NEW ULM - Being able to identify an animal's foot prints is essential to the study of wildlife, according to Scott Kudelka of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Kudelka presented a program on Wednesday at the Public Library for children eager to learn more about wildlife.
In groups of three, children moved through 15 stations featuring a different animal footprint, ranging from pheasant to coyote. Often the tracks left behind are the only evidence an animal was in a specific area.
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
The New Ulm Public Library sponsored a program on animal tracks on Wednesday. After identifying 15 animal tracks, a team of young outdoor enthusiasts confirms its data with Scott Kudelka of the DNR.
The attendance for the event was higher than expected. Children's Librarian Katy Hiltner estimated 75 children took part in the DNR-led program, making it one of the best attended events so far this summer at the library.
The program is one of many summer events sponsored by the Public Library. A Kids Concert in German Park is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today.
The Cogley Sisters of Hutchinson will entertain with sing-along children's classics and music from the '40s and '50s. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library.