U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hold Habitat Day Saturday, April 13
The Litchfield Wetland Management District (District) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will host “Habitat Day 2013” from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Litchfield. The event has a variety of offerings to those of all ages interested in wildlife and habitat of our area. The event is free-of-charge.
Spring is just around the corner, and it won’t be long before wood ducks and bluebirds return to the area in search of nesting sites. If you have good habitat areas for placing nest boxes for these species, free, pre-cut bird house kits will be available for assembly on site (one of each per family). Robin nesting shelves, wren houses, and new this year, bird feeders will also be available while supplies last. All necessary tools to assemble the houses will be provided. USFWS staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with construction. Information will be provided on wood ducks and bluebirds and how best to place the nesting houses. Design plans will be available to build these houses or feeders on your own. Come build a house anytime between noon and 4 p.m.
Staff from the University of Minnesota, Raptor Center,
St. Paul, Minn., will be on hand once again with live birds, including a bald eagle. Meet some of Minnesota’s raptors or birds of prey in person, and learn how their role in the environment is important to us all. An hour-long program will start at 1 p.m. Raptor Center education specialists will be available after the program to answer questions about the birds, with the birds available for viewing.
Coloring books, posters and an assortment of wildlife related materials and displays for kids “of all ages” will be available throughout the afternoon including a staff demonstration of prairie seed cleaning via use of a fanning mill. Special guests at the event include the Wildlife Wizard who will quiz children and adults on wildlife and habitat of the area as well as the Crow River Organization of Water who will have a staffed booth.