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Last updated December 21, 2012
Bat questions, problems, houses
Are there any venemous snakes in the River Bend Nature Center area?
I found a dead bird. Should I report it for West Nile Virus?
I found an injured/baby/orphaned/troubled animal. What should I do?
Animals are digging/burrowing/tunneling in my yard, what can I do?
I'm having problems with rabbits. Any ideas?
I'm having problems with snakes. How can I keep them away?
Deer are eating everything in my yard. Any suggestions?
Yellow jackets, bees, or wasps swarming your yard?
When are the dwarf trout lilies in bloom at River Bend?
Does River Bend allow overnight camping?
Does River Bend rent skis?

 

For bat questions, problems, bat houses, and more bat info:

Visit Bat Conservation International as well as the MnDNR's web page on bats.

Are there any venemous snakes in the River Bend Nature Center area?

No. While there are several species of venemous snakes down in the extreme southeastern corner of Minnesota along the Mississippi river, none are here. We do have non-venemous fox snakes that can vibrate their tails sounding like rattlesnakes and coil and strike but they are harmless and a beneficial predetor of small rodents.

I found a dead bird. Should I report it for West Nile Virus?

After having verified the presence of West Nile Virus in the state, the MN Department of Health is no longer seeking reports of dead birds in Minnesota. for more information, visit the MN Department of Health web site for more information regarding West Nile Virus.

I found an injured/baby/orphaned/troubled animal. What should I do?

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. For complete information, visit the MN DNR's web site on animal rehabilitation or for good information on specific situations visit wildlife-international.org. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is the only real wildlife rehab facility in the area or call 651-486-9453.

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.

Animals are digging/burrowing/tunneling in my yard, what can I do?

Visit The University of Minnesota Extension Service for good information on identifying what is doing the digging (it may not be what you think) and then essortment.com for tips on dealing with them.

I'm having problems with rabbits. Any ideas?

Visit the DNR website for good information.

I'm having problems with snakes. How can I keep them away?

Visit the MN DNR website for good information.

Deer are eating everything in my yard. Any suggestions?

Visit The University of Minnesota Extension Service for good information.

Yellow jackets, bees, or wasps swarming your yard?

Check this University of New Hampshire document for ideas on how to manage them.

When are the dwarf trout lilies in bloom at River Bend?

They bloom in late April depending on weather conditions. The earliest bloom date was April 2, 2012 and the latest was May 5, 1975 with the average bloom date being April 22. Check this MN DNR document to find out why they're so special!

Does River Bend allow overnight camping?

River Bend only has a campsite for canoers on the Straight River. It is remote and rustic with only a few picnic tables and a fire ring. No access is available by car. For more information, visit our canoe-in campsite page.

Does River Bend rent skis?

While River Bend does have groomed cross-country ski trails in winter we do not rent skis at this time. We do rent snowshoes when there are six inches of snow on the ground or more.

 

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