Campfire programs continue with American kestrel, animal adaptations

The Warner Nature Center presents a campfire program on “American kestrels” at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 4, at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

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

Carpenter Nature Center presents a program called “Animal Adaptations” at 7:15 p. m. Aug. 4, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Meet live native Minnesota animals to find out how they survive in their natural environment. Join a naturalist from Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center to learn how these animals attract their mates, how they avoid being eaten by other animals, and how they locate and catch their food.

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 per day or $25 annually). 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.

Call 651-430-8240 or visit www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for additional information on these and other programs.

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