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Aldo Leopold Weekend at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates Incredible Insects

Region 3, March 5, 2016
An Aldo Leopold Weekend participant shows off her butterfly facepaint.
An Aldo Leopold Weekend participant shows off her butterfly facepaint. - Photo Credit: n/a
USFWS Twin Cities Field Office Biologist, Tam Smith, discusses the federal protections in place for the Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper.
USFWS Twin Cities Field Office Biologist, Tam Smith, discusses the federal protections in place for the Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge celebrated Aldo Leopold Weekend with an "Incredible Insects" theme. Speakers from across the Twin Cities showcased the diverse array of insects that live in the area.

Friday night activities were all about bees, and included information about native bee surveys, bee keeping and a talk about the imperiled rusty patched bumble bee.

Saturday started off with many interactive exhibits, including the opportunity to make your own insect hotels to take home. Service biologists, including Tam Smith and Jill Utrup, discussed local insects that are listed under the Endangered Species Act, including Poweshiek skipperlings and Karner blue butterflies.

Saturday also included insect face painting, screenings of the Aldo Leopold documentary "Green Fire," and a guided hike with Ranger Judy Geck.

Contact Info: Kelly Nail, 952-252-0092 x205, kelly_nail@fws.gov