Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Phenology

Springy Fall

Day length is now mimicking that of spring causing unseasonable hormonal havoc in animals and plants. Read more…

A plethora of pollinators

Now is a great time to see pollinators. Bumblebees, honeybees, wasps, monarchs, swallowtail butterflies, clear-wing moths, beetles, hummingbirds and more are out there right now foraging for pollen and nectar. Although a crucially important part of our ecosystem, pollinators are in worldwide decline. You can help by preserving natural lands and by planting a diversity of native flowering plants on your land. Read more…

Oak Savanna Interpretive Tour [FULL]

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Enjoy an ecologist-guided tour of a beloved River Gorge Stewards site, the blufftop oak savanna in south Minneapolis.

Berry cool

Mid- to late-summer is the time when the fruit of our native shrubs and trees become ripe, providing important nutrition for many animal species. Read more…

The twinkling lights of summer

Ah the firefly. Who doesn’t marvel at the flickering glow of these amazing animals. But there is a dark side to some firefly species. Find out who does what to whom and why! Read more…

Ferns, Fern Allies, and Horsetails

Along with the perhaps showier forbs (wildflowers), spring is also a good time to observe ferns and fern allies, which are finally emerging from this year’s particularly long winter dormancy. If you are hunting for fiddle-heads, now is a good time to do it! Bracken and ostrich ferns are now uncurling their little heads, forming new fronds. Read more…

Prairie & Oak Woodlands Walk [canceled]

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Come explore the oak woodlands and high-quality native prairie remnants of 3M's Cottage Grove site (not normally accessible to the public) with FMR Ecologist Joe Walton and River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett.

Garters

One of the spectacular events to witness in the spring is the emergence of garter snakes. Seeing dozens of garters emerging from a den is a true sign that spring has arrived. Read more…

The spring chorus begins

The woods are bursting with the mating songs and calls of many birds, including one modest finch with amazing survival skills that will soon be departing for more northerly destinations. Read more…

Wow People, Lighten Up a Tad

Short day length got you down? Will the dark days of winter ever end? Take heart! Winter’s midpoint is passed, and we are fast approaching the vernal equinox, the proverbial corner around which Spring is surely waiting. Read more…