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Family Fun Day at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, June 7, 2013
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A young participant at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Family Fun Day plays in the
A young participant at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Family Fun Day plays in the "Frog Pond" while wearing a frog visor she made. - Photo Credit: Walt Ford/USFWS.
Sean Peterson, Student Intern Biologist, Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Minnesota, shows a yellow-bellied sapsucker that was captured in a mist net.
Sean Peterson, Student Intern Biologist, Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Minnesota, shows a yellow-bellied sapsucker that was captured in a mist net. - Photo Credit: Walt Ford/USFWS.
Audrey D'Autrechy-Simon applies a face painting to a boy that will rival the design of his cap.
Audrey D'Autrechy-Simon applies a face painting to a boy that will rival the design of his cap. - Photo Credit: Walt Ford/USFWS.
While fishing success was poor, the anticipation of catching one was great.
While fishing success was poor, the anticipation of catching one was great. - Photo Credit: Walt Ford/USFWS.
A live salamander was an intersting example of wildlife that Tim Buer, Nauralist, Long Lake Conservation Center, showed the kids during his presentation.
A live salamander was an intersting example of wildlife that Tim Buer, Nauralist, Long Lake Conservation Center, showed the kids during his presentation. - Photo Credit: Walt Ford/USFWS.

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge held their seventh annual Family Fun Day on Friday June 7, 2013. This year's event highlighted frogs, toads, and snakes of Minnesota and was co-sponsored by the Friends of Rice Lake Refuge. Nearly 200 people participated in various activities that were offered, including: fishing, kids krafts, Birding 101, Nature Photography 101, a nature "Walk and Talk", mist netting with bird banding demonstration, and a presentation about Minnesota's amphibians by a naturalist from the Long Lake Conservation Center.

Fishing success was not very good this year, only one kid was lucky enough to catch a fish. The mist netting and bird banding demonstration was a big hit, ten different species and 22 individual birds were captured and banded. It is quite possible that this single demonstration helped create a future biologist - perhaps even more than one. At the very least it created a memory that they will not soon forget and will certainly foster a greater appreciation for our feathered wildlife.


Contact Info: Walt Ford, 218-768-2402, walt_ford@fws.gov



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