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ECCB sponsors: Creatures of the Night Night Hike

By Staff | Oct 2, 2009

Have you ever wondered about the personal lives of hooting owls, mischievous raccoons and wiley coyotes?

Well, you can learn about those creatures – and more – at the Creatures of the Night Night Hike 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Emmet County Nature Center. The Nature Center is located at 2303 450th Ave. east of Wallingford on County Roads A34 and N40.

While it’s not a scary hike, you’ll learn a lot about animals of the night. Several hikes will leave the Nature Center with cookies and hot chocolate upon the hikers’ return. The last hike leaves at 7:15 p.m.

Preregistration is appreciated but not required for the event. For more information or to register call Emmet County Conservation at 867-4422.

Anita Fisher, Emmet County Conservation Board naturalist, filled the Conservation Board and the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation in about the hike at the board’s monthly meeting Thursday at the Nature Center. The board also discussed a number of matters.

The board discussed rebuilding the Nature Center west ramp. Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson said Green Acres Homes will repair the ramp.

The board also discussed having chainsaw sculptor Jeff Klatt of Storm Lake do four woodcarvings Saturday, July 7, 2010, during Sweet Corn Days. The woodcarvings would be auctioned off.

The board agreed to have Anderson do snow removal for the Nature Center. He did the work last year.

The board also discussed the March Nature Center banquet.

Anderson said work on the Wolden dump station will be done in two to four weeks. He also reviewed the archery program scheduled to start soon at Armstrong-Ringsted High School.

Anderson said Estherville Troop 31 Boy Scouts will repair the bridge at the Jim Hall Habitat in October.

Anderson noted good campground attendance over Labor Day as well as good participation during Fall Youth Day at the Emmet County Izaak Walton League. A total of 35 youth participated in that event.

The board also discussed Pioneer Day at Peterson Point and repairs planned at the house at Peterson Point.

With county campgrounds scheduled to be open until Oct. 23, Anderson noted $40,029 in campground receipts since July 1. “We’ve had an exceptional year,” Anderson said. The board also discussed the possibility of building rental cabins at Wolden.

In the naturalist’s report, Anita Fisher reviewed activities and events over the past month.