Sea Grant staff project faves, Deidre Peroff

As 2020 winds down, we asked staff members at Wisconsin Sea Grant what their favorite project was this year. Although work was a bit more challenging than usual due to our altered work circumstances, everyone managed to stay productive, and even find fulfillment.

In our last post in this series, Social Science Outreach Specialist Deidre Peroff describes her favorite project of 2020, which is the Wild Rice (Manoomin) Education and Outreach Toolkit for Lake Superior Audiences project. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the project is in its final stages.

“The goal is to raise awareness about Manoomin, its cultural and regional significance, its ecological function and importance, and to share information about the current threats to wild rice that may impact its resilience and future,” said Peroff. “Along with two Ph.D. students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Jimmy Camacho and Sarah Dance), we also worked closely with indigenous and nonindigenous partners in the region to develop educational resources to share with broad audiences to raise awareness of Manoomin and to support parallel efforts to protect and restore it for future generations.”

Part of one of the graphics developed for the project is below. We can’t wait to see the finalized versions!

Thank you for reading this series. We wish you the best in 2021.