Crane Meadows opens it doors for Habitat Day event, March 11

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge will host its 17th annual Habitat Day event, which is a family-fun event that celebrates birds, habitats and natural resources. On Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Crane Meadows NWR invites people and their families to learn about wood ducks and bluebirds while assembling their very own free birdhouse or box to take home. Guests are asked to bring their own cordless drill to use for bird house assembly. The entire event is free and open to the public of all ages.

Youths can also practice their outdoor hunting skills at the portable BB gun shooting range provided by the Morrison County Wild Gobblers.

Kids can learn more about natural resources at educational booth displays provided by Friends of Crane Meadows. Finally, participants may need to fuel their energy with all the learning, fun, and assembling that happens at our event; they can do so by purchasing lunches and snacks from the food stand.

Kinship of Morrison County, a non-profit organization that helps youth grow through positive friendships with adult mentors, will prepare and sell the food and all the food sales will go back to supporting their organization.

This event would not be possible without multiple partners. Numerous local organizations and clubs with natural resource related missions, as well as many local businesses contribute generous donations to make this event successful and free.

Additionally, countless volunteers kindly donate their time to organize and execute the event. Since the event’s inception in 2000, nearly 8,000 boxes have been assembled for wildlife. Crane Meadows NWR and the Friends of Crane Meadows NWR are so grateful for the community’s support and contributions.

This is an outdoor event, so guests are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information or questions, contact Crane Meadows NWR at (320) 632-1575. If postponed due to weather, the alternate date for the event will be Saturday, March 18.

If the event is postponed, an announcement will be made on the local Little Falls’ radio station a day or two prior to the event.