Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Two new clips from a YouTube vlogger who documents Richfield's natural places and feathered friends.
YouTube user berryvox1973 celebrated the arrival of April 2013 by adding two new videos of geese and ducks at Richfield Lake Park to her collection of local uploads. Check out past YouTube clips from berryvox1983 at Richfield Lake Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Wood Lake Nature Center and Adams Hill Park:
Monday, January 14, 2013
Let your neighbors see which furry and feathered friends you’ve seen.
Minnesotans don’t have to venture into the great outdoors to get a glimpse of wildlife. Turkeys, deer and even coyotes roam the same area that residents call home. Have you seen any four-legged or winged creatures in your community? Patch invites you to share your best photos of Minnesota’s wildlife. To post your photos, just click on “Upload Photos and Videos” above. Of course, visits from our wild friends aren’t always fun. Be sure to check out the Department of Natural Resource’s “Living With Wildlife” page for tips on how to be good neighbors.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Patch asks you to nominate your favorite locale.
A variety of bird species call Richfield home in the summer months before heading out of town for the winter. Some even stay year-round. From Barn Swallows to Blue Jays, residents can enjoy the flying friends pretty much anywhere in the city. But, for you bird lovers out there, we want to know your pick for the best spot to do a little bird watching. Is there a rare species that has made a nest in a nearby park? Are there a dozen different birds that can be spotted over Richfield Lake? Nominate the best spot to take in the sights in the comments section below. We will take nominations starting this week. Nominations end July 9 and voting for the best gas station in town run from July 23 to Aug. 17. See all the Readers' Choice categories.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Chad Archer saw a coyote dashing across 66th Street. Plot your sightings on this interactive map!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A recent Letter to the Editor accused the city of illegally removing Barn Swallow nests from the shelter at Veterans Memorial Park.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Barn Swallows recently began building nests in the Veterans Memorial Park picnic shelter. Since Barn Swallows are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the city told Richfield Patch that it had just begun using a removal procedure it developed with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the city, many complaints of the birds diving from above and leaving waste droppings on the picnic tables prompted the development and implementation of the removal plan, which went into effect April 1. However, one area resident, Scott Meyer, recently wrote a Letter to the Editor stating the city had illegally removed the nests, as they were still …
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Karen Shragg discusses Wood Lake Nature Center's flooding concerns going into spring.
Flooding used to be a huge concern in snowy rainy springs at Wood Lake Nature Center. After all, the basin can only handle so much water. But since the dredging project to increase wildlife value and storm water holding and cleansing was completed in the late 90s, the Wood Lake basin has had an outlet which allows the basin to remove excess water. Prior to that, evaporation was the only way and—after a heavy rain—it would take months for the trails to clear. However, trails can still flood if the water gets too high. High water damages the trails, which is the biggest concern since so many use the trails to hike, run and bird watch. In addition, Wood Lake naturalists are out on them every day conducting various programs. Wildlife adapts …
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The arrival of 2011 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Nature Center.
In 2011 Wood Lake Nature Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary. It will also celebrate 40 years of teaching children and adults about nature, sheltering local wildlife and serving as a local place for outdoor recreation. Wood Lake is the oldest municipal nature center in the upper Midwest and has been run by the City of Richfield since it opened its doors in 1971. To celebrate the anniversary, a celebration will be held in May 2011. It will be a special Sunday celebration which will include the planting of 40 trees. More details will follow as we get closer. After 40 years, the increase in demand for programs at Wood Lake has been nothing less than phenomenal. On average 20,000 people come to approximately 800 different and diverse …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wood Lake director talks about the center's December wildlife.
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- Karen Shragg
Saturday, December 11, 2010
December is a wonderful time to visit the center and catch a glimpse of a variety of animals. Visitors will see many deer at the center, all which should still have their antlers because it is still the rutting season. The center is also known as a great place to bird-watch. While many birds have migrated to warmer climates, many resident birds can still be seen, including: Woodpeckers, blue jays, crows, cardinals, chickadees, tree and song sparrows, white breasted nuthatches, American goldfinches and house finches. These birds can be seen at Wood Lake's bird feeders nearly everyday in December. If you want to take a break from the outdoors, you can take a seat in the museum and watch the food fights between the red and gray squirrels. At …