Candlelight Ski & Owl Prowl Returns this Saturday at the Rydell NWR

Candlelight Ski & Owl Prowl Returns this Saturday at the Rydell NWR

February 24, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Erskine, MN — The evening of Saturday, February 27th 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, MN. The timing of this event coincides with a nearly full moon, and hopefully good snow conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. The event will run from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.  Refuge Manager Gregg Knutsen says this event offers a unique cross country skiing experience and opportunity to interact with wildlife.

This is the first real public activity that the refuge has held since last year’s Candlelight Ski & Owl Prowl as the rest of their activities were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But because COVID is still a concern they have made some changes to this year’s event.

Also, no ski equipment or snowshoes will be provided for check-out at the Refuge this year. If you don’t have your own skis, you can rent them from the University of Minnesota-Crookston (218-281-8520 or 218-281-8586) or Crookston Parks and Recreation (no cost, 218-281-1232). Head lamps are also encouraged this year. In addition to dressing appropriately for the forecasted weather, please bring a mask. Currently, masks are required of all visitors to national wildlife refuges, when social distancing is not possible. There may be some instances during this event, such as at the owl calling stations, where you will need to wear a mask.

And if you can’t make it to this weekend’s event, you’re welcome to explore the trails anytime during daylight hours. Knutsen says there are a number of wildlife creatures to discover while on the refuge during the winter months.

If you have questions, contact Gregg Knutsen at 218-686-4329 or gregg_knutsen@fws.gov.