Conservation in Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$385,875
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$148,463
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
Status
In Progress
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, section 2, Subdivision 7
Appropriation Language

$1,500,000 in each year of the FY12-13 biennium to the Minnesota Zoological Board “for programmatic development of the Minnesota Zoo.”

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$385,875
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.9
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will submit a minimum of two manuscripts on moose movements and habitat use in Minnesota to peer-reviewed scientific journals by the end of this project. Publication of these manuscripts will serve as a measure of success. We believe it is important that the findings of this research be made available to the scientific community and that these manuscripts are peer-reviewed. By the end of the project, we will also submit a report to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Superior National Forest, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis County Forestry/Land Departments, and Tribal resource management agencies. The report will summarize the findings of the project’s research and provide science-based management recommendations. The extent to which these recommendations are adopted, after the project has ended, may be used as a measure of longer-term success. Ultimately, this project will be successful if the management recommendations provided and adopted help stabilize Minnesota’s moose population numbers or at least slow their decline. We will continue to increase Minnesotans awareness of the state’s moose populations, as well as the results of this project, by giving a minimum of three presentations to general audiences each year, providing information about the project on the Minnesota Zoo’s website, and writing at least one article per year in the Zoo’s newsletter. So far in FY12-13, we have conducted 3 presentations on moose conservation to general audiences, with a fourth presentation scheduled in February. Information on the moose conservation project is also available on the Zoo’s website and has been published in the Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums’ Connect Magazine. We will also incorporate this research project into the interpretive graphics at the Minnesota Zoo’s moose exhibit. For prairie butterflies, we have created a captive breeding program, and are developing protocols for rearing and breeding. We will be conducting genetics laboratory work to investigate which existing populations of prairie butterflies might be appropriate for eventual reintroduction of the butterflies in Minnesota. We will conduct and report upon research/field work with our partners that will lead to a better understanding of the distribution and population status of prairie butterflies in western Minnesota and the threats to their long-term survival. We will increase Minnesotans’ awareness of the importance of prairie ecosystems and prairie butterflies by giving a minimum of three presentations to general audiences each year, providing information about the project on the Minnesota Zoo’s website and writing at least one article per year in the Zoo’s newsletter. So far in FY12-13 we have given 16 presentations total, six of which were for general audiences. Information on the butterfly project is also available on the Zoo’s website, and has been reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We will also incorporate information about the Zoo’s prairie butterfly conservation program into the interpretive graphics at the Minnesota Zoo.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, section 2, Subdivision 7,
Appropriation Language

$1,500,000 in each year of the FY12-13 biennium to the Minnesota Zoological Board “for programmatic development of the Minnesota Zoo.”

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$148,463
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.2
Project Overview
In partnership with the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute, scientists and veterinarians from the Zoo are tracking moose in northeastern Minnesota to better understand their habitat and habits. This project will result in management recommendations to enable Minnesota’s moose population to be sustained into the future.
 
In partnership with other conservation agencies and organizations, the Zoo aims to prevent the extinction of Minnesota’s native prairie butterflies. One aspect of the work includes a captive breeding program at the Zoo. We are also raising awareness among Zoo guests about the importance of prairie ecosystems and actions the public can take.
Project Manager
First Name
Mary
Last Name
Robison
Organization Name
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Street Address
13000 Zoo Boulevard
City
Apply Valley
State
MN
Zip Code
55124
Phone
(952) 431-9469
Email
mary.robison@state.mn.us