Sept. Mississippi Messages

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FMR Updates

COMING SOON! FMR AND REI CELEBRATE PARTNERSHIP IN OCTOBER

This coming October, FMR is celebrating its valued partnership with REI. Accordingly, we are offering these special benefits, courtesy of REI, to our members and supporters throughout October:

Generous REI coupon for new or renewing FMR members.
Complimentary "REI Steward 2014" t-shirt if you are both an FMR and REI member.
REI Passage 2 tent raffle.

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FORD'S RIVERSIDE TOXIC DUMP UNDER INVESTIGATION

From 1945 until 1966, the Ford Motor Company dumped unknown quantities of industrial waste, including solvents and paint sludge, on the floodplain of the Mississippi River below the bluff adjacent to its St. Paul assembly plant. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is now asking Ford to conduct further investigation of the dump before deciding whether to require Ford to clean it up. Friends of the Mississippi River has numerous concerns about the thoroughness of the proposed investigation and the possibility that the dump will be allowed to remain at the river's edge permanently.

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MAKING OUR HOMES RIVER-FRIENDLY, FALL FMR WORKSHOPS

We all know it's important to conserve water and decrease pollution, but how exactly do you go about doing that in your own home or yard? And what really makes the biggest difference for our local rivers?

At FMR, we're asked these questions all the time. This fall, we're offering a trio of Vermillion Stewards workshops to answer them as best we can, as quickly and concisely as possible. Join the movement to make your home river-friendly. Sign up for one or all!

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now 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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THEY'RE BAAAAACK!

FMR's hungriest volunteers have returned to Gores Wildlife Management Area to dine on invasive shrubs.

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ROCHESTER EARNS STORMWATER EXCELLENCE AWARD!

Congratulations to the city of Rochester for earning the Blue Star Award. Rochester, like all Blue Star communities, is taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota's water resources and public health through excellence in stormwater management.

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A FAMILIAR FACE JOINS THE FMR EVENTS TEAM

FMR is delighted to officially welcome events intern Amy Kilgore as our new Outreach Assistant and Events Registrar. Her smiling face will be familiar to many Mississippi Messages readers. Since March, Amy has worked with hundreds of FMR volunteers at our restoration and education events. Now she'll also be the person signing everyone up, staying in touch about details and directions and sending Facebook-worthy photos after each event.

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Mississippi River News

LAWSUIT OVER WHITE BEAR LAKE WATER LEVELS WILL GO TO TRIAL

The Star Tribune recently covered a decision by Judge Margaret Marrinan to send a nearly two-year old lawsuit over White Bear Lake water levels to trial next spring.

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NEW INFORMATION RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT TRICLOSAN SAFETY

Triclosan made headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. New research on the risks on triclosan in personal care products, and newly released data on the FDA's original approval in triclosan in toothpaste, shined a less-than-flattering light on the controversial chemical.

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THE STAR TRIBUNE WEIGHS-IN ON THE STATE'S NEW PHOSPHOROUS POLLUTION STANDARDS

In response to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, the Star Tribune authored this recent editorial highlighting the importance of Minnesota's new standards, and calling for additional state action to protect and maintain our waters for both aquatic recreation, environmental health, and public safety.

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Calendar of Events

EXPLORE WETLAND ECOLOGY IN TUNNEL VALLEY

Thursday, September 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Join Friends of the Mississippi River ecologist Karen Schik and Washington Conservation District's Angie Hong as we explore Ravine Lake and the wetlands surrounding it. You'll learn about the plant life in and around the wetlands -- aquatic, amphibious, and terrestrial -- and the important role these plants play as they provide habitat and filter pollutants from our waters. Then we'll use dip nets to get a closer look at macroinvertebrates living in the marsh, and discuss what these tiny creatures reveal about the impacts of water pollution!

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Children are welcome with a parent or guardian. 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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ST. PAUL OPEN STREETS WATER FESTIVAL

Sunday, September 21 -- noon-4 p.m.
University Avenue, Central Corridor, St. Paul

St. Paul Open Streets encourages residents to get out and see our community up-close in a safe, car-free environment. This year's event also includes a Water Festival, focused on making the connection between our local streets and the health of our local waters. Join FMR's Kate Clayton to learn about the 450 miles of storm drains that run below the streets of St. Paul, what flows through them, and where all this stormwater -- and the pollution that comes with it -- really goes. Participants can also help educate others and reduce water pollution by joining Kate to stencil storm drains in the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more on the event page.

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'MAKE AND TAKE' RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Thursday, September 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville

Every time there's a heavy rain, rainwater has washed over your roof, your yard and pavement -- carrying bits of roof shingles, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil and dirt into the nearest storm drain. All of this pollution goes right into our local creeks, lakes and the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers -- unfiltered, untreated! Rain barrels help reduce this runoff pollution, and offer many other benefits as well. Learn more, sign up and purchase your barrel and supplies ($30) via the event page.

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REMNANT BLUFF PRAIRIE RESTORATION

Saturday, September 27 -- 9:00-11:00 a.m.
River Oaks Park, Cottage Grove

Just southeast of River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove lies a riverfront bluff with stunning views and a special remnant bedrock bluff prairie. Roughly 30 years ago this remnant prairie was renown as a very high quality area with excellent biodiversity. Over the years, however, it has steadily declined, and is now at risk of slowly being taken over by non-native species.

Recently, FMR began working with the City of Cottage Grove to preserve and restore this important site. Now volunteers are needed to join FMR Ecologist Joe Walton at our first restoration event at River Oaks Park. Volunteers will primarily haul pre-cut buckthorn, helping to open the canopy and making way for more beneficial native prairie and savanna plants 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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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY!

Through mid-October
City of Saint Paul

If you're looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It's just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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OAK SAVANNA BUCKTHORN HAUL

Saturday, October 4 -- 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Near 36th & West River Pkwy., Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Tools and gloves will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children.

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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SEED COLLECTION IN THE SAND COULEE/RARE PRAIRIE

Saturday, October 11 -- 9 a.m.-noon
Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area, Hastings

After a brief training, volunteers will help collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik and Assistant Stewardship Coordinator Kate Clayton in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. Large quantities -- of volunteers and seed alike -- are needed!

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

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

Tuesday, November 4 -- 6-7 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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Resource of the Month

NEW MWMO VIDEO SERIES TEACHES GOOD LAWN CARE CHOICES FOR CLEAN WATER

Residents, homeowners, business owners, and seasonal workers can all benefit from the recently released Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) lawn care videos. The 21-minute videos promote techniques for maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn while keeping our rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater clean and safe.

Part 1: Lawn Care Basics
Part 2: Fertilizing Your Lawn
Part 3: Weed Control


Phenology

SQUADRONS SOARING ABOVE US

There are squadrons of large white birds overhead.

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Supporting FMR

HELP US EARN THE LAST $500 OF THE $10,000 CHALLENGE GRANT!

The Pohlad Foundation has offered FMR a $10,000 challenge grant to match new gifts before October 27. Thanks to an awesome show of support we are $500 away from the goal! To help us earn the final $500 and add your voice to the community voice for the river, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Friends of the Mississippi River today. You can call Heather at 651-222-2193 x30 to make a gift by phone, mail in a check or make your gift right now.

All new members get an attractive FMR magnet with our thanks!

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Quote of the Month

"The rising hills, the slopes, of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light"

- "For the Children" by Gary Snyder

Sept. 20 Prairie Seed Harvest Day - Morris

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Prairie Seed Harvest Day
Saturday, Sep, 20th 2014
10 am - 4 pm

Come help the Morris Wetland Management District hand-harvest seed from a local remnant prairie. This is a great chance to get out and enjoy some beautiful fall weather and learn about prairie restoration. Training will be provided. Bring your own lunch and water. Please wear appropriate clothing/footwear for walking in the tall grass.

Call Styron (320-589-4971) to register.

We will meet at the Morris Wetland Management District Headquarters, located approximately 4 miles east of Morris on County Road 10. For directions or more information, visit our website http://midwest.fws.gov/ under "Visitors Center" Morris or call Styron at 320-589-4971.

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.

Sept 24-25 Work Days at Welcome Center Sax-Zim Bog

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Work Day at the Welcome Center
#1--Wednesday, September 24th
#2--Thursday, September 25th
WORK DAYS=FUN TIMES at the Welcome Center. JOIN US!
Our main goal for this work day is to stain the exterior of the Welcome Center before winter sets in. Other jobs needed include general clean up of construction debris, clearing trails.

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog will have back-to-back work days at the Welcome Center on Wed. Sept. 24 and Thurs. Sept. 25. 10am-4pm but come whenever...and leave whenever! But Please RSVP to sparky@saxzim.org

CHORES? Main job will be staining exterior of the building. Bring brushes, rollers, ladders, gloves, mineral spirits, paint pans. We'll provide the stain!

OTHER JOBS will include brushing a new trail. Bring loppers, gloves, boots, eye protection, saws.

Trash bagging and burning scrap wood (small fire if not windy).
Putting up feeders (no feed yet though, as the bears are still awake!)

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

Other information can be found in the newsletter at http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ea429c7bdaee56744a442abfd&id=870a61ea5b&e=426297637e

Sept. 25 Celebrate the Civilian Conservation Corps

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Celebrate the Civilian Conservation Corps with supporters and alumni from all over the country at Flat Earth Brewing Company (688 Minnehaha Avenue East, St Paul) on Thursday, September 25!

Social hour starts at 5:30 with bottomless beer from Flat Earth Brewing Company and Red's Savoy pizza.

It only begins with unlimited pizza, beer and good Conservation Corps company. At 6:30, Ann Reed takes the stage for an exclusive set to take the celebration to the next level.

There's so much to celebrate with the Civilian Conservation Corps and today's Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa programs. Come out, eat, drink, listen and show your love.

Proceeds from the event support future Conservation Corps programing.

Register and/or buy your tickets in advance so we are prepared with the right amount of beer and pizza.

http://www.conservationcorps.org/celebrate-the-ccc-at-flat-earth-brewery-with-pizza

For those in the Chesapeake Bay area, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office has issued a Request for Proposals for the creation of a Chesapeake Bay citizen monitoring program. More information about this opportunity is posted on the Extension Volunteer Monitoring Network homepage (under "Upcoming Opportunities") at: http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/

Proposals are due October 8.

Sept. 20 Manoomin Camp

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13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program
Manoomin Camp
Saturday, Sept. 20
Rice Portage Lake
Sawyer, MN
map.pdf
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Contact: Nikki Crowe, 218-878-7148, nikkicrowe@fdlrez.com

13 Moons is hosting a manoominike demonstration. Charlie Nahgahnub and Cord Timo will be demonstrating the manoomin processing.

Camp is open and free to the public to learn the traditional way of Manoominike.

Wild Rice Feast begins at 3pm
Dress for weather, we will be outdoors

Sept. 27 Protest for Bird Safe Glass

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Dear Bird Advocates,

Aside from being a remarkable group of animals, birds are an integral and essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Sadly, over 25% of United States bird species are currently listed as being of conservation concern. Many of these birds use habitat adjacent to the Mississippi River as their home year-round, for breeding, or during migration. In addition to predation by outdoor cats, loss of suitable habitat, and competition by invasives, one major problem driving bird population declines is unique to the urban environment. Birds don't recognize transparent glass as a solid object so instead of avoiding it, they attempt to fly directly towards reflected habitat, or through the invisible surface. Although accurate quantification is difficult, it's estimated that over ½ billion birds are killed per year by window collisions in North America alone.
The Minnesota Vikings stadium that is currently under construction is a $1.024 billion dollar project, nearly half of which is public money. Featured in the building design is 200,000 ft2 of glass, equivalent to over three football fields. Immediately this was identified as a major hazard to birds as more than 50% of North American migratory birds use the Mississippi River Flyway during migration. For less than 0.1% of the cost of the stadium, MFSA could have opted for a bird safe alternative glass which features a small pattern, barely noticeable to the human viewer except at close proximity, but allows birds to recognize the surface and avoid flying into it. Despite 76,000 public signatures, a unanimous resolution by the Minneapolis City Council, and the efforts of multiple scientists and conservation experts requesting the use of bird safe glass in the stadium, MFSA decided to place the order for the reflective glass, their reason being that the bird safe alternative would interfere with the completely transparent view.
We are fortunate to reside in a city that lies next to one of the most important migration routes in North America. Many of us can step outside our front doors and see a concentration of bird species that would be hard to find anywhere else. The National Audubon Society recently released a comprehensive Climate Report summarizing 30 years of data including citizen-scientist observations from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, and eBird. Included in the list of 312 birds predicted to go extinct by the end of the century if we don't prioritize conservation in future industry regulations and land/water management decisions, are dozens of bird species recently sighted just a quarter of a mile from the new stadium. A few of these include the Baltimore Oriole, Peregrine Falcon, Golden-winged Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. The Ovenbird and White-throated Sparrow are included in this list as well; two birds that we know are common victims of window collisions.
There was a time when we lived in a world without understanding the magnitude of impact that our decisions have on the environment. We no longer live in that time. We are now blessed with a wealth of knowledge about the ways that we can better protect our planet and its wildlife. Some challenges are incredibly difficult to overcome as we try to balance efforts of conservation with maintaining a functioning society with comfortable standards of living. Providing enough food and energy for the entire human population while minimizing habitat destruction and pollution is a huge problem where compromises to conservation are unavoidable. Building a new stadium with completely transparent glass is not one of those problems. We know that windows pose a major threat to birds. We also know of an affordable and viable alternative that would significantly reduce threats without compromising the overall design of the structure. We should not reject that knowledge. Let's protect our future so that our children and our children's children will also have the opportunity to see and hear some of the wonderful birds of this region.
It's not too late! Join us on Saturday, September 27th at 1:00 pm at the Downtown East Light Rail Station Platform in protest for using bird safe glass in the new Vikings Stadium. Let's tell MFSA that we want to focus Adrian Peterson's runs, not birds hitting the glass. We will meet rain or shine. Come show your support for the birds and the Vikings!

We hope to see you there! Please spread the word and don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

There are also these two Facebook events that it would be great for people to share and join:
https://www.facebook.com/events/909558855740941/

http://www.facebook.com/events/1487947608136639/

Sept 20 Women's Chainsaw Class

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Women's Chainsaw Class - Back by Popular Demand!

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 9:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 - 4:00 Class
Place: REI, 750 W. American Blvd., Bloomington (I-494 at Lyndale Ave); 952-884-4315
Cost: $30/person. Lunch is included. Advance paid registration is requested to ensure a space and lunch!
Have you considered using a chainsaw or brushcutter for trail clearing, storm clean up, firewood cutting, small tree removal, restoration projects, or pruning? This class is designed for women (18 or older) with little or no chainsaw experience or who would like to refresh their knowledge. We will cover chainsaw basics such as proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to purchase a saw that is right for you; chainsaw use emphasizing proper handling and safety; and chainsaw maintenance. You are encouraged to bring your personal equipment (including saw or brushcutter) to the class to have a more "hands-on" experience with your own equipment, especially as we discuss basic maintenance. (Note: This is NOT a chainsaw certification class).

The instructor is Alex Bildeaux of Bildeaux Services. Alex is a highly experienced chainsaw safety instructor, active logger, and has previously served as a chainsaw accident investigator.

To reserve your space, please send a check made out to: MFA Metro Chapter, c/o Barb Spears, 1656 Blair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55014. Include the name, full address, phone number and email address for each person registering. A pre-class survey will be sent to you to help us better tailor the class to meet your needs. For more information contact Barb Spears at 651-328-0463 or barb@twfllc.com. Class size is limited to 20, so please register early! Checks will be returned if the class is full. No refunds given if cancellation is received within 48 hours of the class start time.

Sponsored by the Metro Area Minnesota Women's Woodland Network and the Minnesota Forestry Association Metro Chapter.

St. John's Outdoor University Events

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Mini-Bioblitz
Monday, Sept. 29
5:00-8:00 p.m.


12th Annual Collegeville Colors
Sunday, October 5
1:00-4:00 p.m.

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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Stacking and Seeding
o Saturday, September 27, 8:30am - 12:30pm
o Alimagnet Park, Apple Valley
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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.

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Sept Mississippi Messages

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Calendar of Events
NATIVE WETLAND & GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PLANTING

Thursday, September 11 --- 6-8 p.m.
Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul

Help install native plants along and atop a large-scale native-prairie berm previously planted by FMR volunteers. This green infrastructure will help prevent erosion, provide wildlife and insect habitat, and filter stormwater runoff pollution before it can reach the river.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Children are welcome with a parent or guardian. 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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2014 CLEAN WATER SUMMIT: GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CLEAN WATER

Thursday, September 11 --- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen

Using green infrastructure to manage runoff in the urban landscape provides multiple benefits to our communities, yet this practice isn't the norm. The 2014 Clean Water Summit will focus on both the costs and benefits of green infrastructure, including economic, social and ecological factors.

Learn more and sign up ($60-$70, including lunch and Arboretum admission) with event organizer the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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EXPLORE WETLAND ECOLOGY IN TUNNEL VALLEY

Thursday, September 18 --- 6-7:30 p.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Join Friends of the Mississippi River ecologist Karen Schik and Washington Conservation District's Angie Hong as we explore Ravine Lake and the wetlands surrounding it. You'll learn about the plant life in and around the wetlands --- aquatic, amphibious, and terrestrial --- and the important role these plants play in the health of our waters. Then we'll use dip nets to capture macroinvertebrates living in the marsh, spoon them up for a closer look, and see what these tiny creatures reveal about local water pollution.

Children are welcome with a parent or guardian. This event is free but 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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ST. PAUL OPEN STREETS 'WATER FESTIVAL'

Sunday, September 21 --- noon-4 p.m.
University Avenue, Central Corridor, St. Paul

St. Paul Open Streets encourages residents to get out and see our community up-close in a safe, car-free environment. This year's event also includes a Water Festival, focused on making the connection between our local streets and the health of our local waters. Join FMR's Kate Clayton to learn about the 450 miles of storm drains that run below the streets of St. Paul, what flows through them, and where all this stormwater --- and the pollution that comes with it --- really goes. Participants can also help educate others and reduce water pollution by joining Kate to stencil storm drains in the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more on the event page.

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'MAKE AND TAKE' RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Thursday, September 25 --- 6-7:30 p.m.
Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville

Every time there's a heavy rain, rainwater has washed over your roof, your yard and pavement --- carrying bits of roof shingles, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil and dirt into the nearest storm drain. All of this pollution goes right into our local creeks, lakes and the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers --- unfiltered, untreated! Rain barrels help reduce this runoff pollution, and offer many other benefits as well. Learn more, sign up and purchase your barrel and supplies ($30) via the event page.

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REMNANT BLUFF PRAIRIE RESTORATION

Saturday, September 27 --- 9-11 a.m.
River Oaks Park, Cottage Grove

Just southeast of River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove lies a riverfront bluff with stunning views and a special remnant bedrock bluff prairie. Roughly 30 years ago this remnant prairie was renown as a very high quality area with excellent biodiversity. Over the years, however, it has steadily declined, and is now at risk of slowly being taken over by non-native species.

Recently, FMR began working with the City of Cottage Grove to preserve and restore this important site. Now volunteers are needed to join FMR Ecologist Joe Walton at our first restoration event at River Oaks Park. Volunteers will primarily haul pre-cut buckthorn, helping to open the canopy and making way for more beneficial native prairie and savanna plants to return.

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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FMR 2014 'EVENING CELEBRATING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER' FUNDRAISER

Wednesday, October 1 (RSVP by W, Sept. 17)
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis

FMR will host the 13th annual Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River at the stunning Weisman Art Museum on the Mississippi! The evening will feature storyteller Kevin Kling, guitarist Phil Heywood, a fantastic river-oriented live auction, great food and beverages, and more. RSVP required by September 17th. Please contact John at jbriel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x19.

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OAK SAVANNA BUCKTHORN HAUL

Saturday, October 4 --- 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Near 36th & West River Pkwy., Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Tools and gloves will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children.

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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SEED COLLECTION IN THE SAND COULEE/RARE PRAIRIE

Saturday, October 11 --- 9 a.m.-noon
Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area, Hastings

After a brief training, volunteers will help collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik and Assistant Stewardship Coordinator Kate Clayton in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. Large quantities --- of volunteers and seed alike --- are needed!

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

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BUST BUCKTHORN IN 'TUNNEL VALLEY'

Saturday, October 18 --- 9 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 Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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MAKE YOUR HOME RIVER-FRIENDLY

Wednesday, October 22 --- 6-7 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 Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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RESTORE HABITAT AT PINE BEND BLUFFS (SIGN-UP CLOSES M, OCT. 20)

Saturday, October 25 --- 9 a.m.-noon (Sign-up closes M, Oct. 20)
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 via 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.

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 20 Pollinator Buzzaroo

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Come find out what's buzzing in the world of pollinators.

On September 20th from noon to 4PM, SW Minneapolis will host a fun filledcelebration for pollinators, pollinator-friendly people and those who want to be ...

* At 2PM - Heather Holm, author of the newly released book Pollinators of Native Plants will have a fascinating slide show on these amazing creatures and talk about "Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden". We'll even venture into the garden for a closer view.

* Plant specialists will be on hand with native pollinator plants, at amazingly end of season prices.

* Treat yourself to locally sourced artisanal honey and honey products by our very own Minnesota Honey Company.

* Try your hand at Nature Printing with local artist Sue Filbin.

* Ever tried iced tea made from native plants? - This is your opportunity.

Date: Saturday - September 20th, 2014
Time: Noon to 4PM with talk and book signing at 2PM
Location: Dharma Field Zen Center and Native Garden
Address: 3118 West 49th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410 - Corner of York Ave S & W 49th St

More information at www.dharmafield.org/info/pollinator-event
Seating for the talk is limited. Reserve your seats at:
dharmafield@gmail.com

Contact: Fiona Lennox dharmafield@gmail.com 612.805.0342

Sept. 17 Trees and Shrubs

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Trees and Shrubs
Learn what it takes to plant and maintain trees and shrubs under our regional growing conditions. Class taught by Dave Poppe and Margaret Kuchenreuther, Associate Professor of Biology at UMM.

Wednesday, Sept 17 5:15 - 5:45 pm

Held in the Horticulture Display Garden
At the West Central Research and Outreach Center 46352 State Hwy 329, Morris, MN
Admission is free; donations accepted

In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held in the AgCountry Auditorium at the WCROC

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

Friends of Sax-Zim Box Results & Photos of BioBlitz II

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Amazing Biodiversity in the Bog Revealed
Forty-some participants and leaders turned up nearly 300 SPECIES (!) on our second annual BioBlitz on August 2nd, 2014. A beautiful day greeted folks as they met at our new Welcome Center. We divided into groups and hit the bog! Experts in the fields of birds, spiders, fungi, wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies scoured far flung parts of the Bog. All met back at noon to share their findings and discoveries. Amazingly, we turned up several new species for the Bog and even ONE NEW MINNESOTA RECORD!-- a spider species found by Chad Heins.

See the COMPLETE LIST OF SPECIES we recorded here

10th Anniversary of Birds of North America Online

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Ithaca, N.Y.--Ten years have gone by since the Birds of North America went online, transforming an 18-volume, 18,000-page library reference into a dynamic, constantly updated, multimedia-enriched resource accessible to everyone. Researchers, wildlife professionals, conservationists, teachers and bird watchers use BNA Online for definitive life history information and the latest science on more than 700 bird species that breed in the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada.

"One of the key advantages of BNA Online is that it grows and changes as needed," said editor Alan Poole. "Dozens of species accounts are updated each year. You just can't stay that up-to-date in print."

BNA Online was launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in September 2004 and has been growing ever since. During the past year, more than 230,000 unique visitors came to the site from 190 countries. There are currently more than 375 libraries, government agencies, and conservation related organizations subscribed.

Accounts are typically written by recognized experts on the species. Aside from information on identification, habitat, distribution, breeding, and behavior, each account includes sound, images, maps, video, and a bibliography for additional reference.

New features coming to BNA Online include:

Year-round range map for Northern Mockingbird.
Expanded range maps with migratory routes and population distributions

Links to real-time bird data using the eBird online checklist program showing species ranges throughout the year

Improved display of photos and videos
Subscribers can sign up for a year or more of access or pay as little as $5.00 to gain access for a month--great for researching school papers or for learning about a new species you've just seen. A year's subscription to BNA Online is $42.00. Cornell Lab members receive a discount.

To learn more about BNA Online and to subscribe either as an institution or as an individual, visit www.birds.cornell.edu/bna.

Media Contact:
Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab, (607) 243-2137, pel27@cornell.edu

Sept. SEEK Bulletin

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The September issue of the SEEK Bulletin can be found here

Help us Plan for the Future of Parks and Recreation!
The City of Maplewood seeks your thoughts on its Parks and Recreation System. The City is mid-way through the process of developing a plan that will guide investments over the next 20 years to parks, recreation facilities, trails, preserves, public art, and cultural and historic resources. The plan will assure that the system will meet community needs now and into the future.

What have we heard so far?
Walking, hiking, and biking trails are the most used amenity (86%)
After trails, neighborhood parks are most important (61%)
Creating a destination park with city-wide amenities is the most important major addition to the system.
Improvements to existing parks, preserves, and trails are a high priority for residents
There is a need to renovate older parks, including replacing older facilities, adding amenities, improving accessibility.
How can you participate?
Join us at one of our open houses to provide input on the draft plan and identify priorities.
the future

Wednesday, September 3, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
1955 Clarence Street
at Gladstone Firestation

Wednesday, September 10, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
at Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Avenue

Wednesday, September 24, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
at Londin Lane Firestation
2501 Londin Lane

Pollinator Friendly Stillwater

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POLLINATOR FRIENDLY STILLWATER is a grassroots project to create healthy safe environments for pollinators. Pollinators are in big trouble. It will be some time before there is nationwide protection for our pollinators. We are going city by city. Eugene, Oregon was the first and more cities will follow:
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/18/bee-friendliest-city-america-eugene-oregon

Stillwater, Minnesota is in the works and we'll need help to convince the City Council to accept our plan. We will also need volunteers to do the actual community work of creating those healthy pollinator spaces. There are three main parts to this project: 1) Education & Awareness, 2) Planting pollinator friendly plants, 3) Remove neonicotinoids.

The first step is to present to the Stillwater City Council. We are asking people to attend in support of this project and resolution. The more people in the room, the more convinced the council will be that the community supports it.

Please join us in support of Pollinator Friendly Stillwater
City Council Meeting
7 PM
Tuesday, September 16th
213 Third Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
wear your butterfly wings or yellow


To see what we are currently up to, updates will be here online:
http://pollinator.lschneider.com

If you're interested in helping out, please email laurie@lschneider.com
We also need help early next week preparing materials for the council.

Oct 20-22 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

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Please join us for the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC), which will be held in scenic Duluth, Minnesota this October 20-22 to exchange information on all invasive aquatic and terrestrial plant, animal, insect and pathogen species. Expected attendance is 500+ individuals involved in invasive species research, land or water resource conservation, restoration, management, policy, outreach, and education.

Volunteers play a vital role in making UMISC happen. Volunteering is a great opportunity for students, nonprofits, and private individuals to attend the conference at a reduced rate or no cost. We are looking for 20-25 volunteers to assist with tasks such as registration, handing out conference materials, directing attendees to concurrent sessions and other venue areas, conference set-up and tear down (Sunday PM or last shift Wednesday only), loading presentations on laptops for concurrent sessions, and other on-site support.

Volunteering four hours of your time allows you a one day conference registration waiver and volunteering six hours allows you a full conference registration waiver. Applications for volunteer spots will be reviewed as they are received and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis after conference administrative staff interview prospective volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this link and complete an application. http://www.umisc2014.org/volunteer.html. Deadline to apply is September 15. Select ANY volunteer shift(s) you may be available and any particular tasks you feel comfortable to assist with.

Please contact Belle Bergner (414-967-1350, bbergner@umisc2014.org) if you have any question or concerns. Once you submit an application, you will be contacted within 3 business days to go over your availability and confirm your volunteer responsibilities. You will then be given a unique complimentary registration web link to register for the conference as a volunteer. We hope to see you at our fourth biennial conference!

Zebra Mussel Monitoring

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I would like to thank you for your past participation in helping to monitor our waters for zebra mussels. Your help is very important, as you provide "eyes" on lakes where our staff would not likely be able to work. I'm asking if you would again participate in this effort for this season. The link below will take you to our Volunteer Monitoring page, where you can scroll down and find the online reporting form. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. If you are unable to continue, please let me know and I will remove you from our program list. Also, feel free to pass this along to others on the lake who may also want to provide reports for their particular properties or areas - the more people looking, the better! Thank you.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteering/zebramussel_monitoring/index.html

Sept-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.

SEPTEMBER

NEIGHBORHOOD BUCKTHORN BUSTER TRAINING
Saturday, Sept. 6th
AT VISTA HILLS PARK, 2480 Mailand Rd., Maplewood 55119
10:00AM - Noon.
Adults. Free; register online
Where once impenetrable thickets stood, cleared areas of Vista Hills Park now allow suppressed native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and tree seedlings to return. Views along paths and corners are safer for the neighborhood, traffic and walkers. Learn how neighbors worked together to remove buckthorn from their neighborhood park! Interested in organizing a group in your neighborhood? Learn how you can be involved!
Register online www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com. If you need help registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

BIG WOODS; BIG RIVERS: Become a volunteer MASTER NATURALIST
Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays, Sept 10 - Oct. 17, 2014
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood 55119
9:30AM to Noon.
Adults. Fee $200 payable to Minnesota Master Naturalists -register at www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org. http://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/register/?courseId=430
Participants will learn about the natural history of the Big Woods;Big Rivers biome, specifically the maple-basswood forests along the St. Croix River and the Mesic Oak Woods of the east metropolitan area. We'll learn techniques for teaching others, including children, about our natural world. Topics to be covered include: geology, ecology, human impacts, water quality, and how to be a Master Naturalist. Classes will include outdoor activities, classroom activities, Powerpoints, and field trips.

Capstone projects will be focused on City of Maplewood Open Space sites, and the Maplewood Nature Center.

Course is two days a week, Wednesday and Friday, starting Sept 10 and ending on October 17. Includes two 8 hour field trips on Saturday, Sept 13, and October 11. Field trips will be to some unique remnants of Mesic Oak Woods, as well as unique sites along the St. Croix River.

GET YOUR TREES READY FOR WINTER
Saturday, September 13,
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
1:00PM-3:00PM
Adults. Free, Drop-in
Watering your trees is the best way to prepare them for winter. Learn other tips during this drop-in program, and talk trees with other interested folks. Coffee and handouts provided.

COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE AND SEED SWAP
Saturday, Sept 20th,
AT EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN
Drop in anytime between 1:30PM and 2:30PM
Free
Join vegetable garden enthusiasts at the garden! Community Garden Tours by garden members or staff. Learn how to save seeds in the garden, and participate in a seed-swap for your garden next year!

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

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.

Green Apple Service Projects

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Dear Environmental Educators (non-formal and formal),

Our 2014 Green Apple Season of Service (September through October) is quickly approaching! We are so excited about your potential participation in Green Apple, and want to thank you for the outstanding work you are involved in to help advance Green Schools in Minnesota.

Powered by MN Green Schools Coalition, and the Center For Green Schools at US Green Building Council, Green Apple and gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.

Register Your Project/Event Here!

The MN Green Schools Coalition has set a goal of 30 Green Apple Service Projects, this fall, in the State of Minnesota, with 5 projects already registered!

Your project could be as simple as taking your classroom outside or creating signage around your school to reduce waste.

For more ideas, check out the 100 Easy Projects resource page to start brainstorming.

Powered by the U.S. Green Building Council, Center for Green Schools and the
MN Green Schools Coalition

As always please feel free to reach out for assistance, brainstorming help or with questions.

Jothsna Harris
Project Lead 2014 Green Apple Day of Service
MN Green Schools Coalition
http://mngreenschools.org/
USGBC MN Chapter
(651) 373-1262

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

Sept. 27 Maplewood Rec Run

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Maplewood Rec Run 5K & Family 3K Fun Run
Saturday, September 27
Check-In: 9:00 a.m.
Race Starts: 10:00 a.m.

Single: $25.00 (includes one free child)
Family: $60.00 (max of 4 children)
Register by Sept. 9 to guarantee your shirt and child's award

Includes FREE admission to the MCC
At: Maplewood Community Center

Benefiting Maplewood Parks & Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund

Kids - come as your favorite cartoon character or superhero!

How to register:
Online: https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/home
Phone: 651-249-2230 or 651-249-2120
In Person: 2100 White Bear Avenue

Zoo Careers

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Saturday, November 8
Wednesday, March 11
Sunday, May 17

Learn about science careers and receive advice about how to prepare for the future. Zoo professionals will recommend college programs, emphasize how volunteering and related work experiences can make an impact, and describe what they do in their day-to-day activities.

For more information and to register, visit mnzoo.org/careerday or call 952.431.9390

Sept. 27 Lester River Rendezvous

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I've been approached by the folks organizing the Lester River Rendezvous, a tremendous community event in late-September that sees thousands of visitors, to see if we could organize some "trail" tours. They are looking for a 15- and 30-minute tour options.

"The tours could highlight any furs or feathers, bones and sculls, or be led by a naturalist who can speak to flora/ fauna and all that can be found so close to home on our City's trails. This might even be a good education opportunity to talk about the gypsy moth, emerald ash bower, and other non-native invasive plant species."

Cheryl Skafte
Volunteer Coordinator | City of Duluth
411 W. 1st Street | Duluth, MN 55802
218-730-4334 (office) | 218-341-8454 (cell)
cskafte@duluthmn.gov | www.duluthmn.gov

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refers to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. We eat NTFPs and use them for medicine. We also use them to make decorations and create specialty products. Not only are many NTFPs marketable, they also are critical for healthy woodland ecosystems. Sustainable harvesting and cultivation of NTFPs through forest farming practices can complement overall stewardship of working forests.

This webinar series highlights the remarkable and diverse world of non-timber forest products, ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products.

The webinar series is sponsored by NIFA, the USDA National Agroforestry Center, Forest Farming eXtension, the American Forest Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Webinar Schedule:

All webinars are from 2:00-3:00 pm

August 21: From Ginseng to Mushrooms - Goodies from Your Woods

September 3: The Incredible Edible Ostrich Fern Fiddlehead

September 16: Ramping Up to Forest Farm Culinary Delights

September 25: Forest Brews

October 9: Manage Your Forest for Pine Straw and Rake in the Profits

October 29: Art from the Forest

November 10: Forest Cultivated Mushrooms - a Rotten Business

December 12: Forest Botanicals - Deep and Tangled Roots

Registration links can be found on the webinar series link above.

Wild-harvesting seed from native plant species

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I'm working with UM-Twin Cities faculty Ruth Shaw, Georgiana May & Don Wyse. They have a new LCCMR-funded project that involves wild-harvesting seed from native plant species throughout the prairie region of Minnesota. The collection sites are concentrated in the SE, SW, W-central, and NW regions of the state.

It's a lot of ground to cover; we hope to connect with people who live near to the collecting sites and have an interest in native plant species and/or prairie restoration.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested, or to contact myself (flint038@umn.edu) or Ruth Shaw (shawx016@umn.edu) with any questions.

Best regards,
Shelby Flint
Conservation Biology Graduate Program
ISG-IGERT
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Volunteer for the new Wasp Watchers Program

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Volunteer for the new Wasp Watchers Program:
Using a native wasp to monitor for Emerald Ash Borer

Why watch wasps?
With the help of a native beetle-hunting wasp, called the smoky winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis) we have a new biosurveillance tool that can locate the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) even
before trees show symptoms. We need your help to find and monitor wasp colonies.

What is biosurveillance?
Biosurveillance uses one organism's natural behavior to monitor or survey the presence of another. In this case, smoky winged beetle bandits (Cerceris fumipennis) hunt and capture wood boring
beetles like EAB and carry them back to provision their nests. Each wasp colony provides a site for us to monitor for the presence of EAB.

How can we detect EAB using Cerceris?
Cerceris nests are observed to see what beetles are brought back by Cerceris. The beetles can be intercepted before they are taken down into the nest. This can be done by netting the female wasp. When threatened, the wasp drops her prey in the net. Then she can be released without being handled. Did I mention that these are stingless wasps? Researchers working with them have not been stung--even when handling the wasps directly. The collected beetles are sent to the University and identified.
When EAB is positively detected, then EAB is known to be in that area.

Does this really work?
The first EAB detect in Connecticut was made through Cerceris. More than 20 states and Canadian provinces have found Cerceris colonies and are using this method to supplement other methods to help detect EAB.

How do you volunteer?
Visit potential Cerceris nesting sites, search for nests, and report back to the University.
Monitor smoky winged beetle bandit wasp nests at one location for several weeks, collect beetles and turn the beetles in to the University of Minnesota for identification. If you suspect that you have captured Emerald Ash Borers, contact the University of Minnesota immediately.

Find More Information and Volunteer at:
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/eab/waspwatchers/.

Please join our Wasp Watching Team--we need you!

Please contact me with any questions.

Jennifer Schultz
schultzj@umn.edu

You're Invited!

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium Exhibition
Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central
August 14 - October 15, 2014

Opening Reception
Thursday, August 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tour of the Exhibition with Artists & Athenaeum Special Collections

Lectures
Naive Bees: What's all the Buzz?
Crystal Boyd, DNR Entomologist
Thursday, August 21
Socialize 6:30 p.m., Lecture 7-8 p.m.

History of the Eloise Butler Wildlife Garden
History of Botanical Art
Susan Wilkins and Marilyn Garber
Saturday, September 6, 1 p.m.

This exhibit includes nearly 50 paintings of native plants found at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours. The library is located at 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.


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Attention master naturalists of the Twin Cities!

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Attention master naturalists of the Twin Cities!

Are you looking for a new weekend volunteer opportunity in Minneapolis during the late summer and fall? Well you're in luck, because your local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and its nonprofit partner, the Mississippi River Fund, have begun a new volunteer crew focused on a large demonstration prairie at Mill Ruins Park - in the heart of downtown Minneapolis next to the Stone Arch Bridge.

The crew will meet every other Saturday from 9:00AM to noon to work on removing invasive species, and other restoration activities. If you are interested in volunteering with this crew, please contact Anna Waugh at awaugh@missriverfund.org or 651-291-9119.

Sept 27 Whitetail Woods Regional Park Grand Opening

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SAVE THE DATE

We're opening a new regional park in Dakota County
Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Mark your calendar and plan to join us
to celebrate this momentous occasion
at a grand opening on

Sept. 27, 2014
11 am-3 pm

at

Whitetail Woods Regional Park
17100 Station Trail
Farmington


Featuring live music by Twin Cities sensation The Honeydogs,
horse-drawn wagon rides, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and lots of food and fun.


Whitetail Woods Regional Park is located in Empire Township just east of the City of Rosemount off County Road 46 -- the latest addition to a 4,000-acre natural area in the heart of Dakota County that includes Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area, Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management Area, and University of Minnesota's UMore Park.

Read the recent Pioneer Press article about Whitetail Woods Regional Park HERE.

We're looking for volunteers to bring the grand opening celebration to life.

For more information on how you can help, visit:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ca9af2caa8-volunteer

It'll be a history making day in Dakota County.

Hope to see you there!

Summer From Shore to Shore Newsletter

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

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

This issue includes the following articles:
Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) and Low Impact Development (LID)
Why Does a Lake Become Green and Stinky?
What's It? Slimy Blob!
Snapshots: Water Resources Team Programming & Research - Recent Past & Upcoming Opportunities
Please feel free to share the newsletter with others; reproduce articles for other newsletters (please credit "From Shore to Shore" as the source); and submit shoreland and water quality articles, pictures of projects, upcoming local events, and suggestions for topics for upcoming issues. Your input and feedback are always welcome!

If you have difficulty accessing the website, please let me know. Also, please notify Heidi Olson-Manska, olsonh@umn.edu, if your email address changes. If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to olsonh@umn.edu with "Unsubscribe to From Shore to Shore" in the subject line.

Karen Terry, Extension Educator-Water Resource Team
University of Minnesota Extension
Regional Office, Morris
WC Research/Outreach Ctr.
46352 State Highway 329
Morris, MN 56267

Voice: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870
Email: kterry@umn.edu
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How's the Water?

Minnesota's water has come a long way from the days when raw sewage flowed untreated into rivers as a matter of course. However, there is still a lot of work to be done if we are going to restore the impaired lakes, rivers, and streams in the state.

Read more at: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/water/hows-the-water/hows-the-water.html


Should Minnesotans Water Their Yards Less?

Residential water use varies widely in the Twin Cities. Andover, an Anoka County suburb of 30,000, is the biggest per capita user, according to an MPR News analysis of data the DNR collects from cities.

Read more at: http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2014/07/should-minnesotans-water-their-yards-less/


Beneath The Surface - Minnesota's Pending Groundwater Challenge

Even in the land of 10,000 lakes, water is no longer unlimited. Lakes shrink, groundwater drops, wells go dry or get contaminated. Some cities have to look harder for good municipal water or pay more to treat it.

Learn more at: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2014/01/ground-level-beneath-the-surface/


USDA Giving Up To $50M for Red River Conservation

The federal Agriculture Department is providing up to $50 million over the next five years for conservation funding in the Red River Basin in the Upper Midwest.

Learn more at: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3493131.shtml?cat=12196


Stepping into the Future: Technology Makes a Differenc for the Faribault SWCD

Inspecting drainage systems? There's an app for that.

Read more at: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/news/webnews/july2014/3.pdf

Homes, Mills Feel Rising Waters in Northern Minnesota

Torrential weekend rains over the Rainy River basin are causing record setting floods along Minnesota's border with Canada.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/flooding-northwest-minnesota


Roadsides for Wildlife

Although these ribbons of green make up only a small fraction of our land area, researchers have found them to be highly productive nesting sites.

Read more at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/roadsidesforwildlife/index.html


Midwest Rural Migration Network & Resources

Notes and proceedings from the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns.

Read more at: https://sites.google.com/a/morris.umn.edu/midwest-rural-migration/symposium-proceedings


11 Ways to Use Less Water on Your Lawn

Many Twin Cities homeowners see their water bills spike each summer as they start watering their lawns. Here are some tips - from modest changes to the extreme - that could help you use less water this summer.

Read more at: http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/07/11-ways-to-use-less-water-on-your-lawn/


Draft/public noticed TMDLs

Draft TMDLs go through an extensive technical review and public notice process before the MPCA submits them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for final approval. Public comments on draft TMDL reports are typically accepted for 30 days (see schedules for specific reports below). If there are substantial changes made to the draft as a result of public comment, it will be re-public noticed. Otherwise, the TMDL is submitted to EPA for final approval a minimum of 30 days following the conclusion of the public notice period. Some TMDLs receive significant public comments which may require several weeks for response preparation. In addition, the EPA typically completes its review of the final draft within 30-days of receiving it from the MPCA, but some studies may require additional time.
Crow Wing Watershed TMDLs: Multiple Impairments (Metro)
Public Notice open for comment July 14, 2014 - August 12, 2014
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/water/water-types-and-programs/minnesotas-impaired-waters-and-tmdls/tmdl-projects/upper-mississippi-river-basin-tmdl/project-crow-wing-watershed-tmdls.html

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Events Calendar


NEMO St. Croix Workshop-on-the-Water Program
Date: July 29
Location: Hudson, WI
Contact: John Bilotta, bilot002@umn.edu
Phone: 651-480-7708

Stormwater U: Stormwater Practices Maintenance & Certification
Date: July 30-31
Location: Blaine, MN
Contact: Shane Missaghi, miss0035@umn.edu, 651-480-7759

2014 Clean Water Summit - Green
Infrastructure for Clean Water: Costs &
Benefits to Our Communities
Date: September 11
Location: Chaska, MN

NEMO West Metro - Lessons Across the
Landscape Workshop
Date: September 25
Location: TBD
Contact: John Bilotta, 651-480-7708,
bilot002@umn.edu

Water Resources Conference
Date: October 14-15
Location: St. Paul, MN
Contact: U of MN Water Resources
Center, 612-624-9282, umwrc@umn.edu


For the most current calendar items and more details, visit http://www1.extension.umn.edu/environment/water/

National Wildlife Federation is gearing up for its annual Hike & Seek (www.hikeandseek.org) event on September 20th at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN and they are reaching out for your assistance with filling volunteer positions.

Hike & Seek is a cross between a scavenger hunt and a 1-2 mile nature walk with live animals, activities and fun interactive stations along the trail. This event was developed in 2010 to provide an exciting new concept for families with young children and make it easy for them to spend a few hours connecting with nature.

Local volunteers, especially naturalist volunteers, are essential for Hike & Seek we need help with a variety of positions. Volunteer job descriptions are located on our website at: http://www.nwf.org/Hike-And-Seek/Volunteer.aspx. If you have colleagues, friends or local associations that would be interested in volunteering please be sure to pass along this information. If you or someone you know is interested in helping make Hike & Seek a success, please contact me.

Your time is important to us and your assistance is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amelia.

Amelia Todaro
Coordinator, Special Events
TodaroA@nwf.org | 703-438-6260
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
www.nwf.org