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April 2017

EDDMapS: Easy reporting of invasive species, by Laura Van Riper, MnDNR

Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presenter: Laura Van Riper, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator, MnDNR. POM: Key species you should know

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May 2017

Friends of Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas: Their history and purpose, by Bob Djupstrom and Ellen Fuge, MnDNR-retired

Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presenters: Bob Djupstrom - MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas-Retired, and Ellen Fuge - MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas-Retired

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Hastings Sand Coulee SNA: Prairie Spring Wildflower Interpretive Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hastings Sand Coulee SNA – North Unit, 557 Tuttle Dr.
Hastings, MN United States
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Come explore the north unit of Hastings Sand Coulee SNA just outside the city of Hastings in Dakota County. The SNA protects high quality native dry sand-gravel prairie, mesic prairie, oak woodland and oak forest in an area otherwise dominated by agricultural land use and expanding housing developments.

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June 2017

Evaluating your Prairie Seeding; a refresher on seedling identification, by Paul Bockenstedt, Stantec

Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presenter: Paul Bockenstedt, Restoration Ecologist, Stantec. POM: TBD

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Interstate State Park: A Hike into Wisconsin’s Oldest State Park

Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Interstate State Park (WI), Interstate State Park
St Croix Falls, WI 54024 United States
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Enjoy a morning hike into Interstate State Park, Wisconsin's oldest state park. See bedrock prairie, oak woodlands, white pine-hardwood forest, spring-fed creek, shady, basalt talus slopes lush with mosses and ferns. Please consider bringing a lunch and hiking the stunning bluff trails overlooking the St. Croix River in the afternoon.

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Swedes Forest SNA Bioblitz

Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join in a day to identify as many plant and animal species as possible in the first ever BioBlitz at Swedes Forest SNA. Scientists, naturalists and volunteers will conduct this intensive one day field study. Volunteers learn from experts and will be engaged in surveying to better understand the full suite of organisms found here. No experience necessary, just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm. Open to all - MNNPS members and non-members. Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 Time: 9A.M. and…

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Springbrook Nature Center: Dragonflies 101

Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Ave., N.W.
Fridley, MN 55432 United States
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Digital dragonflies in an analog world? Join us for a different kind of field trip with a focus on dragonflies. We will spend about a half hour in the classroom reviewing dragonflies and then spend about an hour out in the wetland looking for dragonflies, taking their photos when we can get them to pose and netting those that do not want to pose.

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Quarry Park SNA: A Return Hike to the Bedrock Outcrops, Wet Meadow/Prairie and Oak Woodland/Forest

Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Quarry Park SNA, 1802 Co Rd 137
Waite Park, MN 56387 United States
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Come join other MNNPS members for a return trip to Quarry Park SNA to explore the granite bedrock outcrops found throughout the SNA as well as high quality wet meadow, wet prairie, oak woodland, and oak forest plant communities. This mix of natural communities supports rare birds and orchids and forms the most significant remaining example of the granite bedrock outcrop community in central Minnesota.

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July 2017

Canoeing the Mississippi River: A Return to Weaver Bottoms for Wetland Plant Identification

Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Weaver Bottoms, 57604 Hwy 61
Altura, MN 55910 United States
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Come join Steve Eggers and other MNNPS members for a day of wetland plant identification canoeing through the unique plant communities of Weaver Bottoms. Weaver Bottoms is located on the Upper Mississippi River within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. This 5,500 acre habitat complex includes areas of open water, flowing channels, backwater lakes, isolated wetlands and forested wetlands.

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St. Wendel Tamarack Bog SNA: A Slog Into a Mosaic of Wetland Plant Communities

Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. Wendel Tamarack Bog SNA, Co Rd 4, St Joseph, MN 56374
St Joseph, MN 56374 United States
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Come join Mike Lee and other MNNPS members for part of a day hiking and identifying wetland plants at St. Wendel Tamarack Bog SNA. This SNA is one of the top sites for significant biological diversity in Stearns County as evaluated by the Minnesota County Biological Survey in 1999. The site is a large wetland complex encompassing one of the largest remaining blocks of native vegetation in the county, including the best and largest example of tamarack swamp in central Minnesota.

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