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FMR's first-ever virtual gala a hit!

FMR staff at four locations on the river

FMR staff and board members shared reasons why we do the work we do at this year's fall gala, Our Storied River. You can watch all the river stories, including the ones we told, below. (Photos by Tom Reiter)

At Our Storied River, we raised close to $170,000 for the river. Thank you! If you missed the livestream or you just want to see it again, check out this collection of our featured river stories, a tour from FMR staff of a few of our favorite places, and glimpses of the artwork created for the event.  >>

October 7

A sneak preview of the lineup for Our Storied River, Oct. 1

Miss Shannan, Twin band, Danny Givens and Jim Bear Jacobs

Miss Shannan — local host of The Moth — will be our host for an evening of river stories from FMR and our community. Join us October 1!

Want a sneak preview of the stories you'll hear at our virtual fall gala on October 1? We'll hear from a musician who toured the Mississippi by canoe to discover not only his muddy roots, but his true love; a family who found a sense of place in the river, and a place to grieve the impossible; and two storytellers who know the layers of history at Bdote, the sacred confluence of rivers.  >>

September 17

Become a community scientist

Scientists sometimes turn to the public to collect observations and data on flora and fauna. If you’re heading outside, why not take note of the wildlife and blooms you see? Here are a few of our favorite projects that call for community scientists.  >>

April 28

Candid camera at Spring Lake Islands

We've trained a wildlife camera's eye on our turtle nest protection area in the Spring Lake Islands Wildlife Management Area near Rosemount. The camera's shots will help us find out if the nest enclosure is working to protect hatchlings. But as we dig through our footage, we're turning up some fun shots of more than just turtles.  >>

September 20

It's monarch migration season!

Fall brings chances to spot monarch roosts — dozens of butterflies gathering together on their migration south. FMR ecologist Karen Schik found hundreds earlier this week and sent these videos back from a visit to our prairie restoration at Flint Hills Resources in Inver Grove Heights. >>

September 6

A good sign for habitat: Hastings high schoolers make their mark in the park

Hastings High School students shovel into place the park sign they wrote and designed for Vermillion River Linear Park. Their teacher, Mr. Beattie, has partnered his field biology classes with us to restore natural habitat at this park for five years.

Vermillion River Linear Park is a 60-acre prairie in the heart of Hastings that FMR has worked with students for years to restore. These high school students wanted to make sure passersby knew about the boon to wildlife and water quality right in their backyard. >>

June 11

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