The Nature Conservancy will hold an open house at its Pigeon Point Preserve near Sheldon, North Dakota from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. The event is free and open to the public and includes guided tours on new walking trails created for visitors.
People are encouraged to bring their family and a picnic lunch along with hiking shoes, water bottle, binoculars and a camera. The event will be held rain or shine. A “biffy” outhouse will be on site and available for use during the event.
To get to the preserve from Lisbon, North Dakota, drive 16 miles east on Highway 27 to 147th Street. Turn north on 147th Street and drive 4 miles to 63rd Street. Turn west on 63rd Street. Proceed 2 miles to a “T” in the road and then turn south to park in the preserve parking area.
For more information, call the Conservancy’s Sheyenne Delta project office near Milnor at 701-439-0841.
Pigeon Point Preserve is an excellent place to see a variety of birds including rare grassland birds like upland sandpipers and marbled godwits as well as striking species such as scarlet tanagers and indigo buntings in the forest. Beavers are also active at Pigeon Point – look for beaver dams – and they influence water levels as well as plant communities and wildlife found on the preserve.
The 572-acre preserve is located on the south bank of the Sheyenne River and includes a spring-fed stream, fens, meadows, wet prairies and lowland hardwood forests.
Pigeon Point is part of the larger Sheyenne Delta landscape of nearly 236,000 acres that is in a mix of both private and public ownership.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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