document spring 2019Orientation Seminar

Friday, April 5

9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

2101 14TH ST, CLOQUET, MN 55720



9:00 am - Registration

Registration: iNaturalist and Safaris
Meet and Greet the Team
Light Refreshments & Beverages

9:30 am - Ryan Pennesi

Photographic Techniques

10:10 am - Betsy Dugan

Phenology practices

10:40 am - Glenn Swanson

Technology introductions


Phenology is the study of seasonal plant and animal cycles and how variations in climate, habitat factors affect the emergence of leaves and flowers, the first flight of butterflies, and the first appearance of migratory birds.

Document Spring combines the artistry of photography with the systematic gathering of scientific data. OACC engaged these experts to develop the Phenology Protocol for Document Spring. We are immensely grateful for their expertise and their enthusiasm for Document Spring as a citizen science project.

Advisory Panel

Lisa Angelos

Jay Cooke State Park Manager

Betsy Dugan


Kyle Gill

Cloquet Forestry Center Manager, University of Minnesota

Roy Hagen

Natural resource management and conservation consultant

Dylan Kelly

University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Program Coordinator of Carlton County

Courtney Kowalczak

Director, Environmental Institute and St. Louis River Watch, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

John Latimer

Founder, Minnesota Phenology Network, KAXE radio host of Phenology

Ryan Pennesi

Carlton County Land Management Forestry and Wildlife Technician

Larry Weber

author, retired Marshall School biology faculty, leader of KUMD’s Backyard Almanac program


Ryan Pennesi grew up in Central Massachusetts and the greater New England area. A childhood and adolescence full of investigation and discovery in the outdoors led to the pursuit of a career in natural resource education and management. He has a B.S degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and is currently working towards an M.A in Biology.

In 2013 he joined the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (ELC) staff in Northeastern Minnesota as part of the Naturalist team. For two years he became deeply rooted and enamored with the ELC campus and with the surrounding north shore of Lake Superior. Today he resides in Finland, MN and works as a forestry and wildlife technician for Carlton County. Much of his work is devoted to sustainably managing natural resources, educating others, and helping to create a more ecologically diverse and resilient landscape.

Ryan believes photography can give us a profound window into the lives of untamed creatures; for him it has fostered a greater appreciation and respect for the wild. Photography has taught him to interact more intimately with the environment, focus on detail, and to read the stories written in the earth. Ryan is most interested in using images and the accompanying tales as conservation tools. He strives to spark curiosity in others and help connect folks to the natural world. Ryan believes images can induce powerful feelings, transfer knowledge, and facilitate informed decisions. He feels there are always new and creative ways for people to share and learn from nature’s brilliance.

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