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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.

February 10 — Alexis Berke with the Great Lakes Aquarium presented, “A virtual visit: Explore the St. Louis River exhibits and animals at the Great Lakes Aquarium.”

March 3 — “A River of Poems,” 7 p.m. Central Time. This talk will be in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit and will feature 12 poets from around the world and across the country reading their poems about rivers. 

April 14 — “Discovering the Magic of the Estuary: Bringing Tourists to the St. Louis River.” 7 p.m. Nikky Farmakes, Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and Travel Superior; and Kris Eilers, St. Louis River Alliance.

May 12 — “Ojibwe connection to Wisconsin Point: Past, present and future.” 7 p.m. Thomas Howes, natural resources manager for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will lead the field trip. Howes will discuss events that brought the Ojibwe to Wisconsin Point, what occurred from that time to the present, how the Ojibwe use the area currently and what the future vision is for Fond du Lac-owned lands on the point. 

Participants will meet at parking lot #5 at the far end of the point near the shipping canal and lighthouse. The event will last an hour and will include time for comments and questions. Use of masks is encouraged for safety. Bring a folding chair. In case of rain, the talk will be held a week later on May 19 at 7 p.m. in the same location.

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