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Raptors of Minnesota and colorful dragonflies to be featured atthe Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair

AITKIN--The Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair is scheduled Saturday, June 15, at Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin. Featured guests this year will be coming from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Four ambassador raptors, in...

A bald eagle, like this one, with a staff member from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, will be featured at the Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair June 15. Submitted photo
A bald eagle, like this one, with a staff member from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, will be featured at the Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair June 15. Submitted photo

AITKIN-The Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair is scheduled Saturday, June 15, at

Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin.

Featured guests this year will be coming from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Four ambassador raptors, including a bald eagle, and an education specialist will be coming to Aitkin to help participants learn what makes birds of prey different from other birds, and what makes them special.

"They will inspire us with some of the greatest environmental success stories, such as the peregrine falcon and bald eagle. A close up visit with live birds and teaching tools like feathers,

wings, and more will leave you with an experience you won't soon forget," organizers reported in a news release.

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This program will be offered at 10 a.m. and noon.

The sky is also home to many species of dragonflies. John Arthur from the Minnesota

Dragonfly Society will share his enthusiasm for this amazing species that begins its life

in the water and emerges to dart through the sky.

"Amazing photographs will help us learn dragonfly identification tips and discover this amazing species and their place in our ecosystem," organizers reported. This program will also be offered at 10 a.m. and noon.

A third program being offered at this year's Rivers and Lakes Fair is Keeping the Woods

Bearable. Have you seen black bears in the woods by your house? Or at your

birdfeeders? At 11 a.m., the North American Bear Center will take participants on a look deep

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inside the world of black bears.

"Interesting video clips, pictures, furs, and other pass around items will paint a picture of life from the eyes of a black bear and leave you wanting to learn more," organizers reported. "Activities, crafts, and educational programs are sure to be a hit with the young, and the

young at heart. Live animals will be featured at exhibits from the Lake Superior Zoo,

and Minnesota DNR."

The Aitkin County Rivers and Lake Fair will be hosting family programs, bat and

bluebird house building, a lead free tackle exchange, live fish and turtles from local lakes

and rivers, exhibits by numerous state and local organizations, and lunch for $1.50.

The event is presented free of charge thanks to the support of many sponsors, and

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will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 15, at Rippleside Elementary School. For

more information, or a complete listing of programs, call the Aitkin County SWCD at

218-927-6565, like us on Facebook, or visit www.aitkincountyswcd.org .

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