Field Notes
Field Notes

Stories from the St. Croix Watershed Research Station

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lake Looks Like A River

How water moves through the broad, 25-mile stretch has big implications for cleaning up its algae problem.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Sulfate Cascade: Measuring Mercury at Marcell

More extreme swings in rainfall could cause more mercury in Minnesota's fish.

Beekeeping
Monday, October 12, 2015

You Don’t Keep Bees, Bees Keep You: Lessons From A First-Time Apiarist

Caring for pollinators provided some unexpected lessons – including vulnerability.

Buoyed By New Clues to Lake of the Woods
Friday, August 21, 2015

Buoyed By New Clues to Lake of the Woods

Long, bumpy boat rides are a fundamental part of finding the clues to Lake of the Woods’ water quality problems. The huge lake on the Canada-U.S.A. border requires speeding long distances over rough water to remote sites, but the trips have been worth it.

Pine Needles Artist-in-Residence to Paint for the Public in Marine
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pine Needles Artist-in-Residence to Paint for the Public in Marine

Joshua Cunningham, a painter staying on the banks of the St. Croix River this month, will be painting the scenic farmer’s market and other activities of Marine on St. Croix this Saturday. He will be happy to talk with anybody who stops by to watch him depict the bustling, peaceful village.

Research on Restoring Prairie and Giving Native Species the Advantage
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Research on Restoring Prairie and Giving Native Species the Advantage

Reconstructing native prairie isn’t as simple as plowing under cropland and scattering some grass seed around. Certain species of native plants fare better in the early years of a prairie’s life. They can hold their own against invasive plants that are often aggressive in such situations, and ultimately establish a plan community that lets other, more submissive species begin growing.

Diploneis hoevsgoelensis
Friday, July 31, 2015

From Mongolia to the Microscope: New Diatom Species Seen at the Station

Much of the research station’s work studies specific issues important for reducing pollution, setting public policy, and helping make smart management decisions. But there is also a lot of “pure science” that happens here. Perhaps the purest, and one of the oldest, forms of science is the discovery and description of new species.

People and Pollinators on the Prairie
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

People and Pollinators on the Prairie

Saturday, July 18 was a scorching day following a stormy night. It was also the day of the research station’s “In Praise of Pollinators and Prairies” event. Despite a tent that blew down in strong winds that also took down nearby trees overnight, and a hot and humid morning, almost 80 people came to tour the prairies, hear from expert speakers, and learn how native plants and insects depend on each other.

Pollinators Provide Purpose for Prairies
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pollinators Provide Purpose for Prairies

The prairies at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station were planted in 1999 and 2000. They are still growing strong – one of them was burned again this spring and is already adorned in a diverse mix of grasses and blooms.

Three Hours, Two Countries, One Canoe
Monday, July 13, 2015

Three Hours, Two Countries, One Canoe

It was a first for both of us. For Icaro Macedo, a summer intern at the research station from Brazil, it was his first time in a canoe. For me, it was my first time taking a Brazilian canoeing. Since he was spending a couple months both living and working at the station, it seemed important that he see a little of the river flowing by a hundred yards away. It also seemed important to hear what a marine geology student from South America thinks about the world, rivers, science, and the future.

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