Starry Trek: a search for starry stonewort | Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

Join the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for a day searching for one of Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species, starry stonewort (and other AIS). Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 11 Minnesota lakes. Now we are asking for your help in searching other lakes to better understand its distribution in Minnesota. You can learn more about starry stonewort here.

You will be teaming up with volunteers across the state as well as volunteers in Wisconsin participating in a sister event (AIS Snapshot Day) to help in the early detection of aquatic invasive species. During last year’s inaugural event, volunteers participating in Starry Trek discovered a new population of starry stonewort in Grand Lake (Stearns County). As a result of this discovery the local lake association and MN DNR teamed up in a rapid response plan to remove the small patch of starry stonewort. Rendezvous sites are located across the state and will be hosted by local agencies and organizations to search nearby locations.

The Anoka County rendezvous location is at Bunker Hills Activity Center (Andover). For more information contact Britta Dornfeld (Outreach Assistant, Coon Creek Watershed District, bdornfeld@cooncreekwd.org, 763-755-0975)

Participants will meet at the local rendezvous site in the morning and will be assigned sites to search upon arrival. All participants will need to return to the rendezvous site to check-in and turn in specimens and datasheets at the end of the day. Training will occur on-site when you arrive. No experience necessary! Participants under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Youth clubs (scouts, 4-H, etc.) can contact Megan Weber mmweber@umn.edu to learn how to participate as a club.

Register to register to participate at a location near you! You will receive an e-mail with additional details about your location.

View the video (YouTube, Anoka County; 2:00) of watercraft inspectors and boaters working together to keep invasive species out of Anoka County lakes and rivers.

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