April 28, 2007
All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
8-9a.m. Tweets and Treats - Join the Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station for some good bird watching, treats (hot beverages and cookies) and conversation. New birds are arriving every day! What have you seen so far this spring? The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds. Maps of birding hot spots, checklists and binoculars will be available.
10-11:30am Early Spring Wildflower Walk - Spring is finally here! On this short, leisurely walk you will see many favorite wildflowers including Dutchman's-breeches, bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauty, marsh marigold, false rue anemone and trout lily. Bring your camera! Bring transportation as we drive a short distance to the trailhead.
12:20-1:30pm Learning to Live with Rattlesnakes - You could come across a rattlesnake on a trail in southeastern Minnesota's Blufflands. What should you do? What will the snake do? How dangerous are they? Why is the Blufflands' timber rattlesnake classified as a threatened species? Why are they rare? Get answers to your rattlesnake questions at this program featuring slides and a live timber rattlesnake.
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 nature and history related videos are available for viewing in the visitor center.