This is beautiful video that takes you on an adventure through the living life cycle of Belle Isle.
The high definition video covers just about every animal that lives and flourishes above and below the water.
The video is kind of long, but make sure you watch all of it, the high definition shots is what makes you feel like you’re right on the island going through all four season. It’s a beautiful small documentary, but it doesn’t uncover all the hardships of the island.
From above and below Belle Isle is being hit from invasive species. From the bug-eyed goby to the honeysuckle vines, they are all invasive species to the island. Detroit officials have begun aggressively addressing getting rid of them to preserve native plants, animals and natural areas on the city’s most prestigious park.
The rampant phragmites have grown so dense in some areas that they’ve choked out native plants. Burns and chemical treatments have been tried to put a stop to them.
And volunteers march into the woods on stewardship days once a month to tackle problems such as the honeysuckle, which shades other plants from the sun.
Around $2 million of federal grant money will go into the fish habitat on the Canadian side of the island to help rebuild the fish population such as sturgeon, northern pike and muskie.
For more information you can checkout the official article on Belle Isle Fighting the Silent Siege, brought to you by the Detroit Free Press.