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Whitewater State Park Naturalist Programs (09/06/2006)
September 8-9, 2006

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, September 8

Evening Introduction to Archery and Bowhunting * This activity is designed for those interested in starting to bowhunt. The session will include demonstrations of various kinds of bowhunting equipment and accessories. Topics covered will include the four fundamentals of bowhunting, blinds, calls and lures, safety, ethics, landowner relations and conservation. Instructor: Ben Januschka. Call (507) 932-3007, extension 0, during weekday business hours for exact time and reservations.

Saturday, September 9

Afternoon Explore the Weaver Bottoms in Sea Kayaks and Canoes Weaver Bottoms, part of Pool 5 at the mouth of the Whitewater River, is being reborn! This part of the Mississippi River once produced bountiful fish, waterfowl and other wildlife. But, over the years its value to wildlife has greatly diminished. Last summer and part of this summer this pool, above Lock and Dam 5, has been drawn down as much as one and a half feet replicating a river's normal late summer low flow. This exposed five hundred of acres of river bottom, which has lead to prolific plant growth, which will in turn greatly increase the quality of habitat to wildlife. See the early results of this improvement on this guided, half-day canoe/kayak trip. Fee: $10 if you have your own boat, $20 if you need to rent one. Snack and beverages provided. (Call the park at (507) 932-3007, extension 0 for more information and reservations.)

6-7p.m. Tweets and Treats - Join the Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station for some good birding, treats (beverages and cookies) and conversation. The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds! Outside the center we'll witness fall migration, including hawks, vultures and songbirds. Binoculars and maps of birding hot spots will be available.

8-9p.m. Rare Plants of Minnesota and the Blufflands - Being at the crossroads of where North America's deciduous forest, coniferous forest and prairie meet, Minnesota is rich in its variety of plants including many rare ones. Join Minnesota plant experts Rosemary and Malcolm MacFarlane as they share their beautiful slides and intriguing stories of their search for the fascinating rare plants of Minnesota.

These programs are provided free of charge, but state park vehicle permits are required. In addition to attending programs, you are invited to use the park's self-guided interpretive services, including visitor center exhibits and self-guided trails. A number of history and nature related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.

You can help support Minnesota State Parks Interpretive and Resource Management Programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, 1?2 mile south of the visitor center on Highway 74, offers books, post cards, T-shirts, mugs, wildlife posters, relaxation tapes and much more. The Nature Store will be open Saturdays and Sundays in fall 8:30a.m.to 4p.m.

The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of Whitewater State Park! 


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