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Conservation Calendar

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.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Aug. 29. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Aug. 29. 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.

Bats, nature's night watch: 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. A PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing nighttime creature. Discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.

Deer watch: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. 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. 30. 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.

Mt. Tom story: 10 a.m. Sept. 3. 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.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Pondview trail walk: 10 a.m. Sept. 4. Explore the wetland bird life, insect eating plants, dragonflies and why wetlands are important for people too during this talk and walk.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. Sept. 4. 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. Sept. 5. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Granite, Oak and Men: 2 p.m. Sept. 5. The beautiful and skillfully constructed buildings in Sibley were built by unemployed World War I veterans who lived and worked here from 1935-38. The park naturalist will use a PowerPoint presentation and talk to explore the work and lives of the men of Sibley's Three Bears Camp.

Wildflowers I.D. and use: 11 a.m., Sept. 6. Take a stroll to examine and identify wildflowers and explore their uses and history.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Sept. 6. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Bald Eagle: 10 a.m. Sept. 7. 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 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.