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Winter Marsh

 "Muskrat Snow Cones" by Scott Sharkey

 

Registration is required for events marked with an asterisk (*).  Programs and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Call (952) 858-0715 for more information.  Click here to download a copy of the December-February events calendar.

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, February 2
    8:00 am-10:00 am
    Wilkie Unit, 7701 County Road 101 E, Shakopee
    Join in on a winter bird walk. The open water at Blue Lake has Trumpeter Swans, Geese, and many species of ducks on it. Other birds over-wintering here include Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Shrikes. Bring your binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Environmental Education Cohort

    Creating Significant Life Experiences and Reflection in the Outdoors
    Saturday, February 7
    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    You are invited to join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding Environmental Education and Outdoor Instruction into every day instruction.
    Free! Registration required; www.surveymonkey.com/s/EECohort2014-15
    Click here for more information

  • Winter Photo Hike

     

    Saturday, February 7
    7:00 am-9:00 am
    Bloomington Ferry Unit, 11255 Bloomington Ferry Road, Bloomington
    Come explore and photograph the Bloomington Ferry Unit of the refuge. We will 
    explore the area around Rice Lake taking advantage of the early morning light. Our 
    hike will begin during civil twilight. The cool blue light during twilight provides 
    additional interest to winter scenes. We will have an opportunity to capture the 
    sunrise from the pedestrian bridge.
     
    What we will cover
    We will have a brief discussion of winter shooting techniques and then quickly head 
    out on the trail in order to take advantage of the early morning light. Civil Twilight 
    is set to begin at 7:02, and sunrise is at 7:33.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

     

     

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, February 8
    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors. To register visit: http://www.mntracking.org/
    Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, February 8
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us monthly for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. Discover how a variety of community partners work together to monitor and protect natural resources and manage habitat for humans and wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    2/8 Animals Behaving Badly

  • Nature's Notebook Workshop

    Saturday, March 7
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    The National Phenology Network is recruiting volunteers, students, and educators to collect an dsubmit plant and animal observations within the Twin Cities community using the national data base Nature’s Notebook. No prior experience is required! Teachers, amateur naturalists, and botanists, as well as seasoned professionals are welcome. Register to use your own site of conduct observations on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

    For more information:
    Teachers Contact: Suzanne Trapp, Visitor Services Specialist, 952-361-4502 or Suzanne_Trapp@fws.gov

    Volunteers Contact: Sarah Inouye-Leas, Volunteer Coordinator, 952-858-0724 or Sarah_Inouye@fws.gov

    Click here for details or to register.

  • Environmental Education Cohort

    Saturday, March 7
    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    You are invited to join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding Environmental Education and outdoor learning into every day instruction. Free! Registration required; https://www.surveymonkey.com/2/EECohort2014-15
     Click here for details 

     

  • Refuge Partner Teacher Orientation

    Saturday, March 7
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Click here for details

     

  • Refuge Partner Teacher Spring Training

    Saturday, March 7
    12:30 pm-3:30 pm
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Click here for details

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015
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