Fall Activities on the Refuge

A Fresh Day by Lee Kensinger

Blackbird Wildlife Drive: Take a drive on this ve mile interpretive route fol- lowing the edges of lakes, marshes and meadows. The swans are gathering on Blackbird Lake and the canopy of trees is spectacular. Pick up a brochure at the information kiosk located at the start of the Drive on Hwy 26.

Old Indian Hiking Trail: Follow in the footsteps of the Ojibwe people and ex- perience the beauty of the maple bass- wood forest on this 2.4 mile loop trail. Mushrooms, lichens, mosses and color- ful leaves make this a beautiful fall hike.

North Country Trail: Hike a portion of this 4600 mile National Scenic Trail as it traverses the refuge through a variety of habitats. Access on 400th Ave., Black- bird Wildlife Drive or Pine Lake Parking Area on County Hwy 29 or at the Discov- ery Center.

National Wildlife Refuge Week October 9-15
Visit the Detroit Lakes Washington Square Mall to see all the Tamarac Pho- to Contest entries on display. Cast your vote for People’s Choice! You’ll also be able to purchase a chance on the beauti- ful Wildlife Quilt that the Friends of Tam- arac are offering as a raf e fundraiser. Photo Contest Awards presentation on Sunday October 15 at 2:00 pm at the mall.

Sunday October 8, 2:00 pm
Movie: Leave it to Beavers
Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, beavers are seen in a whole new light. This lm reveals the ways in which beavers transform and revive landscapes. These rodents are being recruited to accomplish everything from re-establishing water sources in bone- dry deserts to supporting whole com- munities of wildlife drawn to the aquatic ecosystems they provide. 55 min.

Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm
Movie: Living with Wolves
Jim and Jamie Dutcher will share the story of living with The Sawtooth Pack of wolves in the wilderness of Idaho. Over- coming forest res, marauding mountain lions, and sub-zero winters you’ll see a unique partnership of human and pred- ators. 55min.

Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm – at Washington Square Mall, Detroit Lakes Photo Contest Award Presentation – award winners of the Tamarac Photo Contest will be revealed. Winners will be identi ed in each category of wildlife, plant life, scenic, recreation and natural abstracts. There were all be youth win- ners, people’s choice and a grand prize winner.

Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm – at Washington Square Mall, Detroit Lakes Quilt Raf e drawing by the Friends of Tamarac. This will be the last chance to purchase tickets for the beautiful quilt created by Julie Warweg of Detroit Lakes, MN.

Visitor Center is open 7 days a week through October 15th.
Visitor Center Winter hours –
October 16—May 18: Monday-Friday 8:00 am—4:00 pm.

January—May – Monday-Friday 8:00 am—4:00 pm and the 1st & 3rd Sun- days 10:00 am– 5:00 pm.

Thursday, November 30 – 5:30pm Friends of Tamarac Annual Dinner: Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniver- sary of Friends of Tamarac. We’ll share a little history of how this group began and the many accomplishments over the years. We’ll have a short meeting to elect new board members and approved by law update which will be available for review on-line www.tamaracfreinds.org . Please RSVP – 218-844-1767 – $25 for dinner.

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