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Holy Carp! and ZRP Water Ways Speaker series discuss Aquatic Invasive Species


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Two Rochester events, Holy Carp! and ZRP Water Ways Speaker series bring national invasive species expert Dr. Peter Sorensen to discuss Aquatic Invasive Species in March.

Aquatic invasive species, carp, zebra mussels, milfoil and a host of others seem to be coming to a lake or river near you. Individuals of thee different species of invasive Asian Carp have been found in the Minnesota waters of the Upper Mississippi River which has also had zebra mussels since the 1990s. Minnesota lists hundreds of lakes and rivers as “Infested Waters.” In the face of the invasion, awareness and prevention are the best hope for protecting Minnesota’s waters. A lake free of invasive species is still the norm throughout the state but without the help of every boat owner, angler and tourist we won’t be able to stop the spread.

In March two local events, an Improv Comedy show March 9 and a lecture March 14 will feature Dr. Peter Sorensen, Director of the new University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) to Rochester. Dr. Sorensen is an internationally-known expert on fish pheromones, how fish smell, and the role smell plays on fish behavior. He has turned his expertise that helped solve the problem of controlling the deadly sea lamprey by identifying their migratory pheromones to Asian Carp and other invasive species.

Dr. Sorensen is the new Director of the UofM St. Paul Campus Research Center, the first such facility in the world devoted to the study of aquatic invasive species. At MAISRC the UofM is assembling a blue-ribbon team of Professors, researchers and students to team up with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, other Colleges and Universities, non-profit groups and citizens to conduct research dedicated on how to address the invasion of aquatic invasive species. Already MAISRC projects are looking at new technologies like bubble and sound Asian Carp barriers, pheromone attractants making it easier to corral and trap invasive fish, and other techniques that don’t affect native species but can kill zebra mussels, faucet snails and invasive plants. Dr. Sorensen’s efforts to determine how best to prevent the spread and how best to manage the invasion is being watched around the world by those concerned about the problems that come when unwanted animal and plant populations displace our native species and spoil our natural waters.

On March 9 the Theater of Public .....
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Houston, Minn., Owl Festival Winners span four continents

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Wildlife species know no borders, and this year’s award winners at the 11th Annual International Festival of Owls in Houston, Minn. reflect that global outlook. The top award winner in the World Owl Hall of Fame – the Champion of Owls -- is a ..... 
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Lost Creek Hiking Trail is fun AND educational

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was founded by a group of concerned people from Chatfield who wanted to give local citizens an opportunity to hike on a natural trail and learn about our environment. The group lat ..... 
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Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the st ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not t ..... 
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Local bear hunter tags possible record holder

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When you think bear hunting, you may get the image of a burly, north woodsman holding a large rifle while stalking a massive beast. You may be surprised then to meet Jennifer Nolte, of Chatfield. The small-framed mother of three young children is ha ..... 
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Free wagon rides along the Lanesboro-Whalen State Trail

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, beginning at the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro then travel to Whalen and back to ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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