VOL – 2018 City Nature Challenge! – Fond du Lac

NatureChallengeThe Fond du Lac invasive species and environmental programs would like to invite you to participate in the 2018 City Nature Challenge!

This event will involve discovering and mapping new aquatic and terrestrial invasive and native species! Currently on FDL Reservation we have documented over 200 known invasive species locations that include species such as buckthorn, wild parsnip, tansy, spotted knapweed, honeysuckle, Siberian pea shrub, and many others. But, we need your help to keep the search going! The 2018 City Nature Challenge is an opportunity to get outside and document species in your area including birds, bugs, animals, plants, and any other wild living thing from April 27th– April 30th. We will be cooperating with Duluth, Hermantown, and Proctor to compete with other cities around the nation to see who can document the most species in the four day time frame.  More about this event can be found at www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/2018 /04/27.  

To participate just bring a smart phone, tablet, or a camera to document what you find. Expertise in identification is not required. We will document what we find using the i-Naturalist app/ program, which can be downloaded on any smart phone for free or we can upload pictures to the website at www.inaturalist.org/projects/c ity-nature-challenge-2018-twin -ports. If you are interested in learning more about the i-naturalist app attend the i-Naturalist training at Boulder Lake on April 14th from 9am-1pm, information about this training can be found on the MN Sea Grant website. Staff will also be available to help with using the app during the dates and times specified below.

On Friday, April 27th, a Fond du Lac staff member will be available at the parking entrance and/or along the trails of Cartwright road from 10am-4pm. On Saturday, April 28th, a Fond du Lac staff member will be available at the parking area and/or along the trails at the Pine Valley Ski Area from 10am-4pm. Maps are attached showing the parking area and hiking trails for both sites.

The event will be taking place outside so dress appropriately for the weather. Weather permitting, materials and activities to document aquatic species in the nearby river and pond systems will be available.

You can also participate from home in the days following the challenge by being an expert identifier! More information about how to participate from home is available on the Sea Grant website.

For any further information or questions please contact Kelsey Wenner at kelseywenner@fdlrez.com, Shannon Judd at shannonjudd@fdlrez.com, Courtney Kowalzak at courtneyk@fdltcc.edu, or Marte Kitson at mkitson@d.umn.edu.

For more information please view: CartwrightRoadTrails or PineValley_SkiArea