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Minnesota’s Driftless Area: a Biodiversity Hotspot

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Michael Lee will share highlights of the Minnesota Biological Survey’s work in the biologically diverse Driftless Area, which has the highest number of rare plant and animal species and the highest number of animal species of conservation concern in the state, as well as a diverse assemblage of native plant communities, some of which are themselves quite rare. Michael will use maps and photos to summarize the biological survey’s results and highlight significant discoveries, will discuss recent and ongoing survey and monitoring work, and will talk about the prognosis for the Bluff Country’s biodiversity in the future. He will also touch on the history of botanical inquiry in the Winona area and provide a closer look at some of the rare biodiversity features that remain in the vicinity of Winona.

Michael Lee was raised on a farm in the Minnesota Blufflands of eastern Fillmore County. He graduated from Peterson High School in 1986. He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in Wildlife Biology from St. Cloud State University. He has been employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1991, on the Minnesota Biological Survey since 1992. Michael has logged thousands of miles afoot cataloging the flora throughout most regions of the state, with a significant amount of that effort focused in Winona, Wabasha, Fillmore, and Houston counties.

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3-24-2021 6:30 PM

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3-24-2021 7:30 PM

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Mar 24th, 6:30 PM Mar 24th, 7:30 PM

Minnesota’s Driftless Area: a Biodiversity Hotspot

Michael Lee will share highlights of the Minnesota Biological Survey’s work in the biologically diverse Driftless Area, which has the highest number of rare plant and animal species and the highest number of animal species of conservation concern in the state, as well as a diverse assemblage of native plant communities, some of which are themselves quite rare. Michael will use maps and photos to summarize the biological survey’s results and highlight significant discoveries, will discuss recent and ongoing survey and monitoring work, and will talk about the prognosis for the Bluff Country’s biodiversity in the future. He will also touch on the history of botanical inquiry in the Winona area and provide a closer look at some of the rare biodiversity features that remain in the vicinity of Winona.

Michael Lee was raised on a farm in the Minnesota Blufflands of eastern Fillmore County. He graduated from Peterson High School in 1986. He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in Wildlife Biology from St. Cloud State University. He has been employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1991, on the Minnesota Biological Survey since 1992. Michael has logged thousands of miles afoot cataloging the flora throughout most regions of the state, with a significant amount of that effort focused in Winona, Wabasha, Fillmore, and Houston counties.