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BASICALLY BIRDY

Learning about nature in an active and exciting way can be fun for children. Parents, grandparents or other caregivers are invited to bring their child to a special program designed for kids aged 2 to 5. The event will be held Thursday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

This one and a half hour program provides children and their parents or other caregiver an opportunity to enjoy activities focused around birds and their lives in the spring. Participants will go outside, hear a story, enjoy a craft and tour the interpretive center and wildlife viewing window.

A $2 fee per child will be charged for the program to cover supply expenses and parents are asked to pre-register for this event and stay with their child throughout the program. Adults may register by calling the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 260-468-2127 or visiting the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The center is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Highway 105 in western Huntington County. Participants may bring a lunch for after the event.

The Salamonie Interpretive Center is open Wednesday through Friday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from October through April. This barrier-free building features exhibits, floor to ceiling windows in the wildlife viewing area, and staff to answer your questions.

Visit the Upper Wabash Reservoirs Interpretive Services Web site at www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more information about Interpretive Services programs call 468-2127.

 

LIGHT GOOSE SEASON ENDS MARCH 31

The light goose conservation order that began February 1 will end one-half hour after sunset on March 31. The conservation order is effective statewide, except at Muscatatuck (Muskatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is three miles east of the junction of U.S. 50 and I-65 on U.S. 50) and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuges.

During the last 30 years, the numbers of light geese that primarily migrate through the Mississippi and Central Flyway have quadrupled. The large number of these geese is causing destruction of their arctic and sub-arctic breeding grounds. The conservation order is an attempt to reduce the population to prevent further habitat degradation and to ensure the long-term health of the population.

Lesser snow and Ross' geese are referred to as "light" geese due to the light coloration of the white-phase plumage form, as opposed to "dark" geese such as the white-fronted or Canada goose. Both plumage forms of snow geese ("snow" and "blue") come under the designation light geese.

The same regulations and restrictions that apply during the regular waterfowl season also apply during the conservation order, except that during the order, (1) a free permit is required, (2) unplugged shotguns and electronic calling devices are allowed, (3) shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, (4) there is no daily bag or possession limit on lesser snow geese (includes blues) and Ross' geese.

In addition to the free permit, a valid hunting license and signed Indiana waterfowl stamp (unless hunter is exempt) are required. A HIP registration number and Federal duck stamp are not required.

 

Free permits can be obtained at any state fish and wildlife area office, field office, or reservoir.


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