The Garrison Ducks Unlimited Chapter has made the list as one of the organization's highest fundraising chapters.
The President's Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited's elite chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the 100 chapters who raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work - out of 3,500 chapters nationwide.
National wildlife refuge event set
The ninth annual Habitat Day for Wood Ducks and Bluebirds is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
During the event, those in attendance will learn about bluebirds and wood ducks and construct their own bluebird house or wood duck nest box for no charge. Lunch will be available and door prizes will be offered. Participants are asked to dress accordingly for the weather.
If postponed due to weather, the event will be March 21.
The refuge is located abut a half hour south of Brainerd.
For more information, call (320) 632-1575.
'Birding and Beyond' scheduled Tuesday
On Tuesday, "Birding and Beyond" will offer a respite from winter and a temporary cure for spring fever.
Warren Nelson, an area expert in ornithology, will share nature facts and photos at 1:30 p.m. at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby. The event is sponsored by Unlimited Learning.
The program is open to the public and free to Unlimited Learning members. For others, the fee is $6. Scholarships are available.
For more information on Unlimited Learning, contact Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034 or Sue Bowen at (218) 545-1549.
State parks make changes
Three state parks in northwestern Minnesota are offering incentives to attract more campers and visitors, the DNR announced.
Hayes Lake, Lake Bronson and Old Mill state parks have reduced their daily camping fees and seasonal rates are being introduced for the first time at Hayes Lake and Old Mill.
Daily rates this year for a standard campsite at all three parks start at $12, while a campsite with an electric hookup is an additional $4. The DNR hopes the lower daily rates, which average about $4 less than last year, will entice first-time visitors to explore these parks.
Seasonal camping - reserving a given campsite for an entire month or season - is a new concept for Minnesota state parks, according to the DNR. Nine campsites with electric hookups at Hayes Lake and five campsites with electric and water hookups at Old Mill will be designated for these extended reservations.
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