Perhaps drinking from the river or bounding through blufflands, deer are a welcome sight on any oudoor excursion. From an ecological perspective, however, an overabundance of deer are creating problems. It turns out many uncommon native plants are especially tasty. But invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard? Not so much. Compounded by earthworms and climate change, our treasured whitetails may play a large role in the future of our forests.
A healthy whitetail deer will eat around five pounds of food per day. Photo from www.northamericanwhitetail.com.
The MAWQCP may declare farm fields to be meeting water quality goals when limited data suggests that farm pollution levels may greatly exceed state standards.
In January 2012, the state announced plans to launch the newly created Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). While the concept of a farm certification program has promise, FMR has serious concerns the state implementation of the program.
These concerns are validated in a new report from our friends at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA).
As Fort Snelling approaches it’s bicentennial in 2020, the Minnesota Historical Society is gearing up for exciting changes to the site, including a new visitor center, improved trails and wayfinding, less surface parking, and a renewed focus on the historical significance of this special place perched high above the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.
Northern Metal Recycling on the river north of downtown Minneapolis.
Now that commercial barging in Minneapolis is no more, big changes could be coming to the riverfront in North Minneapolis—and much sooner than expected.
After a summer of planning, restoration is in full swing at Ole Olson Park. So far, the transformation at the site north of downtown Minneapolis has been dramatic. Restoration will continue in 2016 with the installation of roughly two acres of native prairie.
Thank you once again to our dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers! We had a record breaking year and couldn't have done it without you! Take a minute to check out our Best of 2015 Flickr photo album for a glimps of our year in review. We are working away to get the volunteer event schedule for 2016 set and hope to see many new and familiar faces at our upcoming events. FMR would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our event partners, sponsors and contributing members who help make these events possible.
A red-backed vole. Source: D. Gordon E. Robertson, via Wikimedia Commons.
Not even a...vole? An evening visit to the compost bin turns into a deadly encounter with a native rodent.
We had two correct responses to last month's view of the iconic High Bridge in St. Paul, each with a very nice description. Cheers to Brian Nerbonne and Tom Schuster! And thanks for the commuting tip.
FMR is seeking a part-time Outreach & Development Assistant to support our public engagement and fundraising work. If you're organized, efficient, flexible and love the Big River, we want to hear from you! Applications are due January 25, 2016.
Students at Dowling Urban Environmental Magnet School in Minneapolis use a model and spray bottle to simulate the role of rain in the Mississippi River watershed.
Are you an educator or youth program coordinator looking for a free, interactive water quality program for your class or group? In addition to our popular outdoor outings, FMR offers many lessons focused on river topics. Lessons are available virtually, online and in-person. All are taught by FMR staff, include an activity, game or demonstration, and are designed to meet state standards. Plus, thanks to our generous funders, they're free.