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Duck banding: Fourth- and fifth-grade students got to learn about different behaviors and physical characteristics of the ducks they were holding.

Visitors are invited to join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 9 a.m. to assist them with banding wood ducks and mallards at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) in Fergus Falls.

“Here’s your chance to find out what duck banding is all about and try holding, band, and releasing a live, wild duck,” stated Molly Stoddard, environmental educator for the PWLC.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from the Habitat and Population Evaluation Team will help visitors discover why the service bands ducks; how their swim-in traps work; how to identify, age, and sex ducks; the best way to hold a wild duck; why a perfect band job is a must; and much more.

Upon arrival to the PWLC, visitors will meet at the amphitheater near the barn. The visitor center and Bluestem Store will be open 9–11:30 a.m.

All ages are welcome and everyone is advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothes and to bring cameras.  Please call 218-998-4480 to signup for the free experience.


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