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

April 29, 2020

The 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. Louis River, was once abundant. Today, it is threatened by high water levels and increased feeding pressure by Canada geese. Hansen will describe his project to determine if low-impact kayaking in wild rice bays could reduce the abundance of geese.

Registration is required to attend

Registration will help keep the event safe and prevent unauthorized access. After registration, attendees will receive an e-mail with the link and a unique password to join the meeting. To attend a Zoom meeting, participants can access the meeting on the web and do not need to download the program to a personal device.

Hansen’s talk will be recorded and posted afterward on the Reserve’s Facebook page. A summary will also be posted on Wisconsin Sea Grant’s blog. River Talks are sponsored by The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs.

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Deanna Erickson

Reserve Director

(715) 399-4086