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I’m posting this photo for Skywatch Friday from my duck banding adventure at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge to highlight National Wildlife Refuge Week (10/10-10/16).

Though you can’t see them in the photo, there’s a few ducks and Sandhill Cranes out there that I had spotted with my binoculars!

And one more photo from Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. We Minnesotans love our many statues:

Check with your local refuge to see if there are any events going on near you!

Check out more skies from around the word at Skywatch Friday!


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  • National Wildlife Refuge Week (10/10-10/16)- To find a local event, check the calendar from the Fish and Wildlife Service or check with your local refuge. I found one event in Minnesota that wasn’t listed on the F&WS event site.
  • Earth Science Week (10/10-10/16)- “Exploring Energy- the theme of Earth Science Week 2010, will engage young people and the public in learning about Earth’s energy resources.”
  • It’s a day late, but… 10/10/10 Global Work Party happened yesterday to face the climate crisis. I helped plant trees for the event! Although 10/10/10 is over, you can see inspiring pictures from around the world and get involved in other ways through 350.org

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On Saturday, I went to Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge to help with their annual, open to the public duck banding. The refuge is on flat terrain and is mostly wetlands because it lies on the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz (named after Louis Agassiz: the original glaciologist).

Banding programs for waterfowl help scientists and managers make decisions on hunting regulations and estimate survival rates, migration routes and other biological information. Because of the wet conditions in the region, there was an above average number of ducklings hatched this year. Agassiz is one of Minnesota’s Important Bird Areas with 294 species of birds.


Overlook at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge- very flat



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