Saturday, April 6
Voyageurs Day at REI Bloomington


Tales and Tips: A Park Ranger's Guide to Exploring 
Voyageurs National Park

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mississippi National River Superintendent Paul Labovitz has worked in parks all over the globe, including Voyageurs where he continues to return with his wife and fishing pole. Come hear Paul's exciting stories and tips on how to experience this water-based park.  

Click here to register for this free presentation.


Discovering Voyageurs' Wildlife

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Richard Oehlenschlager, Minnesota Science Museum's Biology Collections Curator, will introduce you to the park's amazing mammals and birds. Oehlenschlager has studied wildlife all over the world - from Antarctica and Mexico to Voyageurs National Park, where he has conducted research and led birding trips.
Click here to register for this free presentation.


Stop by and visit with park rangers and staff from Voyageurs National Park Association. Bring your questions! We'll have the latest news, maps, and materials.  


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April 26-28
Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo     

Outdoor Adventure Expo logo Come visit us at the "state fair of the outdoor community" at Midwest Mountaineering's Spring  Outdoor Adventure Expo: April 26-28, 2013.


Located in Minneapolis, Midwest Mountaineering will be hosting more than 85 outdoor adventure exhibitors, 100 free presentations, a canoe and kayak auction, Beer and Gear social night, games for kids, and a canoe and kayak demo.  Everything at Midwest Mountaineering will be on sale and admission to the expo is free.


Voyageurs National Park Association staff and volunteers will be at our booth all weekend.  We will have the 2013 edition of the park's visitor guide as well as other maps and resources.


Snowshoeing at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center
Be part of a winter tradition at Voyageurs National Park. Explore the park by snowshoe and see the park as the Ojibwe and Voyageurs once did. Snowshoe loans are available Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a guided hike on Sundays at 1 p.m. (while the snow lasts).

Park Snapshot
Last week, park staff assisted Minnesota DNR research biologists with the annual bear den surveys in the park. Radio-collared sows are tracked using telemetry equipment to locate the animals in their dens. Measurements, blood samples, and weight are taken to determine the overall health of each animal. During the two-day survey, three adult females, one yearling cub, and two eight-week cubs were located.

Park Ranger Lisa Maass holding a cub during the survey. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

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