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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.

Shoreland Restoration Maintenance Workshop -- The Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District is holding a workshop that will give participants practical solutions and technical information about the best ways to manage your property to maintain the health and value of your lake or stream, now and into the future. The workshop will be held on Friday, Aug. 21 from 12:30-5 p.m. Registration is required and the cost is $15. For registration information call 320-796-0888, or you can download a registration form from the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District website: The registration deadline is August 15 and seating is limited. The workshop is funded by the Clean Water Partnership grant from the MPCA.

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.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. Aug. 1, 3 and 7. 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; 10 a.m. Aug. 6. 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.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Aug. 3. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Monarch's miracle: 10 a.m. Aug. 4. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., Aug. 5. 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.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Aug. 6. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Mt. Tom story: 10 a.m. Aug. 7. Northern Kandiyohi County is a beautiful area of rolling wooded hills, wetlands and lakes. Meet atop Mount Tom, one of the highest landmarks in 50 miles, and explore the processes that shaped the land.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. Aug. 8. 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!

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. Aug. 8. 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.

Live birds of prey: 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Bruce Gilbertson and his red-tailed hawk will provide an informative presentation about hawks, owls, and falcons. Gilbertson will share information about identification, hunting styles, prey and the life history of our local birds of prey.

Great blue heron: 11 a.m. Aug. 9. A video and talk about one of the most common birds 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 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.