Three Rivers Park District - Natural Resources Management

Three Rivers Park District - Natural Resources Management Restoring and protecting natural resources-such as native plant communities, wildlife diversity and water quality in Three Rivers Park District.
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Our policy for the planning and management of natural resources distinguishes us from other park and recreation agencies in Minnesota. Specifically, our policy allows no more than 20 percent of a park reserve to be developed for active use and requires that at least 80 percent of the park reserve be restored to and retained in a natural state. In keeping with this policy, we are actively involved in the preservation and restoration of wildlife and plant species.

Mission: The mission of Three Rivers Park District is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system.

05/28/2020

Bird survey time! Staff and volunteers waking up early before the birds to get out to their survey routes and points.

Many of these surveys started in the 70s and it is so neat to see habitat changes supporting diverse birds. How many birds can you identify by sound?

🐦🌟"Here is a lucky bluebird star that brings good fortune to all who witness it" - Wildlife Volunteer Steph DeMayWe love...
05/27/2020

🐦🌟"Here is a lucky bluebird star that brings good fortune to all who witness it" - Wildlife Volunteer Steph DeMay

We love getting updates from in the field volunteers. We hope you enjoy as well and give a share to show how much we appreciate 👏 all their efforts to help support wildlife in the parks.

Three Rivers Park District Volunteering Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota

#throwbackthursday with The Wandering Naturalist Podcast of Three Rivers Park District to celebrate the life of Kathy He...
05/21/2020
Kathy Heidel, longtime naturalist at Carver Park

#throwbackthursday with The Wandering Naturalist Podcast of Three Rivers Park District to celebrate the life of Kathy Heidel who we spoke about on the podcast.

Do you enjoy sharing your passion for nature like Kathy did?

She died May 17

05/20/2020
Searching for a Turtle

Here is what it looks and sounds like to be in the field utilizing Telemetry gear to track a State Threatened turtle. Can you hear the beep?!

There are many ways to search for wildlife...telemetry is one tool that staff utilize to track movements.  What is the W...
05/19/2020

There are many ways to search for wildlife...telemetry is one tool that staff utilize to track movements. What is the Wildlife Biologist searching for today?

Telemetry works in a manner similar to any radio system. There is a transmitter source sending out a signal at a given frequency (e.g., a radio “station”) and a receiver (e.g., a vehicle’s radio) is tuned to that frequency allowing us to hear the signal (e.g., music or talk show).

Would you like to learn more on how Three Rivers Park District uses telemetry? Post in the comments below and if enough interest we could do a LIVE demonstration later this season.

Three Rivers Park District - Natural Resources Management's cover photo
05/19/2020

Three Rivers Park District - Natural Resources Management's cover photo

Three Rivers Park District - Natural Resources Management
05/19/2020

Three Rivers Park District - Natural Resources Management

What pollinator questions do you have for our LIVE event with Three Rivers Park District - Silverwood Park tomorrow feat...
05/16/2020

What pollinator questions do you have for our LIVE event with Three Rivers Park District - Silverwood Park tomorrow featuring Wildlife Biologist Angela Grill? Ask away in the comments below!

Are you curious about pollinators and what we are doing here at Three Rivers Park District?  This Saturday at 1pm join o...
05/14/2020

Are you curious about pollinators and what we are doing here at Three Rivers Park District? This Saturday at 1pm join our Wildlife Biologist, Angela Grill live for Virtual Pollinator Talk and Clay Flower Pots with Three Rivers Park District - Silverwood Park.

Post your questions here to be featured during the live stream. We conduct bumble bee surveys, participated in research with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Native Bee Atlas and create diverse resilient habitat that attracts species such as the federally endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee.

We hope you join and contribute some questions!

05/13/2020
Three Rivers Park District

Learn more about Wildlife in our parks and see if you can guess before the end of video!

Explore the Mississippi River with Naturalist Ashley from Mississippi Gateway Regional Park of Three Rivers Park District and try to figure out the mystery animal she is featuring for #WildlifeWednesday!
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#wildlife #critters #rivercritters #mississippiriver #naturevideo #naturelovers #wildlifevideo #natureeducation #lifelonglearning #exploring #natureisneat #threeriversparks

There are so many exciting things happening in spring for wildlife.  Nesting birds, wandering turtles, hiding fawns and ...
05/13/2020

There are so many exciting things happening in spring for wildlife. Nesting birds, wandering turtles, hiding fawns and other young wildlife. This is one reason park ordinances state to remain on trail and keep dogs leashed.

We are so excited more people are visiting the parks and experiencing nature but please help us continue to show respect to our valuable natural resources and the wildlife that calls our parks home.

Here are reasons to keep your dog on leash:
1. Safety to others in a public place. Some people are allergic and if not on leash may approach others. When you have a good dog leash, you have control over its actions.
2. It keeps the dog safe. You have no control over the environment your dog roams in; accidents do happen. On leash you can stop a dog before it gets hurt.
3. It gives other dog owners a bad name. If your dog is off leash and misbehaves, it gives proof to argue the case for further restrictions. When you and your dog are courteous in public, it shows that dogs and other trail users can exist in peace.
4. It is the law to have your dog on a leash. You will get a fine if you don't adhere to these rules. There are designated dog parks where you can have your dog off leash but should be within its handler's sight. To find these locations: https://www.threeriversparks.org/activity/dog-leash

Leashes are suitable for both the dog and those around it. Be a responsible environmental steward and dog owner by keeping everyone safe. The easiest and most effective way to accomplish this is by utilizing a dog leash.

Anyone else take a prairie morning walk lately?  We highly recommend.  Please remember to stay on designated trails, kee...
05/12/2020

Anyone else take a prairie morning walk lately? We highly recommend.

Please remember to stay on designated trails, keep dogs leashed, and leave no trace. Spring is an important time for nesting birds and staying on trail will ensure their safety as well keeping curious dogs leashed.

Our parks are open for all to enjoy and FREE to access. Take time for solitude and serenity in the vast openness of the restored tallgrass prairies at Three Rivers Park District - Crow Hassan Park Reserve...you may also spy nesting birds such as this Bluebird and Meadowlark pictured.

📸: John Pennoyer

05/07/2020
Spring Visits to the Prairie

The pollinators are out making their visits to early bloomers like this yellow beauty found in the restored prairies of Three Rivers Park District - Crow Hassan Park Reserve. Can you name the plant and the visitor?

"It adds to the delight imparted by spring, and enlivens the dull days of winter. Full of innocent vivacity, warbling it...
05/04/2020

"It adds to the delight imparted by spring, and enlivens the dull days of winter. Full of innocent vivacity, warbling its ever pleasing notes, and familiar as any bird can be in its natural freedom, it is one of the most agreeable of our feathered favourites." - John J Audubon

Action shot of wildlife in the parks! Nice capture of a beautiful male bluebird by a monitoring volunteer.

Did you know we have over 500 houses installed for bluebirds across Three Rivers Park District? All monitored and maintained by fabulous volunteers.

Getting lots of reports of blue eggs, with this amazing spring weather, we should have a very successful season.

Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota Three Rivers Park District Volunteering National Audubon Society Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

Even though we will not be doing controlled burns 🔥this spring we wanted to highlight this important management activity...
05/01/2020

Even though we will not be doing controlled burns 🔥this spring we wanted to highlight this important management activity for restored prairies.

The black quickly turns to green. These featured photos were taken only a week a part last year. The last is to show off the diversity of forbs that return.

The fires help control invasive species, increase native plant growth, and improve quality wildlife habitat.

To learn more read our past blog article: https://www.threeriversparks.org/blog/prairie-burns-protecting-precious-habitat-fire

If you have lost your rock recently at Three Rivers Park District - French Regional Park near the Purple Martin colony, ...
04/29/2020

If you have lost your rock recently at Three Rivers Park District - French Regional Park near the Purple Martin colony, please let us know. We have some questions.

This site has had vandalism in the past and was replaced. These birds are federally protected and it is a federal offense to disturb their nests. Coming all the way from Brazil to raise young here in Minnesota this breaks our heart to see their home destroyed for fun.

Please report any suspicious activity in our parks by calling 911 and stating which park you are located in within Three Rivers.

Unfortunately with higher traffic to our parks and trails situations like this will also increase. This is the opposite of being a good neighbor to nature.

04/29/2020
Minnesota Native Landscapes

Have you always wanted to support pollinators in your yard but aren't sure how to get started? Minnesota Native Landscapes is just one of many suppliers in the metro area of amazing native plants.

Being a good neighbor to nature can start right in your own yard! Having a diversity of native plants blooming through early spring to late fall supports ALL pollinators by providing nectar sources.

For more suppliers visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources page: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/suppliers.html

Ever wonder what caterpillars eat or where bumblebees sleep? They thrive on native plants, plants that you can grow in your very own yard!

We are SO excited to announce that we are now offering a DIY garden product, the My Pocket Prairie Kit! Learn more about this one-of-a-kind product that will turn your outdoor space into a beautiful blooming prairie.
https://mypocketprairie.com/

#CitizenScience highlight for HerpMapper!  What do you do if you spot an at risk species in the parks?  Great question.F...
04/28/2020

#CitizenScience highlight for HerpMapper! What do you do if you spot an at risk species in the parks? Great question.

For something like this Blanding's Turtle, report directly to staff ([email protected]) and use HerpMapper. This keeps the sightings private and hidden from potential poachers, which is a real threat to turtles and other species.

Give the wildlife space but snap a picture to send along with your observation to confirm identification. Many of our Blanding's turtles are marked to easily identify individual turtles. Look for notches on the turtles outer shell.

If the turtle is on the trail, again give space but make sure they successfully cross on their own out of danger of trail traffic. Educate other park guests as they pass and feel fortunate to have witnessed a State Threatened species.

...Because there are so many ways to participate in #CitizenScience in nature we will continue to post ideas throughout ...
04/28/2020

...Because there are so many ways to participate in #CitizenScience in nature we will continue to post ideas throughout this rainy 🌧 day. Buckle up...there is A LOT so we will try to highlight our favorites.

So much more to learn about our native pollinators 🐝and a new project with Minnesota Native Bee Atlas will search for data on leafcutter bees, genus Megachile.

Although we are learning more about the distribution of the bees themselves, we know very little about the plant species they use. Leaf damage may be subtle but once you know what to look for you will likely start seeing it more and more. This project is designed to catalog photos of leaves that have been used by leafcutter bees. Please include multiple photos of the leaf and photos of the entire plant and bark (if applicable) to help us identify the plant.

To learn more and participate: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/megachile-bee-leaf-cuts

Being a good neighbor to nature is easy and can even be part of active research...#CitizenScience is what we highlight a...
04/28/2020
City Nature Challenge 2020: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Being a good neighbor to nature is easy and can even be part of active research...#CitizenScience is what we highlight as an action today!

Did you know a national event is happening right now?! Join City Nature Challenge 2020 on iNaturalist.org and report your nature findings within Three Rivers Park District.

If you have a smartphone 📱 you can easily participate. Download the free app and start snapping photos.

Having curiosity and excitement to share with others, spread the joys of enjoying nature!

University of Minnesota Extension Minnesota Master Naturalist

Join University of Minnesota Extension and various other groups and organizations in and around the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area for City Nature Challenge 2020 to document the amazing variety of living things we have in the 11-county metro area. You can add iNaturalist observations and hel...

🐢 We hope you have been getting out to enjoy this sunshine and the beauty our Three Rivers Park District parks can bring...
04/27/2020

🐢 We hope you have been getting out to enjoy this sunshine and the beauty our Three Rivers Park District parks can bring!

Even our #wildlife seems to be enjoying the parks. Doesn't this Blanding's Turtle look like it is smiling?! 😍

Please remember our parks have sensitive #NaturalResources such as this State Threatened species of turtle. As you enjoy our parks and trails please continue to be respectful neighbors with nature.

This week we will feature more ways to be a good neighbor to nature but to start:

1. Stay on designated trails. Many of our parks have maintenance trails or mowed burn breaks that are not open to the public. Please pay attention to signage and remain on trails.
2. Keep dogs leashed. This is a time when wildlife is moving and birds nesting, they may get scared off a nest or worse harmed by curious dogs.
3. Leave no trace. Take all trash back with you if unable to find a garbage bin, this includes dog waste. Plan accordingly.
4. No harvesting or removing items from the park. This is a time when many take to the woods to forage for leeks. Other public lands may allow this activity but is NOT allowed at ANY of our parks.

📸Photo Credit: Alison Weyer (wildlife volunteer)

04/22/2020
Calls from a Wetland

If #EarthDay had a sound...

Would you pass the biologist test to name this species calling from the wetland?

Another project to highlight for #nationalvolunteerweek is Frog 🐸 and Toad Surveys. Going out three times each year to help collect data on what species we have in our parks, these volunteers stay up late often until midnight!

Give a ❤️ and share to test your friends and family! Thank you to these amazing volunteers for knowing their frog and toad calls.

Three Rivers Park District Volunteering HerpMapper Minnesota Herpetological Society

04/21/2020
Return of the Martins

Turn up the volume and zen out to the Return of Purple Martins!

Three Rivers Park District has 5 established colonies all monitored by volunteers. Nest checks, pest control, bird banding, and beyond, these volunteers notice every detail to keep these migrating birds returning.

Last year thanks to their efforts we fledged a total of 367 nestlings! Give this post a ❤️ and share to show your appreciation.

#nationalvolunteerweek Three Rivers Park District Volunteering Purple Martin Conservation Association

To highlight #NationalVolunteerWeek we will be sharing with you the various projects volunteers make possible within #Na...
04/20/2020

To highlight #NationalVolunteerWeek we will be sharing with you the various projects volunteers make possible within #NaturalResources. Kicking things off, bluebird monitoring 🐦

A volunteer confirmed eggs laid this last week!!! Are they not the prettiest eggs EVER?

Thanks to over 40 volunteers monitoring 600 plus houses spread across Three Rivers Park District, we have seen upwards of 7,000 bluebirds fledged since 2009. 😲😍

We applaud their dedication and time spent caring for these lovely birds! North American Bluebird Society Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota

04/16/2020

Virtual hike tease to help encourage you outdoors! A good dose of fresh air while keeping social distance is a great way to spend a Thursday...is it Thursday?

Where are you getting your sunshine ☀️ dose today? Share your hikes and nature finds!

Time to share some iNaturalist.org observations from Three Rivers Park District and again we feature BIRDS!  👀🔭It is tha...
04/15/2020

Time to share some iNaturalist.org observations from Three Rivers Park District and again we feature BIRDS! 👀🔭

It is that time of year for returning and migrating birds. Can you name these species 📸?

Post in the comments below and share what sightings you are finding out in the parks.

**Remember keep social distance while on trails - 6 Feet
**With over 20 parks and various trails, try to find or access less high traffic areas
**Leave no Trace, carry out any garbage
**Keep dogs on leash unless in designated dog park
**Buildings and bathrooms are closed, plan accordingly

Photo Credit: iNaturalist user klmckinney

Do you have non-lead fishing tackle?  Take this time in spring to clean through your fishing 🎣 gear and #gettheleadout #...
04/14/2020

Do you have non-lead fishing tackle? Take this time in spring to clean through your fishing 🎣 gear and #gettheleadout #keepwildlifesafe

The Wandering Naturalist Podcast of Three Rivers Park District discusses lead poising with Dr. Renee Schott from Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) this month when we talk all things Swan 🦢

Listen here 🎧http://thewanderingnaturalist.libsyn.com/website/swan-song-to-trumpets-of-success-current-swan-research-and-rehabilitation

"It doesn’t take much lead to cause sickness. A fragment the size of the tip of a pencil will make an eagle ill. Half of admitted swans show lead toxicity, with 25% of those birds surviving. Lead can lodge in the folds of a swan’s stomach. Enzymes break down the metal, allowing it into the bird’s bloodstream."

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a great website listing manufacturers and retailers: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/manufacturers-and-retailers-nonlead-tackle

You can also learn more about hunting without lead: http://www.huntingwithnonlead.org/ Hunting with Non-Lead Bullets

Also visit The Trumpeter Swan Society: https://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/what-we-do/swan-health.html

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