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River Talks speaker series

River Talks is an annual free, informal speaker series about the St. Louis River Estuary in Duluth-Superior and a cooperative project between Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Learn about the St. Louis River! Scientists, businesses, and agency staff who work and depend on the St. Louis River Estuary will share their thoughts and information about river projects each month during the academic year. But these evening Zoom presentations won’t be a one-way street. You’ll get to ask questions and share your thoughts, too.

Do you have questions, or would you like to get on the series email list? Contact series organizer, Marie Zhuikov with Wisconsin Sea Grant: mzhuikov@aqua.wisc.edu.

Miss a talk? You can read a summary from our Sea Grant blog by clicking on the talk title links.

2020-2021 season talks:

October 14, 2020Water Levels: Erosion, Wild Rice and Geese, 7 p.m. Two speakers will present: Brandon Krumwiede, Great Lakes geospatial coordinator with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and Hannah Burgstaler, freshwater fellow at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

November 11 — This talk will be held in conjunction with Cafe Scientifique Twin Ports. At 7 p.m., Dustin Haines with the Reserve will present: “Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Clash of Wetlands With lake Levels, Invasives and Humans.”

December — No talk in December

January 13, 2021 — Coastal Wetlands: Dynamic Ecosystems of Lake Superior, 7 p.m. Two speakers: Kelly Beaster and Reed Schwarting with the Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Zoom link and info:
Meeting ID: 914 4615 7971
Passcode: 163792

February 10 — Alexis Berke with the Great Lakes Aquarium will highlight all the estuary critters in their tanks.

March 3 — River poetry. This talk will be in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit. 

April 14 — St. Louis River Estuary Water Trail and tourism. Nikky Farmakes and Kris Eilers, St. Louis River Alliance.

May 12 — Wisconsin Point, Tom Howes, Fond du Lac Tribe.

2019-2020 season talks:

October 9, 2019 — Detecting Bloody Red Shrimp in the St. Louis River, 7 p.m. at the Estuarium, 3 Marina Dr., Superior, WI

November 13 — The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Ballast Water Treatment Facility,  7 p.m. at the Estuarium, 3 Marina Dr., Superior, WI

January 8, 2020The Duluth Seaway Port Authority,  7 p.m. at the Estuarium, 3 Marina Dr., Superior, WI

February 12Wild rice in the Estuary,  7 p.m. at the Estuarium, 3 Marina Dr., Superior, WI

March 3Akinomaage: Teaching from the Earth. Time: 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

POSTPONED until April 14, 2021: April 8 — What tourism means for the river,  7 p.m. at the Estuarium, 3 Marina Dr., Superior, WI

May 13 —  Canada goose control and wild rice, 7 p.m. at the Estuarium, Zoom webinar. The presentation was recorded and posted afterward on YouTube