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outdoors Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

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 How to Catch More Fish -- Runnings Farm & Fleet in Willmar will hold a free "How to Catch More Fish in 2009" seminar by Den Pluimer Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, call 320-235-1325.

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Little Crow Archery Club -- The Little Crow Archers will be starting their 3-D League, which will run 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays or 6 p.m. to dusk on Wednesdays from March 25-May 2. The fee is $36 per person. The club's Spring Fever 3-D Shoot will be held March 28-29, with an $12 fee for adults and a $6 fee for children ages 12-and-under. All competitions will be held at the outdoor range located at 16952 118th St. NW, Sunburg. The club's annual awards banquet will be held May 2 at noon.

Habitat Day -- The Litchfield Wetland Management District, an office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will host Habitat Day 2009 from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Birds from the Raptor Center, including a bald eagle, from the Raptor Center in St. Paul will be on hand and programs will be given at 1 p.m. Wood Duck house kits will also be available free of charge and can be built on site. There will also be a limited number of wren houses and robin nest shelves. The event is free to the public. The Litchfield WMD is located on South Ripley Drive, south of Litchfield. For more information call 320-693-2849.

Middle Fork Crow Watershed District Open House -- The Middle Fork Crow Watershed District will hold an Open House Tuesday, April 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower Plaza in Spicer to celebrate its fourth anniversary. 

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Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter #2 meeting -- The Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter #2 will hold its banquet on April 3, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Willmar. KFAN Outdoors' "The Captain" Billy Hildebrad will be the guest speaker. For more information or tickets, call Greg Kamrowski at 320-235-9788 or visit the web site www.kandipf.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Brad's 71 Bait & Sport and Mel's Sport Shop. The final banquet meeting for committee members will be held at the Kandiyohi Entertainment Center in Willmar at 7 p.m. March 30.

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 354-2002.

Maple syruping demonstration: 2 p.m., March 28. Explore the history of maple syruping, the tools of the trade, sap collection, processing and best of all, tasting. Limit 40. Reservations required. Call 354-2002 or 354-2055.

Waterfowl watching field trip: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 4. Field trip to look for early season migrating waterfowl. Binoculars, spotting scopes and bird books furnished. Vehicles needed.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 25, May 2 and 9. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommend and some will be available for use.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. April 18-19. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Eastern bluebirds conservation tips: 2 p.m. April 25-26. Come see the once rare and beautiful eastern bluebird and find out what you can do to help it survive and thrive.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2. A tour of the fish hatchery in New London will leave from the interpretive center by personal auto. A DNR fisheries employee will help you examine walleye egg stripping, incubation, hatching, fry rearing and stocking.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. May 2-3. We will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts along with playing the Fish Facts Quiz. This is a kids/parents program.

Woodland wildflower walk: 2 p.m., May 9-10. Following a presentation, participants will take a short drive and take a short walk to experience Sibley's wildflowers. Vehicles needed.

Pondview trail walk: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. Explore the wetland bird life, insect eating plants, dragonflies and why wetlands are important for people too during this talk and walk.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. May 16-17. Have you heard the "wail" of the loon and wished you knew more about Minnesota's state bird? Discover the calls of the loon, its habitat, food requirements and family life.

To get your outdoors activity in the Conservation Calendar, mail a copy of a flier or handout to West Central Tribune, c/o Outdoors, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201; fax to 320-235-6769; or email tjb@wctrib.com and put "Conservation Calendar" in the subject line. Submissions must be received by Wednesday to be published in the following weekend edition. No phone calls, please.

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