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March Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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The latest newsletter from Northland Arboretum in Brainerd can be found here.

Spring Fling Open House
10am-3pm Saturday March 7th at the Welcome Center
Snowshoeing, tracking, birding, cider and snacks
Come join us for our winter finale at the Owl Avenue Welcome Center (Directions at bottom of this e-Newsletter). We close for the season on Sunday March 15th so this is a good time to visit if you haven't been here before. Bring your own snowshoes (or borrow one of our 6 pairs) to explore the trails around the Welcome Center.
All Day: Cider and snacks
10am: Field trip to Mary Lou's feeders (Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins and more) 1.5 hours
11am: Tracks in the Snow with Heather-Marie: Snowshoe or hike: For all ages! 45 minutes
Noon: Field trip to Admiral Road feeders (Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jays) 1.5 hours
1pm: Talk and Video: Migrate, Hibernate, or Deal with It: How Northern Critters deal with the White Season
2pm: Field trip TBA
2pm: Tracks in the Snow with Heather-Marie: Snowshoe or hike: For all ages! 45 minutes
All Day: Showing the Owls to Orchids: Magic & Mystery in our Northern Bogs video
...and more!

We'll post updates on Facebook and our website. See you Saturday the 7th!

Wrap-up: The Big Year Movie showing & Gala
Event draws more than 100 folks!
Greg Miller tells behind-the-scene stories of his Big Year and the Movie
Over 100 folks enjoyed an evening of food, visiting, stories and a showing of the Hollywood movie, The Big Year. Friends raised nearly $3,000 during the event...All of which will go towards our mission of Preserving, Promoting and Protecting the Sax-Zim Bog.


UPDATE! Warren Nelson Land Fund...
Warren Nelson Memorial Bog will commemorate one of Minnesota's Best Birders
We have topped $17,000 in Donations
Warren Nelson passed away recently and his friends in Aitkin County and beyond want to memorialize his significant contributions to the knowledge of boreal birds in northern Minnesota. In his unassuming way, Warren Nelson exemplified human dignity, kindness and compassion. He wove those same traits into his love of birds, and birders. Leading by example, his message was simply to treat other creatures, avian or human, with respect. Warren never asked for anything in return for his birding services or expertise, choosing to give freely of himself with anyone who shared his passion for nature.
To honor Warren's life while continuing to help promote the birds and habitats that fascinated him, a group of his friends have come up with an idea to pay it back, while paying it forward. We have contacted the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog organization to acquire a parcel of land there as a memorial. Although Warren was not directly tied to this group, he did bird in this area, and the Sax-Zim Bog location was chosen for several reasons. The habitat is essentially a continuation of many of Warren's favorite and most frequented areas of Aitkin county. Additionally, most of the bird species he studied and enjoyed in the bogs and meadows of Aitkin county are found in the Sax-Zim region. Since Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has been so successful, a memorial there will have more visitors. The acquisition will not be a stand alone habitat island, but part of a larger habitat preservation goal. Lastly, the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has the infrastructure in place to help make and properly monitor the acquisition.

The area we hope to preserve in Warren's memory is a 40 acre mature black spruce bog in the heart of the Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird area. It is prime habitat for boreal birds including Great Gray Owls, Connecticut Warblers, Boreal Chickadees, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and other priority species. With your help, we hope to purchase and preserve this tract. It will be named the "Warren Nelson Memorial Bog" to honor one of Minnesota's nicest and best birders.
A high quality sign with Warren's name will be erected there, and the entire property will be open and accessible to birders and other nature lovers to explore on foot or snowshoe.

We need to raise $10,000 to make this dream a reality. Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has graciously offered to match each donation dollar for dollar, doubling your contribution and turning $10K into $20K. With the financial support of the wonderful birding community and friends, the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog could be a reality before summer.
Parties interested in donating for this memorial can designate "Warren Nelson Land Fund" on checks made out to "Friends of Sax-Zim Bog" (donation envelope included in this mailing) or they can donate at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Foszb (look for the tab that says Warren Nelson Land Fund). Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is a 501c3 non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Tote Bags Made from Bird Seed Bags!
A tote bag made of a recycled bird seed bag! Tough, strong and lightweight...And sure to be the talk of your friends (and only $12!). Measures about 18 x 18 x 5. Made and DONATED by Scott Belknap of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. All proceeds go to Friends of Sax-Zim Bog whose mission is to Preserve, Promote and Protect the Sax-Zim Bog Important Birding Area.


2015 SAX-ZIM BOG WILD CALENDAR--Last Chance!
PRICE DROP! NOW ONLY $5
Our first ever 12-month wildlife calendar CELEBRATING THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE SAX-ZIM BOG is out. Order a bunch today for delivery before the Holidays! THEY MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

ORDER HERE (www.birdnerdz.net is coordinating the sales of these calendars)
PAYMENT OPTIONS: PayPal or send check made out to "Friends of Sax-Zim Bog"

Photographs from Sax-Zim photographers including Stan Tekiela, Jason Mandich, Sparky Stensaas, Heidi Pinkerton, Terry Crayne. Interesting natural history facts are sprinkled throughout.
OVER 70 PHOTOS!
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN IN THE SAX-ZIM BOG
Moon phases, Sunrise & Sunset times weekly, Friends of Sax-Zim EVENTS and more
Keep a bit of the Bog in your home all year round.
12-month, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
$10 plus shipping. ALL FUNDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS CALENDAR WILL GO TO FRIENDS OF SAX-ZIM BOG to continue our Mission of PRESERVING, PROMOTING AND PROTECTING the Sax-Zim Bog.
Thank You!
[You can also get the calendar and add $20 to your purchase to become a member of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog (free field trips and more.)


Welcome Center Open 7-Days a Week 10a-3p
Directions to Welcome Center on Owl Avenue
Directions from Cotton, MN on US53...
*Go West from Cotton on CR52/Arkola for 11 miles
*Turn South (left) on Owl Avenue
*Go 1.75 miles (second curve) to Welcome Center

Directions from Meadowlands, on CR133...
*Go East on CR133 to CR229/29
*Turn North (left) on CR229/29
*Go North to T at Correction Line Rd
*Turn West (left) on Correction Line Rd
*Road curves North and becomes Owl Ave
*Go North on Owl Avenue for 2.5 miles to Welcome Center

Winter 2015 From Shore to Shore

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

The Winter 2015 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:
Residents' Roles in Stormwater Mitigation
Antibacterial Products in Septic Systems
Cities Make Progressive Efforts to Protect the Mississippi River
Success! Common Carp Under Control in Riley Chain of Lakes
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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Lawmakers want final say on water quality rules:
Environmental groups are alarmed about an effort at the Minnesota Legislature to put the brakes on new rules designed to keep the state's lakes and rivers clean.

Read more at: http://www.wday.com/news/3685157-minnesota-lawmakers-want-final-say-water-quality-rules

Twenty things you didn't know about snow:
You might as well understand the stuff that could soon paralyze your car.

Read more at: http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jan/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-snow

Here's how to end Iowa's great nitrate fight:
Most Midwestern farmers grow corn and soybeans, which are warm-season plants. And after they're harvested, for seven long months, from fall until the following spring, nitrate continues to form naturally in the soil.

Read more at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/02/382475870/heres-how-to-end-iowas-great-nitrate-fight

Delta Dawn: Paddling a river run free:
The 2014 Colorado River Pulse Flow. Of the 260 rivers that cross international borders, this is the first binational agreement of its kind. A short highlighting the first crossing of the delta via watercraft

See more at: https://vimeo.com/97197932

MPR Special Reports: Climate change in Minnesota:
It's undeniable that Minnesota today is seeing the effects of a warming climate. That might seem contradictory after one of the coolest Novembers in Minnesota history and just one year after the polar vortex froze us to the bone.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/mpr_news_presents

In an effort to cope with heavier rains and warmer temperatures that climate change brings, some communities are beginning to grapple with ways to help people adapt to the inevitable, even as they work to cut greenhouse gas emissions:

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/minn-communities-look-for-ways-to-adapt-to-climate-change

Are extreme blizzards the new normal?
An intense nor'easter is blasting parts of New England with up to three feet of snow, along with strong winds and storm surge in coastal areas. It might seem strange to talk about a major winter storm in the context of a warming world, but as the climate changes, extreme snowfalls may become a bigger proportion of all snowstorms.

Read more at: http://grist.org/climate-energy/east-coast-blizzard-climate-change-noreaster/?upw

1-minute video: Why warming causes bigger storms:
While some parts of the country are experiencing intense droughts, traditionally wet climates like Minnesota's are getting even wetter. Warming means that when it rains, it's more likely to pour.

See it at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-rain-video

Your antibacterial soap is so dangerous, Minnesota just banned it:
For years, it was believed that anti-bacterial soaps were more effective at sustaining long-term health. Stripping and destroying harmful bacteria seems like a no-brainer when taken at face value. Triclosan, one of the most widely used anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agents in the United States, was introduced in 1972 to hospitals to help sterilize environments for surgeries.

Read more at: https://www.minds.com/blog/view/411982631022891008/your-antibacterial-soap-is-so-dangerous-minnesota-just-banned-it

Lake sturgeon continue recovery in Rainy River and Lake of the Woods:
A recent lake sturgeon population study in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River illustrates the slow, steady sturgeon population recovery owing to cleaner water, effective fishing regulations and vigilant enforcement

Read more at: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/01/15/lake-sturgeon-continue-recovery-in-rainy-river-and-lake-of-the-woods/#more-15821

Minnesota to get $9M for agricultural water quality program:
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will use its grant to establish its Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as a national demonstration project. The program encourages farmers to adopt voluntary clean water practices.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/agricultural-water-quality-program

Dayton acting like a leader on water protection:
Governor Dayton gives the opening remarks at the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable, or stakeholders meeting, an event that drew some 300 conservationists.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/288941071.html#MXKArv5YtccPYV0M.01

This water lawsuit could be huge and it's happening in .... Iowa?
In an effort to preserve the purity of the state's stunning resources, the state capital's water utility company is facing off with farmers over fertilizer in an effort to curb water pollution.

Read more at: http://grist.org/news/this-water-lawsuit-could-be-huge-and-its-happening-in-iowa/

Water Works plans to sue three counties:
Des Moines Water Works is expected to pursue a lawsuit against three northwestern Iowa counties that manage drainage districts with high concentrations of nitrates. Water Works officials say the nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River, threaten the city's water quality.


Read more at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/01/06/des-moines-water-works-nitrate-lawsuit/21365355/?utm_campaign=%5B%22%5B%27buffer%27%5D%22%5D&utm_content=%5B%22%5B%27buffer43d6f%27%5D%22%5D&utm_source=%5B%22%5B%27facebook.com%27%5D%22%5D&utm_medium=%5B%22%5B%27social%27%5D%22%5D

Water Fight in Iowa Making Waves:
Threatened lawsuit get the attention of Minnesota farmers.

Read more at: http://www.pressreader.com/usa/star-tribune/20150219/281715498057413/TextView

Army agrees to pay for New Brighton water treatment for the next 30 years:
In a victory for the Ramsey County suburb, the Army agreed to continue to pay for the next 30 years of treatment of the city's drinking water, contaminated for years by industrial waste from the federal government's nearby former ammunitions plant.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/289945621.html


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Events Calendar


Septic System Homeowner Operation and
Maintenance Education (HOME)
Date: March 14
Location: Windom Farm & Home Show,
Windom, MN
Contact: Doug Malchow at 507-280-5575 or
malch002@umn.edu

Linking Land Use and Water Quality:
An interactive workshop designed for
local community leaders
Date: March 26
Location: Fulda, MN
Contact: Karen Terry at 218-770-9301 or
kterry@umn.edu

Shorelines and Clean Water
Date: April 9
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry at 218-770-9301 or
kterry@umn.edu

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

March Project Get Outdoors Newsletter

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The March issue of the Project GO March.pdf Newsletter can be found here.

Mar SEEK Bulletin

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You can view the latest issue of SEEK here.,

Feb. Mississippi Messages

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GOVERNOR DAYTON'S BUFFER INITIATIVE

In what may be one of the most important state conservation proposals in decades, Governor Dayton recently announced an initiative to require all Minnesota rivers and lakes to have a 50-foot protective buffer of natural vegetation along the shore. In his announcement, Dayton acknowledged that his proposal would face opposition, but stated that "The land may be yours, but the water belongs to all of us."

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WANTED: ECOLOGIST

FMR is seeking a skilled ecologist with a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment to join our conservation team and help to improve the ecological health of the great river.

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BIDDING JOE WALTON A FOND ADIEU

Ecologist Joe Walton is migrating from FMR.

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FMR WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY!

FMR is excited to announce the arrival of our newest and littlest river lover, FMR Development Director Sara DeKok's daughter Aspen Hazel, born January 30. Aspen has already visited the FMR office to meet mom's co-workers and made quite an impression on the staff. Welcome Aspen. We can't wait to get you out on the big river!


CLAIM YOUR SEAT FOR OUR ANNUAL SCIENCE MUSEUM EVENT!

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be hard to imagine an emerging water scarcity issue, but it's not as remote as we think. Learn why this is and what we can do about it at the "High Price of Cheap Groundwater" event occurring Thursday, March 26 at the Science Museum. Tickets are free, advance museum entrance and parking included, but early registration is highly encouraged; this annual event always fills to capacity.

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SAVE THE DATE: EARTH DAY WITH FMR!

Whether you'd like to stick to trails, put your waders on or enjoy a family-oriented educational event, FMR has the Earth Day event for you and yours. Join us, in Minneapolis, Lakeville or Hastings to kick off our outdoor event season!

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CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS RELEASES NEW REDEVELOPMENT STUDY FOR THE UPPER HARBOR TERMINAL

A recent study looks at potential redevelopment scenarios for the Minneapolis Upper Harbor Terminal, and continues a long-term discussion about how much of the site should become park, when that might happen and what it could cost.

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Mississippi River News
PROPOSAL TO BARGE GRAVEL TO DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS LOOKS LESS LIKELY

With the pending closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock this spring, Aggregate Industries has expressed interest in using a University of Minnesota barge dock to deliver sand and gravel to downtown Minneapolis. The proposal is likely dead on arrival, however, as the University has already reviewed and declined the request. Local citizens and neighborhood groups are also lining up to oppose the project because it does not fit in with plans to improve parks and trails in the area. The proposed location on the east bank near the 35W Bridge is not far from the site across the river that was occupied by the sand and gravel company in the 1980s. The City and Park Board paid the company to move up to 26th Avenue North to make room for restoration of the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park. In 2014, renewed plans for the downtown riverfront call for expanding public access, trails and park amenities on both sides of the river to serve the growing local neighborhood as well as the entire region.

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MN DNR STEPS IN TO HALT PINES TO POTATOES CONVERSION IN MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS

Under pressure to take steps to address massive deforestation in the Mississippi River headwaters, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced recently that they will temporarily halt conversion of these pinelands in order to conduct an environmental review. The issue has alarmed conservationists because of the potential environmental impacts to ground and surface water as well as the loss of forest habitat. More than 275 square miles of forests have been converted to grow potatoes since 2006. A recent front page story in the Star Tribune intensified public concern about the issue.

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WILL GRACO FULFILL THEIR PROMISE? MINNEAPOLIS EAST BANK TRAIL AT STAKE

Graco has long agreed to give Minneapolis a trail and parkway easement across its property along the riverfront. In exchange, the City has approved a street vacation and granted Graco a sizable subsidy for expansion. Now, with federal funding on the line, Graco is not forthcoming with an official trail easement. The public is encouraged to attend the MPRB meeting on Wednesday, February 18 to voice support for our parks. Please consider attending and testifying to the importance of consistent riverfront trails!

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Calendar of Events
THE HIGH PRICE OF CHEAP GROUNDWATER: ARE WE FLUSHING OUR FUTURE DOWNSTREAM?

Thursday, March 26 -- 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota, Downtown St. Paul

Where does your drinking water come from -- wells, lakes, or the Mississippi River? And why does it matter? Come to think of it, in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, why do we need to pay any attention at all to exactly where we get our water? Let alone how much we use to shower, water the lawn or grow food? Join FMR at our annual Science Museum event as we explore the answers to these questions, and learn more about emerging scarcity issues that may come as a surprise in such a seemingly water-rich state.

Thanks to the Science Museum and program sponsor the City of St. Paul, this special event is free -- advance museum access and parking included -- however, capacity is limited. Learn more on the event page or sign up now with FMR Registrar Amy Kilgore. Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, Amy will need a name and separate email address or phone number for each reserved seat.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY

Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. Paul

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

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HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 18 -- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

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SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon
Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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Phenology
UPCOMING PHENOLOGY WORKSHOPS

The staff in the phenology department are out in the field collecting data so this month's installment highlights several upcoming phenology workshops.

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Resource of the Month
MISSISSIPPI RIVER PHOTO SHOOT VIDEO

Teaser: For all you River Rats who've got the Big River in your blood, check out this slideshow of images all taken on February 1, 2015 from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy!

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Supporting FMR
THE BIG RIVER NEEDS YOU

A new year is upon us and FMR staff members are busy carrying our work forward to protect, restore and steward the wonderful urban river in our backyard. As Governor Dayton said recently, "...the water belongs to all of us." And certainly the river is no exception.

We truly couldn't do this important conservation and advocacy work without friends like you! We look forward to an even stronger 2015 and hope you will continue to support FMR. We greatly appreciate your annual membership, event attendance, action alert participation, volunteerism, and help spreading the word to garner new FMR friends. Renew your membership or make an additional contribution today.


Quote of the Month

"Rivers are the true highways of life. They transport the ancient tears of disappeared races, they propel the foams that will impregnate the millennium. In flood or in sullen repose, the river's power cannot be overestimated, and only men modernized to the point of moronity will be surprised when rivers eventually take their revenge on those who dam and defile them. River gods, some muddy, others transparent, ride those highways, singing the world's inexhaustible song."

- Tom Robbins, The Day the Earth Spit Warthogs, Esquire, 1985

Feb Headwaters Science Center News

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You can check out the latest news from the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji here.

Feb My Minnesota Woods

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Announcing the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series
Join the Forest Pest First Detector network: Register now for upcoming trainings
Need help with understanding your property taxes?
A new site for the Women's Woodland Network
February: here's what's happening in your woods
Planting seedlings in the spring? Order them now!

All this and more can be found here

Feb-Apr Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

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The February - April Recreation Brochure from Maplewood Parks and Recreation can be found here.

Feb Friends of the Mississippi River Calendar of Events

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Calendar of Events

ENJOY A SCOOP OF IZZY'S ICE CREAM AND SUPPORT THE RIVER!

Wednesday, February 11 -- 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Izzy's Ice Cream in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Stop by Izzy's Ice Cream on Wed, Feb 11th, to support Friends of the Mississippi River. Both Izzy's locations, 2034 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul and 1100 2nd St. S. in Minneapolis, will donate $2 from every single scoop cone or cup of ice cream purchased to Friends of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a scoop ice cream while supporting our work for the river!

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY

Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. 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 »


HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 18 -- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

Read more »


SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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.

Feb Arb Link Newsletter

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Read the latest issue of the Northland Arboretum E-Newsletter here.

Winter Go Parks: The National Park Foundation Newsletter

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View the latest issue here.

St. Paul Natural Resouces Winter 2015

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Phalen Freeze Fest: Show Winter What You're Made Of

Rediscover the magic of winter at the new Phalen Freeze Fest, where we'll light the darkness and warm the air with art, food, and fun activities. Join us around the fire to hear the Ojibwe legend of Shingebiss, the story of the determined duck who refused to be defeated by the Winter Maker. Help us dramatize the storytelling with parade-style puppets and masks. Inspired by this plucky duck, we'll fish through the ice, build snow caves, and cook our food over the fire. Enjoy a StoryWalk of the picture book Shingebiss by Nancy Van Laan, with woodcut illustrations by Betsy Bowen, posted page by page along a trail lit with luminaries.

Saturday, February 7, 5-8 pm, Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul

Help build the Shingebiss puppets or prepare the snow caves in workshops starting January 12.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/freezefest15 or contact Faith Krogstad at 651-632-2455.


Nurture Nature - Get Involved!

Join others in the community or spend some tranquil alone-time this spring while beautifying Saint Paul. Whether you have an hour to spare or some time every week, you can be involved as a valuable member of our fantastic volunteer team.

Restoration Supervisors

If you are interested in improving our natural areas in the city and teaching other volunteers about invasive species and native plants, this rewarding position is for you.

EcoStewards

If you'd rather contribute to improving our parks on your own time, adopt a parcel of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

Join others across Saint Paul and help clean up your neighborhood or promote your local business by sponsoring a cleanup site. In honor of Earth Day, we will take to the streets and parks Saturday, April 18.

More opportunities will be posted even before the weather warms up, so check out the volunteer web pages.


Emerald Ash Borer in Saint Paul

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in 2002. It is suspected that EAB initially arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material originating in its native Asia. EAB is a concern in the United States because it kills all ash native to the U.S.

What to know:

  • Adult Beetles are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long.
  • Adults do little damage to the tree--they feed on the foliage, but are not defoliators
  • Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in spring
  • EAB larvae feed on the inner bark (cambium) of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients, and in-so-doing leave a characteristic S-shaped path or gallery
  • The feeding path, or gallery of the EAB larvae is a characteristic S-shape
  • Woodpeckers like to eat EAB larvae; woodpecker damage on ash trees may be a sign of EAB infestation, but is not a 100% positive indicator

First discovered in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul in 2009, EAB has now been found throughout much of the city. Saint Paul Forestry manages the pest through a variety of techniques including monitoring of infested areas, sanitation or infested tree removal, and insecticide treatments.

If you think EAB is in your ash tree please call: 651-632-5129 or visit: www.stpaul.gov/eab.


The Growing Science Project

Blending Environmental Science Research with Community Service
In 2014, the University of St. Thomas began the Growing Science Project at Conway and St. Clair Recreation Centers. The Growing Science Project combines urban agriculture research with educational and community development activities in low-income neighbor-hoods. At each site, 32 raised bed plots were built and randomly allocated to treatments in a scientific experiment. Under-graduate students and faculty from the University of St. Thomas created experiments that focused on yield and environmental impacts associated with different composting strategies.

UST undergraduates led groups of local high school students to conduct research activities and provided integrative training of agriculture field research with technical training in soil and agriculture product analysis. The results of these urban agricultural projects included:

  • A barbecue harvest party where gardeners, neighbors and St. Thomas students worked together and socialized
  • Free starter plants and soil testing to the other community gardeners at the sites
  • The employment of two youth interns who were exposed to university-level science and thoroughly integrated into the UST team
  • Fresh vegetables provided to gardeners, food shelves and students
  • Research results that are promising and have the potential to be published


Grant Funds Secured for Habitat Restoration & Education

Saint Paul Natural Resources has been awarded a $118,000 Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant to enhance and manage approximately fifty-nine acres of disturbed floodplain forest along the Mississippi River within Hidden Falls Regional Park. Project work will include reforestation efforts and invasive species removal and control. The project will improve tree canopy diversity, increase connectedness of high-quality forests, reduce sedimentation of the Mississippi River, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Funding for the CPL grant program is from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created by the people of Minnesota. The CPL Program has been recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and approved by the MN Legislature annually since 2009.

Additionally, Natural Resources secured a $12,000 Capitol Region Watershed District Partner Grant to engage youth from four recreation centers as learners and stewards in Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC). Youth will "adopt" the parks during the 8-week summer program, propagating native wetland plants, monitoring wildlife, studying ecology, and hosting a community volunteer event to transplant their wetland plants to stream and pond edges.


Adopt a Parcel

Banish garlic mustard and conquer burdock in 2015! The Natural Resources team is currently developing a volunteer EcoStewards program for those interested in continuing habitat maintenance work in one of our city's recently restored natural areas. By adopting parcels in different plant communities, Eco Stewards will maintain and improve land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom on a weekly basis by monitoring vegetation and removing invasive species. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who like to work independently and feel satisfaction from a good weed-pulling session. EcoStewards will receive training and will be provided tools and supplies.

If you are interested in this rewarding experience or would like more information, please contact Ryanna Jackson at Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2411.

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