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Four-Part AIS Speaker Series at Hartley Nature Center

Hartley Nature Center
Duluth, MN

Marte Thabes Kitson, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Specialist and National Park Service Liaison for Minnesota Sea Grant will present a four-part speaker series at Hartley Nature Center, 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month for the next four months, starting September 15. The series is part of the Adultís Night Out Program at Hartley. Her topics include:

September 15
AIS meet and greet - an introduction to the aquatic invasive species found in our area.
October 20
Hot topics - VHS and Asian carp: An in-depth look at how these two invasive species are affecting U.S. waters.
November 17
An ounce of prevention or a pound of cure - the economics of AIS.
December 15
Ballast water - The myth and truth about the role ballast water plays in the spread of AIS.

Is ballast water really the culprit responsible for invasive species in our Great Lakes? What threat do those dreaded Asian carp pose? Is there an economic toll from invasive species in our lakes? Those questions and more will be addressed throughout this Minnesota Sea Grant speaker series.

Kitson holds a master of science (MS) in Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. As a program specialist at Minnesota Sea Grant, she is involved in outreach and education geared toward promoting awareness of and preventing the further spread of aquatic invasive species.

The programs are free for Hartley members, and a $4 "good will" donation is requested of non-members. To find other Hartley Nature Center programs, log on to the following Web site: www.hartleynature.org/learn/adult.html or call 218-724-6735.

Minnesota Sea Grant facilitates interaction among the public and scientists to enhance the environment and communities along Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters by identifying information needs, fostering research, and communicating results. The program is part of the NOAA Sea Grant, a nationwide network of 30 university-based programs that partner with coastal communities.


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