2014 Riverway Speaker Series

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Date: January 14, 2014
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

2014 Riverway Speaker Series Kicks Off on January 18

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley's national park? Join the National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association in exploring the heritage, natural wonders, and communities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this year's Riverway Speaker Series. The series kicks off on Saturday, January 18, 2014, with a program focused on a disease that is severely impacting the region's bat population.

Saturday, January 18

White-nose Syndrome and Bats along the St. Croix River

Presented by Gerda Nordquist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a devastating disease responsible for the deaths of more than 6 million bats in eastern North America, has reached the Upper Midwest.Learn about the bats in our region, the ecological services they provide, and their vulnerability to WNS. Recent research to understand and combat the disease will be described and ways you can help our bats will be discussed.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River Association office, 230 South Washington Street, Unit 1, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (next to the St. Croix Falls Public Library).

Reservations are encouraged but not required.To reserve a space, call (715) 483-3300 or email info@scramail.com .

Save the Date for These Upcoming Presentations

February 8:The Sheffield site and Oneota archaeology in the St. Croix Valley
Presented by Dr. Ed Fleming, Science Museum of Minnesota

March 15:Elk in Wisconsin:The Clam Lake Elk Herd
Presented by Laine Stowell, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

April 12:Agricultural Land Use and the Survival of Honey Bee Colonies
Presented by Matthew Smart, University of Minnesota Bee Lab

Each speaker will present at 10:00 a.m.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.For 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

The St. Croix River Association is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed.It partners with others so that the St. Croix is a place where

·Waters run free and clean
·Habitat remains plentiful to sustain our unique and diverse flora and fauna
·People have access to our National Park and the park flourishes
·Towns throughout the basin thrive and people celebrate the river

Learn more at www.stcroixriverassociation.org

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