The State of Minnesota has over 1,000 public wildlife areas designated for wildlife watching opportunities of birds, waterfowl and mammals, as well as offering public hunting of small and big game animals. These Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) need help in maintaining and enhancing the land so wildlife can thrive.
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering to help wildlife can do a one-time event or come back several times.
As part of a typical volunteer workday on a MN Wildlife Management Area (WMA) you could:
Collect prairie seeds
Monitor and control terrestrial invasive species (i.e. Buckthorn)
Help with trail projects and trash pickup
Assist with boundary and sign maintenance
Clear vegetation from shallow lake and wetland water controls
Monitor shallow lakes and wetland water levels
Collect and/or seed wild rice