found attached to rocks in riffles.
Moyle Concrete image
geese in pond
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algae collectors
  This small pond produced some interesting algae from time to time.  Moyle has always been gracious in granting permission to sample.
Gratiot River image
below falls
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attached algae
  Here is a clear and cool water trout stream with low productivity, but tuffs of filamentous algae were found attached to rocks in riffles.
old Laurium Dump image
pond
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creek
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puddle
This small pond and stagnant puddle was especially rich in xanthophytes.
Swedetown Pond image
picnic area
    This small pond produced a few specimens but the plankton samples were usually overwhelmed with rotifers.
Osceola image
pond #2
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pond #3
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pond #1 marsh
These ponds located close to Swedetown Pond tended to have greater diversity.
old Superior Mine image
pond
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vegetation
  Here is another shallow and eutrophic pond.  Sometimes it stunk of decomposition.
Peeksock Trail image
pond
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algae in pond
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lower stream
The aquatic vegetation of this pond and its drainage to the Keweenaw Waterway held many forms, particularly dinoflagellates.
Perrault Bog image
kettle-pot basin
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algae
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pitcher plant
The acidic waters of this Sphagnum bog was a diversity hotspot (most notably for desmids and cyanobacteria), and I have returned here repeatedly.
Pilgrim River image
above US-41
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below US-41
  This river was a great place to find diatoms attached to rocks and aquatic vegetation.
Keweenaw Waterway image
MTU's waterfront
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South Entry from boat
  This shipping canal bisecting the Peninsula provides numerous sites for sampling.  I have often stopped at the waterfront for a quick sample before going to the lab.
Rice Lake image
boat launch
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northern shore
  It was years later that I first sampled this large but relatively shallow lake, and was quite surprised to find its rich desmid community.
Scales Creek image
beaver pond
    In 2010, I expanding sampling to new locations.  Here are some of the exciting locations I have discovered.
Thirteen Mile Lake image
Sphagnum bog
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nearby bog
   
Twelve Mile Lake image
lake proper
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adjacent pond
   
Dover Creek image
pool at US-41
     
Snowmobile Trail 17 image
marsh #1
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marsh #3
   
Fulton Creek image
beaver pond
     
Snowmobile Trail 3 image
pond #1
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pond #2 site #1
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pond #2 site #2