07-05-2018 Outdoors

Coloma Rod & Gun Club The Coloma Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW Class on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Class registration is held on Sunday July 8, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The class is taught by a certified NRA and RSO instructor and the cost of the class is $100. For more information or to be put on the list, please call (269) 621-3370.

SOLD! Berrien County 4-H market animal workshop

The Berrien County 4-H program presents SOLD!! Making the Most out of your Market Animal Project workshop. This workshop is designed to assist youth with getting ready for their local Market Animal Auction.

Grow the potential profit of your 4-H market animal projects through a variety of marketing and communication strategies that will give you a leg up on the competition. Youth will learn how to create a buyer’s letter, the 7-steps to creating a good thank you, and how to avoid a communication catastrophe. Open to youth ages 9 – 19 years of age. There is no cost to the workshop. Resources and materials will be provided. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Niles District Library in Niles, Michigan. Youth must pre-register for the workshop either by calling the Berrien County MSU Extension office at 269-927-5674 or online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/ Berrien4hSOLDworkshop/.

Deadline to register is July 16, 2018. The workshop is limited to 25 youth. For more information or interest in joining the Berrien County 4-H program, please contact Kelly Stelter, 4-H Program Coordinator, at grandtke@anr.msu.edu or via phone at 269-927-5674.

Some of our staff recently waded into the drainage area to remove a beaver dam. The dam was doing an excellent job of blocking water. Unfortunately, the newly created “pond” extended over the road so it had to go. It took a couple of hours for them to clear it. The beaver likely repaired it overnight. Beavers need a deep water area in order to store food underwater and construct their famous lodges with the underwater entrances. If a beaver is lucky enough to live in a wet area with a consistently deep level (such as large rivers or lakes), it does not need to build a dam. If it hears and feels flowing water, however, the instinct to build revs up. Although small leaks in dams are allowed, it is likely that our beaver perceives the road culvert to be a larger hole that requires repair. He (or she) will use any available materials to accomplish this task. And, after the next big rain, the staff will likely be deconstructing again.

Meet this week’s Wildlife Wonders today, July 5, at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, kids are free. Learn about the federally endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterfly and explore one of the few remaining habitats at Sarett on Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children. Enjoy Music and Butterflies on Sunday, July 8 beginning at 2:00 p.m.