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Wednesday July 21 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 13 Wc Deliver~ Mike Rahn Minnesotans have a reputation for pitching in and doing things for others, whether it's helping neighbors after a natural disaster like the tornado in Wadena, or building schools and hospitals to aid the disadvantaged in a Third World country like Haiti. This attitude seems to extend to non-human creatures, too. It's evident in a recent response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In this instance it's not aid to people who live and work there, but to migratory birds that will flock to the Gulf when their annual breeding mission here in the northern U.S. is done. iThe 2011 conservation project funding list proposed by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, or LCCMR, includes a quarter of a million dollars to be used for "Gulf Oil Spill, Migratory Species." makes a commitment to waterfowl and shorebirds start arriving in the Gulf, beginning as early as August or September, many will find a dangerous environment. Cleaning up that environment as best it can be, and perhaps rescuing directly threatened wildlife, is likely to be an all-too-visible need. Some, like bluebill ducks (scaup, in biologist-speak) use primarily the open waters of the gulf. Others, like teal, gadwall and other "marsh duck" species - and many species of wading birds and shorebirds - spend their time in and along the tidal marshes. And, of course, there's the loon, the signature bird of northern Minnesota and wilderness waters. These and other species face a very uncertain future when they arrive in the Gulf later this year. The LCCMR is a committee madeupofl 0Minnesotalawmakers and seven private citizens, the latter appointed by the governor, and by the state Senate and House of Representatives. Each year they evaluate and propose spending of earmarked conservation funds that are collected as a percentage of Minnesota Lottery receipts. Resource Trust Fund, the "holding tank" for the conservation funds the LCCMR allocates, receives funding from several sources, but most comes from the Minnesota Lottery. On July 14th this year they made their recommendations for 2011 spending, including the Gulf oil spill recovery amount. This commitment was a gesture, making the statement that "we'll help," rather than something more specific. It's simply not known yet exactly what the recovery needs will be several months from now, when, we hope, the oil flow has remained shut off, and we're deeper into the post-spill clean- up. Whether it's cleaning oil-soaked birds, attempting to remove tar balls an(! sludge from coastal marshland habitat, monitoring the health of surviving wildlife and its food chains, or something else altogether, it's clear that manpower - and therefore money - will be' needed. The $250,000 out of the total of $51 million that the LCMRR has allocated for 2011 is not a huge amount, but may be an example to others, including states, conservation organizations The responsible party, British Petroleum, will, and should, bear the greatest financial burden for the cleanup. But it's more likely that wildlife and environmental recovery needs will get high priority if conservation-minded organizations make an investment in the effort. That's just a financial reality. Mirmesotans, from duck hunters to loon lovers to anyone who appreciates birdlife, have a stake in the environmental health of coastal Louisiana, which is home-away-from-home for so many of the wildlife species we enjoy here. Energy lost Most of the focus on the Gulf oil spill is on the livelihood of those who live their, and the health of that unique environment; and rightly so. But it's an interesting mathematical exercise to guesstimate the loss ofoil in terms of a lost energy resource, too. Just how many miles of average driving, or number of homes heated, is represented by what's been pumped into the Gulf and lost? Over a period of 85 days from the blowout to the oil well capping It's widely, expected that when The Environment and Natural and corporations, this past week, it's estimated that Public input for Leech Lake open until July 30 Citizens interested in the Leech Lake fishery have until Friday, July 30, to provide input to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff on the departhient's proposed five-year fish .population objectives and fisheries management actions. The public can review the Leech Lake Advisory Committee's final report and provide proposal feedback online at www. mndnr gov/leechlake. Paper questionnaires also are available in Walker at the DNR's Walker Area Fisheries Office, 07316 State Highway 371 NW, and the Walker Public Library, 207 Fourth St. For more information on the draft management plan and the public ~input process, contact the DNR's. Walker Area Fisheries have been hunting cranes for years." Sandhill cranes that occur in northwesteru Minnesota are part of the midcontinent population, which is estimated at more than 450,000. This number is above the population goal of 349,000. Sandhill cranes have long been considered "recovered" and have been hunted in some states since 1961. Hunters will be required to use nontoxic shot. A $3.50 permit will be required to hunt cranes in Minnesota. Permits can be purchased at any of the 1,600 DNR license vendors across the state. Additional information can be found in the 2010 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations supplement that will be available in August. No sandhill crane hunting is permitted within 100 yards of surface water through Sept. 22. This restriction also applies to office at 218-547-1683. DNR announces Sandhill crane season, waterfowl hunting season dates Minnesota's waterfowl hunting season will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today. The early goose season will open Sept. 4. So will a first-ever sandhill crane season. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be Sept. 18. "Though waterfowl bag limit and season length decisions will not be made until following the Mississippi Flyway Council and federal regulation meetings later in July, we're getting the word out about the opening dates now so hunters can plan ahead," said Dennis Simon, DNR Wildlife Section chief. Sandhill crane For the first time in the modern era, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to harvest sand_hill wherever hunting and angling licenses are sold. Like last year, the restriction prohibiting hunting within 100 yards of surface water has been lifted for the Southeast and Metro goose zones. The restriction applies only to the Northwest Goose Zone, the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area and an area surrounding Swan Lake in Nicollet County. Early season goose hunters should consult the 2010 Waterfowl Supplement for details. Youth waterfowl day Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be Saturday, Sept. 18. Hunters age 15 and under may take regular season bag limits when accompanied by a no-hunt'mg adult (age 18 and older, no license required). Ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens may be taken from one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Motorized decoy restrictions are in effect. gulf wildlife somewhere between 90 and 200 million gallons were spilled. It's also estimated that only about 15% might be recovered as usable, refinable crude oil. Going with the low estimate - less than half the possible maximum - that's still 76.5 million gallons of crude oil lost. The ratio of crude oil-to-refined gasoline produced is somewhere between 40% and 50%. Low- bailing it here, too (40%), that's about 30.6 million gallons of gasoline. Figuring an average miles-per-gallon of 20 mpg for today's vehicles (many of which are much more fuel-efficient than that), it amounts to at least 612 million miles of driving that could have been done with the oil that's been lost. Possibly much more. It does take inputs of energy to refine crude oil into gasoline, diesel, heating and aviation fuel, but- considering that we've taken the low estimate in all cases - the above is probably a conservative estimate of energy lost. Just one more dimension of the crime. now for prairie fall turkey Hunters who wish to apply for one of 186 permits for the 2010 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for one of 10,430 permits for the fall turkey hunt must do so by Friday, July 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Applications are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Application materials and maps of permit areas for both hunts are available on the DNR website at www.mndnrgov.hunting. Winners will be notified by mail by mid- September. Application must be made at any DNR license agent, by phone or online. Online and phone options offer 24-hour-a-day service at iii ' ii ' ' ...................... i iiiiii i i] iiiiiii I~ • Collision Repair !~ • Frame Straightening .,--,r- • & Free m ..tetJ I • L Glass Replacement g, Repair ~l Minnesota's goose harvest occurs during the early September season. The early season is open statewide through Wednesday, Sept. 22. Bag limits for Canada geese will be and see Kerby for that II five per day, statewide. FRONT END ALIGNMENT| A required $4 permit is valid for " Replace those ol both early and late season goose hunting. Permits are available I worn out Ball Joints, I Tie Rod Ends and Idler Arms I || n | Canada goose hunters in this zone cranes in far northwesteruThere are no license requirements, www.mndnrgov/buyalicense or during the early September goose Minnesota. The season will run except hunters age 13 to 15 must 888-665-4236. season, from Saturday, Sept. 4, through have a firearms safety certificate Turkey hunters may apply Early September goose seasonSunday, Oct.10. Shooting hours or an apprentice hunter validation for one permit from 67 different The early Canada goose season are one-half hour before sunrise in their possession. All other hunting areas that will be open will open statewide on Saturday, to sunset until the opening day migratory bird hunting regulations from Saturday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Sept. 4. The September season is of duck season on Oct. 2, when apply. Oct. 31. This single season designed to harvest Minnesota- shooting hours for Sandhill cranes The DNR and Ducks Unlimitedreplaces multiple fall seasons. breeding geese prior to the arrival are the same as for waterfowl, will again offer several mentored Youth who want to turkey hunt , of migrant geese.' Hunter survey The open area will consist of the hunts for youth ages 12 to 15 on in th~ fall m~ apply- Over-the- '-i reSuffS gh6~about "36 peree~ ~f "lqdrthwest ~Goog6 Zone,'+ ~hich Youth' Waterfowl Hunting: Day. crun'/et~saleS of fall turkey Permits ! includes portions of Kittson, The DNR will announce hunt are not available. Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, locations and application details The fall turkey hunt application Septic Pumping Satellite Toilet Rentals Bagley, MN 56621 (Yesterday's meab on wheels) Itasca's 7th Annual Smokey Bear Day! Thursday, July 22 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Join Smokey Bear and smokechasers with the MN DNR for an afternoon of fire facts. At your own pace, learn about Minnesota's forests, try putting on a fire shelter, and more. Or make a variety of forest crafts, wear "fire" art face paintings, have your picture taken with Smokey and more. Many activities for all ages during this family friendly event. Itasca's presenters under the pines: Wolves! Saturday, July 24 8 to 9 p.m. Meet at the Amphitheater/ Campfire Ring below Wegmann?s Cabin, in the picnic grounds. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if raining. Did you know Itasca State Park has a resident wolf pack? Join Tom Stursa with the Park Rapids Area MN DNR Wildlife Office, as he shares interesting facts about the life history of gray wolves and a few interesting stories of monitoring wolf populations. Notes: An optional howling tour will follow the program. Space is Red Lake and Polk counties. There will be a daily bag limit of two birds with a possession limit of four. "We're happy to be able to offer this opportunity," said Simon. "Ten other Central Flyway states limited for the howl tour and sign- up is required. Howl portion is dependent on weather. Bring your own vehicle and insect repellent. Stop by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center or call 218-699- 7251 to sign-up for the howling session. Itasea's music under the pines: Alabaster Falls Sunday, July 25 7 to 9p.~. Concert held inside Forest Inn, across from Douglas Lodge Enjoy the folk-grass sounds of this local trio~ Julie and Bill Kaiser (formerly of Hickory Wind) and Paul Jones will combine their talents for this enjoyable concert. The talent of Bill and Paul on guitar and Julie's rich voice make for an enjoyable evening. Concert is free! Notes: There will be a brief intermission during this two-hour concert. Pack-a-Snack story hike: "Are you a dragonfly?" by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries Tuesday, July 27 10:30-11 a.m. Meet at the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. (If raining, the program will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor next week. The hunts, aimed at youth who don't have a duck hunting history, involve a Ducks Unlimited guide who is paired with a youth Center.) Families with children ages 2-6 years old, pack a snack in your backpack and join a naturalist on a short hike in the woods to our destination which includes sitting on a blanket, reading this week's story "Are you a Dragonfly?," and enjoying a snack (if you choose to bring one). This safe, stroller friendly hike is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the park. Notes: adults must accompany children. Circle time under the pines: The Moon and Stars Wednesday, July 28 10:30 -11:15 a.m. Meet by the Museum Amphitheater (Look for a large blanket underneath a big pine tree), below Wegmann's Store, (in the lakeside museum if raining). Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about the moon and stars through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery. Notes: Adults must accompany children. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal at the park after the program. fee is $3. The license costs $23 for residents and $78 for nonresidents. 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