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WildlifeViewingEnhanced by Two Rivers NWR Partners
Midwest Region, August 29, 2006
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Volunteers contribute their time, expertise, and tools to build the viewing blind a new viewing blind at Two River NWR.
- Photo by John Mabery
Volunteers contribute their time, expertise, and tools to build the viewing blind a new viewing blind at Two River NWR.

- Photo by John Mabery

- Photo Credit: n/a
Composite materials used by volunteers for the deck, railing, and walls will minimize future maintenance needs for the viewing blind. 
- Photo by John Mabery
Composite materials used by volunteers for the deck, railing, and walls will minimize future maintenance needs for the viewing blind.

- Photo by John Mabery

- Photo Credit: n/a

Refuge visitors have even more opportunities to observe wildlife thanks to the construction of a viewing blind. with the help of Partners With Two Harbors NWR.

The Partners friends group contributed approximately $3,500 of materials, and 200 hours of volunteer labor to build the blind. A Service Challenge Cost Share grant covered the Refuge's expenses.

The walls and deck material for the 12' x 16' blind and 50' boardwalk are natural looking composite materials from Trex Company and Ondura. 

The blind is open to the public, during daylight hours, throughout the year, and is accessed via a 200-yard walking trail through a prairie adjacent to the Refuge's visitor information center. Wheelchair and disabled accessibility are also available.

Three of the blind's walls have windows from which viewers can observe wildlife using a variety of habitat types; grassland, open water, forest edge, and moist soil management. At various times throughout the year, visitors will see herons, egrets, bald eagles, geese, pelicans, shorebirds, ducks, raptors, and songbirds.

Partners With Two Rivers NWR is a fledgling friends-type group comprised mostly of representatives from several conservation ngo's that support and assist the Refuge in meeting its goals. In addition to building the viewing blind, the Partners are actively involved in promoting the Refuge at special events, staffing the visitor information center, and implementing habitat enhancement projects on the Refuge. 


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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