Empty pesticide container collection: Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Renville County Highway Shop, one-half mile south of Bird Island on County Road 5; pesticide containers must be high density polyethylene plastic (imprint of HDPE & #2 on the bottom), have been triple or pressure rinsed and are pesticide free, and have all caps, foil seals and labels removed. No mini-bulk containers or containers with dirt or other materials stuck to the outside will be accepted. For more information contact the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District at 320-523-1550, extension 101.
Master Gardeners Table Topics: Every Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Willmar Public Library; a Master Gardener will be at the library to answer questions. The library will also have a display with books to check out and handouts, that will change each month.
Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open daily from noon until dark until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.
Master Gardener training: Oct. 1, deadline for applications new Master Gardener volunteers. Those selected for the program will participate in an internship, which starts with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener core course training on Jan. 11. The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty. Interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture. After completing the internship, volunteers become certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually. For an application packet and more information, call the University of Minnesota Extension Kandiyohi County office at 320-231-7890 or online at www.mg.umn.edu. Fee is $290 for course and materials and $30 for a background check, total $320.
West Central Bowhunter 60: Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center; 60 target 3D Shoot, realistic hunting shots along with fun targets; family event; 320-212-4715.
Starry Trek 2019: Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., statewide. Volunteers are needed to participate in a search for starry stonewort, one of Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. Volunteers will gather at local training sites to learn how to identify starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species. They will be sent to nearby public water accesses to check for starry stonewort. At the end of the day, they’ll return to the local training site to report their findings. Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Minnesota at Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 14 Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is critical for control. No experience or equipment is necessary to participate in Starry Trek. This event is free, but registration is requested. Register online at www.StarryTrek.org. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Sites include Saulsbury Beach County Park in Spicer and sites in Alexandria, Litchfield, Ortonville, Paynesville and Watson.
Deer conversation open houses: Area wildlife managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are again inviting the public to open house meetings to ask their deer-related questions and offer thoughts on deer issues. The meetings are a way to encourage conversations about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public. In addition to discussing general concerns about deer, individuals can ask DNR staff about last year’s harvest data, provide topics that the DNR’s deer advisory committee should be aware of, and discuss upcoming hunting season changes. There is no formal presentation; people can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting times. The DNR encourages people who can’t attend a scheduled meeting, but who have questions about deer management, to contact a local wildlife manager. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife. Opportunities to visit with area wildlife staff are scheduled:
New London: Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., DNR wildlife office, 398 Sibley Park Road, Sibley State Park.
Watson: Aug. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lac qui Parle DNR headquarters, 14047 20th Street SW.
Glenwood: Aug. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., DNR wildlife office, 23070 N. Lakeshore Drive.