Owls, turtles, bats topics of park programs

The barred owl is the star of a Washington County Parks “campfire program” at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo. (Photo courtesy of Minn. DNR)

The barred owl is the star of a Washington County Parks “campfire program” at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo. (Photo courtesy of Minn. DNR)

Animals are the subjects of upcoming “campfire programs” at two Washington County parks.

Warner Nature Center brings a barred owl to the Lake Elmo Park Reserve at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. One of several owl species native to Minnesota, the WNC barred owl is an adult female found injured in the Bemidji area and brought to the Raptor Center in Roseville to recover.

Carpenter Nature Center naturalists discuss “Animal Adaptations” at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Visitors can meet native Minnesota animals and learn how they survive, attract mates, locate and catch food and avoid being eaten by other animals.

Dodge Nature Center staff present separate programs on turtles and bats at 7:15 p.m. July 20 at the Lake Elmo and St. Croix Bluffs parks. The turtle program is at the Lake Elmo park, while the bat program is at St. Croix Bluffs.

All four programs are free with either a $5 daily park permit or $25 annual permit.
The Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County roads 10 and 19 one mile north of Interstate 94. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is on CR 21 between County roads 76 and 78 in Denmark Township.

Visit www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for additional information on programs and events.

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