Upcopming 13 Moons Programs

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Boozhoo, The 13 Moons Ashiniswi Giizisoog program has several workshops and events coming up this fall and winter! Please go to www.fdlrez.com under News and Events for more information.

October 20th-24th-- Don't Miss Sustainability Week at Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College. On Monday, Karen Diver will be sharing her work on the Climate Change Preparedness Committee with the Sustainability feast of local fresh foods to follow. Other activities will include a scavenger hunt, workshops on Native pollinators, Air Quality, and Herbal medicines. Please go to www.fdl.rez.com to see the schedule under News and Events. There is no need to sign up for this event, just show up with a willingness to learn.

October 28th--The Herbal Tinctures workshop will be held at the Cloquet Forest Center, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN--6pm-8pm.
There is no need to sign up for this workshop, just show up with a willingness to learn.

November 15th--The Herbal Salve, Lotion, and Soap making workshop will be held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN--10am-3pm.
There is no need to sign up for this workshop, just show up with a willingness to learn. POTLUCK, Bring a dish to pass!

December 6th--The Balsam Bough Wreath making workshop will be held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Rd. Cloquet, MN--10am-3pm.
Participants will learn about sustainably harvesting balsam boughs and learn the art of making a wreath for seasonal decorations! POTLUCK, Bring a dish to pass!

4 Ways to Love your St. Paul Parks!

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1. Plant Trees in Saint Paul!
Sat, Oct 25 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Wheelock Pkwy W. (Meet near the intersection of Virginia St. and Idaho Ave W. - near the "horseshoe" part of Wheelock Pkwy.)

Help re-forest Saint Paul by planting trees with our partner, Tree Trust! This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups, and people of all ages are welcome. Tree Trust will provide all the tools and training you'll need and you'll feel great knowing you helped green Saint Paul. Gloves will be provided or bring your own. See above for location details.

For more information and to sign up, contact Kim Lawler at kim.lawler@treetrust.org or 952-767-3881.

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.

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2. Join the Owl Prowl
Tues, Oct 28, 2014 | 7-8:30 pm

Como Streetcar Station, 1224 North Lexington Pkwy

Ages 5+

Did you know that some owls live in the city? Learn how your nocturnal neighbors hunt for prey, digest their food, and communicate with each other. Dissect an owl pellet and go on a short owl-calling hike. Legacy funded. Materials fee: $3.

Register online.

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3. Become an EcoSteward

We are looking for individuals, pairs or very small groups to adopt small parcels of natural area in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom next year.

Here are some details:

Responsible for one parcel of land
2-4 hrs/wk (min. 4 hrs/wk in the spring)
Commitment: April-October
Main tasks: invasive species removal, possibly an opportunity to plant or sow seeds
We will provide a volunteer safety vest, gloves, bags and access to tools.
Interested? Contact Ryanna at Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2411.

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4. Sew for us!
We are looking for volunteers to sew! We have a few simple, easy projects and one fun, but slightly more intensive project. Over the course of the winter months, we are hoping to have volunteers help us create:

Simple drawstring bags for storing kids' toys (like plastic animals) and safety glasses.
Small "discovery" bags for kids to use in our environmental education programs.
Storage for magnifying glasses.
Simple one-two piece woodland animal costumes (such as birds, foxes, frogs, etc.).
And simple canvas tarp repair.
Here's the sweet deal: Our deadline isn't until next spring, and we already have fabric, some thread, drawstrings and toggles for the bags--but you can use your own, too.

Interested? Contact Ryanna at Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2411.

Oct. 21 Wild Edible Plants

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Program date October 22 : 9:30 am
Location: St. Mary's Church Fosston
Free/ Open to the public/ all ages

NELL presents: Lisa Westberg Peters Author of Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil.

What does an environmentalist do when she realizes she will inherit mineral rights and royalties on fracked oil wells in North Dakota? How does she decide between financial security and living as a committed conservationist who wants to leave her grandchildren a healthy world?

After her father's death, Lisa Westberg Peters investigates the stories behind the leases her mother now holds. She learns how her grandfather's land purchases near Williston in the 1940s reflect four generations of creative risk-taking in her father's Swedish immigrant family. She explores the ties between frac sand mining on the St. Croix River and the halting, difficult development of North Dakota's oil, locked in shale two miles down and pursued since the 1920s. And then there are the surprising and immediate connections between the development of North Dakota oil and Peters's own life in Minneapolis.

Catapulted into a world of complicated legal jargon, spectacular feats of engineering, and rich history, Peters travels to the oil patch and sees both the wealth and the challenges brought by the boom. She interviews workers and farmers, geologists and lawyers, those who welcome and those who reject the development, and she finds herself able to see shades of gray in what had previously seemed black and white.

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of many children's books, including several geology-related titles. Trained as a journalist, she now works as an academic writing tutor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Fractured Land The Price of Inheriting Oil was published in October 2014 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Ms. Westberg Peters will be at St. Mary's Church, 725 6th, Fosston at 9:30 am

For more information contact NELL coordinator Tamara Edevold at 218-694-2856

Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning (NELL) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, created to enrich the quality of life in our local communities through lifelong learning and the arts. Our goal is to inspire people to learn, to grow, and to give to their communities.

Travel & Conservation in Panama: Informational Meeting
Sunday, October 26th, 7-8 pm (meet at MN Zoo's main entrance)
Are you thinking about registering for our adult trip to Panama in July 2015? Registered already? Or just curious to learn more about travel and conservation issues in Panama? Join us for a meeting with Bruce Calhoun, who's been leading educational trips in the rainforest for years.
Free and open to the public, no pre-registration necessary.

MN Zoological Gardens Horticultural Tours

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MN Zoological Gardens Horticultural Tours
Thursday, October 23rd, 5-6 pm
Thursday, December 4th, 5-6 pm

These tours are a chance to walk the Tropics Trail after hours with one of our Zoo horticulturalists. You'll get an insider's view of the trail without the public around, as you learn all about how we get tropical plants to thrive in a Minnesota winter, where our plants come from and how they're selected, and how they interact with their environment. This will be a high-level look at tropical ecosystems and their coolest plants, and incredibly relevant for anyone interested in studying horticulture or botany at any level.

Tickets: $20/person
Learn more and register online: http://mnzoo.org/blog/programs/horticulture-tours-new-view-tropics-trail-dates/

Oct My Minnesota Woods

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Check out the latest news here

Feb 27-28 Schoolyard Garden Conference

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Save the Date!
Schoolyard Gardens Conference
February 27-28, 2015
Stay Tuned...Registration available November 2014

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Pollinators (New Three-Part Series)

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Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)
What You Need to Know and How to Make a Difference

The news media is crammed with reports on declining pollinator populations. But what are the facts, and more importantly, how can you be part of the conversation? University of Minnesota researchers and industry professionals will reveal the truth behind the headlines. Come and explore the complex relationship between pollinators and plants that ultimately affects people. Investigate the hot-topics around pesticides and pollinators, and the impact of legislation and policies to effect change. Learn ways to support pollinators - from home landscapes to national forums. Discover what difference you can make.

Attend an individual session, or bundle them all!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium
Part 1: Plants & People - Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Pesticides & Other Problems - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 3: Policies & Politics - Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and register
Each Individual Session: $20 member/$25 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$32 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
3-Session Bundle Bundle and Save!: $48 member/$60 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Certificate(s) of Attendance will be available for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, or others who wish to verify their participation.

Hello Master Naturalists!
We have a special event coming up on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds (north entrance of Itasca State Park).

The Capitol Christmas Tree, which is being cut in the Chippewa National Forest is making its first stop at Itasca as it makes its journey to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with this event, such as, crafts, photo taking (using visitors cameras and taking pictures of them behind a family tree photo board), assisting in loading visitors on the horse drawn wagons, refreshments, and much more!

It should be a really fun and exciting day!

Let me or Connie know if you are interested in helping!

We will have more information coming out soon about all the activities!

Thank you, Sandra


P.S. We also have our dates set for our winter lantern lit events........ will send more info later

Lantern Lit Snowshoe/Ski
Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Lantern Lit Snowshoe on Schoolcraft Trail
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center


Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252
sandra.d.lichter@state.mn.us

Oct. 28 Metro Area Minnesota Women's Woodland Network

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Happy Autumn everyone! I hope you're enjoying the beautiful fall colors! Our next quarterly gathering of the Metro Area Minnesota Women's Woodland Network is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Pizza Luce's in Richfield. Their address is 800 W. 66th Street, Richfield, MN, 55423; phone no. 612-767-8603. Great food so plan on dinner or a treat!

This is going to be a great, informative gathering so please join us! Ginger Kopp, Forester/Agroforester with the USDA NRCS, will be sharing information on the hot topic of using goats in invasive species control in woodlands. There are several examples in MN of woodland owners using these general grazers rather than chemicals to help control buckthorn. With proper grazing practices they will munch buckthorn down to the roots and up to the tops; even bending over the thin saplings to get to the leaves and stripping the bark along the way. After the buckthorn is controlled, it is important to plant something to recover the forest. She will then talk about how the MNDNR has developed a couple of methods to establish or regenerate oaks.

Also a few of us are attending the Upper Midwest Conference Invasive Species Conference in Duluth. We'll come ready to share what we've learned!

Finally, Ginger is reading a book by local author Helen Hoover. She and her husband bought land in the BWCAW and writes about what is taking place on her land in the 1940-1960s era. If there is time, we thought we'd explore the topic of books by women nature writers and see what interest there is to select a book for future discussion at our gatherings. Bring your books or favorite authors!

If you can join us, please RSVP to me so that I can alert Pizza Luce to how many to expect. Looking forward to see you! Barb (barb@twfllc.com)
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Minnesota Women's Woodland Network (MNWWN):

Purpose: The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network (MNWWN) provides the opportunity to recognize and enhance the role of women in woodland management, whether they own land themselves, may inherit or purchase land in the future, or who man simply be interested in supporting this effort.

Mission: The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network is dedicated to building a community of women woodland owners, their families and land managers to nurture a land ethic. The MN Women's Woodland Network creates supportive, informal, small group learning opportunities on topics that include trees, nature and caring for the land.

Goals: Provide networking opportunities for women woodland owners to learn from and support each other · Foster a learning environment that encourages women to participate in woodland management education · Connect women with resources and professionals · Develop recognition of the important role of women as woodland owners in Minnesota.

Oct Headwaters Science Center News

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You can read the latest news from the Headwaters Science Center here.

Greetings,

Aquatic invasive species is on the minds of citizens and decision makers across the state of Minnesota. We have a critical stake on this issue, especially in northern and central Minnesota, due to the vast amount of water in our part of the state.

University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) invites you to participate on Wednesday, November 19 in a showcase to take an inside look at the MAISRC at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. You will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and researchers as they share the latest about their work. See demonstrations of methods used to advance the science of AIS detection and control, gain some basic skills for working on AIS issues in your community, and learn about some of the current research on invasive carps, zebra mussels, aquatic invasive plants, and harmful fish diseases. An overview about the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center will also be shared.

This Showcase is intended for county staff, county commissioners, lake association members and anyone who is concerned about Minnesota's waters. Please share this widely with anyone you know who would be interested in attending.

2014 Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase


You are invited to the 2014 Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, University of Minnesota
2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

Cost is $25 for bus ride & lunch or $15 for lunch only.

Space is limited - register early! Participants from Northeastern and Central Minnesota have the opportunity to register for the Showcase prior to opening registration statewide on October 15th.

There will be two buses traveling to St. Paul: one starts at Bemidji with stops in Walker, Brainerd and Little Falls. The second starts at Hibbing with stops in Grand Rapids, Floodwood, Cloquet and Pine City. The bus schedule will be included in your registration confirmation sent to your email.

Presented by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and University of Minnesota Extension.

For more information visit: www.maisrc.umn.edu
Contact: Becca Nash at nash0029@umn.edu
Susanne Hinrichs at hinri110@umn.edu
Mardi Harder at harde006@umn.edu

Pre-registration required at http://z.umn.edu/2014aisshow
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014

Nov. 8 Zoo Career Day

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Are you interested in having an exciting career working with animals? Join Minnesota Zoo professionals in these informational seminars to learn about science careers and receive practical advice on how to prepare for the future.

Zoo staff from different areas of the Zoo will recommend college programs, discuss how volunteering, interning and related-work experience can give them an edge over others and explain what they do in their day-to-day activities.

Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

*Fees: $35 per participant for members $37 per participant for non-members

Ages: 12 - Adult Minimum 12 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant

*Group Registration Discount: If you have 15 or more people in your group that would like to attend Career Day, you will receive the member rate for your group. To check on availability and to register your group, please call the Education Scheduler at 952-431-9320. Full payment for the group will be collected at the time of registration.

Register here.

Nov 5 Connecting Diverse Communities to the Outdoors

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Connecting Diverse Communities to the Outdoors:
Addressing Culture, Equity and Access

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Keller Golf Course
2166 Maplewood Drive (Entrance off County Rd. B) • Maplewood, Minnesota

Disparities in access to and use of outdoor recreation spaces matter. Research indicates that time spent in nature provides a host of physical health, mental health, educational and developmental benefits, especially for children and youth. Providing access, support and educational opportunities to outdoor learning environments for children and families of color is increasingly important as Minnesota's demographics continue to diversify.

Day's Agenda
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. -- Check-In and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. -- Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. -- Keynote Speaker "The Why"
Ryan O'Connor, Policy and Planning Director for Ramsey County
We live in a state that demographically looks much different than it did 25 years ago. Will our parks and outdoor spaces remain a cultural and environmental asset for all races, cultures and ages in the midst of this changing environment? Ryan will explore this topic by looking at Minnesota today and into the future, focusing on program design, access and community involvement challenges and opportunities that we must collectively address. He will share principles and strategies that we can apply to our work to ensure that Minnesota's parks and outdoor spaces are as vital to our communities tomorrow as they were yesterday.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. -- Research "The What"
Researchers Yingling Fan of the University of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Raintry Salk of the Metropolitan Council will offer an evidence-based picture of who is, and who is not, using parks and outdoor recreation environments. We will consider how underserved audiences use parks and outdoor recreation resources and the various barriers they perceive.
11 - 11:15 a.m. -- Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. -- Panel Discussion "The How"
Panelists from nonprofits, government agencies and grassroots groups will share their efforts, challenges and successes to increase the diversity of populations who access and use natural spaces. The panel will include a facilitated discussion and Q & A session.
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch -- Buffet Style Seasonal Fare (Vegetarian Options Included)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Interactive Session "The What Next"
Applied visioning and problem-solving activities will help us process ideas and come away with next steps for success.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. -- Lightning Talks "The Inspiration"
Rapid fire presentations that will generate awareness, thought and action related to diversity in the outdoors.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Networking & Appetizers with Cash Bar
Finish the day networking with attendees and continuing conversations with workshop presenters and panelists.

Register online here<http://www.mnrpa.org/event/connecting-diverse-communities-to-the-outdoors-addressing-culture-equity-and-access/>

Registration deadline is October 24.

Forest Pest First Detector & Ash Management Guide Workshops

Rochester will host two upcoming workshops in response to recent emerald ash borer (EAB) in Olmsted County. The first will be Forest Pest First Detector on Wednesday, November 5th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM, $40; followed by Ash Management for Woodland Owners on Wednesday, November 12 from 9 AM - noon, $20. Pre-registration is required for both workshops. Money will be collected at the door. Checks and credit cards are acceptable. These workshops will begin and end in HA 102, Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, MN. To register visit for one or both classes at http://z.umn.edu/fpfdashmanrochester

Forest Pest First Detectors

Forest Pest First Detector will be from 9 AM - 3:30 PM on Wed, Nov. 5, 2014, $40 lunch included.

First Detectors are a part of the Federal "National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) First Detector program (that) promotes the early detection of invasive, exotic plant pathogens, arthropods, nematodes and weeds."

The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detectors training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests in Minnesota. First Detectors are the front line of defense against likely infestations. Meeting, working with and educating the public about exotic forest pests are key activities of Forest Pest First Detectors.

Other pests to be discussed include gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, thousand canker disease, and Oriental bittersweet.

Everyone is welcome to attend - even if you do not wish to become a Forest Pest First Detector! Anyone with a background in tree or forest health should consider becoming a Forest Pest First Detector.

Before coming to class participants are:
· Able to identify common tree species
· Willing to be contacted by and work with the public
· Prepared and able to visit sites if necessary
· Frequent users of the internet and e-mail
· Ready to document EAB-related activities
· Able to guard confidential information
· Able to complete on-line training modules

Examples of potential First Detectors include Master Volunteers (Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professions who work with trees, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, and others.

Forest Pest First Detectors must complete online training modules before attending the one-day Forest Pest First Detector training and commit to being available and involved with the program after completing the training. Involvement includes being accessible to the public, willing to conduct site visits if necessary, report forest pest-related activities, protect confidential information, and notifying organizers of current contact information.
For more information visit: www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/forest-pest-first-detector/

To register visit http://z.umn.edu/fpfdashmanrochester

Ash Management for Woodland Owners

Ash Management for Woodland Owners is from 9 AM - noon on Wed, Nov. 12, 2014. There will be a field tour; dress for the weather.

Ash Management for Woodland Owners will include information about emerald ash borer and managing your woodland in the era of EAB. An outdoor field tour will follow an indoor presentation.

This workshop is intended for woodland owners.
To register visit http://z.umn.edu/fpfdashmanrochester

Prairie Woods ELC Halloween Haunt Volunteers Needed

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This years Halloween Haunt at PWELC is on Friday, Oct 31st from 6:00-9:00.
Yes, that is actually Halloween Night. Which has led to a bit of a dilemma. Seems that all of the Honor Society kids and FFA students that usually help out have other commitments.
Lots of different roles to help with:
Carving pumpkins.
Decorating cookies.
Making popcorn.
Playing games. (stick the wart on the witch's nose)
Dressing up like an animal and telling the kids what your doing to get ready for the winter. (costumes and scripts provided)
Belaying on the climbing wall.

Let me know if you can help.
or
If you know somebody else that might be available (husbands, wives, friends, family members) that might want to help

Kory Klebe
Environmental Education and Shooting Sports Coordinator
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
12718 10th St. NE
Spicer, MN 56288
320-354-5894
kory_k@co.kandiyohi.mn.us

Boulder Lake ELC Volunteers Needed

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Below are some items I need help with.
If you can help, please send me a quick email letting me know which ones you can help out with.
Thanks!
John

Friday Oct 10th 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (2-3 people needed) --- Help sort aluminum cans for recycling - can drive money helps us buy equipment like used canoes, etc.

Monday Oct 27th 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (4 people needed) Gather data on 75 white pine seedlings planted off Buzz Ryan road.

November 24 Anytime 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths...

Dec 1 Anytime 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths

Dec 5 9:00 a.m. - Noon Help set up for Christmas Tree Cut (1-4 people needed)

Dec 6 8:00 a.m. - Noon or Noon - 4:00 p.m. (8-10 people needed) Help with Christmas Tree Cut - Greeters, take pictures, help carry out trees, keep bonfires going, set up, take down, etc.


Thanks in advance,
John

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John Geissler
Program Director
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
7328 Boulder Dam Road
Duluth, MN 55803
218-721-3731
www.boulderlake.org

Oct. Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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You can view the latest events and information from Maplewood Parks and Recreation here.

Oct SEEK Bulletin

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You can view the October SEEK Bulletin here.

Fun with Phenology - Eveleth

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Join other outdoor enthusiasts on the third Tuesday of each month at the Eveleth Public Library for a Naturalist Class called "Fun with Phenology." Journey through the four seasons unlocking the secrets of our great Northwoods, as you study at the library with a guest Naturalist, followed by a phenology hike through Fayal Pond. Sessions will continue from Sept to May and are free of charge.

For more information call: 744-7499 or visit the city's website for the schedule of guest naturalists and topics for the coming year. www.evelethmn.com (Special Events Tab)

Fun_with_Phenology_Guest_Lecturers(1) (1).pdf

Are you seeing colored leaves on your dogwoods?

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October Mississippi Messages

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Calendar of Events

T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY AT REI IN ROSEVILLE

Saturday, October 17 -- 3:00-7:00 p.m.
REI Roseville, 1955 County Road B2 W, Roseville

Throughout October, FMR and REI are celebrating their longstanding partnership with special member benefits. One of these perks, is a complimentary REI "Steward 2014" t-shirt ($20 value) for individuals that are both REI and FMR members. T-shirts will be available only for pick-up on the date provided above. Additionally, when picking up your t-shirt you can enter to win a light-weight REI Passage 2 Tent -- it's great for backpackers. Come out and join us on October 17th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at REI Roseville. T-shirts available while supplies last. Only one per member please. Contact John Briel, Development Associate, with questions at jbriel@fmr.org.

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BUST BUCKTHORN IN 'TUNNEL VALLEY'

Saturday, October 18 -- 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Centered around one of the most impressive landscape features in southern Washington County, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park totals nearly 600 acres. The ravine for which it is named is approximately a half-mile wide with 80- to 100-foot slopes, and bisects the park north to south before ending in a small lake. Known as a "tunnel valley," the ravine was carved by a subglacial drainageway that carried large volumes of water, eroding the valley.

Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik to continue and expand the restoration of this beautiful park by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn. (There may also be some brush-cutting for volunteers comfortable working with handsaws or loppers.) This will help open the canopy, making way for native plants beneficial to local wildlife and waters to return.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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MAKE YOUR HOME RIVER-FRIENDLY

Wednesday, October 22 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dakota County Western Service Center (next to Galaxie Library), Apple Valley

Join FMR Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to learn about practices and small projects you can take on inside your home -- be it a mansion or a small apartment -- to significantly improve your water footprint. We'll quickly cover the basics, touching on both well-known lessons and lesser-known tools to help you figure out the most effective steps to take to make your home river-friendly.

Topics include the biggest water users in your house or apartment (both direct and indirect usage), where to take leftover prescription drugs, alternatives to household products containing triclosan and other river polluters.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more about this free Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY AT REI IN BLOOMINGTON -- LAST CHANCE!

Saturday, October 24 -- 3:00-7:00 p.m.
REI Bloomington, 750 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55420

Throughout October, FMR and REI are celebrating their longstanding partnership with special member benefits. One of these perks, is a complimentary REI "Steward 2014" t-shirt ($20 value) for individuals that are both REI and FMR members. T-shirts will be available only for pick-up on the date provided above. Additionally, when picking up your t-shirt you can enter to win a light-weight REI Passage 2 Tent -- it's great for backpackers. Come out and join us on October 24th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at REI Bloomington. T-shirts available while supplies last. Only one per member please. Contact John Briel, Development Associate, with questions at jbriel@fmr.org.

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RESTORE HABITAT AT PINE BEND BLUFFS

Saturday, October 25 -- 9:00 a.m.-noon
Pine Bend Bluffs near Highway 52, Flint Hills property, Rosemount

After a light breakfast and hot coffee, enjoy a nice fall workout removing pre-cut invasive buckthorn at this annual event in beautiful Pine Bend Bluffs. At the end, we'll enjoy a hot lunch (in a heated tent) to say thank you and celebrate a day's good work.

Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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BLUFF PRAIRIE AND OAK WOODLANDS INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL

Saturday, November 1 -- 9:30-11:30 a.m.
3M Cottage Grove facility natural area

Join us in the oak woodlands and bluff prairie near the Mississippi River, part of a natural area owned by 3M-Cottage Grove being restored in partnership with Friends of the Mississippi River. Alongside FMR Ecologist Joe Walton and River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, volunteers will learn about, explore and then help restore the woodlands and prairie by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn, and removing honeysuckle. This will immediately create openings for the return of native plants that benefit our local wildlife and waters. No experience is required and all supplies will be provided.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER: NATIVE PLANTS, RAINGARDENS, LAWN CARE FOR WATER QUALITY (+ WINTER TIPS)

Tuesday, November 4 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings

Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We'll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR's former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials. .

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.

Fall WCROC Horticulutre Display Garden Newsletter

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Greetings from the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, MN! Whether you are a Friend of the Garden, an attendee at a Come Grow with Us education class, or someone who supports the Horticulture Display Garden, the attached Horticulture Newsletter is for you! Fall 2014 News (1).pdf
Helpful fall lawn and garden tips
An update on our latest research project
A recap of our summer and early fall events
Our Top Ten Performing Annuals from 2014
Upcoming Come Grow with Us classes

Presentation on Terrestrial Invasive Species Monitoring
October 21st, 7 pm-9 pm
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park

Learn about the new mapping, assessment, and management protocols for land-based invasive species in Three Rivers Parks. Volunteer surveyor opportunities are explained, including the Adopt-a-Woodlot program. Cost is $5. Free for Three Rivers volunteers. To make a reservation or learn more, visit www.threeriversparks.org or call 763-559-6700.

Tree Identification Volunteers needed in Prior Lake

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On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM, wrote:
Good afternoon! My name is Amber and I am a Minnesota GreenCorps member serving the community and city of Prior Lake, MN. I was curious if it was possible to find out if there were any master naturalists in Scoot county that I could potentially contact for some volunteer tree identification work. I am trying to get a program similar to that in Shakopee and many other cities that connects volunteers to their communities environment through a tree identification survey. I was hoping that Master Naturalists, being that they are experts, would be able to help us with this survey and possibly with leading teams of eager identifiers!

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!

--
Amber Brooks-Mohler
Minnesota GreenCorps
Serving the Community and City of Prior Lake
952.210.5148
priorlakegreencorps@cityofpriorlake.com

Hey all,

This years Halloween Haunt at PWELC is on Friday, Oct 31st from 6:00-9:00.
Yes, that is actually Halloween Night. Which has led to a bit of a dilemma. Seems that all of the Honor Society kids and FFA students that usually help out have other commitments.
So-I am looking for help.....
Lots of different roles to help with:
Carving pumpkins.
Decorating cookies.
Making popcorn.
Playing games. (stick the wart on the witch's nose)
Dressing up like an animal and telling the kids what your doing to get ready for the winter. (costumes and scripts provided)
Belaying on the climbing wall.

Let me know if you can help.
or
If you know somebody else that might be available (husbands, wives, friends, family members) that might want to help

Kory Klebe
Environmental Education and Shooting Sports Coordinator
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
12718 10th St. NE
Spicer, MN 56288
320-354-5894
kory_k@co.kandiyohi.mn.us

Fall SNA Nature Notes

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What's the Buzz about Native Bees?

By Crystal Boyd, Minnesota Biological Survey Bee Researcher

In spring 2014, I visited nine SNAs in southwestern Minnesota. It was memorable to see a bobolink singing at Lundblad Prairie SNA and a monarch butterfly soaring at Cottonwood River Prairie SNA. The real treat for me, however, were the native bees that I was there to survey.

I collected bees using small cups of soapy water, as shown in the photo to the right. These specimens will support a DNR grant (see video about the project) to update the state species list of bees. The most recent list was published in 1919 as part of The Hymenoptera of Minnesota, so a more complete version is long overdue. The specimens collected will be preserved at the University of Minnesota Insect Collection, where seven volunteers are helping to catalogue the data.

Native bees are different from honey bees in several ways. First, there are about 350 species of native bees in Minnesota. This contrasts with honey bees, which are just one species--Apis mellifera--and were imported from Europe in the 1600s.

Native bees also have different life strategies than honey bees. Over 90% of native bees are solitary, and only 10% are social. Leaf cutter bees, for example, live alone while bumble bees can nest in hives of a few hundred individuals. This contrasts with honey bees, which are highly social and live in colonies of 50,000 individuals or more.

Approximately 70% of our native bee species nest underground. Usually a solitary female digs a main tunnel connected to several chambers. She provisions the chambers with pollen and lays an egg inside each one. At sites like Compass Prairie SNA and Des Moines River SNA, one of the most common species I found was the Bicolored Agapostemon (Agapostemon virescens). This is a native ground-nesting bee that shimmers bright green in the sunlight.

The other 30% of bee species are cavity-nesters. They use pithy shrubs or hollow grasses to shelter their young. Some bees nest in tunnels that beetles excavate in dead trees. But not all cavity-nesters build their own home: cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of other bees, much like cuckoo birds parasitize the nests of other birds. I found the most cuckoo bees (Nomada sp.) at Prairie Bush Clover SNA. This could indicate that the site's bee population is healthy enough to sustain parasites.

The specimens from these SNAs are great data points for the state species list of bees, and I hope to survey more SNAs in the future. This research is only possible with the help of SNA staff and volunteers--so I'd like to give a huge "Thank you!" for all your great work and help you provide to this survey!

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).


Students Survey Rare Thistle

By Jeff Moss, Nicole Ellingson, Isaac Holman, Christina Weeks, Lindsey Forward, and Jack Norland

"There's thistle in them thar hills", or more accurately, there is Hill's Thistle in the hills of Blanket Flower Prairie SNA. The presence of this Minnesota species of special concern on this SNA has given the North Dakota State University Natural Resources Management (NRM) Club, stewards for the site, an opportunity to conduct an annual survey of the thistle. Led by Jack Norland, the group's advisor, nine individuals participated in the 2014 survey.

Hill's thistle is a short stocky thistle with a large flowering head. The stems range from 8 inches to 2 feet in height and usually have only one flowering head. The flower ranges from 2-3 inches in height and are reddish to deep purple in color. The leaves are lobed with wavy edges and can vary in length up to 10 inches with a woolen, whitish appearance. Blanket Flower Prairie SNA is the western most edge of its known range.

After a successful 2013 survey the group was anxious to survey some of the areas not previously covered. A brief discussion on identification was conducted at a known Hill's thistle site, then with GPS and clipboard in hand, the survey crew split into two groups and decided to head into different sections of the SNA. While one of the groups had more of a nature walk, the other group was able to locate and identify 7 different patches of thistle totaling 100 individual rosettes as well as evidence of growth near a prescribed burn site. (NRM Club members are pointing to blooming Hill's thistle on the 2014 survey in the photo above.) The 2013 survey produced 15 different patches with 174 individual rosettes and both years showed evidence of summer blooms, this year however, the group was treated to a rare late blooming plant.

All surveys were promoted as an SNA event open to anyone and are a great opportunity for individuals to come together to enjoy a beautiful natural asset while conducting citizen science. The data gathered will be utilized in further understanding the growth and spread of Hill's thistle as well as formulating future management plans for Blanket Flower Prairie SNA and other prairie landscapes. The experience of a day in one of Minnesota's stunning prairie landscapes is an occasion that shouldn't be missed.


SNA Events

Fall is a great time to remove woody invasive species! Help out on one or more volunteer projects to combat aggressive invasives on SNAs. A full list is available on the SNA Events Calendar.


10/11/14

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA
Volunteer Project: Invasive and Trash Removal

10/26/14

Wolsfeld Woods SNA
Volunteer Project: Buckthorn Pull

11/01/14

Seminary Fen SNA
Volunteer Project: Buckthorn Removal, Clean-up and Seed Collection


Site Highlight: Gneiss Outcrops SNA
By Brad Bolduan, SNA Program Management Specialist

Over the past half century many areas along the Minnesota River have seen a large-scale invasion of woody vegetation with an especially strong one-two punch of encroaching red cedar and non-native buckthorn. This was, to a degree, the case at Gneiss Outcrops SNA, although not as pervasive as at many locations. The SNA is located southeast of Granite Falls. In the fall 2012 the SNA program solicited bids to cut, treat, and pile the invasive woody vegetation from the majority (150 acres) of this 234 acre SNA. The contracted work was completed in the first half of 2013 leaving the site much more open as seen in the adjacent photo.

Species such as oak, willow, and basswood were left standing. Ongoing management to control remaining woody vegetation and other "weeds" will be required for a few more years. There are still brush piles that will need to be burned over time.

Numerous small trees are still found growing in wetland fringes. Fire and cutting will be used to control these trees. The remaining parts of the SNA are seeing similar treatments. Formerly open areas are being cleared, while buckthorn is being removed in the areas nearest the Minnesota River.

The general appearance of the SNA has changed considerably. Outcrops that were hidden for years are now visible. It is hoped that the native prairie and outcrop species will respond favorably over the long-term. Come take look yourself and see how management is restoring the character of this site.

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).


Notes from Site Stewards

Site stewards monitor SNAs across Minnesota. Their observations provide invaluable information to the SNA Program. Here are some interesting notes from reports:

Often site stewards help with more than observations, including actively working with SNA staff to manage a site. For example at Whitney Island SNA site steward Virgil Luehrs was shown where a patch of invasive Japanese barberry was growing and he has been working this summer to eradicate it from the Island.
Surveying for rare species is another task site stewards can take on. On July 17th site steward Ed Heinen conducted a survey for breeding Louisiana waterthrush at Kettle River SNA.
Management isn't the only area where site stewards excel. On June 21st photographer Dale Bohlke offered a prairie photography workshop at Cottonwood River Prairie SNA, where he is steward. He offered a second workshop on August 16th at Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA.
Thanks stewards for all the work you do for SNAs!


Nature Notes is the Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas quarterly e-newsletter. It seeks to increase interest, understanding and support of natural areas while promoting involvement in the protection of these special places. Contact us at sna.dnr@state.mn.us.

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

BirdSleuth Action Map

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You are recieving this email because I thought you might be interested in the positive conservation actions Breck School third graders made before I left for my sabbatical.

Last year, my third grade and seventh graders worked together to built bird houses for Breck School's campus. When I began working at the the Lab of Ornithology, I became aware of something called BirdSleuth Action Map. It is a site on which teachers (and others) can post information about the work children are doing to help nature. It is meant as a place to share what kids are doing so their work may inspire others to take action in their areas to be better stewards of nature.

Our submission was just posted and I am emailing you in hopes that you will like it. (And then, perhaps, invite 3 more people to like it also!) You can find the homepage for BirdSleuth Action Map at:

http://www.birdsleuth.org/action-map/

Our submissionis called Bird Houses for Breck School.

If you can, please view it and then click the like button (green heart) to let me know you were there. You can also comment on our submission, I believe. If I get enough likes, I just might win some binoculars for my classroom!

Action Map is an excellent place for teachers and kids to share and/or get ideas about ways to to take positive conservation actions. I think it is a great site. I hope you enjoy it and looking over our submission.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to view (and, I hope, like) it.

Thanks so much,

Barbara Jacobs-Smith

Oct. 24 Halloween Extravaganza

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Halloween Extravaganza
Friday, Oct. 24
5:30 - 10 p.m.
Scary Trail opens at 7 p.m.
For All Ages
Location: Farm Entrance
1701 Charlton St.,
West St. Paul

Dodge's Halloween Extravaganza has a smorgasbord of activities to fulfill your Halloween craving. Hike on the friendly trick or treat trail or the scary trail through the frightening forest. Gratify your creative edge by getting your face painted and dancing to the DJ. Grab a snack at the concessions and enjoy shows that have an educational twist. Costume contest? YES.
Public: Adults $9 / Children $9
Members: Adults $6 / Children $6 FREE for children age 2 and under

Make Stillwater a Pollinator Friendly City

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Hello Pollinator Champions!
Good News.......

We presented our proposal to make Stillwater a Pollinator Friendly City last night.
The Stillwater Council likes the idea so we will be moving forward to make our City Pollinator Friendly.

(Choose Sep 16 Video) Watch the City Council presentation here online.

September 16, 2014: Standing room only for an articulate, informative and cohesive presentation made to the Stillwater City Council by Dr. Vera Krischik, Director Center for Sustainable Urban Ecosystems & Professor of Entomology, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, plus Lex Horan, Pesticide Action Network, Laurie Schneider & Marcia Forsberg of Pollinator Friendly Stillwater, and Andrea Rustad, Stillwater Butterfly Conservation Project.

The City Council was supportive and impressed with the information presented. We are excited to move forward to make Stillwater "pollinator friendly". We have exceptional partners with volumes of expertise ready to consult on issues of pesticide management and creating safe havens for pollinators. We are awaiting news from the City Council about the next step, and anticipate a meeting with City staff to develop a resolution and/or ordinance.

This is only the bee-ginning!

Sept. 27-Nov. 22 Make CSB/SJU National Outdoor Champions!

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Outdoors is calling...will you answer?

Sept. 27-Nov. 22
oncampuschallenge.org

Get outside. Win awesome gear.

How to Win:
1) Get outside! For at least 30 minutes
2) Take a photo! Have fun. Be creative.
3) Log on: oncampuschallenge.org
4) Repeat Up to 5 times a day
5) Win awesome prizes along the way!

10 schools...8 weeks...1 champion

A head-to-head outdoor battle to see which school can inspire the most people in their communities to do outdoor activities:
Whoever you are;
Wherever you are;
Whenever you can;
Sharing with as many people as possible.

Pre-Game Prizes
Log-on to the challenge by Sept. 27 to win these great prizes!

All will receive a discount code for 25% of products at www.coleman.com good through Dec. 24, 2014

These people will be selected to win one of these 5 prizes (1st drawn, 1st choice):
1 gallon St. John's Maple Syrup
$200 coupon toward a PRP trip
A Minnesota book set
A Patagonia better sweater jacket
A Neverest Outfitters backpack or messenger bag (your choice)

Win weekly prizes throughout the challenge.

Dec. 7 Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip Sax Zim Bog

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Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip
Sunday, December 7th, (Time to be Announced)

Meet at the Welcome Center (Directions at the bottom of this e-Newsletter). We'll depart in a car caravan (Please plan for passengers or to ride with someone else). Two-way radios will keep all cars in touch. No major hiking as all birding will be from the car or stops along the road. Dress warm!
Cost: Free to members (those who've donated more than $20 during the last 12-months). $20 to non-members who have not donated $20 during the last 12 months.

Please RSVP to sparky@saxzim.org...just so I have your email address in case we have a weather delay/cancellation.

Oct. 25 Field Trip Sax Zim Bog

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Field Trip--Golden Tamaracks & Arriving Rough-legs
Saturday, October 25th, 7:30-Noon
We are timing this field trip for the peak of the "Tamarack show." They should have glowing gold needles at this time. Of course our main goal will be finding some cool birds, especially migrating sparrows, hawks (including Rough-legs), eagles, cranes. We'll also cruise Admiral and McDavitt for any early hunting owls or foraging Black-backed Woodpeckers.
Cost: Free to members (those who've donated more than $20 during the last 12-months). $20 to non-members who have not donated $20 during the last 12 months.

Meet at the Welcome Center at 7:30 am (Directions at the bottom of this e-Newsletter). We'll depart by 7:45am in a car caravan (Please plan for passengers or to ride with someone else). Two-way radios will keep all cars in touch. No major hiking as all birding will be from the car or stops along the road. Trip will go until noon or so.

Please RSVP to sparky@saxzim.org...just so I have your email address in case we have a weather delay/cancellation.

Illustrator Opportunity

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The Zumbro Watershed Partnership, a clean water nonprofit group in southeast Minnesota, is seeking an illustrator to create ​2-4 ​full-color illustrations ​(roughly 8.5" x 11") ​of the Zumbro River in 1900 and in 2010 to illustrate the changes in the river over that time. ZWP staff will provide historical photos, modern photos, and a list of other historical and current river information to help the illustrator create the pictures.​ Medium is at the discretion of the artist, but a fairly high level of detail is desired.​

We have a budget for this work, so please include a cost estimate and some sample scientific illustrations. ​Timeline is flexible, but preference is for work to be completed before mid-November. ​Send all materials to:
Kevin Strauss, Education Coordinator, Zumbro Watershed Partnership
kevin@naturestory.com, 507-993-3411


Find out how you can work toward "Cleaner Water and Fewer Floods" at our Water Ways Speaker Series, the 2nd Thursday of each Month at 6:30 p.m. at the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, 2900--19th St. NW, Rochester, MN.

Kevin Strauss, M.S. Ed.
Education Coordinator, Zumbro Watershed Partnership
education@zumbrowatershed.org
507-993-3411

Sept. Saint Paul Natural Resources

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Welcome to the Natural Resources Newsletter!

By Eric Thompson, Parks Program Supervisor, and Cy Kosel, Natural Resources Manager

As your Natural Resources team (Arts & Gardens, Environmental Education, Environmental Services, Forestry, and Volunteer Resources), we strive to meet our mission, to create lifelong connections to a healthy natural environment for all.

With the understanding we all may want to "connect" in different ways. We look forward to creating "connections" with all of you through this newsletter. The City has recently enhanced our trail connections by partnering with PedalMN and HealthPartners to install four new bike repair stations along the Sam Morgan and Bruce Vento regional trails. These stations allow cyclists to stop along the way and make minor repairs to their bikes. Each station allows for a bike to be held in place with an assortment of tools securely attached. We hope this will encourage people to ride their bikes more frequently knowing that if something goes wrong, there are areas provided to make repairs and get them on their way.

The Sam Morgan Regional Trail has three stations. Two are adjacent to the information kiosks at the Ford Dam overlook and the Elway entrance to Crosby Farm Regional Park. The third is located near downtown at Lower Landing Park. The Bruce Vento Regional Trail unit is located at the Southeast corner of Johnson Parkway and East Shore Drive. We encourage you to ride the trails that connect to our beautiful parks.


Parks after Dark Series Kicks Off this Fall

Get out your flashlight and lace up your boots! This fall, a new program series engages the public in wildlife monitoring in parks under cover of darkness.

Join us as we attract nocturnal insects using a black light at Crosby Farm Regional Park on Friday, September 12, 9:00-11:00 pm with the help of entomologist Alex Egan. Then on Tuesday, October 28, 7:00-8:30pm, find out about your urban owl neighbors by dissecting an owl pellet and venturing out to call owls in Como Regional Park. Future Parks after Dark programs will focus on bats, mammals, and frogs and toads. We are grateful to REI and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment for their generous support of our wildlife survey and educational outreach efforts


Landmark Tree Program Nominations Now Open

The Landmark Tree Program was established in 2010 to document the remarkable trees found growing throughout the neighborhoods and parks of Saint Paul.

Since the program's inception, 29 trees representing 22 tree species have been selected with two trees currently listed as state champions. Nominations for the 2014 Landmark Tree Program are now being accepted through November 1, 2014.

The Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel will review the nominations and the selected trees will be announced at the Blooming Saint Paul Awards in January 2015.

For more information or a nomination form, visit www.stpaul.gov/forestry or contact the Forestry office at 651.632.5129.


RightTrack Team 2014 Worked Hard to Beautify City

With 12 youth and two supervisors, the Blooming Saint Paul Right Track team took on the responsibility to beautify the city's public spaces through garden maintenance.

The team carried out this responsibility with a variety of services, including weeding, planting, and mulching. Not only did the Blooming St. Paul Right Track team maintain Saint Paul's status as a beautiful city, but also learned the inner workings of a job.

The purpose of the Right Track program is to get youth on the right track to a career. Supervisors Kyle and Ryan guided the youth through their first job and helped them understand the importance of timeliness, communication, and work ethic.

Further, the youth of Blooming Saint Paul Right Track had biweekly education sessions on horticulture. In these sessions, the youth learned about plant anatomy, general ecology, strategies to maintain gardens, and the varieties of plants native to Minnesota (especially weeds).

The program lasted for 10 weeks. Throughout those weeks, a group of strangers found common interests and developed relationships to facilitate a group dynamic that paralleled the atmosphere of a summer camp. The team crossed cultural, ethnic, and social barriers in order to complete the demands of the job. Bringing youth together and providing a positive experience provided the most beauty to the city, even more than the gardens themselves.


Flying Squirrel was Guest of Honor at Mammal Survey

Did you know that flying squirrels are actually quite common in the Twin Cities? We rarely see them because they are a truly nocturnal animal and thus are quite elusive. We lucked out when we caught one during our AweSnap! mammal survey at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary last month.

Over 30 photographers learned wildlife photography tips from volunteers Gordon Dietzman and Debbie Koenigs, while helping collect mammal traps for the survey. Volunteer mammologist Carmen Martin taught participants about mammal life and behavior while collecting data from 90 traps over four days.

We'll be continuing these efforts as Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary is transformed from a brownfield to a restored natural area in the coming years, thanks to a grant from REI. We also want to thank all the volunteers who helped set traps each night as well as the photographers who contributed to our mission in Project Noah.

Our favorite feature of this furry friend was a toss-up between its large bulging eyes, and its patagia--the flap of skin that connects the wrists and ankles.


Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Come celebrate the 21st annual National Public Lands Day with Saint Paul Natural Resource on Saturday, September 27th at Hidden Falls Regional Park from 9-11:30 am. You will be able to volunteer, learn more about Saint Paul's public lands and sip some hot chocolate as we ring in a new season.

Last year 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states. This volunteer event will include:

Planting trees, shrubs and acorns
Fun birding activities
Hot cocoa
Enter through the North Gate/Prior Avenue Entrance at the intersection of Prior Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard.

Register online at bit.ly/NPLD2014

Great River Greening Volunteer Opportunities

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This fall, Great River Greening will be holding four 100+ person volunteer opportunities across the metro planting trees and shrubs, pulling or lopping invasive species, and seeding, all to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters. Some of our best and longest-serving volunteers are Master Naturalists, and we'd love invite more Naturalists to participate in our volunteer events. Additionally, many Naturalists enjoy serving in the role of Volunteer Supervisor.

As you will see, it is going to be quite the exciting event season! We'll be working to create new parks in Saint Paul and Elko New Market, while working to enhance to fabulous parks in Apple Valley and Mahtomedi. The Great_River_Greening_Fall_v-ops-14 (1).pdf has more details about the events, but a summary of tasks, dates and locations are included below:

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Tree and Shrub Planting
o Saturday, October 11, 8:30am - 12:30pm
o Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, Saint Paul
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Brush Stacking
o Saturday, October 25, 9:30am - 1:00pm
o Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park, Elko New Market
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Buckthorn Blast
o Saturday, November 1, 9:30am - 1:00pm
o Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi

Sept. My Minnesota Woods

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You can see the September Update here.

Sept Project BudBurst Community Newsletter

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Fall into Phenology with Project BudBurst

Like many of you, I love this time of year as the seasons change. There is so much to observe as plants are in various stages of leafing, flowering, and fruiting. Deciduous trees and shrubs get center stage as they dramatically start to change colors. Late summer flowers are still showing off. Many plants are in various stages of fruiting. Yes, the days are getting shorter, but happily, it only takes a few minutes to make a Project BudBurst observation! We look forward to getting your reports.

--Sandra Henderson, Director

Can you sense the change
As fall makes its presence known
To plants you observe?


Register Now for Fall Professional Development Courses

Registration is open for 2014 fall online professional development courses. Space is limited, so act now! Fall courses begin on October 7th. Learn how to engage your classes and visitors in our seasonal campaign, Fall Into Phenology, or prep your lesson or outreach plans to include Project BudBurst. If you are looking for an opportunity to teach science via authentic research, now is the time to sign up.

All courses are geared towards K-12 Formal Educators and Informal Educators. Optional graduate level continuing education credits are available. Register at www.citizenscienceacademy.org Questions? Email: CSAregistrar@neoninc.org

Join the 4th Annual Fall into Phenology Campaign
Fall into PhenologyCelebrate the beginning of fall with Project BudBurst's 4th Annual Fall Into Phenology campaign. Fall is a great time to check out leaves changing color and falling, fruits ripening, and flowers blooming. In New England, leaf peepers are enjoying colorful changes on red maples; aspens in the Rockies turn gold before shedding their leaves; and wildflowers such as Common yarrow and California poppy are in full bloom.

Grab a Single Report form and tell us what the plants around you are doing this fall. Together, we can learn more about how plants respond to changes in their environment. For more information, visit Fall Into Phenology


Project BudBurst at the Jason Learning Conference

Teachers and JASON trainers making Project BudBurst observations of a Sweetgum
Earlier in the summer, science teachers from around the country attended a JASON Learning conference, and in the process were introduced to Project BudBurst. As part of their commitment to citizen science, JASON Learning invited the Project BudBurst team to provide workshops for conference attendees. Teachers headed outside to practice Project BudBurst protocols on the beautiful George Washington University-Ashburn, VA campus. They discussed the merits of the relatively simple protocols and the power that participatory learning has in fostering authentic science inquiry. We look forward to observations from JASON students and teachers!


Caleb Shaw, Summer Intern, Presents his Research

After completing his summer internship in Colorado, Caleb ventured California to present at a Joint Summer Internship Program Final Poster Session. Interns from national science labs and research programs around the country presented their research as part of the STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Program. Here are a few words from Caleb:

"Hi, I am Caleb Shaw, an environmental educator and future classroom teacher. I spent this summer as an intern investigating Project BudBurst data. I compared historical lilac phenology data with recent BudBurst lilac observations and found earlier first flower and first leaf dates suggesting that climate change is having an effect on the timing of these phenophases. The full data sets were not statistically comparable which opens the door for further investigation. This has shown the potential value of the BudBurst data and the data set will become stronger with more observations over time."


The Many Faces of Project BudBurst

Project BudBurst would not exist without the enthusiasm and dedication of the thousands of participants and supporters. Below are just a few folks we'd like to recognize this month:

Joy S.
Angela W.
Ken L.
Ruth A.
Grant P.
JASON Learning Team

Sept. Headwaters Science Center News

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Click here for the September issue of Monthly News from Headwaters Science Center.

Oct 24-26 Fall 'Phenology with Larry Weber' Weekend

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October 24 @ 5:00 pm - October 26 @ 1:00 pm
$155-235
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Explore our woods, prairies, ponds, lake and wetlands with renowned phenologist Larry Weber and learn about the wonderous changes the season brings to our natural world

The crisp air, glorious fall colors and smell of crunchy freshly fallen leaves are the classic signs of autumn that are familiar to us all. This weekend, phenologist Larry Weber shares his vast knowledge of the natural world to give you a more in-depth, up-close look at nature's preparations for winter during this season of transition.

Enjoy walking the trails and exploring the different habitats and ecosystems here at the Center during this special all-inclusive weekend.

More info to come - stay tuned

Comfortable lodging and all meals are included in the weekend's fee.

Pricing (includes 2 nights lodging, all meals and instruction):

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

Phenologist Larry Weber shares his knowledge of the natural worldNow retired, Larry Weber taught science for 40 years. In 1993, he was named Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year and 1998, he received the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year award. Larry is the author of several books including Backyard Almanac, Minnesota Phenology, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, and a series of Northwoods Naturalist Guides. He also writes a weekly phenology column for newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Natural Superior.

Larry lives with his wife, Fran, on a farm in northeastern Minnesota, where he observes and pursues critters with a camera and continues to enjoy sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world with other.

Jan 30-Feb 1 Winter "Phenology with Larry Weber" Weekend

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January 30, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - February 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm |
$155-235
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Explore our woods, prairies, ponds, lake and wetlands with renowned phenologist Larry Weber and learn about the wonderous changes the season brings to our natural world

The crunch of snow under foot, the nostril-stinging cold temperatures and the utter silence of the snow-blanketed forest are familiar to Minnesotans during the winter season. This weekend, phenologist Larry Weber shares his vast knowledge of the natural world to give you a more in-depth, up-close look at nature as you've never seen it during this season of frigid temps and stark landscapes.

Enjoy skiiing or snowshoeing the trails and exploring the different habitats and ecosystems here at the Center during this special all-inclusive weekend.

More info to come - stay tuned

Comfortable lodging and all meals are included in the weekend's fee.

Pricing (includes 2 nights lodging, all meals and instruction):

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

Phenologist Larry Weber shares his knowledge of the natural worldNow retired, Larry Weber taught science for 40 years. In 1993, he was named Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year and 1998, he received the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year award. Larry is the author of several books including Backyard Almanac, Minnesota Phenology, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, and a series of Northwoods Naturalist Guides. He also writes a weekly phenology column for newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Natural Superior.

Larry lives with his wife, Fran, on a farm in northeastern Minnesota, where he observes and pursues critters with a camera and continues to enjoy sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world with other.

St. Paul Parks and Recreation

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Environmental Volunteers
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Welcome to the updated Environmental Volunteers newsletter. This is a semi-regular newsletter that is published upon need. We will send out newsletters regularly during the growing season (Apr-Oct).

Please also keep an eye out for our new Saint Paul Natural Resources quarterly newsletter. The inaugural issue will be published within the next week.

Saint Paul Natural Resources is a section of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation that consists of the following units: Arts & Gardens, Environmental Education, Environmental Services, Forestry and Volunteer Resources.

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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

Sat, Sept 27 | 9-11:30 a.m. | Hidden Falls Regional Park (South Gate/Prior Entrance)

Celebrate the 21st annual National Public Lands Day in Saint Paul by planting trees, shrubs and acorns; learning about our migrating birds; and sipping some hot cocoa in the company of new friends.

Register: http://bit.ly/NPLD2014

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.

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GOT ACORNS?
First two weeks of Sept. | Saint Paul parks or your own backyard

We are collecting acorns to plant in our parks this fall (including at National Public Lands Day - see above!) This is a great opportunity to volunteer on your own time. Here's what you need to know:

Collect acorns from a Saint Paul park or your backyard. Separate out sticks and leaves and any other non-acorns. Do not include broken ones. Store in paper bags or buckets. Store bags in fridge or another cool, dry place, like a basement or garage. Best to get them to us as soon as possible (before the weevils get out)!

Deliver acorns in paper bags, Attn: Shannon Montante, to the Park Permit Office at 1100 Hamline Ave N, St Paul, 55108, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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SPECIAL EVENT INTERNS

Spring Semester, Jan-May

Saint Paul Natural Resources will be hiring two Special Event Interns during the Spring Semester to help coordinate, plan and implement special events including the Blooming Saint Paul Awards, the Citywide Spring Cleanup and the annual Arbor Month Celebration. These interns will gain experience in marketing, advertising and event organization, as well as opportunities to work closely with our internal and external partners and sponsors. Interested? Email Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

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VOLUNTEER FOR A SPOOKTACULAR EVENT IN COMO PARK!
October 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 | Weekend Evenings

ZooBoo is a fall fund raiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families. This magical occasion offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative with Halloween activities. Hop into a Como costume, bring your own non-scary costume or assist in a non-costumed position! A pre-event orientation for learning more and reserving a costume is offered in early October. More information and registration online here.

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CARING FOR COTTONWOODS
Join our partners Mississippi River Fund...

Every Thursday through Oct | 9 a.m.-noon | Lilydale Regional Park - meet at the boat launch parking lot

Looking for a way to be part of the cottonwood restoration experiment? Meet us at Lilydale to care for the young trees and ensure they are growing to be healthy and strong. Shifts subject to cancellation if the trees are getting enough rainfall. Contact Maria at mdelaundreau@missriverfund.org to help out!

Visit our website to find more information about our ongoing volunteer opportunities and how to set up a GIVE (Group Impact Volunteer Event).

Sept BEN Bulletin

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BEN Bulletin (Bird Education Network)

Kids: The Binocular Trap
by Paul J. Baicich

Why is it that when you share binoculars with an adult, perhaps a beginning bird watcher, you make sure that you share a solid, quality, even impressive, pair of binoculars, but when you go afield with a child, say, between 8 and 12 years of age, almost any piece of optics will do?

Worse yet, why is it that inexpensive and light "compact binoculars" are almost always ascribed to kid use?

It's a big mistake.

Too often, the very people whom many bird educators value the most, youngsters, are left with the worst in introductory binoculars. Nothing will discourage continued bird-watching activity and learning in the field more than an initial experience with binoculars that are, essentially, junk. It's just no fun.

Of course, there are important optics features that do need attention when dealing with youngsters. These may include the ability for the young folks to get their hands around the binoculars, access the focusing knob, and adjust the interpupillary distance (to match the closeness of the eyes among the youngest kids in the group). What's more, finding the bird in the tree or bush is difficult enough for beginning birders - of any age - without having to deal with a narrow field of view or a high magnification that may have the image almost bouncing around.

Try a lower power - between 6X and8X - and definitely stick to a wide field of view.

Of course, some training and help - from a parent or other adult - is essential. Learning to bring the binoculars to your face, while constantly watching the bird, needs practice. (Focusing on a far-off sign - and reading simple text - is a fine way to learn locating the object and focusing properly.) While practice makes perfect, that practice can be squandered if the binoculars are unserviceable.

We have probably all seen a box of binoculars distributed among kids in a group, binoculars that are small, light, flimsy, very low power, narrow field of view, and really unacceptable

The options for binoculars appropriate for youngsters are many today. It's not like the limitations of a decade or two ago. In fact, we live in an era when relatively good quality binoculars can be secured for around $100 or even less. Some of these are porro-prism binoculars that can be outstanding. There are so many options, that recommending a particular brand would be inappropriate or misleading here. Still, you might look around the website for Eagle Optics to review the many, many brands and sorts of models that are available. A final point to be aware of is warranty. Some manufacturers will offer a unconditional warranty, a relief when binoculars get dropped, slammed against a tree, or run over with a lawn mower.

Don't sell the kids short. They usually arrive in the field eager to learn something new. Don't make it more difficult for them at the very outset. Make it fun.

[Ben Lizdas, Tom Rusert, and Dave Watkins provided advice for this article]


Book Review: Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
by Dave Magpiong

Many birders have thoroughly stocked shelves of books. Field guides, bird-finding guides, life histories of birds, and birding memoirs are some of the common variations. Through the decades, there have been several volumes addressing "how to be a birder" from the likes of Peterson, Kaufman, Sibley, Dunne, and others. Perhaps it's time to add Annette Leblanc Cate to that esteemed list.

Her Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard captures many of the basics of becoming a birder and delivers the message in a kid-friendly package. Her cartoonish illustrations and humorous style will draw in and entertain younger readers. Yet, she provides many insights that will provide youth with the foundation to get started down the path to birding. Her light-hearted approach to birding is balanced out with the help of "technical assistance" long-time Massachusetts birder Jim Barton.

This is not a book that will teach young birders how to identify Empidomax flycatchers or distinguish between fall warblers. Rather, it will whet the appetite of kids who never considered bird watching to be an option for them. Cate gives her a readers a glimpse of the beautiful diversity of North American birds. She outlines general skills for learning birds - using shape, bill, feet, sound, habitat, and range. A nice resource is the "Bird-Watching Do's . . . and Don't's!" which touches on the ethics of birding. Quite importantly, she debunks the notion of "there aren't any birds where I live" by pointing out that birds can be found anywhere, including the suburbs and cities.

While some experienced birders may be bothered by the anthropomorphic birds and cartoonish feel, Look Up! achieves its goal of making birding both more appealing and more accessible to the bird conservationists of tomorrow. The book's humorous moments and laid-back presentation may also pull in the parents of its young readers - and they can impact conservation in many ways today.


California Fall Birding Challenge is Here!

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Founded in 1981, the Bird Observatory has produced over 30 years of scientific information on local bird populations, working with both government agencies and partner organizations.

The18th Annual California Fall Challenge (CFC) is SFBBO's biggest fundraising campaign of the year, a month of trips, contests, and events to raise money for their science and outreach programs. Join them for guided trips, bird-a-thons, band-a-thons as well as photo and youth art contests through October 18.


Choosing an IMBD habitat theme for 2015

The artist, Amelia Hansen, will be working on the 2015 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)theme, "Habitat Restoration". In the process, bird educators have been asked for their input.

You can give your opinion and rank you choices on habitats, slogans, and accompanying materials. Make your opinions known in this IMBD Survey from Environment for the Americas.


BEN: Connecting Bird Educators TM
CEE logo CC good resolutionFor more information visit:
www.birdeducation.org

Oct-Nov Maplewood Nature Center Programs

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About Maplewood Nature Center
Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood. The Visitor Center is located at 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Trails are available to explore every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

To Register for a Nature Center Program:
Register by credit card in person, by phone or online by clicking the registration Quick Link at www.maplewood naturecenter.com. You may also send or drop off a check or cash to Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood, MN 55119, by the date indicated. Program sizes are limited, register early. For more information please call 651-249-2170 or e-mail info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com.

OCTOBER:

FALL BIRD BANDING DAY
Saturday, October 4
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
9:30AM - Noon
For all ages, youth groups welcome.
Free. Drop in.
Confusing Fall Warblers; Oh My! Watch licensed biologists capture, band and release wild birds to learn about age, migration, and populations. Bring a camera. If conditions allow, take a short hike to observe birds with binoculars from the floating boardwalk.

NOVEMBER
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SUPERIOR AGATES AND MN GEOLOGY
Saturday, Nov 8th
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Ages- best for 3rd - 5th grade and parents
$5/child, register online by Nov 6th.
Learn about rocks and minerals and Minnesota's state gem, the Lake Superior Agate. Unearth the secrets of Minnesota's long geologic history from volcanoes and inland sea to glaciers. Test rocks and minerals for their characteristic hardness, magnetic qualities and more. Make a piece of rock jewelry to take home. Agate Phil will share his rock collection and help you identify really cool rocks.
Register online www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com. If you need help registering online, call 249-2170 for more info. You may also send or drop off a check or cash to Maplewood Nature Center

U of M Researcher looking for American Hazelnuts

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Researchers in the University of Minnesota's Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics are working to develop hazelnuts as an alternative crop for the Upper Midwest. We are taking a two-pronged approach: 1) hybridize American hazelnuts, which have the cold hardiness and disease resistance needed in our region, with European hazelnuts, which have been selected over centuries for high nut yield and large size, and 2) select the best American hazelnuts from the wild and develop them into a new crop on their own merits. It is for the latter effort that we seek your help.

We are looking for people to send us seeds collected from wild American hazelnuts all over the state (and beyond). If you know of some productive stands of hazelnuts, please send us some seed!

What we are looking for is high yielding bushes that produce good quality nuts. We define quality as "anything that is good enough that you would want to eat it." Nuts with thick shells and small kernels are probably not going to be worth your effort to shell them so we're not interested in them. But we'll let you be the judge of what is "good enough".

Although we'd ideally like nuts only from high yielding bushes, we've learned that in the wild that's nearly impossible to evaluate because they often grow as thickets, so you can't isolate one bush from its neighbor. So we're simply not going to worry about yield at this stage. That will come later when we evaluate the seedlings under controlled conditions in a managed orchard.

Instructions:
Harvest the nuts as soon as they are fully mature. You can tell because the nuts will come loose from their husks with gentle pressure. This often happens when the husks are still green. If you wait for them to turn brown or dry down then squirrels and mice are likely to get them first.

They usually mature some time in mid to late August, but maturation date varies widely. This year it may not be until September.

It is not necessary to keep nuts from different bushes separate, but it would be best to keep nuts from different locations separate.

Label them with information about the location they came from. GPS coordinates would be appreciated if possible, but are not essential.

Mail them right away in their green husks, or keep them for a week or so until they separate from the husk easily and just send the nuts. Either way, do not let them dry out and do NOT expose them to high heat which will kill the embryo.

10 to 50 nuts per sample are enough.

Mail to:
Lois Braun,
U of M Dept of Agronomy and Plant Genetics,
1991 Upper Buford Circle,
411 Borlaug Hall,
St. Paul, MN 55108.

Thank you very much for helping advance a potential new alternative crop for Minnesota

Sept-Dec Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

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Wellness, Arts, & Fun for Everyone!

Check out the Fall edition of the brochure listing upcoming events here.

Fall 2014 MN Zoo Speaker Series

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Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect: A conservation biologist ponders moving beyond the documentation of declines
Speaker: Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Paul Greenberg's American Catch
Speaker: Paul Greenberg
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.


The Role of Zoos in a Changing World
Speaker: Lee Ehmke (Minnesota Zoo's Director/CEO)
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.


The Wildlife of Voyageurs National Park
Speaker: Dr. Steve Windels
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Volunteer opportunity--program support! We will need help trimming boughs for our Wreath-Making 101 program again this year. The trimming will be Thursday, Dec. 4, here at Lake Bemidji State Park. Anytime between 9 am and 4 pm is great--come for as little or as long as you can! New people always welcome

Reply to Lake Bemidji State Park, Sue Olin 308-2300 or email: Susan Olin