Happy birthday, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge!
The refuge in Polk County near Erskine, Minn., marks its 20th anniversary this week. Tuesday was the official day, but refuge staff in a news release said events to commemorate the anniversary are planned throughout the year.
The Visitor Center will highlight refuge wildlife species each month, and there’ll be features on Rydell employees and what they do. Plans are in the works for a school banner contest, special Learning at the Lakes programs (a summer fixture), a nature poetry contest and an August open house.
According to the news release, the land that makes up the 2,120-acre refuge, established in 1992, was owned by the Leonard Rydell family, but the transformation of land to the refuge was a donation by the Richard King Melon Foundation. Citizen input helped the refuge develop a conservation plan that has included wetland and native prairie restoration and the replanting of sugar maple and basswood trees.
The Friends of the Rydell Refuge group formed in 1996.
For more information on Rydell Refuge and it’s offering, click here: