Mill Pond Citizen Science Event

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Mill Pond Citizen Science Event

June 22, 2019 | 9 a.m.

Doris Kemp Park, 921 Highway 169, Champlin, MN 55316
Parking: Veterans Park, 505 E. Hayden Lake Rd., and Willy McCoys, 12450 Business Park Blvd N.
(In the event of inclement weather, presentations will be held inside the Champlin Ice Forum 12165 Ensign Avenuewith limited Citizen Environmental Science Stations in the field.) 

The City of Champlin’s Mill Pond Restoration Project Managers and the MN Department of Natural Resources Fish & Wildlife professionals will be presenting information on future fish populations and proposed stocking, wildlife management initiatives and opportunities for project studies for students and adults. Hands-on interactive activities including fish research, migratory bird counting, and other projects will be featured at this citizen science event. This is a kick-off to the citizen science learning program at the Mill Pond. If you have an interest in learning more about the Mill Pond and the wildlife here in Champlin please join us for this informative and engaging event.

Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Mill Pond Project Presentation
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Divide into Groups (will rotate stations every 20 minutes)
10:15 – 12:00 p.m. Citizen Environmental Science Stations – Sign up is required and space is limited. Sign up the morning of the event.
Lunch provided for participants from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. by Jimmy Johns
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Citizen Environmental Science Stations continued
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Wrap up and Q & A

  • Station 1 – Fish: Overview of fishery surveys. Electro fishing 10-minute survey. Participants will be able to ID, weigh and measure captured fish.
  • Station 2 – Birds: Overview of bird surveys. Participants will complete a walk to identify birds and put data into E-bird (bring smartphones)
  • Station 3 – Vegetation: Review invasive and native trees, shrubs and plants along with impacts and benefits. Participants will complete a walk identifying both invasive and native plants. Includes discussion on recently planted wild rice. Also discuss EDDs Map (bring smartphones)
  • Station 4 – Raptor Center Booth: This is a casual meet-and-greet, ask question of the naturalist on-site.

For more information contact Todd Tuominen in the Engineering Department at ttuominen@ci.champlin.mn.us or 763-923-7120.