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Crow-Hassan Prairie: 50 Years in the Making

By: John Moriarty

September 09, 2019

This year, Three Rivers is celebrating 50 years of prairie restoration at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how it all began and how managing and restoring prairies has evolved since 1969.

Camera Trapping: A New Way to Survey in Three Rivers

By: Alyssa Schauer

August 19, 2019

Camera trapping, a newer volunteer project in Three Rivers, provides the wildlife department with useful information about the kinds of animals found in the parks. Learn more about camera trapping and see what's been caught on film!

Did you know that the longest snake in Minnesota can be found in Three Rivers Park District? Bullsnake populations have declined in the Twin Cities due to habitat loss, but thanks to reintroduction efforts, they have found a home in Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. 

Why Do Swimming Beaches Close?

By: Dean Almquist

June 11, 2019

At Three Rivers Park District, water quality crews monitor the water at beaches and swim ponds on a weekly basis from Memorial Day to Labor Day to ensure the E. coli levels are safe for users. Learn more about the testing process and how you can help maintain healthy water quality in the parks.

Osprey Reintroduction: The Great Success Story

By: Steven Hogg

May 20, 2019

Ospreys used to be very common in southern Minnesota, but they disappeared from the Twin Cities after World World II. Learn about the program to bring these amazing birds back and how wildlife can survive in an urban area when given the right tools for success.

Lowry Nature Center is known for its diverse population of bird species and longtime tradition of bird banding. Learn more about bird banding, what naturalists found out about American tree sparrows, and why banding birds is important for nature education.

Three Rivers conducts controlled burns at its prairies each spring. Learn what goes into burning a prairie and why fire is so important to preserving this special habitat.

The Wild Parsnip Problem

By: Paul Kortebein

April 29, 2019

Wild parsnip is an invasive species that can be a very real human health hazard. Learn how to identify wild parsnip and ways to prevent and slow its spread.

Where do spiny softshell turtles go after nesting on the beach at French Regional Park? How far do softshell, painted and snapping turtles travel in the water? Are they active in winter or affected by water quality? Find out what we learned during the Medicine Lake urban turtle project.

Reintroducing Wildlife at Three Rivers

By: John Moriarty

October 15, 2018

What do trumpeter swans, regal fritillary butterflies and bullsnakes have in common? All were reintroduced into Three Rivers parks. Read about what goes into reintroducing a species and discover what others were successfully reintroduced — some might surprise you!

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