Weekend Nature Activities: May 9–11

Birders delight—spring migration is here!
And it’s Mother’s Day!
AND it’s opening fishin’
Walleye  (photo by Eric Engbretson)

Walleye (photo by Eric Engbretson, www.underwaterfishphotos.com)

Open Fish Details:
Walleye, sauger, northern pike season: 5.10.14–2.22.15
Stream Trout in lakes 2014 summer season 5.10.14–10.31.14
Lake Trout 5.10.14–9.30.14
Smallmouth Bass 2014 early season: North and East of U.S. Hwy 53 (Duluth to Intnl Falls) and Pelican + Ash lakes (St. Louis County) 5.10.14–2.22.15
Largemouth Bass 2014 early season: North and East of U.S. Hwy 53 (Duluth to Intnl Falls) and Pelican + Ash lakes (St. Louis County) 5.10.14–2.22.15
Smallmouth Bass 2014 season (S/W US Hwy 53 from Duluth to Intrnl Falls + Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County): 5.24.14–2.22.15
Largemouth Bass 2014 season 5.24.14–2.22.15
Muskie 2014 season 6.7.14–12.1.14

 

Friday

May 9, Return of the Peregrine Falcon
6:30–7:30 p.m.
After nearly a half century absence, peregrine falcons have returned to nest! Go for a short walk to observe the nest site. Bring spotting scopes and binocs, or share the provided ones.
Location: Whitewater State Park (near Elba)

May 9, National Public Gardens Day
8 a.m.-8 p.m., free admission all day.
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassen)

Saturday

May 10, Spring Warbler Walk
7:30 a.m. Bring your binocs and book! Host: Friends of Wolsfeld Woods
Location: Wolsfeld Woods SNA

May 10, Floodplain Forest Guided Walk
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Two-hour walk through towering basswood, elms, cottonwoods.
Location: Chamberlain Woods SNA

May 10, Virgin Forest Guided Walk in the Big Woods
Two-hours through sugar maples, red oaks, and basswoods within a bed of spring ephemerals. Feel free to bring binocs, sketch pads, cameras, field guides, etc.
Location: Townsend Woods SNA

May 10, Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale (May 10–May 11)
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Margot Picnic Shelter area, shop for hard-to-find plants, shrubs, trees.
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassen)

May 10, Mother & Daughter Tea
2:30 p.m., $26/$29 (Reserve at www.arboretum.umn.edu/teatime.aspx or 612-626-3591)
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassen)

May 10, Tour de Red Wing
10- or 16-mile ride $20.00, 37- or 43-mile ride $40
MN State College Southeast Tech, 308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066

May 10, Night Sky of the Northwoods
8–9:30 p.m.
Presentation then hike. Binocs and tele provided.
Location: Soudan Underground Mine State Park (use main park entrance, meet in visitor center)

May 10, Night Hike
8:30–10 p.m.
Naturalist Tim Hruska leads you on a hike through the woods to experience nighttime wildlife activity.
Location: Rice Lake State Park

May 10, Wildflower Walk
10–11:30 a.m.
Leisurely walk to check out blooming beauts of the forest.
Location: Wild River State Park (meet at visitor center)

May 10, Morel Mushrooms
2–4 p.m.
Learn, hunt/collect, sauté.
Location: Whitewater State Park

May 10, Spring Wildflower Trek for Adults
1–2 p.m.
Hike along Sandstone Bluffs Trail. 1 mile-hike with numerous steps and downhill hiking.
Interstate State Park (near Taylor’s Falls)
Also: After-Supper Stroll for Birds and Blooms 6:30–7:30 p.m.

May 10, Birding at Bear Head Lake
8–10 a.m.
Hike and guided birding. Some binocs provided, or bring your own.
Location: Bear Head State Park (near Tower)

May 10, Birding for Beginners
8:30–10:30 a.m.
Hike 1.5 miles with a naturalist looking/listening for birds.
Location: Interstate State Park

May 10, After Supper Stroll for Birds and Blooms
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Leisurely evening stroll with naturalist.
Location: Interstate State Park (near Taylor’s Falls)
Also /Similar : Whitewater State Park 4–5:30 p.m. (near Elba)

May 10, Birding at Bear Head Lake
8–10 a.m.
Guided walk, bring your own or binocs provided
Locaiton: Bear Head Lake State Park (near Tower)

May 10, Nature Photography for Beginners
10 a.m.
Learn how to take photos of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Bring your own or digital camera provided. 30-minute walk.
Location: Maplewood State Park (meet at trail head center)

May 10, Deer Photography
10–11 a.m. (donations will be accepted, not necessary)
Instructor/Photographer John Pennoyer.
Location: Lake Maria State Park

May 10, Astronomy Night
6–10 p.m.
Explore the night sky with Winona State Astonomy Club students and Dr. Jen LB Anderson
Location: Great River Bluffs State Park (meet at park office)

May 10, EAB Presentation
11 a.m.–noon
Learn about the emerald ash borer, how to locate it.
Location: Fort Snelling State Park

Sunday
May 11, Bird Banding Demo
Watch master Bird Bander, Greg Munson, band and release birds. Learn about the process.
Location: Whitewater State Park

May 11, Mothers Day Wildflower Walk
2 p.m.
Why bring cut flowers to mom when you can walk amongst the beautiful, wild living native beauties of our region?! Hike with a naturalist
Location: Great River Bluffs State Park (meet at the picnic area)

May 11, Glacial Pothole Exploration
noon–1 p.m.
Discoverhow lakes of lava and gushing glacial water created world-renown potholes of this area.
Location: Interstate State Park

Tuesday
May 13, Intro to Fly Fishing for Women
May 13 and 15 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., $30 (register: 651-429-8007)
Beginner two-night course, including equipment, knots, and fly casting techniques. Fishing on second night.
Location: Wargo Nature Center (Centerville, MN)

Wednesday
May 14, Springtime Tea
2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29 (Reserve at www.arboretum.umn.edu/teatime.aspx or 612-626-3591)
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassen)

May 14, Kayaking for Women
5–8 p.m., $25 Intro course (register: 651-429-8007)
Location: Wargo Nature Center (Rice Creek Chain of Lakes)

May 14, Eagan 2014 Arbor Day and Art Dedication Celebration
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Celebrate Arbor Day with planting activities at the Eagan Art House. View a dedication of Eagan’s newest art installation. Receive a free tree seedling to take home and plant, while supplies last. Community planting of prairie plants. Refreshments and snacks. Arbor Day information. Ask the City Forester.
Location: Eagan Art House (3981 Lexington Ave. So., Eagan, MN)

Thursday
May 15, Nordic Walking with Hoigaard’s
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassen)

Upcoming . . .
May 17, Family Fishing
1–3 p.m., $5 and fishing license required for 16 yrs old+ (register 763-559-6700)
Equipment provided
Location: Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park (New Prague)