Volunteers are needed to participate in a statewide search for starry stonewort, Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species.
Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to nine Minnesota lakes. Starry Trek 2017 will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5, an effort to gather volunteers to search other lakes to better understand its distribution in Minnesota.
Starry Trek will be held in conjunction with Wisconsin’s Snapshot Day at locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Volunteers will get expert training on how to look for and identify starry stonewort and other invasives. Hundreds of volunteers across the two states will help improve our knowledge of starry stonewort distribution.
Rendezvous sites are located across the state and will be hosted by local agencies and organizations, including the Ramsey County Conservation District. Participants will meet at the local rendezvous site in the morning and will be assigned sites to search upon arrival. All participants will need to return to the rendezvous site to check-in and turn in an specimens and datasheets at the end of the day. Training will occur on-site when you arrive. No experience is necessary.
For more information and to register, visit www.StarryTrek.org.