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Paddle the Pearls to explore the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
Paddle the Pearls program participants learn how to identify what’s in the water, including invasive species and how to stop their spread.Contributed photograph

Paddle the Pearls program participants learn how to identify what’s in the water, including invasive species and how to stop their spread.

Contributed photograph

The “Paddle the Pearls” ed-venture program will explore the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, Friday, Aug. 8, noon-4 p.m., with naturalist guides Diane Daulton – Wisconsin DNR invasive species specialist –and Cathy Techtmann – UW-Extension environmental outreach state specialist.

This program features special presentations by Mari Dallapiazza, Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department lake specialist, and Terry Daulton, a biologist and resident watercolor artist who will share the history and ecology of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. 

The flowage was designated a Wisconsin Scenic Waters Area in 1990.  While prized for its unspoiled beauty, like most Wisconsin waterways it is threatened by invasive species. Participants will learn how to identify common invasives and learn what can be done to stop their spread. 

This program is open to anyone age 12 and older. No experience is needed. All equipment is provided, including kayaks, personal floatation devices, and paddles.   

The program cost is $10 per-person. Availability of kayaks is limited, but participants may bring their own non-motorized watercraft. 

Program registration is required by Aug. 7 by contacting Cathy Techtmann at 715-561-2695. 

The Paddle the Pearls program series offers guided experiences to explore northern Wisconsin’s aquatic “pearls” while learning about how to stop invasive species that threaten them. Upcoming 2014 programs in the series include paddling the Namekagon River on Aug. 29, and the Gile Flowage on Sept. 19. 

For more information about the Paddle the Pearls programs, visit http://fyi.uwex.edu/paddlethepearls/

Paddle the Pearls is a partnership between Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Cable Natural History Museum, and Solstice Outdoors.

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