Minnesota, June 22, 2015 ---- Summer is here!!! All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are now avail. Here are a select few more can be found on theMinnesota Department of Natural Resources Website. From Loon counting to removing Wild Parsnip to organizing Historical DNR documents.
Count Loons One Morning
(Central, NW, NE, and Southern MN)
Volunteers across the state are needed to track Minnesota's loon population. Now in its 22nd year, the Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program will assign you to a pre-selected lake to count the number of loons you see on one morning between June 26 and July 6, 2015.
Detailed instructions, training materials, maps, and a data form will be provided. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per lake. Surveys must be done sometime between 5:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. You must commit to completing an assigned lake(s) within the specified time frame.
Call or email the following DNR Regional Nongame Wildlife staff to be assigned to a lake(s) in one of the listed counties:
Becker or Otter Tail Counties: Contact Sherry Wright, Bemidji, 218-308-2620, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cook, Lake, or Itasca Counties: Contact Sarah Verke, Grand Rapids, 218-999-7808, email@example.com
Aitkin or Crow Wing Counties: Contact Karen McLennan, Brainerd, 218-828-2605, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kandiyohi County: Contact Dorie Tess, New Ulm, 507-359-6036, email@example.com
Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey
(NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN
If you live on a lake or regularly visit a lake, and you have an interest in loons, you can be a volunteer "loon watcher" in the Minnesota Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey.
As a Loon Watcher you will record:
◾the number of loons you see
◾nesting success observed in eggs and young birds
◾interesting occurrences and
◾problems that may harm the loons.
For more information about the Minnesota Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey contact Kevin Woizeschke at Kevin.Woizeschke@state.mn.us or 218-833-8729.
Interpretive Center Host at Sibley State Park
Greet the public and act as host of the Sibley State Park Interpretive Center for 2, 4 or more hours on any given day of the week during the summer! The center is a great place to learn more about the park, its natural features of prairies and Mount Tom, as well as who was Henry Sibley that it's named after. Volunteer hosts can even conduct story time sessions if interested!
Our goal is to have the building open 7 days a week with the focus on longer open hours Friday-Sunday. Volunteers will greet visitors and answer basic park questions. Training will be provided. Naturalists will be in charge of opening, closing and cleaning the center.
For more information on how you can be a host, contact Kelsey Olson, Lead Naturalist, Sibley State Park, 800 Sibley Park Rd NE, New London, MN 56273 at 320-354-2002 or email Kelsey.firstname.lastname@example.org
◾From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to County Rd. 40. Then go west on County Rd. 40. Go one mile north on 71 to park entrance.
◾From Willmar, take US Hwy 71 north, 15 miles to the park entrance
Be a Master Naturalist
(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)
If you enjoy learning about nature, hiking, bird watching, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer!
Take trainings and learn about Minnesota's biomes (plant and animal communities) including hardwoods and rivers, north woods and Great Lakes, and prairies.
To learn more visit www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org .
The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is a joint effort of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Summer is here!!! All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are NOW posted on our website!