News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, July 10

July 10, 2023

DNR webinars cover fawn research, falconry

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in wildlife and outdoor skills to check out the summer program schedule for the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

The first webinar is Wednesday, July 12. Tyler Obermoller, DNR natural resources specialist, will discuss how researchers are using thermal infrared drones to locate white-tailed deer fawns. The fawns are then fitted with GPS-collars, which allow researchers to monitor the animals and assess the causes of mortality in young deer. This talk will walk through this cutting-edge project from start to finish and uncover some of the mysteries of how newborn fawns can avoid predators.

The second webinar is Wednesday, July 19. Matt Lasch will discuss falconry and how to hunt with these amazing birds. The presentation will include a brief history of falconry, steps to becoming a falconer, birds typically used in falconry, and the training and hunting process. Lasch will also briefly cover how falconers have been critical in several conservation and restoration efforts.

The Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series webinars are free and offered year-round, though registration is required. Visit the Outdoor Skills and Stewardship webpage of the DNR website for the registration portal, more information about upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars.

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