The Minnesota DNR honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts in the course of a ceremony Friday, Aug. 30, at the Minnesota State Fair. Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen presented the awards.
Jake Tanghe, from Northfield in Rice County, received the four-H Award and Elizabeth Lindow, from Lake City in Wabasha County, received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Award in the course of a ceremony held at the DNR Volunteer Outside Stage.
The DNR commissioner’s youth awards are provided annually to an FFA student and four-H member who have demonstrated initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in conservation and sensible use of organic and agricultural sources. This is the 28th year of the award plan.
Instructed by his mother to pull some weeds, Tanghe noticed what looked like eggs on the weeds, and following some investigation, found they had been monarch eggs. From there, his “Saving Monarchs” four-H project was born. Jake protected the eggs, which permitted the monarchs to attain adulthood. He also participates in the Monarch Watch Tagging System, which assists scientists and the public discover additional about the monarch’s migration patterns and survival prices.
Tanghe also helped rebuild a landscaping region with butterfly friendly plants and milkweed. The monarch butterfly is getting national focus since of issues with declining populations. Jake also enjoys camping in the Boundary waters, snow skiing, ATV riding, snowmobiling, boating, deer hunting, trap shooting, and fishing with his grandpa.
Jake is the son of Tom and Angie Tanghe.
Lindow’s interest in marine and aquatic biology began at age nine with a trip to California. Being aware of these interests, Elizabeth’s household reached out to the DNR’s freshwater mussel lab in Lake City.
The DNR’s Center for Aquatic Mollusk Applications had just opened and was searching for volunteer assistance. Because 2014, Elizabeth has been volunteering at the lab.
She gained firsthand know-how of what it requires to operate a a single of a type mussel lab, which includes cleaning aquariums and filters, feeding and moving fish, washing nets and continually testing water. Mussels living in Minnesota’s waters act like filters, cleansing the water. They serve as an indicator of the well being of the state’s lakes and streams. Regrettably, quite a few of Minnesota’s native mussels are not carrying out properly. Elizabeth is taking this distinctive knowledge with her as she is at present enrolled at Winona State University, majoring in biology with an emphasis on ecology.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Lindow.