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Whitewater State Park activities (05/13/2007)
May 19, 2007

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

10-11:30a.m. Vulture Walk - What soars the skies over the Whitewater River Valley in search of smelly dead animals, vomits on predators when threatened and urinates on itself to cool off?

Everyone*s favorite bird of course; the Turkey Vulture. Join a naturalist for a morning hike up to Chimney Rock to look for these amazing birds of prey. Meet at the visitor center for a brief introduction to Turkey Vulture identification and habits. Bring transportation as we drive a short distance to the trailhead.

Comfortable shoes are recommended for this walk up the bluff to Chimney Rock. Binoculars will be provided.

1-2p.m. Snakes of the Blufflands - Sixteen of Minnesota*s seventeen kinds of snakes live in the Blufflands. Learn how we can live, work and recreate in the Blufflands and still conserve these awesome creatures. A slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. Find out about this year*s rattlesnake sightings. A bullsnake will be on hand, literally! Bring your camera for a picture of the bullsnake wrapped around your loved one*s neck.

Afternoon Orchids of Whitewater State Park Walk - Malcolm and Rosemary MacFarlane have found and photographed all of Minnesota's 42 orchids. Join these experts in search of the beautiful and fascinating orchids, including the yellow lady*s-slipper, of Whitewater State Park. (This evening at 8p.m. the MacFarlanes will also give a slide presentation on the orchids of Minnesota! See below.) As group size is limited for the walk, call the park at (507) 932-3007 ext. 0 or stop at the visitor center, to reserve a spot and get the exact time. Bring transportation as we drive a short distance to the trailhead.

8-9p.m. Orchids of Minnesota Slide Show - There are forty-two orchids native to Minnesota, including the state flower, the showy lady's slipper. Malcolm and Rosemary MacFarlane have beautiful pictures of each one! They have journeyed to cedar bogs; bluff prairies, the Big Woods, and roadside ditches to get these photographs. Tonight they'll share with us everything from common orchids to the most rare orchid in North America. Their photography is excellent and their stories of the hunt fascinating!

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.

The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of

Whitewater State Park! 

 

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