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April 12, 2011

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The Friends of Sandhill have rescheduled their open house at the Sandhill Wildlife Area to Saturday, April 30.

BABCOCK, Wis. - The public is invited to join the Friends of Sandhill volunteers for a day of celebrating the Sandhill Wildlife Area and its rich history and ecology. The friends group will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. The even was rescheduled from a previous date.

The 9,150-acre Sandhill Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property, which is located near Babcock, southwest of Wisconsin Rapids in central Wisconsin's Wood County.

The property features low, sandy uplands of oak, aspen and jack pine forests, large marshes, and many flowages. A small herd of American bison, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, Canada geese, ducks, loons, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, songbirds, hawks, owls and furbearers find a home at Sandhill.

Bring your family and explore the trails by foot or bike, learn about the educational programs offered through the skills center and talk to volunteers and staff. Refreshments will be served, and locally made crafts will be for sale. For more information contact Vicki Palen at 715-652-2950 or by email at

More information about the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is available on the DNR website

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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