Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Webinar Series- Phenology, Wasp Watchers, Assessing Vegetation Impacts of Deer AVID, Bee Atlas

19 Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland
St Paul, MN 55108-6112

Four Webinars are being offered. You can take them individually for $20.00 each or all 4 for $50.00

April 5 - Getting Started with Phenology Course Details

Instructors: Rebecca Montgomery, Christopher Buyarski, and Stephan Carlson
Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals that can be observed in one's own backyard or community. It is everything from breaking leaf buds and flowers, falling seeds and leaves and the return of birds in the spring. This webinar will focus on how to get started, what to observe, how to record and enter data into Nature’s Notebook and what we have learned in MN from historical data. Nature’s Notebook is part of the National Phenological Network that has over 1500 observers in MN alone and whose data is available for your use. Join us to learn "Phenology 101" and become a life-long phenologist.

April 12 - Wasp Watchers- Engaging citizen scientist volunteers in emerald ash borer biosurveillance
Instructor: Jen Schultz, Wasp Watchers Program Coordinator
The Wasp Watchers Program brings together citizen scientist volunteers and native, stingless, ground-nesting wasps called smoky winged beetle bandits (Cerceris fumipennis) for the purpose of finding emerald ash borer (EAB). These harmless beetle bandit wasps hunt for wood boring beetles (including EAB) in the trees and return to their underground nests with beetles to provide food for their offspring. Citizen scientists can intercept the foraging wasps using an aerial net and the beetle prey can be captured and identified to determine if EAB is present at that site. Volunteer and help with EAB detection!

April 19 - AVID -Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer - St Paul Campus
Speaker: Johanna Desprez and Matt Russell
Are you interested in deer? In this webinar we will discuss the impacts of deer populations in Minnesota and current research being done at the University of Minnesota. We will also introduce a citizen science project operated by the University of Minnesota Extension and explain how you can get involved monitoring the impacts of deer on vegetation and begin collecting data.r

April 26 - Bee diversity and citizen science
Instructor: Britt Forsberg, MN Bee Atlas Coordinator
Although bees have become a media darling, some of the information out there is misleading or may not be accurate in all situations. In this one hour webinar led by Britt Forsberg, program coordinator for the Minnesota Bee Atlas, we will address some common misconceptions about bees, why they matter, and how participating in the Minnesota Bee Atlas can help scientists learn more about the estimated 400 bee species in Minnesota. If you are able to attend the presentation in person, you are welcome to stick around afterward to get a chance to look at preserved bee specimens and tour the Bee Atlas lab space, pending lab activity

The course cost is $20 and includes course manuals and supplies.

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Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

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