NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

We are pleased to announce a new working group, which will be led by MMN Leadership Team member, Dr. Jared Wolfe.

This past winter, a small group from the MMN Steering Committee developed a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) proposal focused on (1) developing and implementing a Rapid Assessment of Stopover Site (RASS) habitat quality, (2) identification of drivers of habitat quality across the Great Lakes Basin, both at the landscape and local scales, and (3) developing a Decision Support Tool to help manage high quality stopover habitat in the Great Lakes Basin. The project was submitted through a US Forest Service (USFS) collaborator and was selected to be fully funded.

Although the project will not officially start until funds are released sometime in the spring of 2023, there has been an interest from MMN members in helping develop the project. As such, through the establishment of a RASS Working Group, we plan to discuss the project, objectives and potential areas for collaboration.

If you are interested in joining the RASS Working Group, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the group email list.