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Transporting Injured Raptors - You Can Help!


Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

What should you do if you find an injured hawk, eagle, or owl? The Houston Nature Center serves as a collection and transportation hub for the sick and injured raptors of this area since the nearest wildlife rehabilitators are in the Twin Cities, but we could use your help! This training session will teach you how to safely catch a grounded raptor, what to put it in, some initial health assessment, how to transport the bird to give it the best chance for survival, and what you are and aren't allowed to do by law.

Even if you can't attend the class but are interested in serving as a "raptor ambulance" driver, please contact the Nature Center to leave your name, phone number, and the days you regularly drive to the Twin Cities.

This program is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. It will take place on Saturday July 23 at 7 p.m. The Houston Nature Center is located one block north of the intersection of Highways 16 and 76 in Houston on West Plum Street in Trailhead Park. Contact the Nature Center for more information at 507-896-4668 or nature@acegroup.cc.

Karla Bloem

Director/Naturalist

Houston Nature Center

Houston Nature Center & tent camping open for business

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The Houston Nature Center is owned and operated by the City of Houston, with no state (or county) funding. There you can meet Alice the Great Horned Owl, check out the hands-on nature displays, extensive native prairie plantings, and recycled bicycl ..... 
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Local Spring Valley man shoots wild boar

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Recently, Dick Harreld of Spring Valley, took a trip to the foothills of Sierra, Nevada, in Placer County, hoping to shoot a wild hog. On May 14, he shot this female boar of Russian wild hog descent.

Spring into hoof health

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

As spring arrives with its gentle breezes, warm temperatures, and promises to eradicate winter from our memory, it also can bring unpleasant issues to the farm, especially where horses are concerned.

More often than not, someone has either h ..... 
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Outback Ranch...a family experience

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." - Helen Thompson

If this quote holds even the slightest bit of truth, one looking for a bit of freedom would look no further than the Outback Ranch. Nestled into the hills and valleys just east of Fill ..... 
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Root River Saddle Club

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Club One, of only three saddle clubs in the southeastern most portion of the state, and the only one in Fillmore County, Root River Saddle Club has a rich tradition of both horsemanship and promotion of family fun. While one might think it is limite ..... 
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Report Finds Air Pollution Harms Minnesota Fish & Wildlife

Wed, Mar 16th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors



(St. Paul) - A new report from National Wildlife Federation finds that a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers in Minnesota are harmed by toxic air pollution and climate change. The report comes on the same week the U.S. ..... 
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Owl Festival a hoot for kids

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls may have in-depth programs for adults, but it also has a heap of fun for kids, too.

Cub Scouts can attend a special program on either Friday or Sunday to earn their Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop while lea ..... 
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Passion of hunting

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

I awake early in the morning, before the sun has risen, trying, without much success, to fully awake myself. I turn on my country music while I get ready to brave the cold. I eat some warm food and gulp down a cup of steaming coffee, hoping it will ..... 
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