Molly Wick selected as the first Margaret A. Davidson Fellow

Distant view of St. Louis River Estuary

August 3, 2020The Lake Superior Reserve is pleased to announce that Molly Wick, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has been selected as their first Margaret A. Davidson Fellow! Her funded two-year project will focus on the benefits and well-being people receive following changes in the health of the St. Louis River ecosystem. The Margaret A. Davidson … Read More

Deterring geese on the St. Louis River to protect wild rice

April 29, 2020The River Talk series is changing format for the final talk for this academic year. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, via Zoom, Sam Hansen, former undergraduate research fellow with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, will present, “Deterring Geese on the St. Louis River to Protect Wild Rice.” Northern wild rice, native to the St. … Read More

River Talk Series Postponed

Distant view of St. Louis River Estuary

March 30, 2020The River Talk series is postponed until further notice due to concerns to our speakers and guests related to the COVID-19 virus. This series of informal talks about the St. Louis River Estuary relies heavily on audience participation. The states of Wisconsin and Minnesota are advising people to remain home. Postponing the talks better suits the series’ interactive … Read More

Lake Superior Reserve Launches New Partnership with UMD Natural Resources Research Institute to track bird migrations

Distant view of St. Louis River Estuary

October 11, 2018The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is now home to a brand new receiver linked into the global MOTUS wildlife tracking system which collects data on animal migrations. During the summer and early fall of 2018, Reserve staff worked with colleagues at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and university officials in Madison … Read More

Replacing riverbank ash trees

Researchers at Lake Superior Reserve plant trees

Which species will work best to replace ash trees along the estuary’s banks?DescriptionAgrilus planipennis, commonly known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), is an invasive species from Asia that has been wreaking havoc on North America’s ash trees since the 1990s. EAB infestations eventually kill off more than 99 percent of an area’s ash tree population, and EABs have been … Read More

Testing biological controls on Purple Loosestrife

Research students conduct purple loosestrife research

Can a species of beetle help control this invasive flowering plant?DescriptionPurple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, may look pretty, but it is a serious invasive species in Wisconsin, Minnesota and throughout North America. It takes over wetlands and destroys habitat for many native plant and animal species. Wetlands in the Lake Superior Reserve, like those in many places around North America, have … Read More