Newsletter: MAISRC – 2021 Research Projects

Upcoming 2021 MAISRC research projects: We are excited to announce new MAISRC research projects that will be starting in 2021! These projects were selected as part of a competitive proposal process following a comprehensive research needs assessment. The results of these projects will improve our ability to detect, prevent, and manage aquatic invasive species throughout Minnesota.For … Continue reading Newsletter: MAISRC – 2021 Research Projects

Newsletter: Friends of Sax Zim Bog

This is a unique fundraiser, we are hoping you, our Bog Buddies, can help us find artists who are willing to donate a “tiny canvas” of bird art.And since our annual Boreal Wings Gala will likely be in spring 2021 (stay tuned for details), we will have our Tiny Bird Auction entirely online.These original works … Continue reading Newsletter: Friends of Sax Zim Bog

Newsletter: Mississippi Park Connection – Fall 2020

New Hiking Trail Loops at Coldwater Spring These new trail loop descriptions from the National Park Service are practically poetic! Let them whisk you away to a serene naturescape, then whisk yourself away to Coldwater Spring to experience them in person! Explore tallgrass prairie and the historic springhouse on the Baltimore Oriole Loop, oak woodland … Continue reading Newsletter: Mississippi Park Connection – Fall 2020

Newsletter: Friends of Sax Zim Bog

This is a unique fundraiser, we are hoping you, our Bog Buddies, can help us find artists who are willing to donate a “tiny canvas” of bird art.And since our annual Boreal Wings Gala will likely be in spring 2021 (stay tuned for details), we will have our Tiny Bird Auction entirely online.These original works … Continue reading Newsletter: Friends of Sax Zim Bog

VOL-AIS: Invasive Species Conference – Nov. 2nd-6th

Upper Midwest Invasive Species ConferenceMonday, November 2nd - Friday, November 6thThe Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference has moved to an entirely online format for 2020, and they are looking for volunteers! Volunteers will fulfill a number of roles, including file pre-launch organizing, monitoring sessions, moderating social media forums, and organizing videos after the conference. You … Continue reading VOL-AIS: Invasive Species Conference – Nov. 2nd-6th

ADV: CIG Train-the-Trainers

The CIG Train-the-Trainers (formerly CIT) workshop is designed to improve your skills as a trainer using NAI's Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) curriculum. Once you take the class and pass the credential requirements for CIT, you can use NAI's curriculum and certify staff and volunteers at your own site or serve as a contractor to sites … Continue reading ADV: CIG Train-the-Trainers

VOL-AIS: Upper Midwest AIS Conference – Nov. 2nd-6th

Upper Midwest Invasive Species ConferenceMonday, November 2nd - Friday, November 6thThe Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference has moved to an entirely online format for 2020, and they are looking for volunteers! Volunteers will fulfill a number of roles, including file pre-launch organizing, monitoring sessions, moderating social media forums, and organizing videos after the conference. You … Continue reading VOL-AIS: Upper Midwest AIS Conference – Nov. 2nd-6th

Invasive Vine Spotted in Stearns County

An invasive vine not seen in the United States in six decades has been discovered in Stearns County. Sherry Kutter, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist, first spotted the vine along the Lake Wobegon Trail in Holdingford. Officials have identified it as rough potato (Metaplexis japonica), a type of vining milkweed. Rough potato is … Continue reading Invasive Vine Spotted in Stearns County

Newsletter: SMINC – October 2020

The Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center (SMINC) building is still closed for public visiting, but our Board has approved volunteer-guided tours on an appointment-only basis for individuals or families. Masks and hand sanitizing are required, and we ask visitors to sign a waiver. Contact me if you would like a tour – tony.manzara@sminc-lake-elmo.org.  Please visit … Continue reading Newsletter: SMINC – October 2020

Newsletter: CoCoRaHS Catch – Closing Out Another Water Year

Greetings weather watchers, rainfall measurers, recorders and reporters (as well as those of you still getting started or phasing out).  If you are new to CoCoRaHS – Welcome!!  Since I last wrote, several hundred new volunteers have signed up including a whole bunch in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  This letter serves as a periodic (approximately … Continue reading Newsletter: CoCoRaHS Catch – Closing Out Another Water Year

Invasive Vine Spotted in Stearns County

An invasive vine not seen in the United States in six decades has been discovered in Stearns County. Sherry Kutter, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist, first spotted the vine along the Lake Wobegon Trail in Holdingford. Officials have identified it as rough potato (Metaplexis japonica), a type of vining milkweed. Rough potato is … Continue reading Invasive Vine Spotted in Stearns County

VOL-AIS: Upper Midwest AIS Conference – Nov. 2nd-6th

Upper Midwest Invasive Species ConferenceMonday, November 2nd - Friday, November 6thThe Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference has moved to an entirely online format for 2020, and they are looking for volunteers! Volunteers will fulfill a number of roles, including file pre-launch organizing, monitoring sessions, moderating social media forums, and organizing videos after the conference. You … Continue reading VOL-AIS: Upper Midwest AIS Conference – Nov. 2nd-6th