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March Tracking Club: Signs of Spring

posted Mar 10, 2021, 8:05 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Mar 10, 2021, 8:06 AM ]
Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park the day after the Spring Eqinox:

Sunday, March 21
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather outside the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


Spring is coming a bit early this year in the Northland. Record high temperatures in early March have erased our snowpack and brought out the smells of early spring. We will likely get a few more snowfalls before the trees leaf out, but deep winter appears to be behind us. How are the animals shifting their behavior with this warming weather? Have the woodchuck come out of hibernation? Are the deer finding early spring growth to feed on? We will head out onto the landscape and look for signs of spring.

This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. Please bring appropriate footwear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will gather at 9:00 outside of the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:15 and return to the visitor center to wrap-up and share. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call or text Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700. Note that cell reception is poor in much of the park, and calls do not always come through.

Important Notes

Please wear a mask and plan to maintain a distance of roughly one deer length from those outside of your household.

You need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center. The parking lot at the Historic Fort is closed for construction.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center