Park staff to demonstrate tapping trees

Tapping maple trees for syrup will take place at Fort Stevenson State Park on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13.

Fort Stevenson State Park staff will demonstrate how to tap trees, collect sap and turn it into maple syrup. Hear about the history of maple syrup and the equipment used to make it. Take a horse drawn wagon ride, see how to make sugar on the snow and listen to live music. 

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served by the Sakakawea Area Optimist Club starting at 9 a.m. while supplies last. Maple cotton candy and maple popcorn will be available for purchase. 

The park charges a $7 vehicle entrance fee unless a State Park Annual Pass is displayed. Fort Stevenson State Park is located 3 miles South of Garrison.

For more information, call 701-337-5576 or go to fssp@nd.gov.

Applications for deer gratis license online

Landowners who are interested in applying for a 2019 deer gratis license can fill out their application online by visiting the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The general deer lottery and muzzleloader applications will be available online in early May. The deadline for applying is June 5.

Chief of administrative services Kim Kary said similar to last year, the Game and Fish Department is opening deer gratis applications a month earlier than prior years to allow additional time for landowners to apply online who are busy with spring farm and ranch activities.

“Gratis applicants who have previously applied online will automatically have their land description carried forward to this year’s application,” Kary said. “However, any changes with the land description from last year’s application must be made prior to submitting the 2019 application.”

Agency asks to report bald eagle nest sightings

The state Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating active bald eagle nests in North Dakota.

Game and Fish conservation biologist Sandra Johnson said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings.

Eagles lay eggs in early-to-mid March and hatch about a month later. Johnson said it’s easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size.

“And you don’t have to travel far to find one, as we have around 270 active bald eagle nests, and possibly more, in the state,” Johnson said, while noting that in 2008 North Dakota had only 50 active nests.

Eagle nests are observed in more than three-quarters of the counties in the state, mostly near streams and mid- to large-sized lakes. However, they are also found in unique areas such as shelterbelts surrounded by cropland or pasture.

Nest observations should be reported online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. Observers are asked to not disturb the nest and to stay a safe distance away. Johnson said foot traffic may disturb the bird, likely causing the eagle to leave her eggs or young unattended.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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