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It’s time to #GopherSummer

Come summertime, the Twin Cities campus becomes a hot spot for fun and relaxation. Here's a quick sampling of places and things to explore.
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A backlighted whitish spiny water flea with eggs clearly visible in doral sac.

Stopping the spiny water flea

UMD researchers look for best practices to halt the spread of this destructive species.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Exhibit celebrates Minnesota’s water

“We Are Water MN” invites visitors to reflect on the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota and add their own stories to the mix.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Loons on a lake.

Boosting biodiversity… and a local economy

A community-driven partnership is laying the groundwork for a new National Loon Center in Crosslake, Minnesota.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A man wearing waders holds an aquatic plant in his hands as he stands in the shallow waters of Turtle Lake.

Our Lake, Our Legacy: protecting Minnesota’s life at the lake

Lakes are a part of the people of Minnesota’s identity. We all want to protect that. But there are 13 million surface acres of water in Minnesota—and a limited number of paid professionals available to prevent the serious threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS). So U of M faculty members Megan Weber and Dan Larkin are enlisting passionate citizens to protect Minnesota’s waters. Through the innovative AIS Detectors program, volunteers like Stephen Long and Cecilia Riedman are keeping these species from spreading to the pristine waters they call home.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities