Invasive Species Bust – 11/02/19

Invasive Species Bust
When
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00am - Noon
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Mark Your Calendars Now!

Join the crew this fall as we continue our project to remove invasive plant species along the Diamond Lake Road and Portland Avenue trail corridors.

Meet on lake side across from Pearl Park.

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Little Lake Love 101 & FoDL Annual Meeting – 05/16/19

Little Lake Love 101 & FoDL Annual Meeting
When
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:15pm - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Do you know how many frog species call our little Diamond Lake their home?
Where does all that green floaty stuff come from?
Wonder what you can do to help the health of the lake?

Have fun learning about Diamond Lake’s inhabitants, ecosystems, and history with FoDL at this year’s Annual Meeting at Pearl Park. The evening will include information stations, refreshments, and a short annual meeting.

Check-in at 6:15pm.

Everyone is welcome! And, if you become an FoDL member at the meeting, you can choose a free FoDL swag gift!

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Canoe, Kayak, and Clean-Up – 05/11/19

Canoe, Kayak, and Clean-Up
When
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00am - Noon
Where
Diamond Lake - Shore Behind Diamond Lake Lutheran Church (map)
5760 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Other Info
Join your neighbors and Friends of Diamond Lake at our 4th annual "On The Lake" event. Enjoy some time on the water observing the beautiful community of plants and animals that call the lake home while cleaning up their environment.

We continue to be surprised with what we find — a table, sports equipment, old live traps, goldfish, and the usual plastic bottles and other trash!

Meet at 10am in the Diamond Lake Lutheran Church parking lot.

A limited number of canoes and life vests will be available for use, but if you have a canoe, kayak, life vests, or paddles, please bring them along.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Turtles on the Move!

TurtleCrossingSign432x432Q: Why did the turtle cross the road?
A: To lay eggs, of course!*

Turtle crossing signs raise awareness and save turtle lives! Sometimes they need just a bit of help getting across the street to avoid becoming a casualty. The female turtles that call Diamond Lake home head for higher sandy soil in which to lay their eggs each year in May & June. Once the eggs hatch, the hatchlings return to the lake via the same routes in August & September.

Both mamas and hatchlings can often be seen crossing the streets around Diamond Lake on the way. Those not seen by motorists can become casualties. Most are painted turtles or snapping turtles. At least one Blanding’s turtle has been seen as well. Let us know if you see other species!

How You can Help

Friends of Diamond Lake has created yard signs that residents around the lake can post in their yards to help increase awareness of the turtles’ presence on the streets. You can get a free turtle sign, just by joining FoDL with your tax-deductible gift at the $30 level or greater.

If you live on any of the streets near Diamond Lake — especitally Portland, Clinton or 2nd Avenues, Diamond Lake Road, Diamond Lake Lane, Chester Street, or 58th Street, you can place a turtle crossing sign in your yard to alert motorists to see that slow moving lump in the road really is a turtle. On other streets, the signs help to create turtle awareness and show your support for Friends of Diamond Lake.

Frog Identification Training – 04/02/19

Frog Identification Training
When
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30pm - .
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 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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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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