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imiiilil J. lJem IIllII IIB RIJ!I! IIlllI * Wednesday, July 1, 2009 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota -Page 6B I Inside ) the outdoors by Mike Rahn By now Minnesotans are becoming accustomed to hearing the unwelcome news that another body of water in the state has been invaded by a harmful foreign plant or animal, an "exotic species," as they are known to science. The latest to earn that distinction is Lake Le Homme Dieu near Alexandria, one of West Central Minnesota's more popular fishing and recreational lakes, and connected to several others in a well-known chain, including Lakes Carlos and Darling. Lake Le Homme Dieu is the 10 'h Minnesota Lake where zebra mussels have been found, in addition to the Mississippi, St. Croix and Zumbro rivers. Zebra mussels are tiny clam-like creatures that came to this country in the ballast water of ships traveling from Eastern Europe and Russia to Great Lakes ports in the 1980's. Pleasure boaters and anglers unknowingly brought the creatures to inland lakes and rivers as stowaways on Another lake invasion; high hunting hopes well. Scraping the cement- BE OPTIMISTIC: If you're for evidence that a woodcock like masses of shells from an upland hunter who tramps boat hulls, docks and water the woodlands for grouse and toys, and being cut by broken woodcock in autumn, you have mussel shells, are among the reason for optimism for the unpleasant realities where season ahead. For tw6 weeks they've gained a foothold, in a row wildlife biologists But to an angler or an have issued positive reports ecologist, that's not the only on the status of game birds bad news. Zebra mussels upset dear to these hunters' hearts. the 'food chain, consuming This week it was woodcock; important microorganisms, last week it was ruffed grouse. called plankton. The water The woodcock prediction *becomes clearer, but that's came from the U.S. Fish & because the free-floating Wildlife Service. The ruffed plankton needed to support grouse estimate came from the food pyramid of aquatic the Minnesota Department of insects, and ultimately forage Natural Resources (DNR). fish and game fish, are reduced. The truth, of course, is that In lakes where zebra mussels most of the hunters who fall are well established, you'll see into this category are actually more of the lake bottom, and grouse hunters, who may fewer fish. harvest a few woodcock as Alexandria seems a long targets ofopportunity where the way from Lake Mille Lacs, two birds' habitat preferences one of the other infested lakes, overlap. There are relatively and from the Mississipi and few hunters who could be the St. Croix. But in this age called woodcock specialists, of great angler and boater and who actually set out to mobility, invasive species like hunt specifically for them. zebra mussels, or the Eurasian I consider myself a hybrid watermilfoil now choking the of the two. When I owned an shallows oPmany Minnesota English setter, a pointing dog lakes, are as close as the next breed, I would sometimes hunt boat or trailer that arrives specifically for woodcock. flight is in. The news released this week declared that woodcock numbers in Minnesota and in the Central U.S. in general, are up slightly from 2008; and numbers were higher in 2008 than 2007. Thanks to an early spring, nesting woodcock got a head start this year, and there was no significant wintry weather to cause mortality. Ruffed grouse census numbers recently released by the Minnesota DNR were even more encouraging. The drumming counts that estimate the number of breeding birds were up more than 40 percent To save your tires stop at the and see Kerby for that FRONT END ALIGNMENT Replace those worn out Ball Joints, Tie Rod Ends and Idler Arms " Over 45 homes on the lot KING OF THE ROAD VA- FHA Conventional Financing Available ANDERSON MOBILE HOMES, INC. U.S. Hwy 71, Sebeka, MN 56477 1-800-879-2284 from 2008, after several years of modest increases. The [SOiJdBott0nl_s northern portions of the state s00ow00dt00e0000atest while central and southeast regions were similar to last year, the DNR reported. Another reason DNR Septic Pumping biologists are optimistic is Satellite ToiletRentals that the period of greatest risk for losing juvenile, birds is (218)785-2652 at an end. Cold wet weather Bagley, MN 56621 in June can wipe out broods of grouse chicks, and this (Yesterdayk meals on wheels) was not a year when that NOTICE REGARDING Animal Abuse/Neglect Report all cases of animal abuse, neglect or cruelty to: Minnesota Federated Humane Societies [I !-877-826-4625 I TolI-Free00] Heating Oil & Bulk Fuel We Deliver/ Bagley Oil Co. 694-2294 Truck & Dense/ E & DOT - . Certified Experienced Parts & Service for all makes and models of trucks, tractors, heavy equipment & diesel their boats and trailers, where they established themselves. and from there have been transported elsewhere. The fingernail-size, cream and brown-striped oreamres attach themselves in masses to any solid underwater surface. They do damage on a large scale by clogging mechanisms through which water flows. such as water intakes of boats, and municipal, industrial and residential water intakes, as from an infected lake without being properly drained and cleaned, or allowed to dry out thoroughly to kill any aquatic hitchhikers. One would like to think that the spread of these and other harmful invasive species to other Minnesota waters is preventable. But every time another lake "'casualty" is announced it gets a little harder to be optimistic. UPLAND HUNTERS CAN which tend to be found in the low-lying woodland, edges close to swamps o; marshes. I now hunt with a golden retriever, and focus more on grouse, but expect to encounter the occasional woodcock. When proper weather arrives, typically in late October, flights of migrating woodcock may descend on the local covers where I hunt. At those times I will slip shells with smaller shot into my shotgun, and look undesirable phenomenon occurred. Biologists expect good survival of young grouse, something that is a "must" for an exceptional hunting season. While a bird in the bag is worth two in the bush. and it's a gamble to lay bets now on this fall's success, the odds of a bumper harvest look better this year than they have for quite some time. Vinyl, Printed & Lighted Signs Banners • Logo Design Striping & Graphics Truck Lettering Itasca State Park programs Wednesday, July 1 Cemetery, Wegmann's Cabin, own tree identification booklet, is ongoing from 1-2:30 p.m. Oooh, Aaaah, Orchids! Talk and Walk 1-2 p.m. Meet in the classroom of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Learn about the variety of orchids that can be found in the northland during this slide show followed by a short walk outside to look for any blooming Showy Lady's Slippers. Availability of blooming flowers and location is dependent on weather and browsing by wildlife. Mink, Weasels and More! Campfire 7-7:30 pm Meet in Bear Paw Campground (along the bike path below the little log pumphouse) Canceled if raining. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join the naturalist for a discussion on the common weasels members found in Itasca. From the musky smelling mink to the short- tailed weasel that turns white in winter. You might be surprised who some of the "cousins" to these critters. Note: be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, no other seating is provided. Thursday, July 2 Itasca History Bike Tour -10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet along the bike trail by the bike and boat rental. Get on your bike and pedal your way through some of Itasca's early history. This bike tour makes stops and tells stories at Itasca's Pioneer the Indian Mounds. and the Mississippi Headwaters. Note: If you are renting a bicycle, please rent your bike before the 10:30 a.m. start time. Nature Discovery Walk: Flowers and Trees 3:30-4:15 pm Meet outside Forest Inn From the delicate Canada anemone to the towering Red pine. discover the variety of plants and trees that make up the forest of Itasca during this walk around the Douglas Lodge area. Music Under the Pines: Bill and Kate Isles 7-9 p.m. Meet outside at the Lakeside Amphitheater, located below the Wegmann Store (at the Jacob V.. Brower Visitor Center if raining.) Bring your blanket or lawn chair to relax on and come out for .an evening of entertainment overlooking the shores of Lake Itasca as Duluth's own Bill and Kate Isles perform their original music. Winner of the 2001 Minnesota Folk Festival New Folk Songwriter Contest, Bill's style, performed on guitar, are poetic reflections of life experiences we can all relate to. Friday, July 3 Curious Kids: Tree ID Rubbing Booklets 1:30-2 p.m. Meet at the grass lawn (north side by the swimming beach playground) Kids, join the naturalist as you make your Make rubbings of a variety of leaves, and then go on a short walk to see if you can identify some of the common trees. Note: An adult must accompany children. Wolves, Coyotes and Fox ! Campfire 7-7:30 pm Meet at the Lakeside Amphitheater, located below Wegmann's Store in the Picnic Grounds (held in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if raining.) Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join the naturalist for a discussion on the canine members found in Itasca. From the large gray wolf to the cunning little fox. Note: be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, no other seating is provided. Saturday, July 4 Happy Independence Day! We hope you enjoy your time with your family as we celebrate our Nation's birthday! There are no inte'rpretive programs today. Sunday, July 5 Nature Snapshots: Black Bears 1-2:30 pm Meet along the footpath to the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if raining.) Find the naturalist along the footpath to the Mississippi Headwaters to learn more about Minnesota's largest carnivore, the Black bear. This 10-minute mini-talk DNR offers water safety tips for holiday weekend ST. PAUL. Minn. (AP) June 28-- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering water safety tips for the coming 4th of July holiday weekend. People are heading to the beaches, lakes and pools around Minnesota looking for a little relief from the summer heat and humidity. But the DNR warns that water can be a killer. Topping its list of tips: wear a life vest when boating. Most boat-related drownings happen to people who can swim, but aren't wearing life vests at the time of the accident. The DNR also warns that drowning is often silent. happens within minutes, and often when help is nearby. So the DNR tells parents not 00emmmen eencme00 k. m,s- i , to bury their heads in a book at the beach or pool when children are near the water watch them the whole time. AD SPA CE FOR RENT Call 694-6265 ERICKSON'S Heating & Air Conditioning BAGLEY: 12181785-2539 • TOLL FREE: 866-785-2539 FEED • SEED • PET & DEER PRODUCTS * Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Air Conditioning tfc Service after the sale! Civilian Conservation Corps, Evening Stroll 7-7:30 pm Meet outside Forest Inn. Many of the buildings we enjoy today were constructed in the 1930s by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Join the naturalists as you learn about the role of the CCC while touring past some of these buildings. See Forest Inn. the premier VCC building, the 4-Plex. and the Old Timer's Cabin this evening walk around the Douglas Lodge area. Tuesday, July 7 Jr. Naturalist: What's Cookin' at the Campfire from 1:30-2 pm, Meet at Lakeside Amphitheater. below Wegmann's Store in the picnic grounds. What to learn some great techniques on starting a campfire as well as learn some fun activities that you can do around your own campfire. Join that naturalist for a fire building, marshmallow roasting, campfire singing good time! Marshmallows are included! Note: An adult must accompany children. Loonsl Campfire 7-7:30 pm Meet in Bear Paw Campground (along the bike path below the little log pumphouse) Canceled if raining. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join the naturalist for a discussion on the State Bird of Minnesota. the Common loon. WANTED • Poisons • Paints • Pesticides • Fluorescent Bulbs • All Sorts of Wastes Deemed Hazardous DOti'r POISON YOUR WORLD I Bring hazardous wastes to: NW MINN. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE Call: (218) 694-2090 Open: Man.- Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. After hours by appointment. 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