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Howard Lake GND fishing contest June 21

June 9, 2008

by Chris Schultz

The Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days fishing contest is scheduled for Saturday, June 21 on Howard Lake.

Registration on the day of the event will take place from 7 to 8 a.m. at Howard Lake Lions Park with a limit of 200. Everyone must register at Lion’s Park.

The cost of the event is $30 for those that register by Saturday, June 14. The cost goes up to $40 for those who register after June 14. You can also register the day of the event if there are spaces available.

The fishing contest begins with an 8 a.m. shot gun start, and will wrap up at noon.

Registration forms are available at Joe’s Sports Shop and Hardware in Howard Lake, or will be available at the event.

For additional information contact Denny Decker at (320) 543-2992.

Ladies only night at Waverly Gun Club

The Waverly Gun Club will be hosting a ladies only night the second Tuesday of every month, starting Tuesday, June 10.

There will be open line shooting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and no membership is required.

There is also ladies league information available if interested.

There will be .22 pistols, riffles, targets, and ammunition provided, or you may bring your own centerfire handgun and ammunition if you prefer.

A range officer will be present on the shooting line, and instruction will be available upon request.

Shoot from the comfort of a shelter:

• Handguns on a 25-yard range

• Rifles on a 25- or 50-yard range

• Offhand or from a bench rest.

The Waverly Gun Club is located north of Waverly just off Co. Rd. 9.

For more information, contact Al Moy (612) 889-4423 or Russ Johnson (763) 675-3527.

Graduation time brings water accidents
From the DNR

At this time of year, there are tragic stories of young people who either drown or become seriously injured in water accidents while attending graduation party festivities.

Unfortunately, most accidents could have been prevented with adult guidance and supervision, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Tim Smalley, Minnesota DNR boat and water safety specialist noted some common scenarios when a dozen 17- and 18-year-olds go to one of their parents’ cabins up north. The stage could be set for a tragedy if:

• An alcohol-impaired person dives off the end of a dock without checking the depth.

The water is only three feet deep and his or her head hits the bottom, fracturing the cervical spine and causing drowning.

• A few young people grab a canoe out of a shed and head out on a moonlit cruise without life vests.
Several hundred yards from shore, the alcohol-impaired paddlers capsize the canoe and only one of the three makes it back to shore.

“Parents should ensure their grads are adequately supervised, and the adult responsible for the gathering should see that teens do not consume alcohol,” said Smalley. “No one should be allowed near any kind of boat, canoe or personal watercraft without wearing a life jacket, and no one should dive head first from a dock.”

For more boating and water safety information, visit the DNR’s Web site at www.mndnr.gov.

Keep birds healthy, clean feeders regularly
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging people with bird feeders to take several steps this summer to keep birds healthy.

“Moldy birdseed and unclean bird feeders can cause birds to become sick,” said Carol Henderson, DNR Nongame wildlife program supervisor. “In hot or humid weather, it is common for mold to form on wet birdseed. Mold can cause a fatal avian disease called aspergillosis, which affects the birds respiratory systems.”

Henderson said people should also rake or sweep up fallen seeds and seed hulls under feeders to prevent mold from occurring on the ground.

He offered the following additional tips to minimize the threat of disease:

• to clean a bird feeder, use a solution of two ounces of bleach with one gallon of water and scrub the entire surface

• allow the cleaned feeder to dry out in the sun, sunlight will help kill bacteria on the feeder

• hummingbird feeders should be cleaned about every week to 10 days during the summer

• keep the feed dry by using a hopper-type or a fly-through feeder and always scrape out old seed that has accumulated.

More information on attracting and feeding birds is available in “Wild about Birds: The DNR Bird Feeding Guide” and in “Landscaping for Wildlife.”

Both books are for sale at Minnesota’s Bookstore at www.minnesotasbookstore.com or toll free 1-800-657-3757.

The production of these books was made possible by donations to the Nongame Wildlife Fund on state income and property tax forms.

DNR’s Lake Finder updated with data encouraging more fish consumption
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Lake Finder, the Web site that provides information about specific lakes, now includes newly revised fish consumption data that encourages people to eat more fish.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) revised its fish consumption advisory to include a large new body of data on contaminants in fish from Minnesota lakes and rivers.

The advisory also is in a new format designed to make it easier to understand.

Previous guides indicated that consumers should eat fish that had a once-per-week recommendation or a meal of fish from the once-per-month category but not both.

Now, MDH is advising consumers that they may eat fish from the once-per-week category and the once-per-month category.

“Additional data and a thorough analysis show that this slight change will still be safe for people eating fish,” said Pat McCann, an MDH environmental health researcher and coordinator of the fish consumption advisory.

“The health benefits of eating more fish are clear,” said Ron Payer, DNR fisheries section chief. “Those health aspects combined with the many opportunities Minnesota offers to get outdoors, have fun and discover the joys of fishing create ideal opportunities to catch quality time with family and friends.”

Health experts, including MDH, recommend eating one to two meals of fish per week.

Fish are a good low-fat source of protein and eating fish may help protect adults against cardiovascular disease.

Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should also eat fish because it promotes eye and brain development in fetuses.

For more than 20 years, the fish consumption advisory has helped Minnesotans choose which species of fish to eat and how often in order to minimize their risks from contaminants in fish while gaining the many health benefits from eating fish.

This year’s edition of the advisory includes a substantial amount of new data collected from numerous species of fish from more than 250 lakes and rivers.

The advice for specific lakes and rivers in the advisory has been redesigned to include information on three contaminants instead of the previous two.

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) joins mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as one of the contaminants that can affect how much fish people should eat.

The tables also include changes in how meal advice is displayed.

“The changes to this year’s guide represent the biggest change in the advisory format since it was first published in 1985, and reflect a great amount of cooperative work between MDH, the Minnesota

Pollution Control Agency, the DNR and the Department of Agriculture (MDA),” Magnan said.

For this advisory, MDH staff analyzed and interpreted laboratory results from approximately 4,500 samples of fish tissue, more than twice the usual amount.

The data came from field collections in 2006 and 2007 by the DNR and the subsequent analysis of PCBs and mercury in fish tissue by the MDA.

The increased collections and analysis were made possible in part by funding from the Clean Water Legacy Act of 2006.

Discover Minnesota’s watchable wildlife and beat the rise in gas prices with ‘one tank trips’
From the DNR

With rising gas prices, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a summer vacation idea that could save people money.

It’s an opportunity to take one-tank trips to discover Minnesota’s watchable wildlife.

“Wildlife can provide exciting experiences that are fun to share with your family and friends,” said Carrol Henderson, DNR Nongame Wildlife supervisor. “Minnesota lies at the crossroads of five major landscapes: prairie grasslands, deciduous woods, coniferous forest, aspen parkland, and the driftless area of southeastern Minnesota. Each provides distinctive habitats for plants and animals and offers unique opportunities for seeing wildlife.”

Henderson said there are countless opportunities throughout the state for people toview wildlife.

“Head for a nearby lake where you may hear the haunting call of the loon at sunset or watch bald eagles and ospreys,” he said. “A quiet walk along a lakeshore might reveal a family of otters, great blue heron, or a kingfisher along the water’s edge, as well as ducks, beavers and muskrats. People should also look for shorebirds on shallow wetlands and mudflats or checkout hayfields and grasslands adjacent to marshlands for families of sandhill cranes.”

A DNR publication called “Traveler’s Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota,” offers more tips, maps and information on areas to encounter some of Minnesota’s most sought after wildlife such as peregrine falcons, moose, bears, and bald eagles.

The collective knowledge of the state’s top wildlife biologists featured in the book help people see and enjoy the best of Minnesota’s rich wildlife heritage.

The book is available at www.minnesotasbookstore.com or at all major booksellers.

It is also available by calling 1-800-657-3757.

The book was made possible by donations to the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife checkoff.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: I recently saw a couple of Canada Geese with their goslings and wondered if they have more than one clutch a year?

A: No, once geese have raised their first brood, their reproductive systems shut down for the year.

However, if their first clutch of eggs is unsuccessful or disturbed early enough during the incubation period, the birds may try to nest again.