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Fossil Trail in Bluff Country!


Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

BluffCountryFossils.com, in cooperation with SE MN HBC, has created a “Fossil Trail” in Bluff Country. The new website and fossil adventure blog created by Beverly Sandlin, a fossil enthusiast and substitute teacher in Spring Valley, was created at the request of Warren Netherton, Mystery Cave Manager. But the recognition of how fossilized this area of Minnesota is, has lead to the creation of a committee in Harmony working on a FossilFest for 2014.

The Fossil Trail includes 5 exhibits:

1. Houston Nature Center's exhibit of fossilized woolly mammoth teeth and a giant bison skull.

2. BluffCountryFossils.com display of common fossils found in bluff country at the SE MN HBC Regional Tourism Center in Rushford that features the art of Mike Menasco of theartindulgence.com and an avid fossil hunter from North Branch, MN.

3. A five foot cephalopod on display, karst topography, and sinkhole displays at the Harmony Visitor Center.

4. The fossil display at Niagara Cave and in the Top Ten Rated cave itself.

5. Mystery Cave--The largest Ordovician fossil display (older than the dinosaurs) in bluff country that includes cephalopods embedded in the ceiling of the cave.

For more information about these exhibits, please go to the BluffCountryFossils.com blog.

SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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Root River State Trail: Trail Construction - Minnesota DNR

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

The trail segment between Lanesboro and Whalan will be closed for construction beginning April 8 through July 2, 2013. Six bridges will be replaced and the entire five mile segment will be resurfaced. There is no signed detour around this segment. We ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Houston, we have owlets!

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Karla Bloem A white, fuzzy, wobbly head reaches upwards through a fluffy curtain of feathers to be met by a tiny bit of a pocket gopher, gently rubbed against its beak. Iris, the tiny owlet’s mother, utters quiet chitters of encouragement to ..... 
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Snakes, Reptiles & Amphibians! Documentary Film will feature southeast Minnesota as one of five international field locations.

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Lanesboro, Minn. – Snakes! Reptiles & Amphibians! Don’t miss the opportunity to see these on the big screen in the documentary film “Herpers III: Tales from the Field” which features southeast Minnesota as one of five international field lo ..... 
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Holy Carp! and ZRP Water Ways Speaker series discuss Aquatic Invasive Species

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Two Rochester events, Holy Carp! and ZRP Water Ways Speaker series bring national invasive species expert Dr. Peter Sorensen to discuss Aquatic Invasive Species in March. Aquatic invasive species, carp, zebra mussels, milfoil and a host of others ..... 
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Houston, Minn., Owl Festival Winners span four continents

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Wildlife species know no borders, and this year’s award winners at the 11th Annual International Festival of Owls in Houston, Minn. reflect that global outlook. The top award winner in the World Owl Hall of Fame – the Champion of Owls -- is a ..... 
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Lost Creek Hiking Trail is fun AND educational

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was founded by a group of concerned people from Chatfield who wanted to give local citizens an opportunity to hike on a natural trail and learn about our environment. The group lat ..... 
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