Outdoor BriefsTaken from the March 9, 2013 print edition
UWRF to offer observatory viewing
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department will hold a free, public observatory viewing and astronomy talk at 8 p.m. Wednesday March 13. Physics Professor Eileen Korenic will present “Fastest, Coldest, Biggest: Cosmic Extremes,” in Room 271 of the Centennial Science Hall. At 8:30 p.m., people may use the telescope on the third-floor observatory deck.
All observatory viewings are dependent on a clear sky. Call 715-425-3560 after 6 p.m. or visit www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Schedule.cfm and click on “observatory” to verify that the sky is clear enough for viewing. The talk will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather.
CRWP gets $80,000 grant to address farms
The Cannon River Watershed Partnership has received a two-year grant for $80,000 to focus on increasing conservation on agricultural lands. Activities will include one-on-one visits with farmers in priority areas to provide assistance with assessing needs and opportunities for conservation practices and management tools.
Conservation Partnership grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that includes support from the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Walton Family Foundation.
The watershed has hired Karl Hakason to the ag coordinator. He has spent more than 20 years working with farmers and conservationists at the junction of production agriculture and ecology to improve both the economic and environmental performance of farming practices and systems.
To learn more about the project, contact Hakanson at 507-786-3916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iFish app available
AppsForAnglers.com launched the latest in its iFish series of apps. iFish Minnesota is for the iPhone and iPad, featuring detailed information for fishing on nearly 10,000 Minnesota lakes, ponds and reservoirs.
The app’s simple interface allows people to search for lakes by name or by proximity. Once a lake is selected, a wide range of information is readily available including fish species, directions and weather conditions. Where available, it also includes detailed lake maps, local visitor information and nearby photos, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.