If the sky is clear enough, full moon and luminaries on trails will add to the ambience

    The evening of Friday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting a Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl event at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Erskine. The timing of this event coincides with a full moon, hopefully good snow conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures.

    The Rydell NWR Visitor Center will be open throughout the event.

    All five of Rydell NWR’s trails will be open for cross country skiing or snowshoeing, and Golden Pond and Church Lake trails will be groomed and lighted for this event. Even though luminaries will be distributed along these two trails, it’s recommend that visitors bring along a headlamp, if they have one, just in case it’s cloudy and there is minimal moonlight.

    As visitors traverse the trails, multiple owl calling stations will be set up where the calls of several owl species (e.g., saw whet, barred, great horned) will be projected into the woods to try and generate a response. Who knows what you might hear.

    Several pairs of adult and child size skis will be on hand, as well as snowshoes available for visitors to use. Call to check on size availability and reserve a pair.

    If you have questions or want to reserve equipment, call Lisa Wiersma at 218 687-2229 x10.

    Check our Facebook page (facebook.com/rydellnwr) for event updates.