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Feb 19 Becoming a Citizen Scientist

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Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails Special Presentation
Feb 19, 2015
Free and open to the public
Scandia Community Center
Refreshments at 6:30pm, Presentation at 6:45pm
Families welcome
Becoming a Citizen Scientist
Stephan Carlson Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Stephan Carlson is a Professor at the U of MN with Extension and the Forestry Department. He has been active with the Master Naturalist program and teaches Environmental Education interpretation at the U of M

Have you ever wondered if frogs begin to sing or if the trees bud out at the same time each year? Observing the timing of environmental changes in our natural communities can help scientists to better understand the changes around us. You will be introduced to the Nature's Notebook website and encouraged to add your own data. As a citizen scientist you can collect data that will be used to observe trends and help us better understand the world around us.

Contact Janie O'Connor
Janie.oconor@me.com
651 481 3152

Mar 7 How to use Nature's Notebook

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You can find more information on this event to be held at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Nature's Notebook Flyer.pdf.

Jan 30-Feb 1 Winter Phenology Weekend with Larry Weber

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Next weekend, join us for ourWinter Phenology Weekend with Larry Weber

The Audubon Center of the North Woods is holding this fun and educational winter phenology event next weekend, January 30 - February 1, and we hope you can join us. It's a great opportunity to get outside and learn about our winter world.

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

Cross-country ski trails at the Audubon Center of the North WoodsThe 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. During this fascinating weekend, renowned 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.

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Now 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.

Enjoy skiing or snowshoeing the trails and exploring the different habitats and ecosystems here at the Center during this special weekend. All-inclusive rates include all meals, lodging and instruction. Commuter rates (without lodging) are also available. Skis and snowshoes are provided to participants at no charge.

For more information, visit www.audubon-center.org/calendar. We still have plenty of room - to register, please call 888-404-7743 or email audubon1@audubon-center.org.

You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: USDA NRCS Science and Technology.

Title: Reed Canarygrass: Research and Control Methods

What will you learn?
This webinar will introduce participants to the latest research on reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) invasion of wetlands and ways to address this resource concern during the conservation planning process. learn more here...

Who should participate?
Agronomists
Conservationists
Land Managers
Land Owners
Pest Management Specialists
Wildlife Biologists

Session Details:
Feb 24, 2015 2:00 pm US/Eastern Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)
*** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***

Presenters/Authors:
Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, State Biologist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Georgia State Office, Athens, GA

Education Credits from the following organizations continuing education programs have been approved or applied for:
Certified Crop Advisors - 1 hour CCA - PM Credit [status: Applied For]
Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit [status: Applied For]
The Wildlife Society - 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit [status: Applied For]
Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit [status: Approved]

Contact Holli.Kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov for more information.


Webinar Access Instructions!

To participate, go to conservationwebinars.net on the day of the webinar and follow the instructions below:

1. To find the webinar, click the Live Webinars button at the top of the page. When you find this webinar, click on the webinar name and you will be directed to the webinar page.

2. To join the live webinar, click the orange join button at the top of the webinar page. If the webinar has been archived, you can take this webinar by clicking the orange view button at the top of the webinar page.

3. Completely fill out the registration form and click submit.

4. If you are presented with a survey, you must take this short survey before being directed to participate or view the webinar.

5. After completing the survey (if applicable) you will be redirected to Adobe Connect to join the webinar session. For more information about testing your PC/Mac for compatibility with Adobe Connect, see below.

6. Once redirected to Adobe Connect, login to Adobe Connect as a GUEST by entering your name. You will then be joined to the Adobe Connect webinar.

7. Audio: Once you have successfully logged into the Adobe Connect webinar, you will hear the webinar audio through your device's speakers or headset -alternately- if the webinar is also setup for telephone dial-in, you will be given the phone number in the Adobe Connect application after you join the webinar.

For information on using Adobe Connect and for configuring the audio portion of the webinar, see the Adobe Connect Participant Guide.


TEST Your Device for Compatibility with Adobe Connect!

Windows and Mac Users - Prepare in Advance. If you have not already tested your PC or Mac for accessing Adobe Connect meetings/webinars, you'll need to run the Adobe Connect Test Tool FIRST. This tool will verify that your PC/Mac is setup correctly in order to participate in Adobe Connect meetings/webinars.

Adobe Connect for Mobile Device :
See the Adobe Connect Mobile guide for information on how to participate in live webinars accessed using the Join button.
To participate in on-demand webinars accessed using the View button, visit ConservationWebinars.net using a mobile browser app that supports Adobe Flash. The Puffin Browser supports Adobe Flash and is available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Feb 17 MINNESOTA PLANT COMMUNITIES AND POLLINATORS

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MINNESOTA PLANT COMMUNITIES AND POLLINATORS
Sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature and Maplewood Library

At Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood, MN
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:30-6:45 Reception
6:45- 7:30 pm Talk begins
7:30 Door Prize Drawing

Ron Bowen is the founder and president of Prairie Restorations, Inc., a Minnesota company started in 1977. PRI is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities and is likely the oldest active restoration company in America. As a pioneer in the restoration industry, Bowen has been a leader and active participant in promoting and utilizing native plants and plant communities in the built landscape. His talk will focus on the relationship of pollinators to native plant communities. With thirty years experience in restoration, Ron will share what he has learned for improving habitats for bees and other pollinators. Seed Packets will be available, as well as the potential to win a "Pollinator Kit Gift Certificate" Door Prize (value $100) from Prairie Restorations. The talk is best suited for adults.

Free but seating is limited. Please call the Maplewood Nature Center at 651-249-2170 to register.

Upcoming Events at Boulder Lake ELC

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Hope to see you at some of our upcoming events...

**events with limited space, please register today...


Candlelit Ski/Snowshoe - Feb 7

**Beginner Fly Tying Workshop - Feb 27 Register Here (Registration required by Jan 23)

**Macro Photography of Wildflowers - Mar 2 Register Here

**Wood and Canvas Canoe Making Workshop - Mar 27-April 2 Register Here

**Bent Shaft or Straight Shaft Paddle Making Workshop - Apr 27-28 Register Here

**Bent Shaft or Straight Shaft Paddle Making Workshop - Apr 30- May 1 Register Here

**Mississippi Headwaters Watershed Teacher Workshop - Offering #1 June TBD

**Mississippi Headwaters Watershed Teacher Workshop - Offering #2 June TBD

**Renewable Energy Teacher Workshop - Offering #1 June TBD

**Renewable Energy Teacher Workshop - Offering #2 June TBD...

**Boulder All Nighter - July 10-11 Register Here

**Master Naturalist Volunteer Training - July 27-31

**Willow Basket Making - August 8-9 Register Here

**Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run- August 29

Ecological Restoration Online Courses

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Register today for the Spring 2015 Ecological Restoration Online Courses

SPRING 2015
Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals (required) - January 5-February 8, 2015
Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes - February 9-March 22, 2015
Monitoring Ecological Restorations - February 9-March 22, 2015
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems - March 23-May 3, 2015
Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings - March 23-May 3, 2015

For more detailed program information, and session descriptions, visit the website.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for each course is $375.

NEW Certificate in Ecological Restoration

120-hour certificate program (4 out of 5 courses, Site Assessment is a required course, along with 3 of the 4 elective courses, and at least one field session).

The Ecological Restoration certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations including re-vegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.

These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Participants who successfully complete each course will receive 3.0 CEUs (or 30 contact hours) and a Certificate of Completion.

Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)

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

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

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

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

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

Details on this series can be found here

Feb 27-28 Schoolyard Garden Conference

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

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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.

Restoring MN Ecological Restoration Online Courses

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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

DESIGNING AND USING NATIVE SEED MIXES
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
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
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
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.

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