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Get Outdoors: Learn about health of Lake Superior wetlands during 'River Talk'

Editor’s note: Some events may have been canceled after the time of publication. Please check with local organizers.

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Coastal Wetlands: Dynamic Ecosystems of Lake Superior: 7 p.m. Jan. 13, via Zoom. Kelly Beaster and Reed Schwarting with the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Lake Superior Research Institute have spent the past five years monitoring the health of wetlands along Lake Superior, including those in the St. Louis River Estuary. This "River Talk" will include time for questions and answers. Free. Zoom meeting link: http://bit.ly/3nhXT9o ; meeting ID: 914 4615 7971; passcode: 163792.

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The John G. Munson backs away from the C. Reiss Terminal, just upstream of Grassy Point. (Steve Kuchera / 2017 file / News Tribune)

Making REEL Change virtual ice fishing tournament: Jan. 14-18. Prizes for largest walleye (length), largest northern pike (length) and stringer of three crappies (combined length). Ages 16 and over. One contestant will win a lifetime Minnesota fishing license. Entry fee: $20. Benefits United Way of Northeastern Minnesota's United for Veterans Program. To compete, download the FishDonkey app, search "UWNEMN" and fish the lake of your choice in St. Louis, Koochiching, Itasca or Lake of the Woods counties. More info at https://give.unitedwaynemn.org/event/making-reel-change/e316772 .

Get Outdoors: Ice Climbing: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 19, via Zoom. Hosted by Courage Kenny. Free. Register at http://bit.ly/2KtHt0j .


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Sixth-grader Angie Simone ice climbs at Quarry Park in Duluth in January 2020. (Tyler Schank / File / News Tribune)

Thinking Like a Pond: Beavers and Watershed Management in the Western Great Lakes: noon-1 p.m. Jan. 21, online. Understanding the relative contributions of beavers to ecological, economic and social systems is critical to watershed management and management of beaver populations. Hosted by Steve K. Windels of Voyageurs National Park and Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota. View webinar live at https://sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2020-webinar-jan or watch at a broadcast site (no fee or registration required): Natural Resources Research Institute, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth; Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Road, Cloquet; Vermilion Community College, 1900 E. Camp St., Ely; or North Central Research and Outreach Center, 1861 Highway 169 E., Grand Rapids. Each webinar is later posted at youtube.com/channel/UCCsQRawqlU9qvLvB8Uz_hAA .

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Winter Outdoor Skills: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 1, online. Part of the University of Minnesota Extension's monthly 4-H outdoor adventure series. For K-13. Free. Registration required; visit http://bit.ly/38ZYLKX or email Nicole Pokorney, 4-H youth development educator, at pokorney@umn.edu.

Adventure Club: 2:15-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. The nonprofit Positive Energy Outdoors offers outdoor field trips for K-5 kids. Activities include free play, snow shelters, animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, dogsledding, ice fishing, Nordic skiing and park explorations. Van transport from Duluth or drop-off/pickup option to PEO base on Fredenberg Lake. Cost: $100 registration, $30 per session (twice-weekly minimum). Possible scholarship option. Contact Positive Energy Outdoors, 218-428-5990 or info@outdooredventures.org .

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