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October 2020

Monthly Chapter Meeting | 10/8/2020

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States
Free

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMj1THPNr1E Have you been to Elk River’s newest outdoor gem? The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 335-acre property located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers in Sherburne County. It was one of the largest undeveloped family-owned riverfront properties between Elk River and Hastings. Since 2014, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) has been working with the city of Elk River to protect and restore Houlton into high-quality wildlife habitat. Now, 180 acres of farm fields…

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Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows SWA

October 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Crex Meadows SWA, 102 E Crex Ave
Grantsburg, 54840
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Two Sandhill Cranes

Due to challenging weather conditions both for driving and for crane viewing predicted for tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct 20, the field trip is cancelled. The Cranes will be at Crex as long as there is food on the ground and the marsh is not frozen solid.  So we encourage you to make the trip when the weather is better to view the evening flights into roost for the night!  The Auto touring map on the Crex Meadow website has some good…

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November 2020

SPAS Board Meeting

November 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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First Mondays
Virtual – Online MN United States

Monthly Chapter Meeting | 11/2020

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States
Free
Sushma Reddy, U of M/Bell Museum ornithology chair

Dr. Sushma Reddy, the Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology at the Bell Museum of Natural History and the University of Minnesota. In her presentation, “The Dramatic Evolution of Birds on Madagascar,” Dr. Reddy will outline her team’s work so far in uncovering the remarkable diversity of birds on Madagascar and investigating the biogeographic mysteries of how they got to this island. November Series Recording

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Swans and Other Waterfowl, Brownsville, MN

November 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brownsville Overlook, 13502, 14286 Great River Rd
Brownsville, 55919
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FREE
Tundra Swans

WHO, WHERE, WHEN From 2-3 p.m. and again from 4-5 p.m. on November 22, Chase and Ed Davies will be at the Brownsville Overlook to talk about what swans and dabbling ducks are in sight, the life histories of the swans, and management challenges of the constantly changing river.  Sundown is at 4:37; the sight of swans returning from feeding areas to congregate overnight in Pool 8 is an unforgettable experience and the reason for this late-day meeting. From 3-4…

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December 2020

SPAS Board Meeting

December 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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First Mondays
Virtual – Online MN United States

Monthly Chapter Meeting | 12/2020

December 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States
Free
Darby and Geri Nelson, Minnesota River book

(Video Recording) “For Love of a River: The Minnesota” is a holistic biography of our state’s namesake river written by Darby Nelson with assistance from his wife, Geri, and editor John Hickman. Published in 2019, it was a finalist for the Midwest Book Publishers Award in the Nature category. Darby and Geri paddled the Minnesota River all the way from its source near the South Dakota border to its confluence with the Mississippi in St. Paul. Along the way, they…

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January 2021

SPAS Board Meeting | January 2021

January 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District: Home

Fellow Board Members: The Board will meet on Monday, January 11 at 6:00 pm because that is when almost everyone will be able to attend. I will ask Ben to send everyone a Zoom call invitation. The purpose of the meeting is to decide on Society priorities for 2021. Please note I have listed several proposed priorities but we are not limited to that list or that order. In addition, it is unlikely we will want to have more than…

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Monthly Speaker Series | 01/2021

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States
FREE
Dr. Sarah Hobbie, U of M ecology prof

January 14: Dr. Sarah Hobbie, Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Her research addresses the influence of changes in atmospheric composition, climate, land use, and plant species composition on communities and ecosystems, and the effects of urbanization on biodiversity and water quality. In this talk, Dr. Hobbie will describe her research on quantifying the sources of nutrient pollution to urban watersheds. This is one of her many research areas and that of her lab…

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SPAS | Advocacy Committee meeting

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States

February 2021

SPAS Board Meeting

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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First Mondays
Virtual – Online MN United States

Monthly Speaker Series | 02/2021

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual – Online MN United States
FREE
Minnesota North SHore

Minnesota Master Naturalist Phil Hartley will use photos to show us 20 or so locations along the North Shore that are not actually hidden, but better known and used by locals than tourists.

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