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Whitewater State Park (06/13/2007)
Naturalist Programs June 15-16

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

Friday, June 15

8-9p.m. Go Batty * All seven of Minnesota*s bats live in Southeastern Minnesota*s Blufflands. Separate fact from fiction about these fascinating little animals. Play a bat game! See a bat video! Eat some bat treats! Free bat house plans will be available.

Saturday, June 16 1-2p.m. Go in Seine at the Beach * Many small creatures live in Whitewater*s cold water streams and at the beach. Come get wet and wild as we use a seine (net) to search for some of Whitewater*s miniature water monsters! Find out about the interesting critters we share the swimming hole with. How does life in the stream differ from live in the beach pool? Meet at the beach.

Late Afternoon/Early Evening Biking to Save the Turtles - Each June rare Blandings Turtles lay their eggs at a site twenty miles from Whitewater. Females leave their wetlands and cross a busy road en route to their sand prairie nesting area. You can help this threatened species survive by assisting them across the road. Last year we moved dozens! Participants, ten years of older, will patrol the road on bicycles. Call (507) 932-3007, ext. 0 for time, meeting location and reservations. (At the time of this printing, this activity was full.

Call the park at (507) 932-3007 ext. 0, or stop at the visitor center to see if there have been cancellations.)

8-9p.m Live Eagle! * Guest Speaker Mary Beth Garrigan of the National Eagle Center - Want to see a live bald eagle up close? Tonight you can! Bring your camera. Mary Beth Garrigan, Director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha will be at Whitewater to share with us the tremendous comeback story of our national bird. With a live eagle on her fist she will introduce the bald eagle's life history and why the Mississippi River and the Blufflands are so important to their survival.

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. See the new beaver exhibit. A number of history and nature related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.

You can help support Minnesota State Park's 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, and much more. The Nature store is open Tuesday through Sunday 8:30a.m. - 4p.m.



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