General Meeting – September 2019

Thu, Sep 12 , 2019
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113

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“Common Tern Habitat Restoration” with Martha Minchak

The Common Tern, it turns out, is not so common in Minnesota. These sea birds nest in only two places in the Lake Superior watershed—and one of these places is in danger.

Interstate Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is approximately 6 acres in size and located in the Duluth Harbor (St Louis River Estuary). The island was created from material that was dredged from the shipping channel in the 1930s. Due to current historically high water levels in the estuary, the island is experiencing unprecedented flooding and the entire tern colony is now threatened.

September’s speaker Martha Minchak, an assistant wildlife manager in this area of the state, will discuss her work in restoring the island’s valuable nesting habitat for colonial nesting birds including the Common Tern, which is currently a threatened species in Minnesota.

Restoration work on the island will restore the island’s elevation and footprint to something more closely resembling its original condition. Come and learn about the restoration project, and how the tern colony is being managed to allow maximum success for these birds, as well as other nesting and migratory species.

Martha Minchak has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management from the University of MN – Twin Cities. She has worked for the MN DNR for over 30 years and currently works as an
assistant area wildlife manager for the Cloquet area, stationed in Duluth.

Arrive at 6:45 for social time or 7:00 for the program; held at Fairview Community Center, 1910 Cty Rd B, Roseville. Free and open to the public.