Join the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center for this free event. Please register in advance to attend.
When: Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
What to bring: A life jacket and weather-appropriate clothing.
A light lunch will be provided.
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) invites you to visit one of their hybrid cattail research sites at Long Lake, in Becker County, Minnesota. Hybrid cattail is a highly invasive plant that can be difficult to control and can effect lake ecosystems and communities. This research project seeks to determine if small-scale removal of invasive, hybrid cattails can improve abundance and diversity of plants and fish in Minnesota lake shores.
Event participants will meet at the Long Lake Park boat launch and travel as a group to the hybrid cattail research site (about 1/4 mile from the boat launch) to learn about the effects that hybrid cattail can have on lake ecosystems and lake shores. Participants will learn about some of the research methods used and about how small-scale removal of the invasive plant could support lake restoration goals and maintenance of nearshore fish habitat.
MAISRC is working with local partners from the Long Lake Association and Becker County to provide boat transportation to the site, however, space is limited. If you can bring your own motorboat, kayak, or canoe (and will ensure that it is cleaned, drained, and dried before entering Long Lake) that is best.
Visit MAISRC's project page Enhancing Habitat and Diversity in Cattail-Dominated Shorelines and Minnesota Sea Grant's project page Cattail-Dominated Shorelines for more information about hybrid cattail research in Minnesota.
Brendan Nee, graduate student, conservation sciences, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota and graduate fellow, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Tuma, graduate student, conservation sciences, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota and graduate fellow, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, email@example.com.
Amy Schrank, Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image credit: Brendan Nee