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M1 Garand Shoot -- The Willmar Rifle/Pistol Club will hold an M1 Garand shoot on Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Rifle Range. In the case of inclement weather, the matches will be held the next Tuesday. The cost is $10 for non-members and $8 for members. All rifles, ammunition, targets and instruction will be furnished by the range safety personnel.

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Birding and Wildlife for Families -- Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) will hold a Birding and Wildlife for Families program Aug. 22 from 7-11 a.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. Bring your family and join a naturalist guide as you wander along the trails to observe birds and other wildlife. Learn the basics of equipment used for birding and wildlife observation. The cost is $15 for individuals or $50 per family. For more information, contact Amy Denz at 320-276-8284.

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.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., July 25. Take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses. Will also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.

Hairy critters: 2 p.m. July 25. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

Monarch's miracle: 7 p.m. July 25. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Dragons in the air: 11 a.m. July 26. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. July 27. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. July 27. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. July 28. Learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as a brief history on navigation. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the interpretive center.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. July 28. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. July 29. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!

Bald Eagle: 2 p.m. July 29. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Butterflies, winged wildflowers: 10 a.m. July 30. Explore one of nature's most beautiful and graceful creatures while observing some of the more than 54 different butterflies in Sibley.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. July 30. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. July 31. 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.

Monarch's miracle: 2 p.m. July 31. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. Aug. 1. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

Geocaching for Beginners: 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as a brief history on navigation. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the interpretive center.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 7 p.m. Aug. 1. 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.

Bald Eagle: 11 a.m. Aug. 2. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

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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