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Events to be held at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will host two events at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge near Erskine during the month of February.

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The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will host two events at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge near Erskine during the month of February.
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ERSKINE, Minn. -- The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will host two events at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge near Erskine during the month of February.

The first event, a snowshoe lacing workshop, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. During the workshop, class participants will learn how to lace their own pair of Ojibwa-style snowshoes.

According to a release, this will be a fun, hands-on class, which allows participants to work at their own pace, with provided instructions and friendly presenters to assist along the way.

Pre-registration is required and the class size is limited to 12 participants. The registration deadline is Feb. 11.

For more information and to get a registration form, call Lynda Knutsen at (218) 689-2430 or email prairiemuskeg@gmail.com . Put “Snowshoe Class” in the subject line of the email.

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The second event, a Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl, will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Golden Pond and Church Lake trails will be groomed and lighted for the event. Visitors will be welcome to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or hike these trails.

Even though luminaries will be distributed along the trails, it is recommended that visitors bring along a headlamp, if they have one. They should also bring their own ski or snowshoe equipment, the release said.

As visitors traverse the trails, multiple owl-calling stations will be set up where the calls of several owl species (e.g., saw whet, barred, great horned) will be projected into the woods to try and generate a response.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, it is not known at this time whether the Refuge Visitor Center will be open for the Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl event. If temperatures are below zero or wind chills are in the double-digits below zero, the event will be canceled and potentially rescheduled at a later date, the release said.

For more information, contact Gregg Knutsen at (218) 686-4329 or gregg_knutsen@fws.gov .

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