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2011-12 Speaker Series

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Date: October 19, 2011
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

National Park Service Announces Riverway Speaker Series

Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley's national park? Join the National Park Service 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, November 19, with a program focused on wild rice.

Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Wild Rice in Minnesota and Wisconsin: Conservation, Threats, and Restoration

Presented by Dr. Anthony Kern, Northland College

American wild rice has significant cultural and ecological importance in the U.S. and Canada.Due to human activities, the plant has disappeared across much of its native range, and efforts are underway to conserve and restore the plant in suitable habitats. This presentation will focus on the ecology of natural (non-cultivated) wild rice populations and discuss current restoration efforts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Anthony Kern is an Associate Professor of Biology at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and holds his Ph.D. in Plant Genetics and M.S. in Agronomy.

Dr. Kern will present at 10:00 a.m. and then repeat his talk at 1:00 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating.To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274. Callers can reserve up to 4 seats.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Presentations

January 21: The Ojibwe
Damon Panek, National Park Ranger and Ojibwe Cultural Specialist

February 18:Landscaping for Wildlife
Mike Zeckmeister, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

March 17:Cougars in Wisconsin
Adrian Wydeven, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

April 14:Knee Deep in Monkeys: Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds
Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Each speaker will present at 10:00 a.m. and then repeat his talk at 1:00 p.m.

Reservations for each speaker will be accepted beginning one month prior to the presentation.

The 2011-2012 Riverway Speaker Series is supported by the St. Croix River Fund. For information on the River Fund, visit http://www.stcroixriverassociation.org/river-fund.

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.

Did You Know?

winged dragonfly with a clubbed tail and yellow and black markings

A new species of dragonfly, the St. Croix Snaketail, was discovered within St. Croix NSR in 1989. It has only been found to reproduce in one other river in Wisconsin. It prefers large streams with fast flow and clean water, abundant cobble and gravel with sand bottoms in forested watersheds. More...