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A red fox ventures into an open, grassy area.

Bird surveys and wildlife cameras (one of which captured this red fox on film) have long provided a glimpse of how wildlife use our restoration sites. But recently we've been greatly expanding our monitoring to include amphibians, reptiles, pollinators and other insects.

Since the creation of our land conservation program over 20 years ago, FMR has protected, restored or enhanced over a thousand acres of prairie, forest, wetland and other types of wildlife and pollinator habitat in the metro area. But does increasing native habitat result in the return of native animals?

Learn about bird surveys, wildlife cams and our work with local high schools to find out. >>

February 2018

Our winter submissions beautifully showcase how even in its frozen form the Mississippi River continues to inspire and take center stage amidst our busy cityscape. >>

February 2018
Students stencil storm drains in St. Paul neighborhoods

A group of students from Neighborhood House summer programs stencil storm drains in a St. Paul neighborhood.

If you're looking for a service outing that's educational, active, outdoors and provides a tangible community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling in St. Paul with FMR. 

Reservations for outings, as well as classroom presentations and litter cleanups, are now being taken for summer and fall 2018. >>

February 2018

Joining in from 10 different locations across the state, about 3,000 Minnesotans participated in the Our New Environment Forum with six leading gubernatorial candidates. Check out the video to see where each stands on the environmental and conservation issues important to you! >>

January 2018
Water Action Day logo

Join us for Water Action Day 2019, a day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know we care about our water. Help #ProtectOurWater!

January 2018

Local station CCX helped FMR celebrate our silver anniversary year.

FMR is turning 25! Throughout our silver anniversary, we're celebrating Twin Citians' connection to the metro Mississippi. Allow us to introduce the new River Story Map and 25 Special Places Map. >>

January 2018

Adam Flett, FMR's stewardship and education program director and Betsy Daub, conservation director.

We are proud to announce Betsy Daub as our new director of land conservation, and Adam Flett as the director of our stewardship and outreach programming! >> 

January 2018
As the Journal in New Ulm put it: “turning down free well-testing is like refusing to go to the doctor because he might tell you you’re sick. It’s not a wise policy.”

Bowing to pressure from ag groups, the Brown County Board of Commissioners in south-central Minnesota recently declined a free state program offering free private well testing for drinking water contamination. >>

January 2018
Senator Tina Smith

Congratulations, Sen. Smith! (Above: Sen. Tina Smith in center, FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark on left, board member Deanna Weiner on right.)

A little cheer rippled through the FMR office as former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith went to Washington to be sworn in as U.S. Senator Smith.

Sen. Smith previously served as chair of the FMR Board of Directors and is currently a member of the FMR Council of Advisors. >>

January 2018

What animals traveled though our yards and landscapes under the cover of night or even right under our noses. >>

January 2018

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