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PHOTOS: Summer programs engage kids with fishing, birds of prey

Oliver Gergen reels in a fish that he caught with the help of David Selb, left, and Nolan Harstad.1 / 6
Campers of the fishing camp spent some time doing catch and release off the dock at the river. Pictured, from left, are Annabelle Barr, Wyatt Selb, Caroline Reges, Oliver Gergen, David Selb, Nolan Harstad and Alan Maloney. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 6
Alan Maloney helps two of the campers fix a fishing pole before they went back on the dock for more fishing.3 / 6
The peregrine falcon eats a snack from Eckroad's hand.4 / 6
Ian Ferguson, left, and Vincent Vieth practice using the muscles in their eyes. The campers just learned that raptor eyeballs are so big that they don't have room in their orbital sockets for muscles, meaning they can't move their eyeballs in the same way that humans can. Raptors do compensate for the lack of muscles in their eyes by having the ability to turn their head around much further than humans can.5 / 6
Jessie Eckroad tells the campers all about the red-tailed hawk perched on her arm.6 / 6

The Carpenter Nature Center summer programs are in full swing. The Fishing Fun program and the Raptor Camp were held July 6.

The fishing adventure involved a half day of fishing fun. Children brought their own rod and reel if they had one or used a provided one. Another Fishing Fun day will be held July 19.

The Raptor Camp was a two day camp where children learned about birds of prey. The campers spent a day at CNC learning raptor basics, playing games and observing raptors in the wild on a hike. The second day involved meeting the birds at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and learning about the process of rehabilitating an injured bird of prey.

Carpenter Nature Center will host a number of additional camps throughout the summer. For more information about the camps and to learn how to register, call 651-437-4359 or visit

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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