Sept. SEEK Bulletin

| No Comments

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

| No Comments

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.

FREE! Neighborhood Buckthorn Buster Training (Adults)
AT VISTA HILLS PARK (2480 Mailand Road)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Oct 20-22 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

| No Comments

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

| No Comments

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

| No Comments

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

| No Comments

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. 11 The Nature of Bats

| No Comments

Thu Sep 11: The Nature of Bats: An Introduction to Bats in Minnesota's Ecological Systems
Learn about bats as a group and their evolution in brief, then focus on the diversity, adaptations, and ecological roles of bats in Minnesota, including seasonal behaviors and the coming threat of white-nose syndrome. Weather permitting, we will walk briefly outside to listen and look for bats.

Presented by author and educator Christine Petersen. Christine holds a master's degree in education from Hamline University, where her capstone looked at the use of bats as an integrating theme to fulfill science education standards. As assistant in mammalogy at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, she participated in research focusing on the behavioral ecology of some of California's most unusual and threatened species of bats. More information about this speaker is available at www.christinepetersen.com.

At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka; 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the West Metro Chapter of MN Master Naturalist Volunteers, www.mnwestmetrochapter.org. Free and open to the public

Sept-Dec Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

| No Comments

Wellness, Arts, & Fun for Everyone!

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

Fall 2014 MN Zoo Speaker Series

| No Comments

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.

Sept 7 Minnehaha Creek Clean-up

| No Comments

Join us for the 8th annual Minnehaha Creek Clean-up on Sunday, September 7th.

The event, sponsored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's "Canoes for a Cause" campaign in partnership with Metro Blooms, will remain headquartered at Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis with a satellite location at the Knollwood Super Target in St. Louis Park.

Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, water bottle, trash bags and gloves. Following the cleanup, Leinenkugel's will provide a free BBQ lunch at Lake Hiawatha Park and, for those 21 or older with a valid ID, free Leinenkugel's beer (limit of two per person). There will be prizes for kids and adults, music and fun!

If conditions allow, paddlers can bring their canoe, kayak or paddleboard and join volunteers from Wai Nani Surf & Paddle to help clean up debris around Lake Hiawatha. Kids' activities include face painting and art activities by ArtRageous Adventures and the MCWD's "Putt Putt for Clean Water" mini golf game. REI will provide a bike technician at the on-site bike/canoe check.

The cleanup is being held in partnership with Metro Blooms. Additional support for the event is provided by Dick's Sanitation, KS95 and Target. To RSVP and learn more, visit www.minnehahacreek.org/CleanUp.

Darren Lochner, Education Manager
15320 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Direct: (952) 641-4524 | www.minnehahacreek.org

Sept 10 Volunteer Supervisor Training

| No Comments

Volunteer Supervisor Training
Wednesday, September 10
6:00-8:00pm
Great River Greening Office
35 West Water Street, Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Volunteer Supervisors are the gears of our events, and we can't do the work we do without them. This free 2-hour training will go into volunteer management, learning styles, and communication styles to prepare new Supervisors for leading volunteer teams of 5-15 people. We will provide detailed, event-specific instruction before each event begins to prepare all Supervisors for instructing their volunteer teams in the proper conservation methods we will be using that day. They really do allow Great River Greening to carry-out the high quality work that our events accomplish across the metro.

Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Master Water Stewards, Tree Care Advisors, and everyday people who just want to be a part of securing the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters have all joined with Great River Greening over the years, and we cherish the knowledge and passion they bring with them to the events and share with participants. Supervisors also get a lot out of these events. You can read one account here, and I can tell you it is echoed by the many Supervisors who return event after event, year after year.

Thank you for your support, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Jen Kader
Volunteer and Outreach Manager :: Great River Greening
p. 651.665.9500 x11 | jkader@greatrivergreening.org | www.greatrivergreening.org
Follow Great River Greening on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube

Green Apple Service Projects

| No Comments

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 7 - Volunteers needed at Farm on the Lake, Bagley

| No Comments

"Greetings theater lovers ! I received a call from the Farm on the Lake Bagley and they are in need of a woman to dress as a fairy princess and tell an environmental tale for kids on Sept. 7th at various times . If interested please connect with Dawn Loeffler at farmbythelake@gvtel.com or 218-694-2084 *** They will provide costume"

Sept. 27 Maplewood Rec Run

| No Comments

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

| No Comments

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

Aug. Mississippi Messages

| No Comments

FMR Updates

CRITICAL AREA RULEMAKING PROCESS MOVES FORWARD - YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!

The DNR is now revising their draft rules that will govern the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) for generations to come. If you have not yet taken the time to comment and share your connection to the river and how you want to see it protected, preserved, and enhanced, it's not too late!

Read more »


LAST CALL TO GET ON THE INVITATION LIST FOR FMR'S "EVENING CELEBRATING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER"!

Invitations for FMR's 13th annual "Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River" will be mailed the week of August 18. Now is the time to let us know if you would like to be on the invitation list! The evening will feature talented storyteller Kevin Kling, well-known guitarist Phil Heywood, a river-centric live auction, beer from Fulton Brewing, hearty appetizers from Common Roots Catering, and more! Contact John at jbriel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x19 to get your name on the invite list.

Read more »


A STADIUM-SIZED DRINKING WATER SUPPLY DILEMMA

As Mississippi Messages readers know, aquifer levels in the northeast metro area have declined dramatically in recent years, taking White Bear Lake waters levels down with them. A study by the Metropolitan Council looks at several solutions for providing long-term water supply to the northeast metro area. In an article about the study, Metropolitan Council Water Supply Manager Ali Elhassan notes, "The notion that the region's abundant and relatively cheap water supply is limitless, and therefore disposable, will cost us dearly if we don't change our philosophy and behaviors."

Read more »


SURVEY: MINNESOTANS WANT CLEAN WATER

The Star Tribune recently highlighted the results of a recent statewide survey of water quality knowledge and perceptions in Minnesota.

The survey reaffirmed Minnesota's commitment to clean water. Ninety-eight percent of respondents said lakes and rivers are an important aspect of life in Minnesota, through less than half consider themselves knowledgeable about water quality issues.

The study also showed a positive trend: many Minnesotans correctly identify agriculture as a leading source of pollution to Minnesota's surface waters.

Read more »


INVASIVE BIGHEAD AND SILVER CARP CAUGHT ABOVE THE HASTINGS DAM

For the first time, invasive bighead and silver carp have been caught above Lock and Dam 2 at Hastings. In July, commercial fisherman conducting a survey for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources netted a 40-pound bighead carp and a 20-pound silver carp. Both fish were pregnant females and were caught near Cottage Grove in what is known as Pool 2. The findings added urgency to the effort to deter the invaders. In a related development, fisheries biologists last month installed underwater speakers in a lock chamber further downstream as part of an experimental effort to use sound to prevent the fish from passing through the lock.

Read more »


ATTN: COTTAGE GROVE FRIENDS

FMR events in South Washington County are amping up. This fall, we have two September events with the city of Cottage Grove, Washington County and 3M. There are several more area events in the works for October. Registration is now open for the September 18 Wetland Ecology Tour in Cottage Grove Regional Park and the September 27 Bluff Prairie Restoration in River Oaks Park. Sign up for one, or both! They're free with all supplies provided, but capacity is limited to ensure a positive experience. (If you're interested in upcoming Cottage Grove events, but can't make these dates, contact sue at srich@fmr.org to receive notices of upcoming local events.)

Read more »


JOHN O. ANFINSON NAMED SUPERINTENDENT AT MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL RIVER AND RECREATION AREA

River historian and founding FMR Board member John Anfinson has been selected as the next superintendent for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Formerly, he served as the Chief of Resource Management for the park and succeeds Paul Labovitz who relocated to be the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent in May.

Read more »


Mississippi River News
SEDIMENT POLLUTION GROUNDS RIVER TRAFFIC

Excessive sediment pollution has caused sand bars to form on the Mississippi River between Winona to Red Wing. These sand bars have halted barge traffic, stranding nearly 200 barges and more than a dozen towboats, which are unable to pass.

This excessive sediment comes mostly from the Minnesota River basin, where unsustainable agricultural drainage, tillage practices, and cropping systems drive excessive runoff and downstream erosion. Heavy spring rains exacerbated this problem, leading to a larger-than-usual pollution load to the Mississippi River.

More information about sediment pollution to the Mississippi River is available in our State of the River Report.


AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES POLLUTE SE MINNESOTA DRINKING WATER

According to researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project, agricultural practices across Southeastern Minnesota are responsible for increasing levels of contamination in private drinking water wells.

A recent study, led by Bonnie Keeler and Stephen Polasky at the University of Minnesota, found that the conversion of grassland to agriculture from 2007 to 2012 in Southeastern Minnesota is expected to increase the number of private drinking water wells exceeding the state's safe drinking water standard (10 part-per-million of nitrate-nitrogen) by 45 percent.

Despite the health risks from such contamination and the high costs to homeowners and downstream communities for remediation, pollution to surface water and groundwater from agricultural fertilizer remains exempt from accountability under the Clean Water Act.


AGRICULTURAL FERTILIZER IS THE SOURCE OF TOLEDO'S DRINKING WATER CRISIS

Pollution from agricultural fertilizers was predominantly responsible for the massive toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that caused the city of Toledo to shut off municipal water for half a million residents earlier this month. Despite years of warnings from federal regulators and environmental organizations, the state of Ohio, like the state of Minnesota continues to address agricultural pollution only through voluntary means.

Read more in this New York Times article and this coverage from Scientific American.


VIKINGS FUMBLE ON BIRD SAFETY

News of the Vikings' decision to turn their new stadium into a death-trap for birds traveled quickly through local and national media. The team and stadium authority are refusing to consider bird-friendly options for the stadium's massive glass walls, otherwise sure to kill thousands of birds traveling the nearby Mississippi River Flyway. Read more from the Star Tribune's Rochelle Olson and be sure to sign and share Audubon's petition to show support for the Flyway.

Read more »


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 Janna at jknittel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

Read more »


'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.

Read more »


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 Janna at jknittel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

Read more »


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 Janna at jknittel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

Read more »


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 preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Janna at jknittel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

Read more »


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 preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Janna at jknittel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

Read more »


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!

Read more »


Resource of the Month

TOXIC REDUCTIONS ACT EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1

On August 1, a new law went into effect that prohibits disposal of any mercury-containing product (including fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, thermostats, and switches) in the garbage or down the drain.

Mercury is a potent environmental toxin, and can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. It is particularly hazardous for fetuses and children, and is primary reason for Minnesota's Statewide Safe Eating Guidelines for fish.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, residents wishing to dispose of products that contain mercury should take unwanted items to a household hazardous waste facility, where most mercury-containing products will be accepted at no charge.

It is important for Minnesotans to know how to safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste; always handle with care.

Read more »


Phenology

MASSIVE MAYFLY SWARMS - A GOOD SIGN!

On July 22, 2014, a massive mayfly swarm occurred along the Mississippi River near Redwing. While much of the media attention focused on the negative impacts of the swarm, such as it's contribution to a three-car crash on the Highway 63 bridge to Wisconsin, the swarm is actually a good sign for water quality and ecology.

Read more »


Supporting FMR

HELP US KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM TO EARN THE FULL $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 almost to the goal! To help us earn the final $2,000 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 x20 to make a gift by phone, mail in a check, or make your gift right now at fmr.org/support/donate.

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

Read more »


Quote of the Month

"The time has come to identify and preserve free-flowing stretches of our great rivers before growth and development make the beauty of the unspoiled waterway a memory."

- Lyndon B. Johnson

Sept. 5 Music in the Barn - Maplewood

| No Comments

Music in the Barn
Gates open 5:30 p.m.
Music Begins 7:00 p0.m.
Friday, September 5 at Bruentrup Farm
2170 County Road D
Maplewood, MN 55109

Stroll the historic grounds of the Bruentrup Farm while enjoying delicious cocktails and appetizers (additional fee) then enjoy live music in the beautifully restored barn. A perfect fall outing for music lovers of all kind. Space is limited and you must have a ticket to participate in this event. Cost is $5.00 presale ($10.00 day of event-unless sold-out).

Enjoy live music in the beautifully restored barn. King Wilkies Dream is a newly formed group of longtime music professionals crating a new sound and a big noise in the world of acoustic music. It is bluegrass music. It is fresh. It is musically exciting.

Get your tickets today! Call 651-249-2230 or 651-249-2120
https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Home

Sept 10 Ganawenjigewin Maawanji'idiwin

| No Comments

Fond du Lac Resource Management
4th Annual
Ganawenjigewin Maawanji'idiwin
Taking Care of Things Gathering

Wednesday Sept 10th 1pm-6pm
Behind FDL Ojibwe School
49 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Contact: Shannon Judd
218-878-7123
shannonjudd@fdlrez.com

Ozhiitaadaa--Let's get prepared

Join us as we highlight the protection and sustainable use of our natural resources!

Activities
Audubon Center
EcoTrek for Raffle, Archery
Native Plant Walks at Noon & 6pm
Wild Foods Sampling
Artisan & Farmer's Market,
Information Booths
Supper served at 4:30pm
Presentations at 5:15pm
National Climate Change Taskforce
FDL Air Program

To reserve a table for the Artisan & Farmer's Market call:
Kari Hedin
218-878-7109

Inclement Weather - School Gymnasium and Commons

Sept. 27 Lester River Rendezvous

| No Comments

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

| No Comments

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

August My Minnesota Woods

| No Comments

You can view the latest issue of My Minnesota Woods here.

Volunteer for the new Wasp Watchers Program

| No Comments

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.


Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.jpg

Sept. 4 Apply for a Family Volunteer Day Grant

| No Comments

Planning a family-friendly project for Nov. 22, Family Volunteer Day? You could win a $1,000 grant and an event-day kit courtesy of generationOn and Disney Friends for Change. Moms and dads know that volunteering as a family teaches kids about social issues, provides a new perspective on the world and positive role models, and passes on family values. Get more information on planning family-friendly projects and apply for a Family Volunteer Day grant before Sept. 4!

Attention master naturalists of the Twin Cities!

| No Comments

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.

Oct 1 DNR Requests Master Naturalist Speaker

| No Comments

DNR HR is looking for a Master Naturalist to come to our retreat on Wednesday, October 1 at Afton State Park to present programming on any naturalist-related topic, or maybe fall colors, bees, or bugs. We are flexible. The purpose of our retreat is team building and to learn more about different areas in or supported by the DNR. We have two different time slots available for a speaker, either 10 - 11 a.m. or 12:45-1:45 p.m. We can also be flexible on the time. Please contact Anna Grannes at anna.grannes@state.mn.us or 651-259-5329 if you are available and willing to come speak at our retreat.

Sept 27 Whitetail Woods Regional Park Grand Opening

| No Comments

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!

Sept 5 & 6 Lake Superior Wilderness Conference

| No Comments

Lake Superior Wilderness Conference
September 5 & 6 · Duluth MN
With the passage of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, a new course for conservation was chartered. Fifty years later, we think this is still worth celebrating.

Join National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dave and Amy Freeman, canoeists Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Vice President of the Bush Foundation Jaime Pinkham of the Nez Perce Tribe, Jim Pfitzer portraying Aldo Leopold, and many others to inspire and challenge us.

Sponsored by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in partnership with over 15 conservation organizations.

September 5-6, 2014
Inn on Lake Superior · Duluth, MN
$60 per person, student rate $25

Registration and details: northland.edu/wilderness

Summer From Shore to Shore Newsletter

| No Comments

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
---------------------------------------------------------

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

----------------------------------------------------------

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/

9/2-12/7 Minnesota Watershed Specialist Training

| No Comments

The Minnesota Watershed Specialist Training

is designed with lessons that apply immediately to your work today
AND prepare you to grow into your next job.

Register now for the fall session: September 2 through December 7, 2014

More info and application at: z.umn.edu/wst

WST is . . .
an online, interactive course designed for local professionals who are dedicated to improving and protecting water resources. Join local government staff from around the state facing similar challenges in developing and implementing TMDLs, WRAPS, stormwater plans, Comprehensive Plans, and other water restoration and protection efforts, large and small.

Who is the course for?
The people who take this course are mostly staff of SWCDs, WDs, county ESDs, or cities. The course is also appropriate for staff of agencies and private firms that work with local government, and for students aspiring to careers in water resources.

Participants are generally comfortable in one aspect of their job, such as running a monitoring program or presenting to citizens' groups. But effectively running a water resource project requires comfort with many aspects: water policy, building partnerships, engaging landowners, interpreting hydrologic data, planning evaluations and adapting to the results, writing work plans, evaluating implementation alternatives, and communicating all this to diverse audiences who have other priorities.

What will you learn?
Participants in this course learn about the set of tools needed to effectively protect water resources and they learn to integrate the social and physical aspects of their job. Participants are able to immediately practice using what they learn to address concerns on the job. They learn skills including assessing the community and stakeholders to more effectively engage them in problem-solving, identifying social and physical data needs, writing a communication strategy, justifying implementation activities that will best address their water resource issues, and pulling it all together into a work plan that could be used for a grant proposal.

More info and application at: z.umn.edu/wst

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

Restoring MN Ecological Restoration Online Courses

| No Comments

Welcome
Ecological restoration is increasingly relied on as a conservation strategy in Minnesota. In order to increase project success rates, the Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative has developed five online restoration courses that teach practical in-field applications, as well as the theory behind the practice, for specific aspects of restoration.

Who Should Participate
With a goal of promoting best practices in ecological restoration, this training series is targeted at early career professionals, but even well-seasoned practitioners will benefit from the depth of the content.

Instructors
Susan M. Galatowitsch, professor/head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife
& Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
Julia Bohnen, research fellow, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife &
Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

SITE ASSESSMENT AND SETTING RESTORATION GOALS (Required)
Two sessions scheduled.
August 25-September 28, 2014
January 5-February 8, 2015
This required introductory course will simulate the initial steps of planning a restoration project from gathering background information to collecting relevant data, and then use the information gathered to formulate restoration goals. This course covers how to assess the ecological condition of degraded sites, diagnose the restoration needs of a site prior to restoration, and plan meaningful project goals. This course is a prerequisite to each of the other four courses.

DESIGNING AND USING NATIVE SEED MIXES
Two sessions scheduled.
September 29-November 9, 2014
February 9-March 22, 2015
Many ecological restoration projects rely on re-vegetation from seed. This course discusses successful steps for designing and implementing a seed mix, from choosing appropriate species to preparing the planting site. This course covers how to: assess the need to seed, use seed biology to make practical decisions about seeding projects,
design seed mixes, acquire and store seeds, prepare sites and seeds for sowing, seed a
restoration site, and manage a site after sowing to promote vegetation establishment. *Field Training Session included.

MONITORING ECOLOGICAL RESTORATIONS
Two sessions scheduled.
September 29-November 9, 2014
February 9-March 22, 2015
Monitoring is necessary for evaluating the effectiveness of restoration actions. Learn how to design an efficient and effective monitoring program that yields information helpful for ongoing restoration management decisions and problem solving. This course covers how to select monitoring parameters, develop monitoring protocols, monitor
implementation and quality control, summarize and visualize data, analyze data, and keep records

DESIGNING, INSTALLING, AND MANAGING NATIVE PLANTINGS
Two sessions scheduled.
November 10-December 21, 2014
March 23-May 3, 2015
Ecological restorations of small sites often rely primarily on installing plants to restore the desired native vegetation. Even large sites, which are typically seeded, may be supplemented with plantings. This course covers how to assess the need to plant, design a planting and select species, choose planting stock, create a planting plan, prepare to plant, plant a restoration site, and manage a planting.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT FOR RESTORED ECOSYSTEMS
Two sessions scheduled.
November 10-December 21, 2014
March 23-May 3, 2015
Restored and degraded ecosystems may take many years to recover. During that time, they need ongoing management. Techniques used in two broad categories of management strategies for restorations: re-establishing natural disturbances
and controlling invasive species will be presented. This course covers: disturbances and introduced species as management priorities, non-chemical management techniques, vegetation management with herbicides, and long-term management of prairies, forests, and wetlands. *Field Training Session included


Field Training Sessions
Participants who successfully complete the Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes and
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems online courses have the opportunity to join staff from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails to participate in an all-day field training session. During the field session, participants will tap into the experiences of DNR Parks and Trails Area and Regional Resource Specialist staff to gain new skills in a hands-on environment.
More information is available at www.restoringminnesota.umn.edu.

Time Commitment
It takes most students 25-30 hours to complete each course. All requirements must be completed by the last day of the course period to receive continuing education credit.

Course Deadlines and Final Exam
The course includes recommended deadlines for submitting assignments and a final exam. If you submit your assignments and exam by the recommended deadline, you'll know which questions you didn't answer correctly in time to try again.

Professional Credit
Each course has been approved for 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and 30 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the course is passed and completed. The University of Minnesota maintains a permanent record of CEUs earned.

Registration and Fees
Your registration includes access to the course within the course dates and a CEU certificate upon passing and completion of the course. The fee for each course is $375.

How to Register
Online registration is available on the website at www.restoringminnesota.umn.edu.

For Further Information
Zack McGough
University of Minnesota
612-624-3492
cceconf3@umn.edu

Online Training
For those of you who avoid online courses because they don't seem like a great way to learn - give these a try! These online courses have been designed to be interactive and as "real world" as possible. This means you'll be able to visit warm, sunny field sites even when it is 20 degrees below. How bad can that be? All courses will be delivered online and each course will have a specific start and end date.

My name is Anna Dutke and I am planning a Field and Leadership Day for Prior Lake Savage Area School youth who are student leaders in environmental awareness and sustainability practices. The students come together with leaders from the other schools to get to know one another as well as learn about some key information and skills that they can take back to their classrooms and share with their peers. I am anticipating approximately 225 students ranging in age from 3rd grade through 12th grade. Students will be grouped by age, so your sessions will have either 3rd-5th graders or a combination of middle school and high schoolers. There will be no more than 20 students per session.

I am looking for volunteers who are willing to teach sessions about topics of their choice. The day will be held at McColl Pond ELC in Savage which boasts a big woods forest, native prairie, and wetlands and pond with decks for close observation. There is a potential for teaching a total of 6 classes (the Elementary Session #1 and Middle and High School Session #3 cross with one another.).

The 2014 Field and Leadership Day is scheduled for Monday, October 6th from 8am-2:30pm. The following is a tentative schedule for the day:

8:30am-9:20am Middle and High School Session #1
9:25am-10:15am Middle and High School Session #2
10:20am-11:10am Middle and High School Session #3/Elementary Session #1
11:15-12:00pm Elementary Session #2
12:05-12:25pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:15pm Elementary Session #3
1:20pm-2:05pm Elementary Session #4

Example topics that we have had volunteers teach in the past, and are looking to incorporate again this year include Aquatic Life, Insects, Prairie Ecology, Art of Observation, Tree Identification, Nature Journaling etc. We're open to new ideas, so if there is something you are interested in teaching about, let me know!

Should you have any questions or need more details please email or call me at 651-249-3742. If you get an "out of the office" response from my email, no worries as I am checking it regularly during the summer while working on some projects.

Thank you so much for considering and I'll look forward to hearing back from you.

Sincerely,

Anna Dutke
Early Childhood Teacher
Grainwood Elementary Junior Naturalist Advisor
Prior Lake, MN 55372
adutke@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us