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Citizen Science Wolf Tracking Project

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this story is about a Minnesota guy starting a citizen science wolf tracking project. He's among Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo presenters this weekend. Plans still in the works re: setting up training; when we talked he was aiming for December.

The link: http://on.sctimes.com/1tY1KFa

Dear Master Naturalist,

Are you knowledgeable about the threats and impacts aquatic invasive species have on our natural areas, or do you wish to expand on your knowledge?

For the second year in a row, Minnesota Sea Grant cordially invites you to co-host an aquatic invasive species exhibit at the Northern Green Expo, which will be held Wednesday, January 14th through Friday, January 16th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Sign up for a shift by Tuesday, December 9th: http://doodle.com/g26bbbnh4xeb2b2s

Cost
Trade show only: FREE (a $25 savings)
To attend classes: $100 for all three days or $75 for one day.
To take advantage of this special offer, you need to sign up for one shift at the booth (to qualify as an exhibitor) AND email me directly at mkitson@d.umn.edu so we can work out registration details. This pricing reflects a $50 savings for people who are not members of supporting organizations.
Class information can be found here: Education - Northern Green Expo
Other Information
Northern Green Expo info: http://www.northerngreenexpo.org/. You will find trade show hours, directions, and parking information here. You will be responsible for your own parking expenses.
AIS knowledge: It is not a requirement that you know much about AIS, as you will be paired with an AIS expert. You do need to be friendly, engaging, and interested in outreach. If you want to brush up on your AIS knowledge, here are two links for you: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais/index, http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/index_aquatic.html


I hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: mkitson@d.umn.edu 218-726-8305.

Kind regards,

Marte Kitson

Nov. 21-23 Outdoor Adventure Expo

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Folks, this is remind you that the Outdoor Adventure Expo in MPLS is coming up in two weeks (Nov 21-23) and PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks will have a booth at the show. We still have volunteer opportunities open for those with a basic understanding of terrestrial invasive species. We especially need folks on Sunday 11/23. If you are interested in participating, please visit the doodle link below and fill in your name and desired time slot. Thanks a bunch. Hope to see you there. S

Outdoor Adventure Expo November 21-23, 2014 at Midwest Mountaineering on Cedar Ave in MPLS
https://doodle.com/v9mxgm3bfzxqg97r

Susan Burks
MNDNR Forestry / Invasive Spp. Prog. Coord.
500 Lafayette Rd / St Paul, MN 55155
Susan.burks@state.mn.us
651-259-5251 (office) / 651-296-5954 (fax)

PlayCleanGo volunteer opportunities

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For those of you who have participated in past events with PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks (PCG), thank you so much. The campaign is growing by leaps and bounds largely due to your participation. We now have 70 public and private organizations partnering with us in our outreach and education campaign. Most recently the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) adopted PCG as their national campaign. Way to go PCG!!

Past PCG volunteers have reported having a great time talking to visitors about invasive species and the simple steps folks can take while recreating to prevent the accidental spread of terrestrial invasive species. This is to announce that we have more volunteer opportunities this winter! Between now and the next PlayCleanGo Day in June 2015, we have five sports show around the state. I invite you to participate by visiting the doodle links below and picking shifts that work for you. Be sure to hit 'save' once you check your preferred time slot. Each participant will receive a free ticket to the show (for each day you sign up). Plan to stay the day to check out the show before or after your shift. I have as much fun talking to the other vendors as I do the visitors, dreaming about that next vacation or that camp shirt I just have to have. It's also a great opportunity to enroll other PCG partners. I've had other vendors sign-up and hang our PCG poster in their own booth for the duration of the show. How rewarding is that! So come join us for the fun and help protect our precious natural resources.

The shifts range from 4 to 5.5 hrs long depending on show hours. For all but the Outdoor Adventure Expo, PCG will be sharing the booth space with the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers outreach campaign. As such there will be at least one person with knowledge about aquatic invasives on duty for each shift. PCG volunteers are expected to have a basic understanding of invasive species and be familiar with the top four or five terrestrial invasive species threatening the state's natural resources. Talking points will be shared with the volunteers before each event and a folder of references will be at the booth to help with specific visitor questions. Each volunteer will receive a ticket to the show and a PCG tote bag to carry all of your goodies home with you. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. The available sports shows are as follows:

Outdoor Adventure Expo November 21-23, 2014 at Midwest Mountaineering on Cedar Ave in MPLS
https://doodle.com/v9mxgm3bfzxqg97r

MN Sports Show January 8-11, 2015 at the River Center on Kellogg in St Paul
https://doodle.com/9f2y8ptmyufuadmm

St Cloud Sports Show February 6-8, 2015 at the River's Edge Conference Ctr in St Cloud
https://doodle.com/dawut7iqemiqvnny

Red River Valley March 5-8, 2015 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND
https://doodle.com/8ch3v9hm7t4idzgm

NW Sports Show March 25-29, 2015 at the MPLS Convention Ctr in MPLS
https://doodle.com/ryqhd7pcmnzd6hgv

I look forward to working you!

Susan Burks
MNDNR Forestry / Invasive Spp. Prog. Coord.
500 Lafayette Rd / St Paul, MN 55155
Susan.burks@state.mn.us
651-259-5251 (office) / 651-296-5954 (fax)

Boulder Lake ELC Volunteers Needed

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Below are some items I need help with.
If you can help, please send me a quick email letting me know which ones you can help out with.
Thanks!
John

November 24 Anytime 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths...

Dec 1 Anytime 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths

Dec 5 9:00 a.m. - Noon Help set up for Christmas Tree Cut (1-4 people needed)

Dec 6 8:00 a.m. - Noon or Noon - 4:00 p.m. (8-10 people needed) Help with Christmas Tree Cut - Greeters, take pictures, help carry out trees, keep bonfires going, set up, take down, etc.


Thanks in advance,
John

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John Geissler
Program Director
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
7328 Boulder Dam Road
Duluth, MN 55803
218-721-3731
www.boulderlake.org

Volunteer opportunity--program support! We will need help trimming boughs for our Wreath-Making 101 program again this year. The trimming will be Thursday, Dec. 4, here at Lake Bemidji State Park. Anytime between 9 am and 4 pm is great--come for as little or as long as you can! New people always welcome

Reply to Lake Bemidji State Park, Sue Olin 308-2300 or email: Susan Olin

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