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NEW STAFFSANDY LAKE CEREMONIES GLIFWC staff recognized for each 5-year anniversary GLIFWC staff were recognized during the annual staff meeting held at the Bad River Convention Center in February. Reaching the 30-year employment milestone at GLIFWC are from the left Ron Parisien wildlife technician Jim Thannum natural resource development specialist Peter David wildlife biologist and Gerry DePerry deputy administrator. Front row Kim Campy enforcement administrative assistant Rose Wilmer executive secretary. Dylan Jennings photo Shelly Ellson payroll manger received a pin for 10-years of service and Steve Garske plant specialist was recognized for 15-years. Dylan Jennings photo 5-year anniversary awards were given to Jennifer Ballinger outreach specialist Tom Kroeplin enforcement training director Lauren Tuori western district warden Steve Amsler eastern district warden and Kia Hmielewski fisheries database manager. Dylan Jennings photo Have you seen me Help track these plants for G-WOW Black Ash wiingashk Fraxinus nigra Usually a small to medium sized tree it often has a leaning or crooked appearance and is found in wet woods and swamps. Eastern teaberry wiinisiibag Gaultheria procumbens A low woody ground cover teaberry has oval shiny dark green leaves white bell-shaped nodding flowers with aromatic red berries following the flowers. Smooth shadbush gozigwaakominagaawanzh Amelanchier laevis A small tree less than 30 ft with white flowers bloom in early spring. Its fruits are small and red. Fruits are small and red. Leaves are elliptic in shape with small teeth.s. Wild leek bagawajizhi Allium tricoccum An herbaceous plant found in rich dry or wet woods. The leaves smell of onion. Has an edible bulb that smells and tastes of onion. Wild strawberry odeimin Fragaria virginiana The wild strawberry is similar to the cultivated strawberry but has much smaller berries. Look for three teeth on the tips of the leaves. Arrowhead root waabiziipin Sagittaria latifolia Grows in creeks rivers ditches lakes and other places where there is shallow water. Blueberry miinagaawanzh Vaccinium angustifolium Low shrub that forms large colonies or patches. Found in open woods along roadsides and in bogs. Sweet blue berries ripen from July to September. Northern white cedar giizhik Thuja occidentalis Small to medium sized tree that can be found along streams in bogs and cedar swamps. Crushed needles produce an aromatic cedar smell. Sweetgrass wiingashk Hierochloe odorata Generally found south of the Ojibwe Ceded Territories sweetgrass grows on the edges of wet woods and in wet meadows. Wild rice manoomin Zizania palustris Found in rivers streams lakes and ponds. It is a native grain that has served as a food staple of the Great Lakes Ojibwe and for wildlife. Gikinoowizhiwe Onji Waaban Gikinoowizhiwe Onji Waaban Guiding for Tomorrow or G-WOW the Connect program and Project BudBurst are partnering for plants. The plants you see listed below are culturally relevant to the Lake Superior Ojibwe and important indicators of climate change. By contributing your observations of these plants you further understanding of how these plants are changing and how their changes affect the people who rely on them. The Connect program is a regional project of 12 partners that have come together to increase knowledge leadership and engagement in climate action among diverse communities by building on local assets and community life. Their motto is Community Climate Action. www.budburst.orgcommunity-gwow Photo credits G-WOW S. Allen iNaturalist John Hilty EOL Rob Routledge Sault College Bugwood.org Biopix EOL Julie Filiberti iNaturalist USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Wikimedia Commons 2016 National Ecological Observatory Network Inc. All rights reserved. About Community BudBurst Nature centers state parks museums university researchers and more are taking Project BudBurst to their local and regional areas to learn how plants are responding to changing environments. Its easy for you to join in. Choose from the plants on this flyer and track when they flower leaf out or set fruits. Then post your data on www.budburst.org. Your participation will contribute to a better understanding of how plants in your area respond to changing climates. Want to learn more about this partner Visit their Project BudBurst resources at the website at the top of this flyer. As a Connect partner project G-WOW is a culturally relative model for increasing climate change literacy that integrates the scientific research with traditional ecological knowledge and place-based evidence. It investigates how climate change is affecting habitats that support the sustainability of species critical to maintaining traditional lifeways of the Lake Superior Ojibwe as an indicator of how climate change is affecting all people. Cathy Techtmann Environmental Outreach Specialist Community BudBurst All are welcome to join GLIFWC for annual ceremonies paddle and feast in commemoration of the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy. It is a time to remember the sacrifices made by the many tribal members who arrived at Sandy Lake Minnesota to receive annuity payments but found only inadequate and spoiled rations delayed payments and for many death. It is a good time to remember those people their struggles and determination and to say chi miigwech AgendaAmorningceremonyattheEastBoatLandingisfollowed by a paddle in canoes or kayaks across Sandy Lake where ceremonies are held at the Mikwendaagoziwag Monument located at the Sandy Lake Recreation Site on Highway 65 north of McGregor Minnesota. Anoon feast follows. For more information contact GLIFWC at 715- 682-6619. Check GLIFWCs Facebook page for map directions and other details. Paddle ceremonies at Sandy Lake July 27 Jen Ballinger photo MAZINAIGAN PAGE 18 SUMMER 2016