Saturday, February 23, 2013
From babies to big kids, there are a variety of nature-based activities for children happening in Three Rivers Parks March 1-16, 2013.
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Saturday, February 23
Information provided by Three Rivers Park District. Welcome Back, Birds! Sunday, March 3, from 1-4 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Find out which birds are returning from the south, and when to expect them. Get tips on how to attract them to your yard. This program is free and open to all ages. Free Family Fun Day: City Critters Sunday, March 3, from 1-3 p.m., at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Brooklyn Center. Learn about our city animal neighbors and how they survive. Check for tracks and hunt for animal clues. Play some games to find your “food.” Drop in anytime. This program is free and open to all ages. Family GPS Sunday, March 3, from 3:30-5 p.m., at Baker Near-…
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
See a mink drag an opossum away from a beaver carcass.
An unfortunate opossum got a bit too close to a mink at the site of a decaying beaver carcass at Springbrook Nature Center earlier this month. Center Director Siah St. Clair caught the action on trail cameras. Carolyn Laursen edited it for YouTube. See more of St. Clair's stunning photographs of wildlife at his blog, All of Nature.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Fridley’s weekend entertainment guide to in-town fun.
If you’re stuck in town for the long holiday weekend, Fridley Patch is here to make sure you still get out. Bowling When: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where: AMF Maple Lanes Why Go: Spice up your holiday weekend with a little rolling action. Price: Current special of two hours of bowling for $5 at any time, except after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday it’s two hours for $8. On Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon there are $1 games. Artists of the Caribbean When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Why Go: The Artists del Norte Spring Members Show will only be displayed through June 4. Price: Free Animal Feeding When: Saturday, May 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. Where: …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Fridley’s weekend entertainment guide to walking, flying and rolling.
Thursday, the one day Fridley Patch loves telling you what to do. Vintage Raggs When: Friday, May 13 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: Shorewood Bar & Grill Why Go: A live rock ‘n roll band is the only safe way to end Friday the 13th. Urban Birding Festival When: Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Springbrook Nature Center Why Go: Apparently this is where the magic happens...birds and people finally meet. Price: Free Nordic Group Walk When: Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Where: Riedel Farm (51st Way NE and E River Road, Fridley) Why Go: Spring...or summer...or something resembling warmth has finally arrived, so get outside and enjoy it. Price: Free Peter Pan & Wendy When: Saturday, May 14 at 1 & 3 p.m. Where: Totino-Grace High School…
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter Bunny, Flying Pig, Llama, Kangaroo and dozens of volunteers greeted hundreds of families at Springbrook Nature Center's annual celebration.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Dave McCoy
Sunday, April 24, 2011
It was less than springlike weather but the turnout was impressive anyway at Springbrook Nature Center's annual Spring Fling event Saturday afternoon. If you were among the few who weren't there, check out this photo gallery by Dave McCoy.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Fridley’s weekend entertainment guide to the earth, spring, islands and Oz.
It’s Thursday of the holiday weekend, and Fridley Patch is here to fill your back pocket with ideas. Earth Day Litter Pick-Up When: Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon Where: Moore Lake Park and Beach Why Go: Take pride in keeping your community clean. Price: Volunteer your time Spring Fling When: Saturday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Where: Springbrook Nature Center Why Go: Celebrate “spring” on the nature trail, in the petting zoo, playing carnival games and meeting a giant rabbit. Price: $6 per person Hawaii Revealed When: Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. Where: Northtown Library (711 County Rd. 10 NE, Blaine) Why Go: It’s not too late to mentally travel to island life through traditional music from the soul of Hawaii. Price: Free …
Monday, April 18, 2011
This guy is pretty hot stuff.
You've seen them, either in person (in turkey?) or in photos. Now here's video of a male turkey shaking, shimmying, fluffing and cruising in the parking lot area of Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. Whatever you do, do not show this to a female turkey unless you're at a safe distance.
Friday, April 15, 2011
A young male, or jake, has a short beard and tiny snood.
No one knows yet what the spring season holds for the Fridley Tigers, the Spring Lake Park Panthers, or the Totino-Grace Eagles. But for the Springbrook Nature Center turkeys, this spring will be better than past years. It's mating season, and for the first time the park has male turkeys strutting their stuff for the females. According to Siah St. Clair, director at Springbrook, We have had females here before, but this is the first year that we have had males. Just a few minutes ago I was taking pictures of 4, two females and two males. The male is displaying in the birdfeeding area in front of the windows. He was gobbling a few minutes ago. I think he sees his reflection in the window and thinks it is another male displaying almost as …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It was the first death at the city-owned and -operated nature center.
The man found dead Monday floating in the pond at Springbrook Nature Center was Myron Wesley Dobberstein, according to information that the Anoka County Sheriff's Office released Tuesday afternoon. Dobberstein lived around the corner from the park at Banfill Crossing Senior Adult Community, 8310 University Ave. NE. He had just turned 77 on April 7. A park visitor found Dobberstein's body at around 10:15 a.m. Monday, about 10 feet from a floating boardwalk trail in the west-central part of the park. Friends had last seen him alive at another location at about 9 a.m. Monday. There was no obvious sign of trauma or indication of foul play in his death. An investigation is underway and autopsy results are still pending. Update (6 p.m.): How …
Monday, April 11, 2011
No obvious sign of foul play in death of 77-year-old Fridley man who walked regularly in the park.
A park visitor at Springbrook Nature Center found the body of a 77-year-old Fridley man in the northwest part of the pond at about 10:15 a.m. Monday, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's office. (See updates below.) There was no obvious indication of trauma or foul play in the death of the man who Comm. Paul Sommer of the sheriff's office described tenatively as a white male who frequently visited the park. Friends last saw the man at another location at about 9 a.m. Monday. Fridley police responded to the scene then called the sheriff's office, whose dive team at about 1:30 p.m. recovered the body floating about 10 feet from a wooden trail built over the water, Sommer said. Results of an autopsy should be available tomorrow, Sommer …