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Oct Mississippi Messages

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FMR Updates


MAKING OUR HOMES RIVER-FRIENDLY, FALL FMR WORKSHOPS

Our recent rain barrel workshop quickly reached capacity, but we still have three free fall workshops to help you make your home river-friendly inside and out! Capacity is limited and early registration highly encouraged.

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RSVP FOR NOV. 1ST, OUR FINAL OUTDOOR EVENT OF THE YEAR!

Join us Saturday, November 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the beautiful bluff-top prairie and oak woodlands above the river in Cottage Grove. Volunteers are needed to help FMR staff remove invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. No experience is required and all supplies (pizza included!) will be provided. Learn more and sign up via the event listing, or contact Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org for details and directions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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ACT TODAY! SUPPORT THE EPA'S WORK TO PROTECT U.S. STREAMS AND WETLANDS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on their draft Waters of the U.S. rule - a clarification of the Clean Water Act. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to protect our nations streams and wetlands today!

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL "EVENING CELEBRATING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER"!

Friends of the Mississippi River held our 13th annual "Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River" on October 1, 2014 at the Weisman Art Museum - overlooking the great river we are all working to protect. The evening was a success on many accounts, and we are very grateful to everyone who helped make it a success. For photos, numbers and more, read on!

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OCTOBER IS REI MONTH AT FMR!

In recognition and appreciation for the individuals and families who also support our work, REI is offering special benefits during the month of October.

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THANK YOU FOR A YEAR OF ACTION TO STRENGTHEN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER RULES

FMR has called on activists to write letters, sign petitions, attend trainings and meetings, and send formal comments to the DNR over the past year. We would like to extend our thanks to nearly 2,000 FMR advocates that acted to better our river for future generations. Read on for what's next in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rulemaking process.

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RESTORATION OF COTTAGE GROVE'S RIVER OAKS PARK IS UNDERWAY

Restoration of the city of Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park has started. This park's primary ecological feature is a small (half-acre) remnant Bedrock Bluff Prairie. The vista of the Mississippi River, from the bluff prairie, is sweeping and gorgeous.

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Mississippi River News
VIKINGS KICK IN ANOTHER $500K FOR AMENITIES, BUT NOT FOR BIRD-SAFE GLASS

The Vikings are paying another half-million for upgrades including an eighth elevator and additional food stands, but refuse to upgrade to bird-friendly glass for their new stadium. Due to its location in the Mississippi Flyway and towering glass wall, Audubon Society and many others, including the Minneapolis City Council, expect the new stadium to be a death trap for birds.

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Calendar of Events
HELP US WITH A BIG MAILING

Tuesday, October 21 and/or 28 -- 9:30-11:30 a.m.
FMR Headquarters, Robert & 5th, Downtown St. Paul

We have a big mailing that we need last-minute volunteer help to get out the door. Let us know if you can help Tuesday the 21st or the 28th! (Sign up for one or both.) We'll provide the pizza and sodas!

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the FMR calendar listings, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. (Be sure to let her know which night(s) you're committing to.)

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

Thursday, December 4 -- 6-7 p.m.
Wilder Center, Midway (near the Green Line), St. Paul

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 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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Phenology
RARE FALL MIGRANTS

Mid to late fall can be a rewarding time to see rare birds in the Twin Cities.

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Supporting FMR
PLEASE SUPPORT FMR'S IMPORTANT WORK!

If you've read this month's Mississippi Messages down to this point, you are well aware not only of what FMR has accomplished but what we still need to accomplish. And to do that, we need your support. Your gift in any amount today will help us accomplish more for your river and your community. And if you are able to consider a sustaining, monthly gift - the impact will really add up! If you value the work that we are doing, please make a gift today. Thank you!


Quote of the Month

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

- Albert Camus

Nov 8 Superior Agates and MN Geology

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Superior Agates and MN Geology (Grades 3-6 w/ adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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. Cost is $5.00 per child. Registration deadline is November 6.

Nov 6 Owl Moon Storyhike

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Owl Moon Storyhike (Ages 3.5 - 6 w/ adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 6:15PM - 7:30PM
Read "Owl Moon" and take a walk by the light of the full moon, listen and look for owl, mouse and raccoon. This is a great opportunity to learn to get comfortable with the night. Cost is $4.00 per child. Registration deadline is November 4.

Oct 29 Halloween Hijinks Puppet Show

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Halloween Hijinks Puppet Show (Ages 2-5 w/adult, small daycares welcome)
(Best for Ages 2-5 w/ Adult, small daycares welcome. Baby backpacks/carriers preferred)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Choose One Showtime: 10:00AM or 11:00AM
Laugh and sing along with wild animal puppets as they hurry around in the fall season. You will enjoy their silly antics as they play mischievous tricks on each other. Make a bat mini-kite to take home, and take it for a spin in our nature play yard! Enjoy a spooky snack. Option to stay and picnic/self-guiding trail hike afterward. Cost is $5.00 per child. Register online by Tuesday, October 28.

Upcoming 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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great horned owl
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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EcoSteward
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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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
:

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

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.