Volunteers from the Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society and Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, along with personnel from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will be cutting brush to enhance prairie grouse habitat Saturday on the Pembina Wildlife Management Area.
Volunteer efforts will serve as a match for a Conservation Partner Legacy Grant. Pembina WMA is about 20 minutes northeast of Crookston.
Anyone interested in participating in Saturday's Volunteer Brush Cut Habitat Day should meet at 8 a.m. at RBJ's Restaurant in Crookston for a breakfast buffet. Volunteers then will head to the Pembina WMA, where DNR staff will guide in hand-cutting woody vegetation. Burgers will be grilled on-site for lunch, and the day will wrap up by 3 p.m.
According to Jodie Provost, assistant wildlife manager and open landscape habitat leader for the DNR in Aitkin, Minn., about 50 volunteers were signed up as of Thursday, and there's room for more. There's still 15 to 18 inches of snow on the ground, so volunteers should wear warm, waterproof boots and dress for being out in the elements. Saturday's forecast high is 31 degrees.
A limited number of hand saws and loppers will be available, but volunteers should bring their own tools if they have them. Chain saws are not allowed. Volunteer forms will be ready for all to sign at breakfast and all students will receive a one-year Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society membership.
For more information, contact Provost at (218) 838-3553.