WHY DO WE NEED TO PULL WILD PARSNIP? Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant. It can cause phyto-photo dermatitis, a very painful and disfiguring blistering effect on the skin. The plant is abundant throughout the park and poses a serious problem for campers and other park visitors, especially children. HOW CAN YOU HELP? Volunteers can … Continue reading Parsnip Pull – White Water State Park – June 24th
Please take some photos! "Field Photo Weekend" May 27 - 29, 2017 . . . Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by taking a few shots! Here’s your chance to join hundreds of other CoCoRaHS observers to see what our landscapes look like during late spring. If you have participated before, this is a great chance to … Continue reading Field Photo Weekend: May 27 – 29, 2017
Find Funky Nests in Funky Places! Popular contest returns with great prizes For release: May 4, 2017 Ithaca, N.Y.--Funky Nests in Funky Places is back! This popular contest focuses on the quirky places birds sometimes build their nests. Participants have found nests on tiny skyscraper ledges, in barbecue grills, traffic lights, wind chimes, flower pots, an old motorcycle helmet, or just … Continue reading Find Funky Nests in Funky Places!
Dear rain gauge readers (Sometimes referred to as CoCoRaHSters, CoCoRaisins, or something like that...), Greetings, everyone. A lot has happened in the weather world in the past month since I last wrote. Here are a few notables: Yesterday (May 4) was our first "monster rain" day this calendar year. I define "monster" rain as … Continue reading CoCoRaHS — The Great Escape!
How many of the world’s bird species can be found? Ithaca, NY--A “big day” is a big deal for people who love to watch birds. The term traditionally applies to any effort to identify as many bird species as possible in a single day. The third annual Global Big Day takes place on May 13, 2017. Bird watchers … Continue reading Calling All Birders: Global Big Day is May 13
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. For a copy of their May Newsletter, select: BIRDS
Join Hands for Pollinators --a free event! Saturday, May 6th, 2017 3 - 8 pm (or camp overnight with rsvp) We invite you to our organic farm and orchard to see, feel and touch springtime on the prairie, as plants, animals and people awaken and new life begins. Pollinators begin their essential role in producing … Continue reading Join Hands for Pollinators –a free event!, Benson, May 6
Select: Pollinator Alliance for the latest news of events and volunteer opportunities with this organization.
Minnesota Master Naturalist, is venturing into new territory with podcasting! Our Conservation Corps volunteer, Santiago, has created the first one! We would love for you to give a listen and give us some feedback. Is this something you will use? Topic suggestions? Help us give you the information you need in the format you want! … Continue reading Podcasting Venture