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Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival bigger and better than ever


Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The fifth annual Urban Birding Festival will be held May 13-16 at various locations throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's a free celebration of springtime birds, especially those which inhabit urban areas.

"There are excellent birding opportunities in the heart of a metropolitan area," said Liz Harper, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) nongame wildlife specialist. "Experts can help birders of all levels learn where the best birding spots are in the Twin Cities."

The festival is billed as "Where Birds and People Meet" and is being organized in part by the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program. It features a day-long series of events at Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center and daytime and evening bird walks at various locations.

Harper added that people spend lots of money to feed and watch birds in their backyards. This is an opportunity for people to see birds they may have never seen before.

DNR's Nongame Wildlife staff will be available to answer urban birding questions and selling DNR books, including the newly revised "Woodworking for Wildlife" by Carrol Henderson.

The only event requiring a reservation and a fee is Birding Central's catered lunch on Saturday, featuring birder and conservationist Lyle Bradley speaking about bird habitats.

On Sunday, there is a hike planned through the Arden Hills Army Training Site, which is seldom open to the public. All walks during the festival are led by experienced bird watchers.



For more information, locations, and full schedule, go to www.saintpaulaudubon.org.



Springbrook Nature Center is "Birding Central" for the festival and is located at 100 85th Avenue NW, Fridley.

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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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Early warm weather means an early tick season

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Warm early spring weather has brought out ticks earlier than usual in many regions of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) urges anyone heading outdoors in Minnesota this spring and early summer to use tick repellents and other measur ..... 
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10 Tips for a Safe Spring Turkey Hunt

Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - With wild turkey hunting season still in full swing in many states, the National Wild Turkey Federation has the safety of turkey hunters in mind.

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Minnesota DNR to ease burning restrictions May 5

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Due to the significant rainfall over the past few days in some parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that open burning restrictions will be eased in many counties.



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DU ADDS FLINT HILLS RESOURCES TO ROLL OF HONOR

Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

ROSEMOUNT, MN. April 27, 2010 - Partnering with Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has allowed Ducks Unlimited (DU) to enhance Minnesota's rich waterfowl traditions by protecting, restoring and managing tens of thousands of wildlife habitat acres. DU recent ..... 
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Upper Red Lake's mid-season slot adjustment remains for 2010

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Regulations that require Upper Red Lake anglers to release smaller walleye during the first month of the open water season will remain in effect for 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).



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Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
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An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has been prepared to study the potential environmental impacts of expansion of the Valley View Campground, which is nestled along Watson Creek, one mile north of Preston. Valley View Campground is an exist ..... 
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