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Middle Fork Crow Watershed District Open House -- The Middle Fork Crow Watershed District will hold an Open House Tuesday, April 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 174 Lake Avenue North, Suite 2, in Spicer to celebrate its fifth anniversary. For more information, call Vanessa Glieden Henjum at 320-796-0888 or email Vanessa@mfcrow.org.

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Habitat Day -- The Litchfield Wetland Management District, an office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will host Habitat Day 2010 from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 10. 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. Bluebird and 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.

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Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads. For more information, email wrpc_info@yahoo.com.

Prairie Woods ELC

The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at pwelc@wecnet.com. Discount available on all classes for members.

Beginner Archery Class -- All equipment provided or you can bring your own. 4 p.m. April 6. Ages 10 and older. Fee is $10 per person.

Advanced Archery Class -- All equipment provided or you can bring your own. 4 p.m. April 13. Ages 10 and older. Fee is $10 per person.

Open Climbing -- Indoor rock climbing wall. Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Reservations required, please call by Thursday.

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center's hours vary. Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. For current information on trail condition visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. April 17. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

Bluebird conservation story: 2p.m. April 17-18. A presentation about the eastern bluebird and what you can do to help it survive and thrive.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. April 24. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

Awesome Amphibians: 2 p.m. April 24-25. Sibley State Park is a haven for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. May 1. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. May 1. 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. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. May 8. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

Geocaching for Beginners: 2 p.m. May 8-9. 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. Reservation required, register at the interpretive center or park office.

Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. May 15. The naturalist will lead a walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Woodland wildflowers: 2 p.m. May 15-16. Following a presentation, participants will take a short drive and walk to experience Sibley's wildflowers. Vehicles needed.

Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. May 22. The naturalist will lead a walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Geocaching for Beginners: 2 p.m. May 22-23. 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. Reservation required, register at the interpretive center or park office.

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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