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May 2011 Archives

The Importance of Connecting with Science Professionals

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Check out a new video by Sheril Kirshenbaum - well-respected scientist, blogger, and author of Unscientific America. In this video, Kirshenbaum notes that: "Just 18 percent of Americans know a scientist personally."

Many of our Environmental Science Education programs aim to improve American experience and personal connection with science. The Driven to Discover: Enabling Youth Inquiry through Citizen Science involves youth with professional scientists, who support their inquiry projects. Youth participants interact closely with natural resources professionals during Field Day programs. One of the goals of the Minnesota Master Naturalist program is to connect volunteers into their larger communities of science and stewardship. Fostering these connections is a critical step toward achieving the "engaged scientific public" for which Kirshenbaum calls.

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 5-27-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/ You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Volunteers Needed: Stream Health Evaluating Program
Contact: Madeline Seveland, Education Coordinator
Land & Water Services
952-361-1026
mseveland@co.carver.mn.us
Registration closed.

Spring 2011 Environmental Education Newsletter
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/pwlc/ee_newsletter.html


NE:

Forests of the Far North
July 16-23, 2011
Ely, MN
Registration closed.

Central:

Lake Carlos State Park Open House *Volunteers needed*: Central Minnesota Chapter
Contact: Alexander Watson , Area Naturalist
Lake Carlos State Park
2601 County Road 38 NE
Carlos, MN 56319
320-852-7471
alexander.watson@state.mn.us
Registration closed.

West:

The World According to Billy
Location: Lac qui Parle State Park
May 28 at 6:30 pm
Contact: Cara.Greger@state.mn.us
Registration closed.

Fishing Day at Lac qui Parle State Park
June 11, 2011
Contact: Cara Greger, 320-734-4451 ext. 225, Cara.Greger@state.mn.us
Registration closed.

SE, metro, and West Central:

MAVA Recruiting for VISTA Member Positions in Metro Area, Rochester and Morris
TO APPLY: Go to My AmeriCorps - Home Page and search for the RSVP/MAVA, United Way/MAVA and Minnesota Master Naturalist/ MAVA positions.
Registration closed.

General:

Minnesota Sea Grant is coordinating Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) outreach at the 10th Annual Kids Fishing Appreciation Day at Mills Fleet Farm stores
Saturday, July 9, 11 am to 3 pm
Contact: mkitson@d.umn.edu
Registration closed.

Nongame Wildlife is researching cause of loon deaths in Minnesota again this year.
During your field work or vacations over the next few months, we are encouraging you to collect any dead loons found.
Contact: Lori Naumann, lori.naumann@state.mn.us or Pam Perry, pam.perry@state.mn.us

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 5-22-11

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This Minnesota Master Naturalist blog entry is no longer available. You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Position Announcement Posted:
University of Minnesota Extension and College of Education and Human Development, Non-formal/Informal Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education
Spring 2011 Restoration Event: Beacon Bluff Planting Event
Saint Paul, MN
Saturday, June 18th
8:30am - 12:30 pm

Central:

Summer 2011 Events at Saint John's Arboretum
http://www.csbsju.edu/Arboretum/Education.htm

WestCentral, Southwest:

May 21, CURE Guided Canoe Trips
http://www.montenews.com/news/x1471445875/CURE-to-lead-guided-canoe-trips-May-21

General:

May 22-28, 2011 is Emerald Ash Borer Week
See the blog for what Minnesota is doing and talking points

Master Naturalist Volunteers win local awards

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Three Master Naturalist Volunteers recently were honored as winners of the 2010 Environmental Achievement Awards, sponsored by Olmsted County and Rochester Public Utilities.

Through his volunteer work with Quarry Hill Nature Center, Dave Moehnke has used the monarch butterfly program to help students understand the complexities of ecology. With students, Mr. Moehnke has assisted in monarch larva monitoring research each summer and fall migration studies. Mr. Moehnke has engaged students in real hands-on science, instilling strong science skills and fostering interest in helping researchers as citizen scientists. He was also recognized for his efforts with the Bluebird Recovery trail project.

Ruthann Yaeger has been a lifelong volunteer in many conservation programs in Olmsted County. Organizations that she is active in include Friends of Oxbow Park, Friends of Chester Woods Park, Zumbro Valley Audubon Society, Minnesota Master Naturalists Program, Prairie Smoke Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts, and the Olmsted County Parks Commission.

Don Morrison was honored at the same event for his work with the Rochester Volunteer Tree Inventory Team. Don helped spearhead a group of citizens and citizen foresters to assist the Rochester Parks Department in gathering tree data from both public and private lands. Their work will be used to assess the value and vulnerability of the urban forest as well as to develop forest management strategies.

The goal of the Environmental Achievement Awards program is to promote innovative approaches to environmental challenges, encourage environmental thinking in business and farm decision making, and develop an environmental and conservation ethic in Olmsted County. Awards were presented on January 27 at the Rochester Golf and Country Club.

Congratulations Dave, Ruthann, and Don!

Environmental Science Education Educator, Stephan Carlson, along with colleagues, Joe Heimlich and Martin Storksdieck, have published a research article in the current issue of the journal Environmental Education Research. The article, titled Building face, construct, and content validity through use of a modified Delphi: adapting grounded theory to build an environmental field days observation tool describes one step of the process used to create our Evaluation Tool for Assessing Environmental Field Days. Click to read the abstract for this article at the Informaworld website.


John Loegering, Wildlife Specialist working with the ESE Team was recently elected to president-elect of the North-Central Section of The Wildlife Society. He was also part of a team that received a Strategic Habitat Conservation Award by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work with Golden-winged Warblers (see http://blog.lib.umn.edu/umcweb/news/2011/03/golden-winged-warbler-working.html). The award recognizes individuals and teams who apply the principles of Strategic Habitat Conservation in an exemplary manner to their conservation activities. Please join ESE team members in congratulating John's accomplishment.

Master Naturalist Blog Updated 5-16-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/ You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Volunteers Needed: Youth Adventure Camps
grades 5-12 at the St. Paul campus (July 11-14) and the Morris campus (July 25-28).
Contact: Michele VanDyke, mvandyke@umn.edu, 507-337-2811

Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves Updated programs May 2011
Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves
2659 East Seventh Street, Maplewood, MN 55119, 651.249.2170

Monarch Gardens-to-Go
Register by May 13th to bring home a 12 plant native garden kit for $20.
The workshop is on Saturday, May 14th, at 2 times, either 9:30 -10:30 or 11:00 -12:00,
and is held at the Nokomis Community Center, 2401 East Minnehaha Parkway.
To register call the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association at 612-724-5652.

Central:

Watersheds 101
Thursday, May 19, 2011, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Held at the MN Pollution Control Agency, 7678 College Road, Suite 105, Baxter/Brainerd.
Free. All are invited.

NE:

From Shore to Shore Newsletter
The May-June 2011 issue of the "From Shore to Shore" newsletter is now posted on
the website for you to view and/or download. To access it, please go to: http://shorelandmanagement.org/shore_shore/

Posted: Duluth Friends of the Parks E-Newsletter
May 8, 2011

West-Central:

Arcola Mills 8th Annual Mini-fundraising Birding Event
May 21, 2011
8 am - 12 pm
www.arcolamills.org

General:

May 2011 MyMinnesotaWoods.umn.edu is now available:
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/

News Release Posted: Anaplasmosis Rivals Lyme Disease as record numbers of Minnesotans become ill from tick-borne diseases in 2010

USA National Phenology Network
Introducing Nature's Notebook
Introducing Nature's Notebook website

Two of the Campus Specialists who work with Environmental Science Education have been recently recognized by the University of Minnesota for distinguished teaching and service:

Dr. Robert Blair was awarded a 2011 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes members of the University community who have made "substantial, enduring contributions to the community and to improving public life and the well-being of society."

Dr. Karen Oberhauser was awarded a 2011 The Art of Teaching Award. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who focuses on the natural resource sciences, achieves excellence in teaching, and has a positive impact on students.

Please join us in congratulating our remarkable team members. Visit http://www.extension.umn.edu/EnvironEd/programteam.html to learn more about the members of the University of Minnesota Extension's Environmental Science Education team.

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 4-29-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist Blog has been updated with new opportunities at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cgi-bin/mt.cgi?_mode=dashboard&blog_id=13749. You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:

While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Spring Raptor Release
Saturday, May 7th, 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Release at 1:00 p.m.
Hyland Lake Park Reserve Visitor Center, 10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN

Volunteers needed for South St. Louis SWCD Tree Sale
Thursday May 12th, 2011
8 am - 5 pm - Can come anytime to help for however long
Location: Proctor Fairgrounds - at the end of Boundary Avenue in Proctor, MN - in the Horse Barn
Registration directions and fees: none
Contact: Kate Kubiak, kate.kubiak@southstlouisswcd.org 218-723-4946

Urban Birding Festival
May 12-15, 2011
location: metro area parks and open spaces
www.urbanbirdingfestival.org

Best Practices for Field Days Events April 22, 2011- volunteers needed
Water Fest 2011
May 21, 2011, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Phalen Park Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive, St. Paul, MN 55106

Cedar Creek Field Trip (MN Master Naturalist Conference) - Detailed Description posted to blog
Minnesota Master Naturalist Conference
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Escorted by the West Metro Chapter of MN Master Naturalists

Central:

Community Garlic Mustard Pulling Event
The Chippewa National Forest, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Turtle Lake Township will be sponsoring a community garlic mustard pulling event at Stony Point Campground 10 AM to Noon May 21, 2011, with a potluck cookout to follow.


SE:

Quarry Hill Weekend Docent Orientation
Wed. May 4th 4:00-5:00 pm OR Sat. May 7th 11:00-12:00 pm
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Please RSVP by replying jidanielsen@qhnc.org or calling 281-6114

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