The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV/OHV club will host an ATV safety training class for area youth 12-15 years of age. Students who complete the classroom and field test will be able to ride an ATV over 90cc.
The class is scheduled for the Hallett Community Center, 470 Eighth St. N.E., Crosby, on June 25 at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Cost is $15. Students must provide their own ATV, helmet and goggles for the field training.
Before attending the class, students must complete an independent study course. The CD Rom course is available free of charge through the DNR Information Center. Phone (651) 296-6157, (888) 646-6367, or 800-366-8917. Visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us Click on education and safety training. For more information, contact Jason Winter at (218) 829-2191 or e-mail ATVSafety@cuyunaironrangeriders.com.
Ivory-billed woodpecker found in Arkansas
The ivory-billed woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in the United States and second largest in the world, was one of six species of birds in North America thought to be extinct. But two weeks ago in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas the bird was seen again, 60 years after the last confirmed sighting.
The Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture have proposed that more than $10 million in federal funds be committed to protect the bird.
The ivory-billed woodpecker once thrived in the swampy bottomland hardwood forests of the southeastern United States. But over the last century these forests have disappeared with urban and agricultural development, causing a simultaneous decline in ivory-billed woodpeckers. Of the original 25 million acres of bottomland hardwoods in the area, less than 18 percent remain.
Red Lake walleye regulations announced
When walleye fishing resumes on state waters of Upper Red Lake next year there likely will be a two-fish possession limit and a 17- to 26-inch protected slot, with only one over 26 inches allowed in possession.
All of Upper Red and Lower Red lakes have been closed to walleye harvest since 1999 under a recovery agreement between the Red Lake Band and the state. Officials said restrictive regulations are needed to ensure safe harvest levels. They also have proposed restricting northern pike harvest because of expected high fishing pressure. The proposal is for a 26- to 40-inch protected slot, with only one in possession over 40 inches.
Comments can be directed to Bemidji Area Fisheries Office, 2114 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601; or by phone at (218) 755-2974; e-mail email@example.com.
Birding day coming to Arboretum
The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and Northland Arboretum will sponsor their annual Birding Big Day on May 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Admission is free. Participants will meet at the visitor's center. Birders of all ages are welcome. A potluck lunch will follow.
Phone 828-2228 for more information.
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