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DNR offers wildlife guide (05/23/2007)
Vacationers facing the high cost of gasoline can beat gas prices by cutting back on longer trips. By staying closer to home, Minnesotans will discover some of the most exciting wildlife species and wildlife spectacles in North America.

Information on these areas, maps and tips for encountering some of Minnesota's most sought after wildlife such as peregrine falcons, moose, common loons, trumpeter swans and bald eagles is available in the "Traveler's Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota." The book is authored by Henderson, Andrea Lee Lambrecht, and regional wildlife biologists with the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program.

This book was made possible by donations to the Nongame Wildlife Fund Checkoff. It is for people who enjoy nature and all forms of wildlife.

People can obtain a copy of the "Traveler's Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota" for $19.95, plus shipping and tax, at Minnesota's Bookstore by calling (651) 297-3000 in the metro area or toll free 1-800-657-3757.

DNR seeks input on farmland deer populations

Public input on the future of deer populations in the state's farmland zone is being collected through an online survey posted on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Web site.

The survey is the final part of a statewide deer population goal-setting project that began in 2005. Last year, DNR wildlife managers collected nearly 1,700 online comments on deer populations in the forested zone through a similar survey.

Earlier this year, DNR worked with stakeholder teams to help set the future direction on deer populations. The teams represented such interests as deer hunters, landowners, businesses, counties and conservation/environmental groups.

The online presentation and survey may be accessed from the DNR Web page at www.dnr.state.mn.us.


Q: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources helps sponsor an archery in the schools program. What is the program all about and how can my school get involved?

A: Minnesota is among the leaders in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), a physical education based program that enables schools to provide high quality archery programming right in their gymnasiums. To participate, schools need the standard archery equipment and teachers need to get trained and certified as Basic Archery Instructors. The equipment costs about $3,000, but DNR offers about 50 grants to schools every year that cuts the cost down to $1,500. The grant application can be found on the DNR website, and the next grant application deadline is Oct. 31. Most schools are getting hunting, shooting, fraternal and conservation groups in their community to donate the money for the gear.

DNR provides training sessions all over the state for teachers and parks and recreation departments for no charge. Certified instructors learn how to safely and effectively teach beginning archery, including the procedures used in archery competitions. Each spring the DNR sponsors a State Archery in the Schools Tournament, which is open to all schools participating in the NASP.

For more information, or to get involved in the program, contact Kraig Kiger at the DNR Minnesota Shooting Sports Education Center at (218) 327-0583, or kraig.kiger@dnr.state.mn.us.



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