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Next Christmas Bird Count Won’t Go As Usual Due To Ongoing Pandemic

ByMary M. Ward

Dec 10, 2021


To get an event in the Outdoors Calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at [email protected]. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.


  • December 10-12: Fargo Ice Fishing Show, Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. Show times 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 11 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 12. Info: fargoicefishingshow.com.


  • December 11: David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Roseau Event Center, State Highway 11, Roseau, Minnesota. Held in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Roseau Polaris Experience Center. Info: (218) 244-8092; [email protected].

  • December 11: 20th Anniversary of the Polaris Experience Center Celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Polaris Experience Center, 205 Fifth Ave. SW, Roseau, Minnesota. The museum will be open throughout the day and refreshments and raffles will be offered. New Polaris products will also be on display.

  • December 17: Christmas Bird Count, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge and Glacial Ridge. Like last year, attendees will count independently instead of teaming up with shelter staff and volunteers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the 7th annual count of the two shelters. Info / RSVP: Gregg Knutsen, Shelter Manager, (218) 686-4329 or [email protected]

  • December 19: Grand Forks Christmas Bird Count. There will be no social gatherings during this year’s tally due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but people with home bird feeders or birders who venture out on their own are encouraged to share their findings from the 15 mile scoring circle. For more information on how to participate in this year’s count, contact Dave Lambeth at [email protected] by Friday, December 17th.

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  • January 1st : Red River Valley Forever Pheasant Section 15 Rifle Draw, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Charlie Browns, 414 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks. Tickets $ 50; You don’t have to be present to win. Info: Chapter’s Facebook page, (218) 230-4364 or [email protected]

  • January 1st : Red River Valley Browning’s Forever Pheasant Section 13 Firearms Draw, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Charlie Browns, 414 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks. Tickets $ 50; You don’t have to be present to win. Info: Chapter’s Facebook page, (218) 230-4364 or [email protected]
  • January 22: Whitetails Unlimited “Red River Valley Deer Camp,” Eagles Club, 227 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks. Games, raffles and social hour, 5 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $ 30 each. For tickets or more information, contact John Eaton, (218) 779-0968; Buck Nordlof, (218) 434-0399; or the Whitetails Unlimited head office at (800) 274-5471. Buy and print tickets online at whitetailsunlimited.com.

MNR Webinars

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its outdoor hunting, fishing and learning webinar series through the end of February. The webinars, which are free, start Wednesday at noon and pre-registration is required at mndnr.gov. The webinars are also recorded and available online. Upcoming webinars are as follows:

  • December 15: Fly Tying, on the basics of fly tying, what you need and how to tie a simple fly.
  • December 22: Learn how to hunt as an adult, for any adult interested in hunting but not sure where to start, and resources for new adult hunters and tips and tricks for getting out in the woods and fields.
  • December 29: Introduction to trapping furbearing animals, on what it takes to get started with trapping and some tips and tricks to be more successful.
  • January 5: High School Clay Target Program, about the Minnesota Clay Target Program, including how to enter a school program and competition details.
  • January 12: Crappie angling on ice, on tips and techniques for catching sunfish, crappie and perch on ice.
  • January 19: Darkhouse Spearfishing, about the thrill of harpooning a northern pike through a hole in the ice.
  • January 26: Winter Squirrel Hunting, on what to consider when hunting squirrels in the winter, including tactics, strategies, equipment, and ways to prepare squirrels for the table.
  • February 9: An introduction to winter camping, some of the equipment needed, tips and tricks to help campers enjoy the adventure, and a few reasons why winter might be the best time to go camping.
  • February 16: Introduction to maple syrup, tips on collecting sap, boiling sap and bottling results.
  • February 23: The basics of archery hunting, on selecting a hunting compound bow and bow accessories needed to hunt effectively; a great program for those who are ready to transition from target archery to archery hunting.