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Summer 2015 NewsletterSummer Newsletter Issue Online Now!

Our summer newsletter issue has hit the pavement and the Internet. Read through the latest happenings at River Bend, learn something new about the natural world, and find out what we're up to for the rest of the summer. Read it here: Summer 2015 Newsletter.

Goats at River Bend

GoatsGoat Dispatch, a company owned by River Bend members and supporters Jake & Amanda Langeslag, have a herd of goats stationed at River Bend right now working on eating some of our invasive species of plants (of which we have many). They are targeting an area with a heavy invasion of wild parsnip, a non-native and highly aggressive plant that also causes rashes, blisters and irritations to human skin (obviously something we don't want around our busy Nature Center). The goats are stationed at our canoe-in campsite area just off of Dairy Lane near the Dairy Lane bridge and will be there for a few more days (as of this writing on 7/15/15).

Visitors are welcome to stop out and observe the goats and their hard "work" (to them it's just lunch) and their always-entertaining antics! It's a bit of a hike to get to them but it's well worth it if you don't mind the hike. The map above indicates the approximate area that the goats are in and if you click on it you can print/see a River Bend trail map to help you get there.

2014 Annual Report Published

Our Annual Report for 2014 was published in May and is now available online. In it we report on our finances, programming activities, donors, volunteers, and much more from last year. Read it here: 2014 Annual Report.

Found a Hurt/Orphaned/Baby Animal? Here's what to do!

First of all, River Bend can not take in animals of any kind. We are not licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Our expertise is in nature education not wildlife medicine.

In virtually all cases, River Bend encourages anyone who finds an injured, "orphaned," or baby animal to leave it where found, protect it from children and domestic pets, and let nature take its course (after all, injured, sick, and young animals are all very important in the food chain). Many wild babies, especially deer and rabbits, are often mistaken for being orphaned when they are not. Wild animals should not be handled with bare hands, treated like pets, given food or water, or taken indoors, except under the direction of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is the only real wildlife rehab facility in the area and they are available for animal questions call 651-486-9453. They also have a very helpful frequently asked questions page on their website to help guide you in what to do.

If you have found an injured raptor (bird of prey: owls, hawks, eagles, falcons), the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is the only rehabilitation center for these types of birds in the area or call 612-624-4745. It is unlawful to possess live or dead raptor specimens. Rehabilitiation of migratory birds requires a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and a MN DNR permit.

River Bend at the Rice County Fair

River Bend will be at the Rice County Fair again this year. Find us in the Conservation Building. We'll have River Bend info, activities/games for the kids, and volunteers to answer your burning River Bend questions. Stop by and say hello!

Also, if you'd like to volunteer to staff our fair booth during one or more of our two-hour shifts, please contact Amber Brossard to express your interest (507.332.7151 or amber@rbnc.org).


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