Colleen Graue, new Visitor Services Manager at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, wants to get the word out that the Visitor Center at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve will be open Dec. 15 and the second Saturday each month January through April of 2013 with special programing available. The visitor center will otherwise be closed to the public until regular hours resume in the spring.
Christmas for the Birds
Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the Sullys Hill Christmas for the Birds. Everyone is invited to help trim a tree for the birds, create their own “bird edible” ornaments, hang them on a tree in the bird garden near the Visitors Center or take them home for their own backyard.
Also a part of the day will be the Winter Film Festival Part I: “Everybody Loves Birds” with show times at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You can do some Christmas Shopping at the Friends of Sullys Hill bookstore, 2013 Annual Passes will be available for $12.00 (they make great stocking stuffers) and binoculars and bird identification books will be available for checkout.
Jr. Duck Stamp Camp
On Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Jr. Duck Stamp Camp at Sullys Hill. Sign up for the “Draw a Duck Stamp” event (open to K-12), limited to 20 students. Also part of that day will be the Winter Film Festival Part II: “An Original DUCKumentary” showing at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Snowshoes and “Let’s Go Outside” backpacks will be available for checkout.
Details for other programs will be released in the January, mark your calendars:
•Saturday, Feb. 9: Sullys Hill 9th Annual Winter Festival
•Saturday, March 9: Snowshoes and Snowy Owls
•Saturday, April 13: Archery 101
The Friends of Sullys Hill will be sponsoring an Adult and Youth Photo Contest. All photos must be taken at Sullys Hill. Prize categories include Scenic Views of Sullys Hill, Wildlife or Plants of Sullys Hill and Connecting People with Nature at Sullys Hill. Winter is an excellent time to capture some great scenic and wildlife photos. Entry deadline is April 26, 2013. Entry forms are available at sullyshill.org or by request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The auto tour is open seven days a week from the entrance gate to the visitor center from 8 a.m. to sunset. The roadway to the prairie dog town and the winter feeding grounds will also be open and maintained.
Winter feeding is used to supplement natural forage by the big game during inclement times of the winter. The winter feeding grounds can provide visitors with an opportunity to view the entire bison and elk herd.
Page 2 of 2 - Due to winter ice and snow conditions, the single lane portion of the auto tour and the Sullys Hill Overlook loop will remain closed until spring. These portions of the auto tour traverse steeper terrain and are difficult to maintain in a way that provides for a safe visitor experience.
Visitors may contact Graue, Visitor Services Manager, at (701) 766-4272 ext 428 with any questions or to sign up for the “Draw a Duck Stamp” event coming up in January.
“See you at the Hill!” Graue says.