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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. 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. 16 Pollinator Friendly Movement

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Come Tuesday to show your Support of our Pollinators.
Be a Pollinator Champion
You don't need to "live" in Stillwater.
This is about making a safe haven for bees and pollinators, city by city.

We need lots of people present at the meeting so the council members see this is important to us.

Stillwater City Council Meeting
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
700-730 PM
216 FOURTH STREET NORTH, STILLWATER 55082

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presenting on behalf of our pollinators:

-Dr. Vera Krischik, Director Center for Sustainable Urban Ecosystems and,
Professor of Entomology, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences U of M

-Lex Horan, Pesticide Action Network

-Andrea Rustad, Stillwater Save the Butterflies Project

-Marcie Forsberg and Laurie Schneider, Pollinator Friendly Stillwater


This is an easy way to help save our pollinators.
Please email laurie@lschneider.com if you'd like to find out more

This email was sent to you by Laurie Schneider, volunteer Organizer of Pollinator Friendly Stillwater. If you'd like to be removed from this email update list, please let me know.
Go to our website to see what's happening lately: http://pollinator.lschneider.com

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.

Sept. 16 Fun with Phenology - Eveleth

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

1st Session: "Fall into Phenology: An Introduction"
Guest Speaker: John Latimer
KAXE Radio Personality and Phenologist
Tuesday, Sept 16th
3:30 - 5:00
Eveleth Public Library
Remember: Dress for the weather!
(An adult must accompany attendees under the age of 13)

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

Sponsored by the University of MN Master Naturalist Volunteer Program
and the Eveleth Public Library.

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

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

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

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

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

More info to come - stay tuned

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

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

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More info to come - stay tuned

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

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

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

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

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

Sept 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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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

SITE ASSESSMENT AND SETTING RESTORATION GOALS (Required)
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.

Sept 29-30 Water Trails Tourism Summit

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River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud
Registration opens August 1

Join us for the Water Trails Tourism Summit - an interactive and educational gathering of communities, businesses, and user groups. This first-ever event will focus on how paddlesports can increase outdoor recreation tourism, foster economic development, build a sense of community, and provide a better quality of life.

Experience ...
The Mississippi River State Water Trail.

Learn how to ...
Make your community "paddle friendly"
Recruit & support paddlesport businesses
Target your audiences and coordinate the outreach message across sectors of your community
Provide specialized paddling opportunities that create deep connections to place, which result in repeat customers and word of mouth advertising
Engage local paddling clubs to organize and promote Water Trail events and stewardship

Network ...
Meet Water Trail users and advocates from businesses and communities.

Attend if you are a:
Tourism Professional
Paddlesports business that serves Minnesota State Water Trails
Part of local community leadership
Nonprofit or volunteer group that promotes paddlesports recreation

Sept 20 Hawk Ridge Trip

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Hawk Ridge Trip

Trip Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 am - 10 pm
Cost: $95/person
CEUs: 6 CEUs available

Twenty different species of raptors migrate along the north shore of Lake Superior, following the ridge line as they make their way from summering grounds as far north as the Arctic to wintering grounds as far south as South America. Join a Minnesota Zoo naturalist and a Hawk Ridge naturalist for this awesome experience. Observe the raptor migration from the amazing view point at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, learn about the logistics and challenges of migration, and hopefully get a chance see a raptor up close and learn about bird banding and monitoring of these amazing birds. Trip fee includes transportation, instruction and snacks. Adult friends and family may register, too!

Register Online

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