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'Prairie Day' set for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Willow River Park

Willow River State Park will host a "Prairie Day" Saturday, Aug. 20, that will start with a guided nature hike at 8:30 a.m. 

A buckthorn demonstration will follow at 9:30 a.m., whiel exhibitors and a movie start at 10:30 a.m. 

At 11 a.m. Dr. Stanley Temple, professor emeritus at UW-Madison, will give an illustrated talk on “Making the migratory bird treaty eork, then and now: A centennial assessment.”

All are part of the annual Prairie Day of the St. Croix Valley chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts. 

At 2 p.m. Dr. George Harp will give an illustrated talk about dragonflies. Dr. and Mrs. Harp, who live in Arkansas, have been studying dragonflies in St. Croix County for years.

Willow River and Kinnickinnic state parks are significant components of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, a Department of Natural Resources goal to restore one-tenth of the prairie area when the settlers arrived.