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Habitats Workshop Scheduled in Valley City

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the Valley City Area Teacher Center are sponsoring a wildlife conservation and resource management workshop for teachers, environmental educators and anyone else who works with youth.

“North Dakota Habitats” is scheduled June 1-2 at the Valley City Area Teacher Center on the campus of Valley City State University in Valley City. The five North Dakota habitats – wetlands, badlands, prairie, woodlands and riparian – will be studied, with the North Dakota Studies Habitats curriculum used as textbooks.

The fast-paced workshop offers a hands-on approach educators can use in their classrooms and on field trips, and in discussing classroom and curriculum integration. All supplies are provided.

Workshop instructor Sherry Niesar, a 25-year volunteer wildlife educator with the Game and Fish Department, has a master’s in wildlife science from South Dakota State University.

A $20 registration fee for nonmembers of the Valley City Area Teacher Center is required. Graduate credit is available through the University of North Dakota.

To register for the workshop, call Sandy Zahn at (701) 845-7282 or e-mail sandy.zahn@sendit.nodak.edu. For information on Habitats of North Dakota, contact Sherry Niesar at (701) 527-3714 or e-mail sniesar@nd.gov.


Game and Fish to Sell Property in Bismarck

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will sell real property within the city limits of Bismarck at a public auction on June 10 at 11 a.m. at the front door of the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck.

Legal description of the property consists of Lots 11 and 12 of Section 3, Township 138 North, Range 80 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian. Located at 814 Airport Road, sale includes the land and buildings on the property that formerly housed the Game and Fish Department’s shop and laboratory, and includes some office space. The department’s new shop and lab are located at 3001 East Main Avenue.

Written bids in a sealed envelope received by 10 a.m. on the day of the auction will be accepted, and must be accompanied by earnest money for 10 percent of the total bid. Written bids must be addressed to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Attn: Paul Schadewald, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501. Written bids will be opened at the start of the auction. It is not necessary to submit a written bid to bid at the auction.

For more information, including an appointment to inspect the property, contact Schadewald at (701) 328-6328.

Pheasants Forever workshop

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The Sheyenne Valley Pheasants Forever chapter will be sponsoring a Pheasants Forever hosted Landowner Workshop February 24th, 2010. Information will be presented on several programs from FSA, NRCS, NDGF, USFWS, and Pheasants Forever. Agency professionals will be on hand to present information and assist landowners on understanding and utilizing Farm Bill and agency programs on their land. There will also be explanations from professionals on how to maximize financial availability in the Barnes County area by diversifying field operations. The landowner workshop is coming to Barnes County to provide information for all interested landowners in southeast North Dakota on any farming and conservation program that is offered and may be of interest.

WHEN: February 24th, 2010
WHERE: VFW, Valley City ND
TIME: 12:00 PM (free lunch for those who attend)

For more information, please contact:

Jesse Beckers – Pheasants Forever Regional Wildlife Biologist
Phone – 701-202-8120
Email – jbeckers@pheasantsforever.org

Stephen Stensgard – Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist
Phone – 701-252-2521 ext: 129
Email – sstensgard@pheasantsforever.org



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The new state record catfish has been well documented and many biologists, including me, are just as surprised as most about it coming from Moon Lake and not the Red River.We’re not real shocked it was broken this year…but that it wasn’t from the Red River really makes ya wonder.

Here’s why. Lockport, Canada and the extreme northern stretches of the Red are notorious for the BIG catfish. In most angler planning, the bigger the catfish, the further downstream you’ll be fishing. What had us keeping a watch out was the higher river flowers allowing more fish passage from Canada deeper into the US stretches of the Red past the old dams and rock rapids. But as you know by now, we were wrong. Or maybe…a bigger one is still lurking in the Red near Drayton? Who knows. That’s the fun of this job. 


One other note in Barnes County early last week a 40" muskie was taken in the Sheyenne River right in the Valley City park. Some big fish in a few area’s not normally associated with huge muskie and record catfish.