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Carrol Henderson will be the premier speaker kicking off our 2009-2010 Winter in the Garden Workshop series.

Carrol has been Supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Non-Game Wildlife Program since 1977, and is a professional wildlife biologist recognized nationwide for the conservation of non-game wildlife and endangered species.

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During the past 32 years, he has developed a statewide program for the conservation of non-game wildlife (known as the "line of the loon" on Minnesota State Tax forms) that has received both national and international recognition. He has helped plan and carry out restoration of peregrine falcons, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, river otters and trumpeter swans in Minnesota.

He is involved in promoting wildlife tourism and he has provided leadership in promoting nature tourism projects in Minnesota, Manitoba, Costa Rica, and the Amur region of eastern Russia. He is also the author of eight books including: Woodworking for Wildlife, Landscaping for Wildlife, Wild About Birds: the DNR Bird Feeding Guide, and the Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica, and co-author of The Traveler's Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota and Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality.

Since 1990, he has received the National Chevron Conservation and Chuck Yaeger Conservation Awards, the Minnesota Award from the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the Thomas Sadler Roberts Memorial Award from the Minnesota Ornithologist's Union.

Henderson's workshop, Winter Bird Feeding, is Oct. 13 at the Douglas County Public Works meeting room, located at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria. There is an admission charge, and the workshop begins at 7 p.m. It ends with a question and answer period at 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Carrol will be selling and signing copies of his popular books.

If you are interested in attracting birds to your garden, feeding birds this winter or meeting this wonderful Minnesota Treasure, come join us on Oct. 13. Call the Extension Office at (320) 762-3890 for more information or to purchase your tickets in advance.

The next workshop in the series, Natural Prairie Plantings, will be held in early 2010. More details to follow.

Hot Off the Press: The 2010 Minnesota Gardening Calendar is now available at our Douglas County Extension office. There is a cost for the calendar. Stop by and pick yours up today!

Until next time, happy gardening!

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

- Henry David Thoreau

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