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Bring the family along to enjoy Prairie Fun Day

The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District is hosting a celebration of the prairie on Saturday, Sept. 6, at a Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) called Hoykens, located three miles south of Hitterdal just off of State Highway 32 and 57th Avenue North. The site is about a half hour from both Detroit Lakes and Moorhead.

Prairie Fun Day will include a discussion about Refuges and Wetland Management Districts, Prairie Ecosystems, and the Value of Federal Duck Stamps beginning at 10 a.m.

A picnic lunch will be served at noon. In addition, there will be many activities for children and informative displays. Children's activities include a scavenger hunt, a prairie mystery quiz, and the decoration of prairie tote bags. Wildland fire equipment can be viewed as well.

Collection of grass and flower seeds from a native prairie will be a highlight of the day. The seed will be used in future native prairie plantings on WPA's. Activities are organized so individuals can join in at anytime and depart when desired. Duck stamps may also be purchased on site.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the prairie, an atmosphere that offers a wealth of splendid smells and stunning sights. The prairie is approaching full bloom; shades of red, yellow, pink, and purple dapple the prairie landscape with a promise to burst into bloom.

Please feel free to bring your family and friendsFor more information, please contact Scott Kahan at 218-844-3403.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the National Wildlife Refuge System that includes more than 540 refuges nationwide.

Within Becker County, the Service is represented by the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District. Becker County enjoys an impressive diversity of both plants and wildlife as a result of its location where the eastern deciduous forest meets the prairie. Plan a visit to experience Tamarac, Hamden Slough, or one of the many Waterfowl Production Areas and enjoy your public lands.