As the snow melts, it’s high time to get down to earth and celebrate Earth Day and our planet’s natural environment. One way to be a part of global activities at a local level is to volunteer for St. Anthony Park’s annual Earth Day Kasota Ponds Cleanup. The event will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Kasota Ponds wetlands are easily overlooked as traffic speeds by at the intersection of Highway 280 and Kasota Avenue/Energy Park Drive. The ponds at this location are part of the historic Bridal Veil Creek Watershed, a system of creeks and springs that now flow mainly underground through the Minneapolis sewer system to the Mississippi River at Bridal Veil Falls.
The St. Anthony Park Community Council has focused on protecting and preserving such wetlands sites in District 12. The sites are habitat for a wide range of species, including migratory waterfowl and birds. Over the past twelve years, activities have included clean-ups, installation of bird and bat boxes, and improving the habitat by planting native plants and ongoing monitoring.
On April 23, volunteers will help restore the ponds habitat by planting Sandbar Willow switches, a shrub native to riverbanks that will help control erosion and provide cover for wildlife. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. There will be refreshments and aquatic exploration and education for kids.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer please contact District 12 Community Organizer Lauren Fulner, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-649-5992.
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