This holiday season, give the gift of knowledge — knowledge about the Great Lakes! Michigan Sea Grant has many gift options for Great Lakes enthusiasts, young and old. Stumped on what to get? Here are some suggestions for:

Foodies and Locavores

For the locavore in your life, consider Wild Caught and Close to Home: Selecting and Preparing Great Lakes Whitefish cookbook. One taste and they’ll be hooked!

The cookbook celebrates the Great Lakes whitefish with recipes, cooking techniques and chef insights. From frying, steaming and poaching to smoking, grilling and pickling, this book is a fantastic compilation created by lake whitefish cooking experts. Details: 64 pages, spiral bound, 7.5 x 9.5. Contains 55+ recipes from more than 15 credentialed chefs and whitefish specialists. Full-color pictures. Price:$16.95

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History Buffs, Boaters, Anglers, Students and Teachers

Do you have a history buff on your list? Consider The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery (3rd edition).

This book explores the part that the fishery has played in the life of the Great Lakes, examining the management, ecology, history, present and future of the lakes from a regional perspective. Now in its third edition, The Life of the Lakes continues to provide up-to-date information, focusing on the people, the resources and the fish that all play a part in the story.

Details: 120 pages, perfect bound, 8 by 11.5 inches, full-color printed on 55% recycled paper with vegetable-based inks. Price: $18.95

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Anglers and Natural Resource Professionals

Looking to land the perfect gift for an angler? The Guide to Great Lakes Fishes is a must-have guide for every angler, fishery or wildlife professional, and conservationist. And it’s waterproof!

The Guide to Great Lakes Fishes describes 62 of the region’s most commonly found species. Each profile includes images, line drawings, quick facts about distribution, diet and behavior, and conservation status.

Excerpt of Amazon Reader Review from GB:“… Here it is, the guide book we have always wanted. The book is the perfect size for any tackle box or knapsack. It supplies essential and interesting information about the various fishes, as well as some really great charts on where various fish are in the food pyramid or the depth of the water… The book has great pictures too, which are really helpful, and a diagram of fish anatomy that has stuff even a seasoned hand like myself doesn’t know adequately…”

Details: 136 pages, paperback, 6 by 9 inches, full-color printed on waterproof paper. Price: $24.95

See: Fish ID Guide


Hikers, Nature Lovers, Beach-goers and Gardeners

Consider a guide book that focuses on Great Lakes species and natural resources. For example, we have rock pickers guide books for three of the five Great Lakes, a guide to coastal plants, Michigan trees and more. Prices range from $14.95 – $24.95

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Birders, Duck Hunters and Educators

Dabblers and Divers posterNovice and experienced birders, hunters and teachers will appreciate the newest Michigan Sea Grant poster — Dabblers and Divers: Great Lakes Waterfowl. With beautiful, full-color pictures, and eight species profiles, this poster is visually attractive as well as informative.

Details: Frame-worthy vertical poster, 26 inches wide x 37 inches tall. Printed 4-color on a high-quality, post-consumer recycled paper with vegetable-based ink. Price: $8

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NOTE: You must place your order by 5 p.m. Dec. 18th for delivery by Dec. 25th. We will do our best to get your order out, but shipment times are not guaranteed. We do not ship to P.O. Boxes — please provide a regular mailing address for delivery.