logo-speaker-seriesROCHESTER, Minn. — Starting in January, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester will launch a monthly speaker series, featuring presentations on environmental topics impacting the Southeastern Minnesota region. The series will be held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Cascade Meadow, located at 2900 19th St. NW. The events are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is needed.

The first few speakers are all professors of biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Jan. 19: “Climate change impacts to southeast Minnesota fishes” with Dr. Josh Lallaman

The projected rise in surface temperature and precipitation patterns caused by global climate change will have significant effects on fish and aquatic habitats. Projected changes to climate will have negative consequences ranging from trout streams to the Great Lakes. Research from fish movement and temperature selection in Cascade Meadow Lake will be used as just one of several examples discussing the effects on local fish populations.

Feb.16: “Recovery of Henslow’s sparrows at Great River Bluffs State Park through habitat management” with Dr. Ray Faber

Dr. Faber has studied Henslow’s sparrows at GRBSP since 1994 and recommended habitat modifications that were successful in restoring a resident population. Henslow’s sparrows are on Minnesota’s list of endangered species and are found in only a few locations in the state. They have traditionally been found at GRBSP since its establishment, but disappeared in the early 1990s because of deterioration of their habitat.

March 16: “Why are these ants on my plants? A brief exploration of ant-plant interactions” with Dr. Moni Berg-Binder

Interactions between ants and plants are abundant in nature. What are the outcomes of these interactions? Who are the “winners” and “losers”? Explore several different common types of interactions between ants and plants, including several interactions happening in Southeastern Minnesota.

For more upcoming events at Cascade Meadow, please visit our events calendar online at www.smumn.edu/cascademeadow/events/.

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