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Whitewater State Park Naturalist programs (09/21/2011)
September 21 - 28, 2011

Programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center, unless noted otherwise.

Wednesday, September 21

5:45-7:15p.m. Bird Banding Demonstrations - Join Rochester area bird banders for this exciting activity! A fine mist net will be used to capture birds visiting the visitor center feeding station. Program participants will have the opportunity to handle and release birds after they have been studied, observed and banded with an aluminum tag. Find out what has been learned about Whitewater’s birds!

Saturday, September 24

9 – 11:00a.m. Hawk Walk - On thermals and northerly winds eagles, hawks and vultures now ride to their wintering grounds. Given good winds, many will be seen. Broad-winged hawks, osprey, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and sharp-shinned hawks are most likely to be seen. Well over 200 kinds of birds use the Whitewater Watershed each year. On this moderately strenuous walk to the lookout near Chimney Rock, several will be seen. Bring transportation, as we’ll drive a short distance from the visitor center to the trailhead. Binoculars and handouts will be available.

1-3p.m. Dyeing From Nature– Guest Presenter – Rosemary and Malcolm McFarlane. The process of natural dyeing, using both mordants and dyes from nature’s palette, will be demonstrated. Examples will be displayed and participants will be able to take home small samples of naturally dyed woolen yarn.

Sunday, September 25

12:30-2:30p.m. Bird Banding Demonstrations– See previous program description.

1-3p.m. Rolling Along the Root - Dust off those in-line skates and join us for a fun adventure on the Root River State Bike Trail. We’ll meet at the trail head in Preston, stopping along the way to learn about some of the plants, animals and geologic features that make the blufflands a truly unique place to live and play! Bring your own skates, helmets and pads.

Wednesday, September 28

5:30 – 7:00p.m. Bird Banding Demonstrations – See previous program description.

All of these activities and events 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. At the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center, see the new wolf exhibit as well as the touch screen exhibit with its introduction to the park and flood video. In addition a number of other nature and history related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.

The park staff hopes you enjoy the spectacular Blufflands resources of Whitewater State Park!



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