Crane Meadows Habitat Day 2011
March 12, 2011
Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Crane Meadows welcomed visitors to the 11th Annual Habitat Day event held on Sat. March 12, 2011.
This has been a great partnership over the years, evolving to more than 37 co-sponsors from federal and state agencies, local organizations, clubs and groups, schools, businesses, etc.
Since the Refuge's first event in 2001, more than 4,000 artificial nesting boxes have been assembled and hopefully placed in nature as a result of this program.
This late-winter tradition has become a perennial favorite, with more than 500 people participating. Outdoor enthusiasts from around the area came out to build wood duck and bluebirds boxes.
Hand-outs were provided on proper placement and maintenance of the bird houses and there were plenty of resource-oriented people on-hand to answer questions.
Refuge Friends, Ducks Unlimited, USFWS and MN DNR had informational booths and other activities included: snowshoeing, furbearer booth, waterfowl identification, deer antler searching and discovery. Snow conditions were still suitable for cross country skiers to take advantage of the double wide groomed Platte River Trail. Two large tents were setup to help shelter participants from the windy weather conditions.
Regional Director Tom Melius helps kids build bird houses at the Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Day
Photo Credit: USFWS