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We miss Friends of the Mississippi River Development Officer John Briel!

Development Officer John Briel is on his way to the Windy City. 

FMR is bidding a bittersweet farewell to our longtime and beloved development officer, John Briel.

May 2017
N. Mpls Reconnect March Meeting

Over 60 Northsiders joined us to learn about and discuss ways to reconnect North Minneapolis and the Mighty Mississippi in March 2017.

The FMR advocacy crew is switching gears. After spending 2016 researching how to better connect North Minneapolis with the Mississippi River we're shifting to advocating for those community-identified changes. We marked this transition with a final presentation by FMR's CURA research assistant Eric King and a panel discussion with attendees, covering everything from potential gentrification to a possible land-bridge over Interstate 94.

April 2017
Plains pocket gopher

Seldom venturing above ground, the beady eyes and small ears of the plains pocket gopher are reflective of their underground lifestyle.

Fans of The Lord of the Rings will recognize this query of Gollum, the odd underworld creature, as he pondered the riddle of Bilbo’s pocket contents. The star character of this month’s Nature Notes is also a creature of the underworld, seldom seen above ground. And like Gollum, these animals have a lead role in the world they inhabit.

April 2017

This month's photo had several iconic landmarks and generated several correct responses and interesting comments.

April 2017

"When people like [FMR director] Whitney Clark and Steve Morse call out the Minnesota Legislature for a 'full frontal assault' on the state’s traditions of environmental stewardship, for an 'unprecedented' trashing of established and accepted practice, it’s time to take notice," writes Ron Meador in MINNPost. We couldn't agree more.

April 2017
Earth Day cleanup volunteers

Earth Day is just around the corner! Join us to protect and restore local natural areas, organize your own outing to help the river, or to turn your own home, yard or neighborhood into a force for clean water.

April 2017
Bird hike at a restoration site

Birders scan the tree line for movement as FMR ecologist Karen Schik (right) plays a recorded bird call at an FMR habitat restoration site.

FMR has helped to protect and restore a number of first-rate birding spots in the metro. Take advantage of the spring migration season with a visit to our top Mississippi River flyway sites. Whether you’re looking for an urban birding spot, or prefer a location a little more off the beaten path, we've got you covered.

March 2017

We added some extra clues and extended the guessing window — and it worked! We received three correct responses. Have you figured it out yet?

March 2017
An adult bald eagle feeds its babies live on camera

An adult bald eagle feeds its babies live on the DNR Eagle Cam.

Each year in the Twin Cities, humans and other wildlife patiently wait for spring. Some years it arrives to stay, others it arrives only to beat a fast retreat. But over the last few years, one of the few constants in this transitional period in the metro has been the presence of bald eagles. As spring creeps back they take to the sky, hunting for prey, fighting over territory, and mating.

March 2017

The Minnesota Legislature is considering rolling back the buffer law, undermining critical protection for Minnesota’s public waters.

FMR is asking all supporters of clean water to act now to protect Minnesota’s buffer law. Contact your representatives today!

March 2017

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