26624 North Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-7959
218/847-4431 Fax: 281/847-4156
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2010
Bring the Family to Celebrate Prairie Fun Day
The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District is hosting a celebration of the prairie on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 10:00am – 2:00 pm at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, located 2 miles northeast of Audubon, Minnesota.
A picnic lunch will be served at noon, picnic tables will be furnished, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. In addition, there will be many activities for children and adults. Activities include Prairie Bingo, sweeping the prairie for insects, and waterfowl identification (Ducks on a Stick). Wildland fire equipment will be demonstrated. Collection of grass and flower seeds from a restored prairie will be a highlight of the day. The seed will be used in future native prairie plantings on the Refuge. There will be a Nature Photography Workshop and cameras will be provided for use that day, with an opportunity to print the pictures you take. There will be additional activities throughout the day; and all are organized so individuals can join in at anytime and depart when desired. Duck stamps may also be purchased on site.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience the prairie, an atmosphere that offers a wealth of splendid smells and stunning sights. The prairie is approaching full bloom; shades of red, yellow, pink, and purple dapple the prairie landscape with a promise to burst into bloom. Please feel free to bring your family and friends. I encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
If there is any desire for more information, please contact, Scott Kahan at 218-844-3403.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the National Wildlife Refuge System that includes more than 540 refuges nation wide. Within Becker County, the Service is represented by the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District. Becker County enjoys an impressive diversity of both plants and wildlife as a result of its location where the eastern deciduous forest meets the prairie. Plan a visit to experience Tamarac, Hamden Slough, or one of the many Waterfowl Production Areas and enjoy your public lands.
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