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Audubon talk to cover warbler migration

The Upper Hiawatha Valley Audubon Chapter of Red Wing will host a public presentation Tuesday April 15 on the spring warbler migration along the Mississippi River valley given by noted birding expert Chase Davies. 

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She is a retired career environmental educator and has led numerous warbler field trips for the St. Paul Audubon Chapter’s warbler weekend held every May in Frontenac.  The presentation will focus on the predictability, uniqueness and flashy beauty of these amazing birds.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Red Wing Izaak Walton League, 1010 E. Fifth St.

Workshop focuses on controlling invasive species

Audubon Minnesota will hold a workshop on managing land for wildlife with a focus on identifying and controlling invasive species. 

The workshop will run 10 a.m. to noon Saturday April 26 at the Anderson Center. 

The Red Wing area is one of the region’s most diverse and important areas for birds and other wildlife, according to Audubon Minnesota. Bluff prairies, floodplain and upland forests, oak savanna and wetlands provide critical habitat for a variety of species. Many rare plants and animals are found here area.

Many of these habitats are under threat from invasive species, which crowd out native plants and cause harm to wildlife and birds. During this workshop, speakers from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Conservation Corp Minnesota and Audubon will discuss identification of invasive species most prevalent in this area, as well as control methods including herbicide use and prescribed fire.

Also, Conservation Corps Minnesota crews will provide a hands-on field demonstration of buckthorn removal and control. 

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as door prizes including native trees and shrubs.

For more information about the workshop, contact Tim Schlagenhaft of Audubon Minnesota at tschlagenhaft@audubon.org

Minnesota

Comment on region’s deer population goals

People may submit comments through April 20 on goals set for controlling southeastern Minnesota deer as recommended by a citizen advisory team. People should visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website atwww.mndnr.gov/deer.

Specific population goal recommendations for each of nine hunting areas will be posted online as well as the factors advisory team members cited when making recommendations. People should review this supporting information before submitting comments, which can be made online at www.mndnr.gov/deer or mailed to Leslie McInenly, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.

The DNR will evaluate advisory team recommendations and public comments on those recommendations before determining the final deer population goal for each hunting area. Once goals are established, the DNR will announce those goals and wildlife managers will implement harvest strategies to meet and maintain them.

More information on the process is available on the DNR’s deer management Web page at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

Bear hunt applications due May 2

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday May 2 at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

A total of 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas, the same number of licenses available last year. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. The season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and closes Sunday, Oct. 12.

Notification to successful lottery winners will be made in mid- to late May. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be  Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available to those eligible starting at noon Aug. 6.

Beaver season extended

Due to prolonged ice cover, the beaver trapping season in the northern third of Minnesota will be extended through Thursday, May 15.

The season was scheduled to close statewide April 30, but a second consecutive winter of persistently frozen lakes and rivers prompted the Department of Natural Resources to extend the 2013-14 season. Beaver trapping will close as scheduled in the southern two-thirds of the state.

Trappers who participate in the season extension will be required to take the following modifications to prevent incidental otter catch:

The season is extended north of state Highway 200, east of state Highway 73 and north of the Pine-Carlton county line.

National

Total lunar eclipse on Tuesday

On Tuesday April 15, the full Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse visible across North America. Lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view.

The total lunar eclipse begins at 1 a.m., when the edge of the Moon first enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. The Moon will be completely within the shadow for 78 minutes beginning around 3 a.m. on the East coast, midnight on the West coast.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute has assembled a variety of links with information, multimedia, and activities at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/eclipse/.

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