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Women in Conservation: Native Habitats & Threats

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife biologist Frances Hamerstrom to present-day staff members at SCRA and other organizations, these events will feature the inspiring stories of the women in our watershed and the work they do to conserve its beauty and resources for future generations.

Spend time with Invasive Species Coordinator, Katie Sickmann from the St. Croix River Association and Wendy Williamson with Hayward Fly Fishing Co. to learn more about the native species that inhabit the Namekagon River and Hayward area and the threats that pose a risk to our valued resources.


Participants will get to learn how Katie and Wendy got into their career paths and come away from the event with a greater appreciation for why the protection of our natural resources is so important. In addition, you will get to learn about Frances Hamerstrom (1907-1998), the first and only female graduate student of Aldo Leopold who went on to become a wildlife biologist dedicated to saving the prairie chicken!


This family-friendly event is open to all, but may be especially inspiring for young people with a passion for nature! The hike will be outdoors. We will be following CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.  


This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register!


When: Sunday, March 14 from 1:00-3:00 PM
Where: Trego Lake Trail
Trego, WI 54888
Click here for a map.


If this event is canceled due to inclement weather, we will post a notification on SCRA’s Facebook page and contact registered participants.

For the protection of all participants, facemasks are required. If you are feeling sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you stay home and refrain from participating.

We are monitoring Wisconsin and Minnesota’s current COVID-19 guidelines for public outdoor events and venues. We will communicate any changes to this event here, on our website, social media, and via email to those who have already registered. Please stay tuned, and thank you for your understanding. 


Frances Hamerstrom (1907-1998) was the first and only female graduate student of Aldo Leopold who went on to become a wildlife biologist dedicated to saving the prairie chicken. She and her husband were both students of Leopold and became a conservation duo, in part because few people at the time regarded women as experts in the field. Thanks to the findings of Frances and her husband’s research—that diminishing grasslands were the cause of the decline of the greater prairie chickens—they were able to work with volunteers to bring the species back from the brink. She wrote 12 books and over 150 scientific papers.


March 14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Trego Lake Trail
Trego, WI 54888 United States


St. Croix River Association