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Seed Collection at the Sand Coulee/Rare Prairie [FULL]

Display Date: 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 — 9:00 am-Noon
Location: 
Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area, Hastings

 

Renown for its 14 rare plant and animal species as well as its blazing fall colors, the Sand Coulee offers a glimpse of what much of Minnesota looked like before European civilization.

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If you'd like eight or so emails a year about events at the sand coulee and other important areas in the Vermillion Watershed, contact sue at srich@fmr.org to be added to our Vermillion Stewards list.

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Enjoy a hands-on seed identification and collection training while enjoying this a rare example of a sand-gravel prairie. Volunteers will be working in the newest addition to Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. Large quantities — of volunteers and seed alike — needed!

Previous seed collection is not required — all abilities and groups are welcome. This activity is very detail-oriented, and generally best suited for teenagers and up.

About the Coulee
Home to 14 rare plant and animal species, FMR helped this Hastings-area gem earn SNA or Scientific and Natural Area status from the Department of Natural Resources — affording it the highest level of protection in the state.

The site is home to pussytoes, prairie smoke, blue-eyed grass, Carolina puccoon, and toadflax to name just a few native plant species, and is renown for its bird population, including larksparrow, loggerhead shrike, and many other species who depend upon such rare patches of native habitat.

To learn more about the Sand Coulee, please visit our Sand Coulee profile feature and our Sand Coulee project page.

Photos from last year's seed collection event at the coulee are available on FMR's Flickr page

This event is also part of the Vermillion Stewards program, which involves volunteers in hands-on stewardship and educational programs throughout the unique Vermillion River watershed. 

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Sorry! This event has reached capacity and registration is no longer being taken. Please consider signing up for another event on the FMR calendar.


If you'd like a twice-a-month email with a calendar of upcoming FMR events and news, please enter your email in the periwinkle box at right.

If you'd like eight or so emails a year about events at the sand coulee and other important areas in the Vermillion Watershed, contact sue at srich@fmr.org to be added to our Vermillion Stewards list.

Partners: 
Thank you program partners Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, REI and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization!
Notice: 
Advance registration is required. Please see above.