What is Starry Trek?
Starry Trek is a statewide event focused on searching for one of Minnesota's newest aquatic invasive species, starry stonewort (and other invaders). Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 14 Minnesota lakes. This event is an opportunity for you and to team up with us and hundreds of your fellow Minnesotans to better understand its distribution in Minnesota.
What do participants do during Starry Trek?
You will meet at a local training site hosted by one of our local partners where you will receive a brief training on how to identify starry stonewort and other target aquatic invasive species and how to follow the search protocols. Groups are then sent out to nearby priority lakes to follow the protocols and bring back any suspicious organisms. Starry Trek is a free event and no experience or special equipment is required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In Isanti County the event will take place Saturday, August 21st from from 8:00am- 1:00pm. Participants can meet at the Spectacle Lake DNR Access 33423 COBALT CIR NW Cambridge MN. This is an outdoor event so dress accordingly.
To sign up go to: z.umn.edu/StarryTrekRegistration
Please note the sign up link will not work until July 2 ,2021.
For more information visit: www.starrytrek.org