Lexi Krupp

Science and Conservation Reporter

Lexi came to IPR after working as a freelance journalist and with the Science Vs team at Gimlet Media, where she helped distinguished what's fact from what's not.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College. In between, she worked as a teacher in northern Wisconsin and the coast of Maine. And once, she spent a summer tracking mountain goats for the U.S. Forest Service.

James Marvin Phelps

On the ballot this election is a proposal to change how Michigan spends the money it gets from oil and gas production.

Right now the state uses oil and gas dollars to buy and maintain public lands, and for nothing else.


Under Proposal 1 this program would continue in perpetuity.

Jack E. Boucher

A popular Senator named Philip Hart had a dream to create a national park in the dunes of northern Michigan. But when he proposed the plan in 1961, it came as a shock to the people of Sleeping Bear Dunes. 


Courtesy of Michael Huey

Sleeping Bear Dunes turns 50 this month. It’s a destination that brings well over a million visitors to the dunes along Lake Michigan every year


Jeremy Thompson


Voters in Traverse City and Garfield Township will weigh in on a new millage, or a tax, to continue funding the Recreational Authority for the next 20 years.  

Mainville and Craymer (2005)


Normally, the waters of Lake Michigan sit around 580 feet

Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

This week, hear how high water in the Great Lakes is unearthing Native American burial sites. In some places along Lake Michigan, human remains have been discovered at the beach.

Also, more water isn’t the only reason the lakes are higher, a higher elevation that is. The Great Lakes are still rebounding from the last ice age.


And what’s in those holes in your garden?




Credit: Eric Calabro, EGLE

Mike Smith spent most of his career as a diver with the Detroit Police Department recovering cars, guns, and sometimes bodies from the city’s murky rivers. 

Eric Calabro, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy


In some inland lakes invasive plants grow so thick, motor boats get stuck and you can’t fish or swim. 

T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission


The nationwide shutdown was especially ill-timed for fishers in the Great Lakes.

Amanda Holmes

This week we look into why commercial fishers in the Great Lakes have been left out of federal aid for fisheries nationwide, to the tune of $300 million. (The Great Lakes got zero.)



When a wolf from an island near Ontario was brought to Isle Royale two years ago, she was likely pregnant and hungry.


Peter Payette

Maria San Miguel was nervous about getting a coronavirus test. 

“I was seeing on the television and the internet that there was something they were going to put up your nose really far,” she says in Spanish. 

Bailiwick Studios


Supporters of the Line 5 tunnel project showed up in full force at a state agency hearing this week. 

Daniel Barreto


Back in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Suzanne Wagner realized that social distancing requirements had created an unlikely linguistic experiment. 

University of Michigan Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab.


Coyotes are now commonplace across Michigan, from the suburbs to pristine hardwood forests. Their success is thanks to a dearth of other predators, like gray wolves, in most of the state and the adaptability of coyotes themselves.  


Flickr user Doug Kerr



A Michigan judge granted four tribes the right to participate in Enbridge’s Line 5 permitting process last week. The Canadian energy company is looking to relocate and build a tunnel to house its pipeline at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. 

Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski


A network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles is coming to northern Michigan over the next year, thanks to $1.7 million in grants from the state.

Flickr user abarndweller

The ferry dock at North Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is in need of repairs from constant dredging. The park is strapped for millions to fix up buildings at its historic farm and village properties and rebuild an overlook on the park’s Scenic Drive. For years, the park hasn’t had the money to fix aging infrastructure.


Joshua Stevens, NASA Earth Observatory


If you took a dip in Lake Michigan in early July you might have noticed the water felt pretty nice.