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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 zoologist from Bavaria. Two Special Achievement Award winners are a professor of vertebrate zoology from Argentina and an ornithologist in Taiwan. And the fourth award winner is a Kenyan owl named Bundi.

Wolfgang Scherzinger, the author of Die Eulen Europas, one of the best books written on European owls, was named Champion of Owls. Scherzinger served as zoologist in Germany’s Bavarian Forest National Park for three dozen years, during which he completed field research in birds and animals and helped reintroduce two owl species into the wild.

Dr. Scherzinger will receive the award and deliver the keynote address at the festival’s awards banquet March 2.

Dr. Ana Trejo, professor of vertebrate zoology at the University of Comahue in Bariloche, Argentina, is one winner of a Special Achievement Award to be presented at the owl festival, March 1-3. She has researched the role that owls play in the control of hantavirus, a relatively new virus that can lead to death in humans. The virus is carried on rodent waste, and owls are significant predators of mice. Dr. Trejo also helped write a children’s TV nature program on owls.

The second winner of a Special Achievement Award also has a link to educational TV. Dr. Lucia Liu Severinghaus produced a film titled Du-Du Wu: The Story of the Lanyu Scops Owl, which was picked up by the National Geographic Channel and shown throughout Asia and Taiwan. Dr. Severinghaus was a research fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, studying owls from 1983 to 2010.

Bundi, a Verreaux’s eagle owl, is the winner of the Hall of Fame’s 2013 “Lady Gray’l Award,” given to an owl that has made the world a better place for owls. Bundi helped a central Kenyan ornithologist dispel local people’s distrust of owls, thought to bring disaster. Since Bundi has since been released back into the wild, his award will be collected by Francis Atanasio Kithure, the teacher with whom he lived while being rehabilitated. Kithure was warned not to take the bird into his home in early 2010, but Bundi soon became a local favorite because he was so friendly, and because none of the predicted bad luck actually occurre .....
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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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Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the st ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not t ..... 
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Local bear hunter tags possible record holder

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When you think bear hunting, you may get the image of a burly, north woodsman holding a large rifle while stalking a massive beast. You may be surprised then to meet Jennifer Nolte, of Chatfield. The small-framed mother of three young children is ha ..... 
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Free wagon rides along the Lanesboro-Whalen State Trail

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, beginning at the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro then travel to Whalen and back to ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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Restoration of Minneopa State Park waterfall bridge will limit park access

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

An extensive reconstruction of the 90-year-old waterfall bridge at Minneopa State Park will limit access to certain areas of the park over the next three months, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The waterfall brid ..... 
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