Kestrels, raptors focus of park programs

Learn how birds of prey survive as a top predator at June campfire programs at two Washington County parks.

Warner Nature Center presents a campfire program on American Kestrels at 7:15 p.m. June 9 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of being a top predator and meet a live American kestrel. Learn why falcons are such efficient hunters and how DDT almost wiped out the peregrine falcon and other raptors.

The Wildlife Science Center presents a program on raptors at 7:15 p. m. June 9 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Experience the world of the raptor and take a comprehensive look at the remarkable range of adaptations and life histories displayed by these incredible predators. Visitors will get a close-up look at a bird of prey and see raptor artifacts during this presentation.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10, one mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo. The program will be in the campground amphitheater. It is a free program with park permit ($5/day or $25/annual). Call 651-430-8370 or visit www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for additional information on this and other programs.

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Road 76 and County Road 78, in Denmark Township. The program will be in the campground amphitheater. It is a free program with park permit ($5/day or $25/annual).

Call 651-430-8240 or visit www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for additional information on this and other programs. Find Washington County Parks on Facebook at Washington County Parks | Official and on Twitter @WashCtyParks and @WashCtyTrails

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