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Wildlife movie matinee

"The Civilian Conservation Corps" will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Roosevelt's civilian conservation corps put more than three million young men in the nation's parks, forests, and farms. This 60-minute film interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of CCC veterans to tell the story of the boldest New Deal experiments. For more information, contact the refuge at 218-847-2641 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/tamarac.

Bear Paw Point hike

Join a rare opportunity to hike along Bear Paw Point from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Discover the unique forest as well as some of the scientific research that is occurring by the University of Minnesota Biological Station and Laboratories. Meet at the new Itasca Campus Center located on the Itasca Biological Station campus (along Main Park Drive, watch for signs).

Proposed panfish regulations focus of Sept. public meeting

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting in the community meeting room at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 5 to provide information and ask for public comments on a proposal to decrease possession limits for sunfish and crappies on Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes in Hubbard County.

Those unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments to DNR Park Rapids Area Fisheries, 301 South Grove Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56470, or email Doug Kingsley, Park Rapids area fisheries supervisor, at doug.kingsley@state.mn.us.

Those who wish to provide comments by phone may call 732-4153. All comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Public comments will also be accepted during an open house 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

For more informationm contact Doug Kingsley at 732-4153 ext. 222 or doug.kingsley@state.mn.us.

Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 6

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 6. Hunters who purchase their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.

This season, antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery in 39 of Minnesota's 130 deer permit areas. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas with hunter choice, managed or intensive designations.

Hunters who want to participate in special firearm or muzzleloader deer hunts also need to apply for permits that are issued through a lottery, and that application deadline is also Sept. 6.

Youth Waterfowl Day

Youth, ages 15 and younger, can go waterfowl hunting Saturday, Sept. 8, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who is not hunting, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"This hunt is a fantastic way for parents and guardians to introduce youth to waterfowl hunting in Minnesota, where we have these outdoor opportunities available all across the state," said James Burnham, DNR hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator.

During Youth Waterfowl Day, hunters ages 15 and younger may take regular season bag limits of ducks, and five Canada geese statewide, when accompanied by an adult 18 or older who is not hunting. The accompanying adult does not need a license.

Hunters, ages 13 to 15, must have a firearms safety certificate or apprentice hunter validation in their possession. Ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens may be taken from a half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Motorized decoys may not be used. All other migratory bird hunting regulations apply.

Parent or guardians with limited equipment and knowledge about waterfowl hunting are encouraged to contact their local outdoor sports clubs for resources and potential local hunting opportunities. Anyone interested in additional hunting resources can contact James Burnham at 651-259-5191 or james.burnham@state.mn.us.

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station

In 1907, the University of Minnesota (U of M) held its first field classes in Itasca State Park. Tour the historic Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Visit the new Itasca Campus Center before locating the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. See one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration-constructed buildings in the state as you follow the route of the 1920s-era Jefferson Highway as it passed through the field station. Meet at the new Itasca Campus Center, located on the Itasca Biological Station campus (along Main Park Drive, watch for signs). For more information, contact Itasca State Park at 699-7251 or by email at itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

Autumn Harvest Festival and Lantern-Lit hike

"Scat, Tracks, and Animal Signs" is this year's theme for our lantern-lit hike from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Guides with lanterns will lead you down the kerosene lantern-lit trail to meet characters that will explore animal tracks and signs you might find as you are exploring the Itasca forest. This is a family-friendly evening hike.

Group hikes will last about 30 minutes, departing every 10 minutes from the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Registration for hikes begins at 6 p.m. The first hike leaves at 6:30 p.m. and the last hike will begin at 8:10 p.m. Hike times fills up fast, so make sure you register early.

Suitable for all ages! Hike length is approximately one-half mile. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Other activities will be ongoing, including music and a variety of children's activities. Notes: Dress for being outdoors in autumn. You are welcome to bring a flashlight during the hike, but are asked to keep it pointed at the ground.

Mushrooms in the Afterlife (of trees)

Jonathan Schilling, director of the University of Minnesota's Itasca Biological Station and a professor in plant and microbial biology, will lead a talk and walk focused on fall mushrooms and the role of fungi in the "circle of life" for trees from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. When a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is there to hear it, fear not. It made a sound, like a dinner bell, to all of the fungi in the area. Tree death and decay is part of what makes Itasca and its old growth special, and the fungi that dominate this process are part of the massive biofiltration system that cleans the water draining into Lake Itasca. We will meet indoors with Jonathan, first, and then move outside to see what's fruiting and to hunt for fungi controlling the afterlife of trees.

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