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Whitewater State Park (07/22/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Saturday July 28, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center

(Park Office).

Saturday July 28

Morning Youth Fishing Workshop - Whitewater State Park is hosting a fishing workshop for youth that want to learn about fishing, but have little or no experience. The workshop is presented by Minnaqua, a Department of Natural Resources aquatic education program on Minnesota' waters. Its slogan is "Fishing, Caring, Sharing". During this morning's two-hour workshop participants will do a number of activities that

relate to fishing the state's streams, rivers, and lakes. Participants should bring worms and/or corn. Other equipment will be provided.

Parents are encouraged to join their children. Reservations are

required. Stop in or call the park's visitor center at (507) 932-3007 extension 0, during weekday business hours, for additional information and to make reservations.

9-10a.m. Tweets and Treats - Join a Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station for some good bird watching, treats (hot beverages and cookies) and conversation. The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds. With the sound system you can hear

the birds at the feeding station! 11a.m.-noon 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. A live bullsnake and fox snake will be on hand, literally! Bring your camera for a picture of a bullsnake wrapped around your loved one's neck.

2:30-3:30p.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.

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' 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. 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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