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The DNR has announced multiple activities it will be hosting for the beginning of the new year. The Department of Natural Resources would like to invite the public to 29th annual eagle watch that is scheduled for Saturday, January 7th at Patoka Lake. The DNR will be putting on both indoor and outdoor programs at the Patoka Lake Nautre Center on 7th from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST During the program there will be a resident bald eagle and other live raptors, not quite like the dinosaur, on display.

Dana Reckelhoff the on hand Naturalist for the DNR will share the life and story of these amazing birds of prey. Along with Reckelhoff there will be other experts available to who will be giving informative tours and sharing history of the 1980’s Eagle Reintroduction Program. During this event there will be kids actives and crafts planned from 10:30a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Reminders, were comfortable shoes, bring binoculars and fueled vehicles for the driving tour.

The DNR will be hosting a Indiana hunter education class at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds in January on the Saturday’s of the 14th and 21st. Classes will run from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday 14th and from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. on Saturday 21st. Participants must attend both days to complete the course. All Indiana residents are invited to complete this FREE course. All instruction will be by Indiana conservation officers and certified Indiana volunteer hunter education instructors. Certification is required for anyone born after December 31, 1986, who wishes to purchase an Indiana hunting license. The course will cover ethics, safety, laws, survival and safe handling practices for archery, black powder and firearms.

This course is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council and Dubois County Sportsmen. For questions, call (812)639-0573.

In February there will be a Scarf Making workshop at the Patoka Lake Nature center on Saturday the 4th. This event is open to adults and youth ages 8 and up. Make a scarf for yourself or a friend starting at 10a.m. until 2p.m. Registration ends on January 31st.

Pre-registration is necessary for all these programs. To pre-register or for more information on theses events, call Dana Reckelhoff, Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

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