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Conservation Calendar


M1 Garand Shoot -- The Willmar Rifle/Pistol Club will hold its annual M1 Garand shoots on July 7 and 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.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Shooting Sports Sampler -- Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) will hold a Shooing Sports Sampler July 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. Women can learn new skills or practice shooting on the sporting clays range, rifle range, and Olympic and 3-D archery ranges alongside trained staff that can teach and guide you through each event. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact Amy Denz at 320-276-8284.

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.

Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. June 20. The naturalist will lead a walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. June 20. 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. June 20. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Prairie wildflowers: 11 a.m., June 21. 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.

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 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.