Conservation Minnesota

Partnering for Conservation

At Conservation Minnesota we work hard to create strong partnerships that will have lasting impacts on our state when it comes to clean water, renewable energy, and healthy communities. One of the best examples of this is our partnership with Audubon Minnesota. Each of our five Community Coordinators around the state are informing people and providing opportunities with both Conservation Minnesota and Audubon Minnesota to ensure that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to our natural resources.

We are spreading the word in a couple of different ways. First, we are giving Audubon Birds and Climate Presentations in many communities, hosting conservation meet and greet events with your state legislators, and working with local Audubon Chapters throughout the state. Second, we are working to elevate communities that would like to be designated as a Bird City. We are happy to report that Hastings has become the first official Minnesota Bird City this April because of their outstanding work making a strong bird and people friendly city. Bird City happens when community members, local government, and organizations work together toward a common goal. Currently, I’m working with community members in Northfield on their Bird City designation. Maybe Northfield will be our second Minnesota Bird City?

Garlic Mustard PullPartnerships don’t stop at Audubon Minnesota. It’s very important that we work with communities, governments, agencies, and organizations whenever possible to pool our resources and knowledge to further address conservation issues. We’ve recently started a new partnership with a wonderful group of people who are very passionate about what they do, Dakota County Parks. They have been providing us with opportunities to be more involved with stewardship projects at parks like Lebanon Hills. We work on getting folks more involved and volunteering with Dakota County Parks to make sure that our green and wild spaces are pristine and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Recently, I’ve been working with and inviting Conservation Minnesota members around Lebanon Hills Regional Park to join me in pulling garlic mustard, an invasive plant that’s aggressive and out competes native species.

I hope you keep your eyes out for more opportunities to join us in pulling garlic mustard and other stewardship events at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in the future.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to know how you can get more involved, don’t hesitate to call me or send me an email at

About Avery Hildebrand

Avery Hildebrand

Born in Minnesota, Hildebrand earned his degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He has an extensive background in canvassing and organizing. An avid fisherman, who once worked as an aquatic invasive species watercraft inspector, his perfect day in Minnesota includes good friends and fishing, which pairs nicely with his favorite place in the state, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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