The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs are starting the seventh year of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary in October. These informal public talks will be held monthly through May 2019 at the Reserve’s Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior. This season, each speaker will provide water career information and tips in addition to the topic of their talks.
Jenney Sherren, freshwater fellow at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, will present, “I’ve Seen the Light: Working to Detect Bloody Red Shrimp in the St. Louis River,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Estuarium (3 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin). Refreshments will be provided.
Last summer, Sherren led a project that used light to try and trap bloody red shrimp, a potentially new invasive species in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Through this project, which was conducted at night, she gained insight into what independent research entails and how to solve problems. The project also shed light on a mysterious side of the harbor that many do not see – what the river is like when people are asleep. Did she find the invasive shrimp? Come to the Estuarium to find out!
Other River Talks will be held on Nov. 13, 2019, and Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 3, April 8 and May 13, 2020. The March 3 talk will be held in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit.
For more information, visit go.wisc.edu/4uz720.