Earth Day Cleanup – Diamond Lake – 05/12/18

Earth Day Cleanup - Diamond Lake
When
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:30am - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 12! Join FoDL at the annual MPRB Earth Day Cleanup. It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2018. No pre-registration is required! Arrive between 9:30 am and noon, bring a pair of gloves to pick up trash, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will provide you with gloves (if you did not bring any) and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash.

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Annual Meeting – 04/19/18

Annual Meeting
When
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30pm - All Ages
Where
5760 Portland Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Other Info
Join friends and neighbors for the FoDL Annual Meeting at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church!

Learn about pollinators!

GUEST SPEAKER: Minneapolis Ward 11 City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder.
FEATURED SPEAKER: JoAnne Sabin, Master Gardener and Beekeeper on Pollinators and Pollinator Habitat

To get YOUR Pollinator Garden off to a quick start, win one of 4 door prizes:
$35 gift certificate to Tangletown Gardens

About JoAnne:
JoAnne Sabin’s love of gardens, nature, and nutrition led her to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in 2004 and a beekeeper in 2005. She has been teaching gardening and honeybee related topics throughout Minnesota since 2004, including presentations at garden expos, garden clubs, beekeeping groups, schools, community education, master gardener meetings, and both the Dakota County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. She has been gardening in Minnesota for 30 years. Her other interests include photography, camping, and volleyball.

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Frog Identification Training – 03/27/18

Frog Identification Training
When
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6:30pm - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Melanie Countryman, Friends of Diamond Lake board member and Master Naturalist, will talk about the frog species found in our area and help us to learn to identify them by their characteristic calls. We will also discuss the results from last year’s frog survey that Friends of Diamond Lake volunteers conducted around the lake.

Everyone is welcome — present and future frog survey volunteers and anyone, young or old, with an interest in these fascinating creatures. If you plan to participate in this year’s survey and have a smart phone, bring it to the meeting and we will set you up to automatically enter frog data from your phone.

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2017 Invasive Species Bust – 11/04/17

2017 Invasive Species Bust
When
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00am - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
BUST THOSE INVASIVES!
Join the Crew!

Volunteer efforts to clean up buckthorn around Diamond Lake have been so successful that there is minimal buckthorn to clean up in public areas this year. So, we will be removing honeysuckle and grapevines in addition to buckthorn.

• Meet at Pearl Park before 9:00 am.
• Tools, training, and refreshments will be provided.
• Bring work gloves and wear work boots or sturdy shoes.

Why the Big Bust?
Invasives including buckthorn, honeysuckle, oriental bittersweet, and grapevines crowd out more diverse native plants, limiting wildlife habitat. Our continued vigilance in removing as many of the invasive plants as we can find pays off!

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2nd Annual On-the-water Cleanup & Bird Watching Event – 05/13/17

2nd Annual On-the-water Cleanup & Bird Watching Event
When
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00am - All Ages
Where
Diamond Lake - Shore Behind Diamond Lake Lutheran Church (map)
5760 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Other Info
Bring your canoe or kayak and help us clean up trash around the lake on Saturday morning, May 13. And, in the process, observe the wonderful array of birds that either call our lake home or that stop here on their north-south migration route.

This year’s lake cleanup will be jointly sponsored by Friends of Diamond Lake and Hale Page Diamond Lake (HPDL) Community Organization.

Meet in the Diamond Lake Lutheran Church Parking lot and put in from there.

Event runs 10 am to noon.

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Annual Meeting – 04/06/17

Annual Meeting
When
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:30pm - Registration begins at 6:15 - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Hear the most recent research findings on the lake’s water quality, plants and animals.

We will also celebrate the successes of the Diamond Lake Blooming Alleys for Clean Water project. We will share the stormwater capture projects—installed by 29 homeowners on four blocks in our watershed—that improve water quality, create inviting community spaces, and increase habitat for pollinators.

We also want to salute everyone in our community who is helping to restore and protect the water quality of Diamond Lake by planting raingardens, installing permeable pavers, cleaning leaves and garbage out of storm drains and the street, picking up after pets, and making many other positive contributions. These impressive community efforts demonstrate how combined actions of individuals and organizations make a positive impact on Diamond Lake!

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Invasive Species Removal Event – 11/05/16

Invasive Species Removal Event
When
Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Come out and Join the Crew!

Our volunteer efforts to clean up buckthorn around Diamond Lake have been so successful that there is minimal buckthorn to clean up in public areas this year. So, for the first time, we will be removing honeysuckle and grapevines in addition to buckthorn.

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Pearl Park parking lot. Tools, training, and refreshments will be provided. Bring work gloves and wear work boots or sturdy shoes.

Learn more about invasive species in Minnesota »

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\”On the Water\” Birding & Cleanup Event – 05/21/16

"On the Water" Birding & Cleanup Event
When
Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:30am - Canoe launch time is 10am - All Ages
Where
Diamond Lake - Shore Behind Diamond Lake Lutheran Church (map)
5760 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Other Info
Friends of Diamond Lake is sponsoring a combined "on the water" lake cleanup and birding event.

We will be launching canoes and kayaks at 10 am from the shore behind Diamond Lake Lutheran Church on Portland Avenue. There is free parking in the church parking lot.

Please bring your canoes, kayaks, paddles and life preservers as well as binoculars for bird watching. Help keep our lake free of trash and. in the process, discover and observe the birds that either call our lake home or that rest here on their way up North.

Watch your email in early May and follow us on Facebook for more details.

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FoDL Annual Meeting – 04/06/16

FoDL Annual Meeting
When
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:30pm - Registration begins at 6:15 - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:
"Cracking the Nut: Increasing Residential Engagement to Improve Water Quality."

Master Water Steward Terry Hammink from the Parkway Place Homeowners Association will talk about significant changes the association implemented on their property to reduce stormwater runoff.

Ben Kaufman and Tyrone Lall, Macalester College student research collaborators, will share insights about "The Ripple Effect," a study of the Diamond Lake neighborhood, including the range of ways residents interact with their yards and the important role of "catalysts" in enabling social change.

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