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Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program
We’re only a few days away from the start of EagleCam season! The livestream begins THIS Thursday (Nov. 19).
Who’s getting egg-cited? 🦅🥚
Red Lake Falls, MN!
Dick Lambert of Red Lake Falls reported (and photographed) a Moose (in the snow) within the city limits crossing Hwy 32 around noon on Thursday. If you spot a moose, please don't get too close (or chase it), winter is a challenging season for moose in Minnesota. Thank you for your report Dick!!!
There will NOT be a Christmas tree cutting event on Glacial Ridge NWR this year. As people were made aware during last year's event, we expected that 2019 would be our last year, as we would meet our conifer removal goal. Refuge staff are pleased that we were able to provide so many families quality holiday season memories with the event for several years. Thanks to the public's participation, we have made great strides in returning Glacial Ridge NWR's Lee Unit to its original tallgrass prairie habitat.
No unauthorized removal of trees is allowed at either Glacial Ridge or Rydell NWR.
REMINDER: Rydell NWR is NOT open for gun deer hunting or for the subsequent muzzleloader deer season. Hunt Area A will continue to be open for upland game hunting and archery deer during the gun and muzzleloader deer seasons and until the end of the respective state seasons. Contact the Refuge Manager at 218-686-4329 if you have any questions about hunting on Rydell NWR.
Southeast of Angus, MN, north of Crookston, MN, south of Warren, MN!
Don’t believe the hype, believe the Bat Facts! Bats benefit our ecosystem is numerous ways, but they’ve earned some undeserved stereotypes in the process. Luckily, BatWeek and the U.S. Forest Service are here to debunk those myths! #BatWeek
Check out our website for more Bat Facts! mndnr.gov/livingwith_wildlife/bats/index.html
Bald eagle post, coming right up. Our national symbol is always a treat to see. This one was spotted surveying Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in California, looking dignified. Bald eagles don't get their distinctive white head and tail until they reach maturity at 4 - 5 years of age and are in mostly brown feathers until then. They are impressive in size, with a massive wingspan of up to 8ft and weighing as much as 14lbs. Females are larger than males and both parents play a doting role in raising the young. They are a conservation success story, and Mason Neck, James River, Karl E. Mundt and Bear Valley are four national wildlife refuges created specifically for bald eagles. Have you spotted a bald eagle recently? Photo courtesy of John Kimura.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
October is Disability Awareness Month. At the DNR, we’re creating environments where diversity is valued and celebrated. Every day, our staff works to ensure you can have accessible experiences in both green spaces and digital spaces (like Facebook). With accessible trails, and web & electronically accessible maps and documents, we're making getting outdoors possible—and enjoyable—for people of all abilities! #accessibleoutdoors #NDEAM #DisabilityAwarenessMonth dnr.state.mn.us/accessible_outdoors/index.html
‘Spiritual currency': The Ojibwe's special bond with wild rice production
For 500 years, Mahnomen, or wild rice, has been the grain that feeds life into the Annishinabe, or the Ojibwe.
Polk County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management
Sheriff Jim Tadman would like to remind everyone to be extra careful when driving in the evening or early morning hours. Deer, bear and even a moose or two have been spotted throughout the county with recent sightings on the east end in the McIntosh/Fosston area. Please be on the lookout for wildlife particularily between early October through December. This is high travel time especially for Whitetail deer. Animals are unpredictabable when frightened. Stay Alert! Do not swerve for any animals as this may cause you to loose control of your vehicle. Please review the safety driving tips below. #welovepolkcounty #besafe #deputieswatchforwildlifetoo #dontveerfordeer #bettheydontseemooseinthecities
Ten Safety Driving Tips:
• Wear seat belts and drive at the posted speed limits.
• Drive with extreme caution in areas where deer crossing signs are posted.
• Dusk and dawn are high risk time periods.
• If you see one deer on a road or highway, expect that there will be more.
• Don’t totally rely on deer whistles and high-beam headlights to deter deer.
• Driving with high-beam lights on will illuminate the eyes of the deer to allow for maximum response time.
• Don’t swerve your vehicle to avoid hitting a deer. (Although this may be odd; but if a collision with a deer is inevitable, it is important to maintain control of the vehicle.)
• Avoid braking at impact, this does not preclude braking before impact. (Some experts say that this will make the car go down, so that the deer is more likely to pass under the car as opposed to hitting the windshield.)
• Report any deer-vehicle collisions to local authorities
• Stay alert, awake and sober.
Remember: Deer are unpredictable especially when frightened — drivers always need to stay alert.
Here's an animal that needs no introduction. As well-known as skunks are by sight, it's probably their notorious predator protection that makes them famous. Skunk spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail. When threatened, a skunk turns away from the threat and blasts it with a hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray, which can travel as far as ten feet. Skunk spray is a marvel of chemistry, made up of seven different major volatile components. If you can look past that one, obvious, negative feature, skunks do us a lot of favors: they eat stinging insects, for example. And they are naturally immune to snake venom, so they eat venomous snakes, too. And then there's the cuteness. The undeniable cuteness. Photo by Michael Schramm, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lets explore how your tree is changing, or not changing, for fall. We'll also do an experiment to see what pigments exist in leaves.
Ways to expand the lesson:
• Read “How Leaves Change” by Sylvia Johnson or “Autumn Days: Let’s Look at the Seasons” by Ann Schweniger.
• Go for a walk through a wooded area, schoolyard, local park, or neighborhood sidewalk to look for signs of fall.
• Find and dissect an acorn. Make sure a parent or guardian is with you.
• Collect several different leaves and make a leaf collage or picture.
For more Adopt-A-Tree activities visit: http://www.kittsonswcd.org/adopt-a-tree-program.html
For more Project Learning Tree lessons visit: https://www.plt.org/family-activity/signs-of-fall/
Downloadable Journal Page:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This World Habitat Day take a few moments to notice nearby nature. Explore wildlife watching tips: http://ow.ly/xLHO50BKhjK
Whether you’re walking, biking, birding, or looking out the window, nature’s full of surprises big and small – just take a closer look. What kinds of plants, fishes, or wildlife have you seen recently in your local community?
Photo: White-crowned sparrow in a narrow-leaf cottonwood tree by Tom Koerner/USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Discover public lands and historic sites across the U.S. with close connections to Hispanic heritage and communities, including Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge near Albuquerque, New Mexico: http://ow.ly/QOob50BAHFH
The 570-acre refuge offers an urban oasis for wildlife and people. It provides environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities for nearby communities.
This month, Mars puts on quite a show: it shines its brightest and best, pairs up with the Harvest Moon on the 2nd, and won't come this close to Earth for until 2035
Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association's cover photo
PLEASE RESPECT THE RULES:
Rydell Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge and managed in a "Wildlife First" manner. Because of this, there are many rules in place. Visitors who violate these rules are subject to fines and repeated violations will impact future visitations for others.
Recently horseback riding and racing remote cars on a trail was discovered. Neither of these activities are allowed on the Refuge.
If you witness an illegal activity on the Refuge, please contact the Manager at 218-686-4329.
Founded in 1996, our objective is to assist with refuge management, public use, and fundraising activities. The Association sponsors interpretive programs, open houses, special events, and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. They also operate a small nature store in the Visitor Center that helps raise money for refuge activities and maintenance.
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Candlelight Ski/Owl Prowl
"Talking" to the owls at the Candlelighlt Ski/Owl Prowl Event.
Thank you all who participated and volunteered with this years Candlelight Ski/Owl Prowl Event! It was a wonderful success!
Within the hardwood forests of Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, a vast variety of mysterious creatures make their home. One of the more notable species is the Ruffed Grouse. This upland game bird is often recognized by the distinctive drumming sound it creates by compressing air beneath its wings; a sound that reverberates through the woods in the spring. Stop by the refuge to see what else is out here hiding!
Muskrat at Tamarac Lake (05/29/18)
Muskrats are small, semi-aquatic mammals that are valued for their pelts. In the wetlands of YOUR Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Muskrats make their home! Check out this guy swimming by the fishing pier at Tamarac Lake. Come out and see what else you can find! The Visitor Center is open today from now until 4pm.
The Friends of Rydell & Glacial Ridge Refuges Association (FRGRRA) was formed in 1996 to assist with refuge management, public use, and fundraising activities. The Association sponsors interpretive programs, open houses, special events, and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. They also operate a small nature store in the Visitor Center that helps raise money for refuge activities and maintenance. In 2000, the Association was awarded the Friends Group of the Year Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
Environmental education has long been an important way for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) employees, volunteers, Friends groups and partners to connect our agency’s conservation mission and goals with visitors and the community.
National wildlife refuges have served as outdoor classrooms for a diverse audience of learners, creating a greater understanding of local, regional, and national conservation issues. Today we continue this tradition, as we teach interdisciplinary concepts to people of all ages to prepare them to make informed conservation stewardship decisions.
The Rydell National Wildlife Refuge is an 2,120-acre (9 km2) National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota, located in Woodside Township, Polk County, just west of Erskine in northwestern Minnesota. It was established in 1992, and receives more than 7,800 visitors each year. The refuge is a combination of maple/basswood/oak forest, wetlands, tallgrass prairie and bogs. Wildlife comes first on national wildlife refuges; all human activities must be compatible with the needs of wildlife. Six activities are encouraged when appropriate: hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. Rydell Refuge offers all of these, and more! (Wikipedia)
The Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge was created on October 12, 2004, the 545th National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. Its creation was the result of cooperation between at least 30 agencies or governmental entities. The creation of the refuge was spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, and the initial endowment of 2,300 acres (9.3 km2) of land was donated by the Conservancy. In light of its planned final size of 37,756 acres (153 km2), it is described by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as "the largest tallgrass prairie and wetland restoration project in U.S. history." (Wikipedia)
Are you having the holiday Christmas tree cutting day this year?? If so when. Thx much.
We haven't been to Rydell for quite some time, but I dropped by with my visiting niece on Saturday and noticed that pretty much everything was gone from the Children's Discovery Area, including all the trees. What's up with that? Is something different going in there? Will a children's area still exist? Thanks for any info.
Anybody know the trail conditions at Rydell as of today, April 6? It's too far of a drive for me to go unless I know for sure that the trails are good for running. Thank you!
The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association is holding their Annual Meeting at 6 pm tonight!
Meet at the Rydell NWR Visitor Center
Please join us and invite your friends!
Refreshments will be served
If you are a current member this is a great time to renew your membership.
If you are not a current member, but have enjoyed the numerous opportunities the Refuges have offered over the years, now would be a great time to become a new member. Your support helps the Friends Association assist the Refuges with projects and makes all of our wonderful events possible. Such events as the holiday tree cutting event, take a kid fishing day, and blue bird box building opportunities wouldn't be possible without the dedicated support of our Friends members.
We will be electing officers and discussing what exciting new opportunities the next year will bring. Come check out what is new in the gift shop as well! Discount for current members! :)
Senior or Student: $10
Questions?! Call the Rydell NWR Refuge office at (218) 687-2229 for more info.