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A lone male rusty patched bumblebee found in August at an FMR-restored savanna represents 0.2 percent of the known population worldwide. Necessary not only for native wildflower reproduction, but also for creating seeds and fruits that feed wildlife as diverse as songbirds and bears, our state bee could use your help. >>

September 2019
An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River featuring Nick Spitzer and Jearlyn Steel

Get ready for a journey downriver connecting music and culture of the Mississippi from the headwaters to the mouth. Register for An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River by September 23!

An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River on October 3 will feature public radio’s producer of "American Routes" Nick Spitzer who will take us on a journey from the headwaters down south to the mouth through music and storytelling. WCCO's Jearlyn Steele returns to the stage as our emcee>>

September 2019
One of the program participants removes invasive species on a rainy day at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

Naomi Nickel, one of the participants in the Youth Empowerment Program, removes invasive species on a rainy day at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. The program features a mix of hands-on experiences, guest speakers, discussions and projects to help students learn more and build skills in the environmental field.

Through canoe trips, guest speakers, pollinator surveys and more this summer, we worked with high-school aged youth from the metro area to explore career possibilities and build skills in the environmental field. Learn more about our new Youth Empowerment Program and see these leaders' capstone projects (which included monarchs, jars of river water, and even a baby painted turtle).  >>

September 2019

For this special edition of Write to the River, we invited you to write to any river in honor of World Rivers Day.
Whether inspired by the Mississippi, the St. Croix or Ganga, this prose and poetry speaks to our shared river experiences and the ways water connects us all.
We are deeply grateful to our many talented contributors — from longtime FMR supporters to poets across the globe. And we hope you enjoy this river writing journey! >>

September 2019

As anyone who's joined FMR at a restoration volunteer event knows, buckthorn is particularly difficult to eradicate. This invasive plant often thwarts restoration efforts by returning to sites where it's been pulled and hauled away. What if we could find a way to suppress its regrowth?  >>

September 2019

The Star Tribune recently highlighted the state's $360 million plan to turn things around for the Minnesota River and cut the river's sediment levels in half. Will it be enough?  >>

September 2019
Fishing for seafood off the coast of Alaska in the North Pacific

This fall, Sitka Salmon Shares is giving back to the Big River to show its support for clean water and healthy fish. When you order a 2020 seafood share, you will too!  >>

September 2019
A conceptual drawing of a large multistory concert stadium next to the site's industrial structures and the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis city leaders are proceeding as if the concert stadium at Upper Harbor Terminal is a done deal, but it's not. Rather than debating venue names, we need to discuss public subsidies, living-wage jobs, and how the community will benefit from this or any development at this important mile-long riverfront site. >>

August 2019

In the world of ecological restoration, changes don't happen overnight. And sometimes, to create a thriving and diverse habitat for wildlife and for water quality, things get a little messier (or even uglier) before they get better. Take the long view with us and check out these before, during and after photos of a few of our restoration projects. >>

August 2019
The River Connects: An Evening Celebrating the River

An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River, Thursday, October 3, 2019. This year’s event celebrates the myriad ways the river serves as a conduit for community, migration, inspiration and so much more. 

 

We'll welcome Jearlyn Steele back to the stage as emcee and keynote speaker Nick Spitzer, host of the public radio show American Routes, will take us from the headwaters south to the mouth of the river through music and storytelling. Learn more and reserve your seat today. >>

August 2019

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