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Summer From Shore to Shore Newsletter

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Should Minnesotans Water Their Yards Less?

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

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


Beneath The Surface - Minnesota's Pending Groundwater Challenge

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

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


USDA Giving Up To $50M for Red River Conservation

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

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


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

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

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

Homes, Mills Feel Rising Waters in Northern Minnesota

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

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


Roadsides for Wildlife

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

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


Midwest Rural Migration Network & Resources

Notes and proceedings from the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns.

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


11 Ways to Use Less Water on Your Lawn

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

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


Draft/public noticed TMDLs

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

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Events Calendar


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

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

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

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

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


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

July Mississippi Messages

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FMR IS A FINALIST FOR THE 2014 NONPROFIT MISSION AWARD IN ADVOCACY

We are very excited to announce that FMR has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Mission Award for Advocacy! Help FMR take the prize by voting online if you are also associated with another member organization of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

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STATE ADOPTS PHOSPHOROUS STANDARD FOR MN RIVERS & STREAMS

On June 24, 2014, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Citizens Board approved new, long-overdue standards for excess nutrients and algae in Minnesota's rivers and streams. The development of these standards was a priority for Friends of the Mississippi River and represents an important victory for water quality in Minnesota.

These nutrient standards will have innumerable benefits for Minnesota which include: rejuvenating the health of our waterways, improving our economy by bolstering recreational businesses and tourism, and giving our citizens peace of mind that our state has appropriate standards for one of our most common river pollutants.

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YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED: SUPPORT PROTECTIVE CRITICAL AREA RULES!

The DNR has released draft Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rules and opened their public comment period that will close August 15, 2014. Your voice, values, and concerns need to be heard to protect, enhance, and restore the Mississippi River corridor and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) in the Twin Cities area for generations to come.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR FMR'S ANNUAL "EVENING CELEBRATING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER"!

Please save the evening of October 1, 2014 in your calendar to attend FMR's 13th annual "Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River." The event will be on the river again this year at the stunning Weisman Art Museum! The evening will feature storyteller Kevin Kling, a fantastic river oriented live auction, great food and beverages, and more. Invitations will be sent in August, so it's not too soon to contact John at jbriel@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x19 to make sure you're on the invite list.

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ROSEVILLE EARNS STORMWATER EXCELLENCE AWARD!

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

Read more »


HASTINGS SAND COULEE SNA RESTORATION CONTINUES

Phase III of the restoration at Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) has begun. This comprises of brush removal, buckthorn resprout control, and seeding within eighty acres of grassland, cropland, and degraded oak woodland in the northwest corner of the SNA. The woodlands are truly being transformed, it's amazing to see!

Read more »


Mississippi River News
COTTAGE GROVE'S HISTORIC 1840S LIMESTONE KILN COLLAPSES AFTER FLOODING

As the 2014 Mississippi River floodwaters recede and Minnesotans take stock of the damages, one irreplaceable piece of history appears to have been lost. The Grey Cloud Lime Kiln, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, collapsed last month, apparently due to floodwaters eroding its foundation.

Read the story in the Star Tribune and check out this short video about the Lime Kiln.


THE LATEST BUZZ AROUND THE CLEAN WATER ACT

The federal Clean Water Act is in the process of being updated. Currently, it contains a vague definition of "Waters of the U.S.". This vague definition has been used to limit protections for many of our nation's waters. Updating the Clean Water Act to clarify this definition will help protect streams and wetlands that feed and improve the water quality of the Mississippi River. More information about taking action through FMR will be available in the September Mississippi Messages email.

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THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST CLEAN WATER IN MINNESOTA

Recent flooding has drawn attention to Minnesota's water quality issues, especially the impact of agricultural pollution on our rivers and lakes. A recent column by Star Tribune outdoors columnist Dennis Anderson laments the enormous price Minnesotans are paying for unsustainable agricultural policies. The column notes that agricultural tile lines are exempt from the federal Clean Water Act , excessive fertilizer application is encouraged, Minnesota's rule requiring 50 foot vegetated buffers on all streams and rivers in agricultural areas is rarely enforced, and Minnesota's law against planting corn and soybeans in public roadsides is not enforced. With all of these things stacked against clean water, Anderson points out that "Chances are slim, no matter how educated people are or how hard they work, that they'll ever enjoy the same quality of American natural resources their parents did, or their parents before them and those born earlier still."

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JUNE RAINS BROUGHT NUMEROUS COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS

About 189 releases of untreated sewage occurred in Minnesota during our June rains. Most of the overflows happened in outstate Minnesota with 26 happening in the metro area. Sewage overflows almost always outlet to our rivers and lakes, posing a risk to human health. Stormwater officials stress the importance of separate stormwater and wastewater systems as well as continual maintenance and improvement of wastewater systems to minimize entrance of non-wastewater into the system.

For more information, read Bill McAuliffe's Star Tribune article. See also the Star Tribune's July 3rd editorial on the subject.


MPR: STUDY SHOWS CHEMICALS SPREADING IN MINNESOTA GROUNDWATER

Chemicals are spreading in Minnesota groundwater according to a recent statewide survey of chemical contamination in Minnesota's groundwater. The chemicals come from a variety of consumer and industrial products including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, lotions, detergents, plastic-making ingredients and more. Minnesota Public Radio reports, "In what may be the nation's most extensive study of its kind, a survey of 118 test wells scattered around Minnesota has found that about a third of them contain measurable levels of antibiotics, detergents, or other consumer chemicals..."

Read more »


INDIAN MOUNDS PARK ADDED TO NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

St. Paul's Indian Mounds Park, with its awe inspiring views of the Mississippi River, has been added to the National Register of Historic places. The burial mounds, which are more than 2000 years old are the last remaining intact mounds in the Twin Cities area. Read more in the Star Tribune.

For further reading here's a more detailed "Short History of Indian Mounds Park."


Calendar of Events
MOUNDS PARK WALK & TALK -- RIVER HISTORY & LANDSCAPE REVIVAL

Saturday, August 9, -- 9-10:30 a.m.
Indian Mounds Park, Blufftop, St. Paul

Known for its stunning vantage point, Indian Mounds Park is a Twin Cities river icon. Join towboat pilot and FMR boardmember Hokan Miller and environmental scientist Mike Nevala to learn about its grand history -- from powerful geologic forces to American Indian burial mounds, the historic harbor and today's busy working river, and the exciting community and FMR-led restoration of the blufftop prairie.

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.


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.


'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.


RICE CREEK WATERSHED STREAM HEALTH EVALUATION PROGRAM TRAINING

Saturday, mid- to late-August, plus 30 additional hours
Rice Creek Watershed District, NE Metro

Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP) volunteers are everyday citizens who live or work in the Rice Creek Watershed District trained to meet professional-grade stream health testing standards. After the august field training, in August, SHEP volunteers conduct testing and data analysis in the stream and the laboratory throughout September and October. Volunteers work in small teams and put in an average of 40 hours between training, sampling, and data analysis. The program is led by scientists from the Rice Creek Watershed District and Fortin Consulting, with training and laboratory sessions held at the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, participants must live in Rice Creek Watershed. Learn more from the calendar listing!


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!


Phenology
MIDSUMMER'S BUMBLES

Mid to late summer is the time that we begin to see more and more pollinators, especially bumblebees.

Read more »


Supporting FMR
HELP US KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM AND EARN A $10,000 CHALLENGE GRANT!

Thank you to everyone who is already a member or supporter! FMR could not be doing all of the work we talk about here in the Mississippi Messages without you!

If you are not yet a member, or haven't made a gift to FMR in a while, now is a great time to join or renew your support. The Pohlad Foundation has offered FMR a $10,000 challenge grant to match new gifts before October 27, and we are currently about halfway to that goal. To help us earn the full challenge and strengthen 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 online. Thank you for your support!


Quote of the Month

"Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your Teacher."

- William Wordsworth

July Mississippi Messages

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MAKE YOUR HOME RIVER-FRIENDLY; WORKSHOP + BREWERY TOUR

Wednesday, August 6 -- 6-7:30 p.m.
Flat Earth Brewery, Historic Hamm's Building, East Side St. Paul

Join us at Flat Earth brewery to learn what you can do inside your home to improve the health of your local waters, then enjoy a brewery tour and samples. 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 »


MOUNDS PARK WALK & TALK -- RIVER HISTORY & LANDSCAPE REVIVAL

Saturday, August 9, -- 9-10:30 a.m.
Indian Mounds Park, Blufftop, St. Paul

Known for its stunning vantage point, Indian Mounds Park is a Twin Cities river icon. Join towboat pilot and FMR boardmember Hokan Miller and environmental scientist Mike Nevala to learn about its grand history -- from powerful geologic forces to American Indian burial mounds, the historic harbor and today's busy working river, and the exciting community and FMR-led restoration of the blufftop prairie.

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 »


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 »


RICE CREEK WATERSHED STREAM HEALTH EVALUATION PROGRAM TRAINING

Saturday, mid- to late-August, plus 30 additional hours
Rice Creek Watershed District, NE Metro

Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP) volunteers are everyday citizens who live or work in the Rice Creek Watershed District trained to meet professional-grade stream health testing standards. After the august field training, in August, SHEP volunteers conduct testing and data analysis in the stream and the laboratory throughout September and October. Volunteers work in small teams and put in an average of 40 hours between training, sampling, and data analysis. The program is led by scientists from the Rice Creek Watershed District and Fortin Consulting, with training and laboratory sessions held at the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, participants must live in Rice Creek Watershed. Learn more from the calendar listing!

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 »


For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.


July Headwaters Science Center News

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Storm Chasers!
What makes a storm? How do meteorologists know when it's going to rain? What happens in the atmosphere on a sunny day?

If you've ever asked these questions, then Storm Chasers is the camp for you! This summer HSC and Bemidji State University are joining forces for an awesome camp - STORM CHASERS! Launch a high altitude balloon carrying a payload you and your team designed. Observe and make weather predictions. Learn about weather on other planets.

Storm Chasers is for students entering 7th-9th grades and will be held at BSU July 28 to August 1st from 10am to 4pm. The cost is $200 for the week and scholarships are available. All the details here.

This camp is made possible in part by a grant from the NASA Space Grant

Preparing to launch a weather balloon
Spend $10 - Win $1,000

HSC raffle tickets are on sale now through August 30th at 11:59am. Tickets are $10 each and you could win $1,000 (1st prize), a new Current Designs Kayak (2nd prize) or a Weber Charcoal Grill with tools (3rd prize).

Buy your tickets at HSC or from any HSC board member - don't wait, only 500 tickets will be sold.

MN Lawful Gambling Exempt Permit X-03830-14-003
Must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket or win a prize
Winner responsible for all fees and taxes
Need not be present to win


Saturday Science - Fruit Ripening

Join us from 2-3pm on Saturday, July 19th for a special presentation on the science behind ripening fruit!

July-Aug National Phenology Network Newsletter

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What's new at Nature's Notebook and USA-NPN

New Nature's Notebook materials for your use

You can now find short summaries of recent, high-impact publications to help you stay abreast of advances in the field of phenology on the USA-NPN Highlighted Publications tool. These summaries are intended for sharing - hopefully you'll find them useful to share with your participants, members, or friends.

View the Tool >>


Recent webinar summarized in 1-pager

Some key results from the "Summary of Spring" webinar are summarized in a one-page document, designed for you to share. And if you missed the webinar, you can view the recording anytime.

Next Nature's Notebook webinar: What came first, the flower or the bee? Learn to explore patterns in space and time using the Data Visualization Tool. Learn how to see where people are observing, map species, animate their phenology, and overlay climate data, as well as graph and share your findings.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014: 11am Pacific (& AZ), 12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern

Register for the July 8 webinar >>

Nature's Notebook featured in a future episode of SciGirls!

Next spring, the PBS Kids show, SciGirls, will air a series of six episodes featuring a wide range of citizen science programs. One of these will be Nature's Notebook! This past spring, three sixth-grade girls in St. Paul, MN tracked spring phenology of three plant species and compared these data with observations in previous years.

As the air date for the episode draws near, we'll be sure to let you know!


Recent happenings in the field of phenology

Short video answers, "why track phenology?"

Can a status update from a flower tell us something about climate change? Researchers at UC Santa Barbara explain how studying the life-cycle of plants can give us a wealth of information about climate.

Watch Video »


Especially for Local Phenology Leaders

Phenology Days: Sep 28 - Oct 4

We are gearing up to celebrate the lovely topic of phenology this autumn through a "Phenology Days" event during the week of Sep 28 - Oct 4. Here in Tucson, this will include events held at all of the Tucson Phenology Trail sites and a keynote event and picnic on Saturday, Oct 4. Want to host something similar in your region? It is a great way to engage people in phenology and observing in Nature's Notebook. If you do choose to host an event, let us know on the listserv, we'll help you to promote it!


Have you joined the Local Phenology Leaders listserv?

The Local Phenology Leaders Listserv is a great way to connect up with other individuals that coordinate a group of people in tracking phenology. If you're not yet receiving these messages, join by sending an email to list@list.arizona.edu with the words "Subscribe local-phenology-leaders YourFirstName YourLastName" in the subject line. Be sure to DELETE any text in the body of the message, including signature lines. You will then receive a welcome message from the listserv. If you have trouble, email education@usanpn.org and we will subscribe you manually.


More ways to get involved

Upcoming meetings
2014 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Sacramento, CA, Aug 10-15, 2014. USA-NPN will have a booth there - come say Hi!

Exploring Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) Under a Western Sky. Hosted by the Miistakis Institute at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Sep 9-10, 2014

Citizen Science 2015 Conference. Hosted by the Citizen Science Association, San Jose, CA, Feb 11-12, 2015

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Fransisco, CA, Dec 15-19, 2014. Consider submitting an abstract for session #2576, ""Long-range forecasts of seasonal transitions in the climate system and their relevance for management and adaptation", to be held within the Global Environmental Change Section/Focus Group (co-sponsored by Biogeosciences).


Contact

Theresa Crimmins
Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator
520-622-0363
theresa@usanpn.org

LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator
520-622-0363
lorianne@usanpn.org

July Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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You can view the latest news on Wellness, Arts, and Fun for Everyone at Maplewood Parks and Recreation here.

July Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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Check out the newest events at the Northland Arb here.

July 1 Rivervoice Newsletter

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Simon Lake BioBlitz 2014

A Co-Sponsored Action Opportunity: Simon Lake BioBlitz with LSP. By systematically surveying the grasslands in the area, this BioBlitz will provide a "before" image of the state of the ecosystem, develop some data, and connect a larger community of prairie neighbors, including the birds, bats, plants, frogs, insects, and larger mammals.

Contact the Land Stewardship Project's Robin Moore at 320-269-2105 or rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org if you are interested in volunteering. You can also sign up as a volunteer here. Our goal is to have 100+ people come out for this event, so bring a friend and/or your entire family!

The Land Stewardship Project, the Chippewa River Watershed Project and Clean Up the River Environment are co-sponsoring this event.


Explore a Prairie Watershed:
Photography and Paddling at Glacial Lakes State Park

On Sunday, July 13, two Master Naturalists and CURE RiverKeepers will be collaborating to bring you a day of awesome outdoor learning at Glacial Lakes State Park. In the morning, area photographer John G. White will share advice on capturing the beauty of the prairie through digital photography on a hike co-led with this year's RiverKeeper Kylene Olson. The hike will take you through Glacial Lakes State Park, a unique and beautiful area with one of the very few remaining stretches of Minnesota's native prairie.

In the afternoon, Kylene and John will lead a paddle on Signalness Lake, an amazing 56 acres of clear, clean waters-a testament to the natural state of the lake's watershed, all of which is contained within the park.

Please register for the morning photography hike and afternoon paddle separately, and plan to bring a bagged lunch if you want to participate in both. Also, you may want to consider camping at Glacial Lakes on Saturday evening so that you can attend one of the public "star parties" hosted (almost) every Saturday night by the Glacial Lakes Astronomers and Stargazers Society. Then, you can sleep in and wake yourself up with a pleasant morning walk!

Click here to register for the photography hike.
Click here to register for the afternoon paddle.

Event Details
Who: RiverKeepers and Master Naturalists
Kylene Olson & John G. White
What: Hike & Paddle
Outdoor Fun and Learning
When: Sunday, July 13
Photography at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Paddling at 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Where: Glacial Lakes State Park
25022 County Road 41
Starbuck, Mn 56381
Once you register, we will tell you where to meet.
Why: To learn some tips on taking stunning nature photographs
To see how clean water can be when the watershed is ecologically sound
Cost: Both events are FREE for CURE Members
Photography is $10 for non-members ($15/family)
Paddle is $10 for non-members ($15/family)
You may become a member or renew your membership at the event.



A Dakota Perspective on the Minnesota River

CURE Board member Don Robertson will be leading a paddle on the Minnesota River on Saturday, July 26. The exact location will be determined the week before the paddle to accomodate changing water levels, but regardless, this trip will give you an opportunity to explore the river that inspired CURE's founding 22 years ago. Furthermore, Don is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Oyate, and he will be sharing stories about the importance of Minnesota River to the Dakota people.

This trip will be appropriate for people with basic to intermediate paddling ability, though plan to be on the river from 9:00 am until lunchtime. Also, please bring your own bagged lunch and water, and dress for the weather in light, layered clothes, a hat, and sunglasses. Don't forget your sunscreen!

Who: CURE Board Member Don Robertson
What: Paddling Fun
Cultural Learning
When: Saturday, July 26
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Upper Minnesota River
Exact Location to be determined the week before
Why: To explore the Minnesota River
To learn about the importance of the river to the Dakota people
Cost: FREE for CURE members
$15 for non-CURE members

May/June River Rendezvous Newsletter

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River Rendezvous
Promoting watershed education and awareness in the Red River Basin

View the newsletter here.

July 1 SEEK Bulletin

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You can find the July 1 SEEK Bulletin here.

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Newsletter

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View the latest information here.

Summer SNA Nature Notes

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Private Landowners Vital for Protecting Native Plant Communities

By Judy Schulte, SNA Program Prairie Specialist

Of the estimated 235,000 acres of good to excellent prairie remaining in Minnesota (2010 Minnesota Biological Survey), more than 115,000 are privately owned. Private landowners engaged in stewardship of these prairie (and woodland) remnants are essential for long-term conservation. And, when it comes to stewardship, Patricia (Pat) and Larry Wahl, are first-class.

The Wahl's 40 year adventure started when they purchased 80 acres along Plum Creek (near Walnut Grove, Minnesota). At the time, the land was being rented out as pasture with 10 acres of crops. Pat and Larry recognized early on that management was essential to the long-term health of the remnant plant communities on the property. They worked with DNR Forestry to certify their land as a tree farm with the American Forest Foundation in 1979. This preserved the 30 acres of basswood-bur oak and wet-mesic hardwood forests located on site. In 1999, they enrolled the 10 acres of cropland into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and seeded it with native prairie species.

In 2006 Pat and Larry invited Minnesota Biological Survey staff to visit their land in order to survey and map the native plant communities. Native plant communities are classified and described by considering vegetation, hydrology, landforms, soils and natural disturbance regimes. Four major plant communities were identified on the Wahl property.

After this inventory, Pat and Larry began working closely with the DNR Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) Program (which offers protection options for private landowners) to focus on both the forest communities, noted above, and the adjacent 30 acres of dry hill prairie and mesic prairie. The Wahls proceeded to cut down woody species that had invaded the prairie communities, using the wood as a source of heat in their home.

This past spring, with help from the Prairie Plan Partnership and the DNR Working Lands Initiative, Pat and Larry took on their largest adventure yet, working with a local contractor to cut invasive woody species throughout all 60 acres of the site's native communities. Once the contracted cutting is complete, the Wahls plan to use prescribed burning and mowing to help improve prairie quality and minimize future woody invasions. It may be a lot of work, but the legacy they are leaving for their children and grandchildren is unprecedented. In the 100 years since Laura Ingalls Wilder passed through this same area, the Wahls efforts continue historic and aesthetic preservation of the banks of Plum Creek that Laura would have known.


Welcome Kristi!

The SNA Program welcomes Kristi Loobeek, a recent graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul, to her role as Website and Social Media Specialist. Kristi majored in Communication Studies and minored in both Environmental Studies and Writing. Kristi was a scholarship athlete on the University's Division II soccer team and a team captain. Along with being a student-athlete, Kristi was also actively involved with the University's student-run newspaper, The Sword. She was the Production Manager, then Editor-in-Chief. Kristi gained critical experience in the environmental communications world through an internship at the University of Minnesota's partner Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). As their Communications Assistant, she worked with fellow CERTs staff across Minnesota to promote both clean energy practices and energy conservation awareness. Currently, Kristi is a Conservation Corps of Minnesota (CCM) member stationed within the Scientific and Natural Areas Program doing website and social media work. Traditionally, CCM members have only done field work for the DNR; Kristi is one of a handful of members that have individual placements in a DNR office. Her term ends in December with a potential for an extension in 2015. This brand-new position brings exciting possibilities to the SNA Program!


SNA Events

Prairies come into their full glory as summer matures. SNA events have been scheduled across Minnesota to highlight these amazing landscapes, so find one near you or make a day trip out of an event listed below. This is just sampling of a few upcoming prairie events--for a full list of all SNA volunteer projects and events see the SNA Events Calendar.

07/06/14 Kasota Prairie SNA Tour the Kasota Prairie

07/27/14 Felton Prairie SNA Sunset Hike at Felton Prairie

08/03/14 Prairie Bush Clover SNA Guided Walk

08/23/14 Iron Horse SNA Guided Walk


Site Highlight: Hemlock Ravine SNA

SNAs are perhaps best known for protecting undisturbed native plant communities and rare species, as well as being areas to enjoy Minnesota's natural treasures. However, SNAs also give us a glimpse into natural processes, such as succession following disruptive change. An excellent example of an extreme change is presenting challenges and opportunities at Hemlock Ravine SNA.

Located adjacent to Jay Cooke State Park (south of Duluth), Hemlock Ravine is a 50-acre SNA that preserves old-growth northern hardwoods, white pine and eastern hemlock. Minnesota is at the extreme western range of eastern hemlock and the site is one of only a few in the state with a natural population of these trees. Notably, eastern hemlock was recently reclassified from special concern to endangered in Minnesota.

On June 20, 2012, the SNA was decimated when roughly ten inches of rain fell in the Duluth area within just a few hours. Flooding-induced mudslides damaged two deer exclosures (tall fences) designed to protect eastern hemlock seedlings and other native plants from deer browse. Although numerous mature hemlock trees were destroyed, some young hemlock survived, such as the one shown in foreground of the adjacent photo.

Though the damage was extensive, all is not lost. In May, Minnesota Biological Survey ecologists Ethan Perry and Jeff Lee joined SNA staff Cathy Handrick and AmberBeth VanNingen to survey the eastern hemlock population. They focused on the area around the damaged exclosures in order to get a better sense of where to rebuild the fences. Approximately five mature trees, seven saplings, and over 50 seedlings were found including those flagged in the photo below. This was very encouraging to see! It's possible that mudslide events are what created the eastern hemlock habitat in the first place, so the area will be monitored for more seedlings, as well as for invasive species.

The next step for the site will be to rebuild the damaged deer exclosures this summer. The fences will be built to maximize protection of the remaining known eastern hemlock locations. Hemlock trees not protected in the larger exclosures may be fenced with single-tree exclosures until they are above browse-height. The protection strategy for these rare trees at Hemlock Ravine SNA will be rolled into the management plan for the site which will be written later this year.

If you would like to visit Hemlock Ravine SNA, please be aware of the on-going work at the site and the potential for more mudslides. The steep ravine slopes are a sanctuary and closed to general use.


Notes from Site Stewards

Site stewards continue to monitor SNAs across Minnesota. Their observations provide invaluable information to the SNA Program. Here are some interesting notes from reports:

Site stewards Norma Malinowski (Kawishiwi Pines SNA) and Doug Lande (Sand Lake Peatland SNA) along with SNA staffer AmberBeth VanNingen set out on a spring adventure that, as far as we know, no one else has ever tried in the growing season. The three trekked out to Caldwell Brook Cedar Swamp SNA on May 29 to conduct a first ever survey of the plant and bird species of the site. There was a reason it hadn't been surveyed up to this point: it took a grueling hike through alder swamp and cattail marsh with abundant ticks, mosquitoes, and black flies in what turned out to be a 90 degree day to get there and back! Their efforts were rewarded with the cool shade under the tall, old cedars within the SNA, and by the compilation of the first list of the plant and bird species of this remote site.

Mid-April is often peak time for conducting prescribed burns and Racine Prairie SNA had its turn on April 15 of this year. After the burn, conditions were quite good for stewards Nancy and Gregory McDaniels to pick-up trash the following week--and there was plenty it (the site being adjacent to busy U.S. Highway 63 south of Rochester). Although the entire site is only six acres, the couple filled two trash bags.

The bluff country of southeastern Minnesota where Wykoff Balsam Fir SNA is found is noteworthy for its cold and clear streams, many of which are fed by springs. On April 26, Wykoff Balsam Fir site steward Daniel Sheehan reported several springs were gushing from the valley walls for the first time since he began his stewardship visits. Often these springs are dry or only a trickle.

Thanks for all the work you do for SNAs, stewards!

June My Minnesota Woods

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June Project BudBurst Newsletter

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Congressional Report

Last month, we shared a story about US Congressman Jared Polis' Earth Day visit to NEON. During his visit, we introduced the Congressman to Project BudBurst and had some fun providing him with a Single Report form on which he could record his own plant observations. On May 20th, the Congressman shared a tweet and photo of himself making his first Project BudBurst plant phenology observation of an American linden tree in Washington, DC. Thank you to the Congressman and to Courtney Krause, his Legislative Counsel, for engaging in the science of phenology with us!

--Sandra Henderson, Director


Citizen Science Academy Summer Registration Now Open
Summer is a great time to take a professional development course. Sign up for one of our online courses and be ready to implement citizen science activities in your teaching next year. All of our online courses are eligible for optional graduate-level continuing education credit from the Colorado School of Mines. Go to Citizen Science Academy


Summer Solstice Snapshot
Join us in celebrating the Summer Solstice by making observations of plants in your area this summer! Are your trees in full leaf? Wildflowers blooming? Grasses flowering? As the summer solstice nears, we encourage you to use the extra daylight to take time and make a Single Report. Summer Solstice Snapshot is a great way to make observations of plants while you are on vacation, out on a hike, or just enjoying a local park. For more information, visit Summer Solstice Snapshot


USA Science and Engineering Festival
Last month, Koshland Science Museum in Washington D.C. invited Project BudBurst to be a part of their booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. We had loads of fun sharing the science of plant phenology with thousands of students and families from around the country who attended the event. If you were one of those people, thanks for stopping by to talk with us and thanks for being a part of the Project BudBurst family


Nature's Calendar
There are so many active plants this month that we couldn't possibly list them all! Here are just a few to watch for:

Blooming
Bigleaf lupine
Canada thistle
Indian pink
Mugwort
Purple passion flower
Red columbine
Spiderwort

Fruiting
Alfalfa
Trillium
Blue grama
Western wheatgrass
Balsam poplar
Common lilac
Jamaica dogwood

And many, many more!


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MN Dragonfly Society Newsletter

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The first MDS newsletter can be found 1_MDS Newsletter Spring 2014.pdf

May-Aug Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

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You can find the brochure here. Click on the picture to take you to the brochure.

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