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Updated 5/18/15

Spring Buckham Bulletin Note:
The recent spring issue of the Buckham Bulletin (mailed to Faribault residents) contains incorrect program and event listings. See below for the correct program listings, dates, times, and to register.

OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by May 15th.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm

Topic: Scales & Fins: Minnesota Fish by Scott Mackenthun.
Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. Scott, a DNR Fisheries Supervisor from Waterville Area Hatchery will present about fisheries and their emerging threats.


Restoration Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free.
New members welcome anytime.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm

Join us once a month for a land restoration work day. Every month we will head out onto the River Bend property to practice implementing restoration techniques such as bud ID, buckthorn removal, trail repair, and more. The hope is you can learn practicing at River Bend and take some of these restoration techniques home to implement on your property.

Restoration Club
Open to all ages. Cost: $15 ($12 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Call 507.332.7151 to register.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 8:00am-12:00pm

River Bend Nature Center is excited to host a BirdFest just as birds start their spring migration! There is something for everyone at the BirdFest. Whether you're an experienced birder or a young birder there is a fun day of bird activities planned for you.

The morning will include a rotation of multiple stations between guided bird hikes, banding stations, and bird crafts. Expert bird banders will be banding birds most of the morning. Have you ever held on to a Northern Cardinal? Well these bird banders might give you that opportunity. There will also be bird crafts including bird feeders for your little fledglings. There will also be guided birding and nature excursions with experienced local birders. So don't forget your binoculars. The nature center has extra binoculars but they are in limited supply.

A keynote presentation will be given by the MN Raptor Center as they bring mutiple live birds for a Bird of Prey show at 11:00. Feel free to bring a sack lunch and enjoy the rest of the nature center and our unique trails after the BirdFest. Dress for weather, bring binoculars, and a field guide if you have them.


Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. May's book is The Year of the Monarch Butterfly by George Ordish.


Lifelong Learning: Cork & Canvas on the Prairie
Open to seniors. Cost: $32 ($30 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required. Please call 507.332.7151 to register.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 5:00-7:30pm

Instructor: Suzanne Fchwichtenberg
Susan is from the Upper East Side Gallery on the Go. She will instruct you on how to create a masterpiece while enjoying the time with peers. Please bring a snack and drink to share.

Lifelong Learning

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
All River Bend volunteers and their families are invited. RSVP is strongly encouraged, not required. Invites will be mailed in May (volunteers are invited even if they don't receive an invite).

Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 5:00-7:00pm

Short Presentation: 6:30pm. Food served until 6:45pm.
River Bend celebrates our wonderful volunteers and honors them for their last year of service to the Nature Center. Volunteers are invited to bring a side dish to share, we'll provide the hamburgers and veggie burgers, beverages, and dessert.


OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by May 15th.


Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm

Topic: Dragonflies & Damselflies.
Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. Prepare to be facinated by the many sizes, shapes, and beauty of these predatory insects.


Evening on the Prairie
Open to adults. Cost: $50 per person.
Visit our Evening on the Prairie page for online ticket sales.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to an Evening on the Prairie, a celebration of River Bend Nature Center. Join us for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and entertainment in River Bend Nature Center's enchanting prairie.

Evening on the Prairie
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