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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minnesota DNR is establishing clear guidelines that are very conservative with regard to collecting and releasing electronic data involving minors.  If you are interested in seeing the MN DNR policy and procedures for the Release of Electronic Licensing Service minor data, just let me know and I can send that to you.

    The following article from Pediatrics – the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics opened my eyes to some of the serious issues and implications of data collection and data mining of minors in this digital age.
    Children’s Privacy in the Big Data Era: Research Opportunities

    Michelle Kelly
    Education Specialist | MinnAqua Program
    Fish and Wildlife Outreach Section
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Region 3 HQ
    1200 Warner Road
    St. Paul, MN, 55106
    Phone: 651-259-5751
    Fax: 651-772-7974

  • Friday, February 09, 2018 6:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interior’s magic bullet: Drones that are DOD castoffs

    Interior has been able to use drones for land surveillance, wildlife monitoring and visual assistance when dealing with natural disasters. In 2017, Interior drone operators were able to identify a spot fire that had started as a result of a larger wildfire they were fighting in southern Oregon. The identification via drone saved approximately $50 million in infrastructure damage.

    Interior plans on using drones to dart animals, as it is one of the most dangerous jobs they have to do, and to try analyzing and dropping charges on potential avalanche areas to safely clear the snow masses without endangering park rangers.

  • Thursday, February 08, 2018 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New lesson on fish migration is now available. 


    Designing Fish-Friendly Culverts (and bridges) is an environmental education science lesson created for educators of grades 5 – 8 to teach kids about fish migration. This hands-on, introductory lesson, can be adapted to other grade levels as well. All materials are easy to download and public domain. Feel free to take the lesson, edit to include your local barriers to fish migration, the fish they affect and even nearby fish passage projects. 


    This lesson was developed for the National Fish Passage Program.

     Denise Wagner

    Branch of Communications and Partnerships, Fish and Aquatic Conservation

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    405.635.4784 email:

  • Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since the 1990s there have been widespread reports throughout the world of male fish from different water bodies that exhibit female traits. This "feminization", which includes changes to the appearance and reproductive ability of the males, has often been associated with exposure of the fish to chemicals in runoff from animal feedlots and discharges from wastewater treatment plants. Chemicals responsible for feminization are collectively referred to as endocrine disruptors, because of their ability to "mimic" the effects of estradiol, a natural estrogenic hormone that controls endocrine systems involved in reproduction in female animals and humans.

    A significant amount of research has been focused on the identity of the estrogenic chemicals causing endocrine disruption, so that their release to the environment might be controlled. A recent paper authored by EPA researchers, "Re-evaluating the Significance of Estrone as an Environmental Estrogen", showed that the hormone estrone may be a very important cause of feminization of male fish. Estrone is produced naturally by livestock and humans, and is excreted from the body in waste. It has been known for some time that estrone can be present at high concentrations in wastewater discharges, but it has not been thought to be particularly important in causing feminization because it is a weak estrogenic chemical. However, the EPA scientists found that estrone can be changed by male fish to the much stronger estradiol, to a degree sufficient to cause their feminization. This indicates that estrone could be a much more important estrogenic endocrine disruptor than previously supposed.  

    The paper describing this work is featured on the cover of the May 16th issue of Environmental Science & Technology and was recently selected by The American Chemical Society as an Editor’s Choice article. 

    Sent by:

    Dennis Riecke

    2016 SDAFS Past President
  • Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Natural Resources Aide (Seasonal) in Fisheries

    The dates of employment vary with each position. Three-month positions typically run from mid-May through mid-August, depending upon college semester dates. Six-month positions will start on or after March 23 and end on or before October 4. The approximate dates of employment for each position are listed in the additional qualifications section below.

    Interested applicants must apply using the State of Iowa Career website by 11:00 p.m. on December 31, 2017.
    •Visit Job Openings on the State of Iowa Career pages.
    •Filter for Agency – 542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
    •Select Natural Resources Aide.
    •Click green Apply box at top.
    •In order to apply for State of Iowa positions, you will need to create a NEOGOV account by clicking on the SIGN IN link at the top right of the career pages.
    Additional help on applying for jobs can be found on the Iowa Department of Administrative Services website at
    For more information about these positions, contact Dan Rosauer at 563-927-3276 or

  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline for Submissions: Feb. 1, 2018


    Submit to: Lindsey Chizinski, with subject line “AREA 2018 Presentation Proposal”

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:05 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello All,

    Below is an email from one of my colleagues here in Colorado.  I know some of you have work with Tabbi on NASP and other programs.  Tabbi has been working on this project as part of AFWA and is looking for some environmental educators to review some monarch butterfly education materials that are out there.  She asked if I could pass this along to this group to see if any of you would be interested.  You can contact Tabbi directly.

    Please see her request below.  I believe the links work but let me know if you are having any problems.  

    Thank you.


    Hello Wildlife Professionals,


    As part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Conservation Education Strategy, we are working on the final component of our most recent multi-state grant.


    In response to AFWA Resolution 2014-1, Support for the Monarch Butterfly Conservation, the Conservation Education Strategy is creating a best-practices resource for monarch butterfly conservation education. This resource guide will only recommend the highest ranking resources, as ranked by YOU (or someone in your organization – please share with the right people if this is not you) and other conservation educators around the country.


    We have compiled 25 different monarch butterfly education resources falling into these four categories:

    1.      Curriculum teaching about the biology and ecology of the monarch

    2.      Raising monarchs in the classroom

    3.      Creating butterfly/pollinator gardens at schools

    4.      Engaging students in citizen science monitoring


    If you agree to be one of our reviewers, you will be assigned to review only five of the resources. Your review will be based on the criteria created by the North American Association for Environmental Education in the Guidelines for Excellence - Environmental Education Materials. Your review will entail reviewing the resources and taking a close look at the resources as an experienced conservation educator. You do not need to teach any of the lessons in order to complete your resource review.


    If you are willing and able to review resources by Wednesday, November 15th, please respond or send an email to Tabbi Kinion. You will be given links to the five resources as well as a link to the evaluation tool. Overall, your evaluation should take less than two hours to evaluate all five resources. The resource tool includes a place for your contact information so that we can give you credit as a reviewer in the final document.


    Thank you for your time and commitment to creating strong conservation education resources.


    Thank you -




    Tabbi Kinion

    Statewide Education Coordinator

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife


    303.291.7165 | F 303.291.7113

    6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 |

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great Idea!

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