Family Friendly Fun For Central Minnesota Nature Lovers

If you’re a fine feathered friend fan and a picnic person, grab your binoculars, your ant repellant, and your state park sticker.  Then, head to Glacial Lakes State Park. The Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter is having their annual potluck picnic on Sunday, June 23rd at the park. Charlene Nelson is with the PLAC. She provided this information:

Glacial Lakes State Park serves to protect the area’s many rolling prairies and special glacial landforms. Wildflowers and prairie grasses cover the landscape, which offer many opportunities to see a variety of birds and other wildlife throughout the year.

The park is just south of Starbuck, MN.  Charlene says to meet at the picnic shelter in the Primitive Group Camp area.  Bring a dish to share for the potluck meal.  Chapter President Viola Riggle says you are allowed to bring chicken, just don’t be happy about it.

Table service, lemonade, and water will be provided. Or, you can be one of those people and bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.  Show up by noon.  The dinner bell rings at 12:30.  At 1:30,  Area Naturalist Ben Eckhoff will be guiding a trek looking for birds and talking about the glacial history of the area.  Come along and you’ll be doing yourself a lot of good.  A new study shows spending at least two hours a week in the great outdoors contributes to health and happiness.

To get in the park, all vehicles will need a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit. You can buy a day pass for $7 or an annual for $35.  They will be available at the Park office that day.

Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society. It’s for anyone who is interested in birds and nature and lives within about a 50-mile radius of Alexandria, as the crow flies.

Yes, that had to be said.

The group has informal meetings monthly and at least one birding field trip each month. President Vi says they usually meet the second Tuesday of the month at the Alexandria Senior Center at 7:00 PM.  Anyone is invited to attend,  support the Chapter, and meet fellow birders.  Binoculars Up!

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