“Birds, Boats and Butterflies” coming up on Prairie Sportsman
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Sharma Dahl leading a team of dragon boat racers.
Shawna Dahl drums to lead a team of Dragon Boat Race paddlers.
Photo: Bret Amundson
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Host Bret Amundson is hunting ruffed grouse and woodcock in central Minnesota, viewers learn how to make rest stops for migrating monarchs and dragon boats race across Lake Minnewaska in the next episode of Prairie Sportsman.

“Birds, Boats and Butterflies” will be broadcast on Pioneer Public Television Sunday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.; on Lakeland Public TV Saturday, January 2 at 2:30 p.m., on KSMQ Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 pm; and will be rebroadcast on TPT MN. Check local listings.

Host Bret Amundson hunts ruffed grouse and woodcock on county forest land near Brainerd with Matt Soberg, Ruffed Grouse Society magazine editor, and Hank Shaw, wild game chef and cookbook author. Soberg says Minnesota is the premier state for ruffed grouse hunting with plentiful wooded habitat and birds.

Mary Green and other Washington County master gardeners show viewers how to join a national network of waystations for migrating monarch butterflies. The gardeners are also raising monarchs, from egg to caterpillar to adult butterfly, and releasing them in nature. Only about 1 percent of caterpillars make it to maturity in the wild, but 98 percent of nursery raised monarchs survive.

Dragon boat racing originated thousands of years ago in southern China and continues around the globe. The annual two-day Dragon Boat Festival in Starbuck draws hundreds of participating teams and visitors every August.

About Prairie Sportsman

Prairie Sportsman celebrates our love of the outdoors – to hunt, fish and enjoy recreation provided by our vast resources of lakes, rivers, trails and grasslands, and we promote environmental stewardship.

Prairie Sportsman’s team includes Cindy Dorn, producer/writer; Bret Amundson, host/assistant producer; Dylan Curfman, editor/videographer and Max Grabow, assistant videographer/editor. The 2019 season is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, SafeBasements of Minnesota, Diamond Willow, Live Wide Open and Western Minnesota Prairie Waters.

About Pioneer Public Television

Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit www.pioneer.org.