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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.

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.

Youth Ringnecks Camp -- The Kandiyohi County chapter of Pheasants Forever will host its annual Youth Ringnecks Camp Saturday, Aug. 22 from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Youth ages 7-16 are eligible to attend. Activities include challenge ropes courses, pellet gun and sporting clays shooting, archery and environmental games and activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away. Come dressed for the outdoors and the weather. The Willmar Junior High School will be the bus pickup site. The bus will leave at 8:15 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. To register, contact Jim at 320-894-6095 or email or visit

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.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Aug. 15, 2 p.m. Aug 19 and 10 a.m. Aug. 22. 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.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Deer watch: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Following a slide show on the history and habits of the deer in Sibley participants will take an observation walk. Binoculars are recommended.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 2 p.m, Aug. 20 and 11 a.m. Aug. 23. 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.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., Aug. 17 and 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.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. Aug. 17. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Monarch's miracle: 10 a.m. Aug. 18. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Bald Eagle: 2 p.m. Aug. 18. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Hairy critters: 10 a.m. Aug. 19. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

The Dakota conflict/West Lake tragedy: 10 a.m., Aug. 20. This powerful video examines the War of 1862, a battle between European settlers and native people called "Sioux." Following the video we will examine the West Lake tragedy that led to the present day Monson Lake State Park.

Two little owls: 2 p.m. Aug. 21. A video about two little great horned owls includes incredible footage rarely seen of these birds.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Aug. 22. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Waterfowl woodcarving: 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Join Gary Bullemer, Sibley State Park's assistant manager, as he explains and demonstrates his craft of making working waterfowl decoys. An assortment of waterfowl woodcarvings will be on display.

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.