1. Tomorrow is November 6th - Remember to VOTe!!

  2. Thank you for the board nominations. Look for WPA ballots coming your way.

  3. The Next forum is November 14th at REI in Bloomington (see calendar for details).

  4. Please join us this year on Friday, December 7th  for the annual WPA Winter Soiree.  This year we will be gathering at the centrally located WSB headquarters for food, drinks, desserts, door prizes, and a special presentation by Jason Husveth detailing his grand adventures through the peatlands of northern MN.  


Wetland Fact of the Month

SUNDEW (Drosera spp.)

Minnesota wetlands provide habitat for several groups of carnivorous plants including bladderworts, pitcher plants, and sundews. There are 4 species of sundew found in MN including English sundew (species of special concern), round-leaved sundew, spoon-leaf sundew, and linear-leaf sundew (species of special concern).

Sundews typically inhabit fens, seeps, shallow water, open peatlands, and bogs and grow predominately in nutrient poor and acidic environments. All four sundew species have a wetland indicator status of OBL and are primarily pollinated by flies and small bees.

Sundews are very tiny plants whose leaves are lined with red hairs terminated by enticing and sticky mucilage that attracts pollinators. Leaf hairs are triggered by movement and once a prey item is captured the leaves slowly curl in toward the center of the plant where it is dissolved and absorbed .

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