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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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On Saturday, September 18th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, I will be helping band waterfowl at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge . Jealous? Well you can join too as the public is invited to help! It is free and you do not need to pre-register. Just arrive on time to the refuge headquarters to take part. Click here for more information.

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