Outdoors Calendar: North Dakota state snowmobile convention upcoming, State park events etc.

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Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Vehicle passes are $7 daily and $35 annually in both states.

  • Dec. 6-7: 41st annual Snowmobile North Dakota State Convention, Cobblestone Inn and Suites, 1109 11th St. E., Bottineau, N.D. Registration: $85 adults; $45 youth. Register online at snowmobilebottineau.com. Info: Paula, (701) 263-4076.

  • Dec. 7: Annual Christmas-tree cutting event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in Polk County. Info: Gregg Knutsen, (218) 687-2229 ext. 16 or gregg_knutsen@fws.gov.

  • Dec. 7: Trail Trekkers Hike, 10 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Meet at the playground parking lot. Leashed pets welcome, vehicle passes required. Info: (701) 795-3180.

  • Dec. 14: Wreath-making 101, Lake Bemidji State Park, 10 miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 N. Morning session 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., afternoon session 1 to 3 p.m.; limit of 20 people per session. Registration required by Nov. 26; $10 materials fee; call the park at (218) 308-2300 to register. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at drake.christa@gmail.com.

  • Dec. 14: Trail Trekkers Hike, 10 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Meet at the chalet parking lot. Leashed pets welcome, vehicle passes required. Info: (701) 795-3180.

  • Dec. 15: Kids’ activity, “Gifts from Nature,” 1 to 2 p.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area near Waskish, Minn. Participants will make two kinds of gifts in the Visitor Center: one gift for nature and one to take home. Kids of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Info: (218) 647-8592.

  • Dec. 14: Crookston Christmas Bird Count. Meet by 7 a.m. at RBJ’s Restaurant, 1601 University Ave., for breakfast and planning; count will begin at 8 a.m. Info: Tom Feiro, (218) 521-0223 or tfeiro@crk.umn.edu.

  • Dec. 14: Bemidji Christmas Bird Count. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Minnesota Nice Cafe, 315 Irvine Ave., for breakfast and count assignments; be there by 7:45 a.m. if not having breakfast. Tally Rally set for sometime after 4:30 p.m. at Bridgid’s Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. Info: Douglas Johnson, dougjohn23@gmail.com.

  • Dec. 14: Fargo Christmas Bird Count. Contact Keith Corliss at kcor708@gmail.com for details if interested.

  • Dec. 15: Grand Forks -East Grand Forks Christmas Bird Count. Participants should meet at 7 a.m. at Northside Cafe, 3450 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks. Info: Dave Lambeth, davidlambeth58201@yahoo.com or (701) 772-4560.

  • Dec. 16: 24th annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for count assignment; stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Info: (218) 699-7251.

  • Dec. 19: Glacial Ridge and Rydell national wildlife refuges Christmas Bird Count. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Rydell NWR Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn., to split into teams. Noon potluck planned back at the Visitor Center. Info: Ben Walker, (218) 230-5563.

  • Dec. 28: Devils Lake, Christmas Bird Count. Meet between 7:30 and 8 a.m. at the Cedar Inn on U.S. Highway 2 to organize and divide into territory. Info: Charlie Christianson, christc@gra.midco.net.

  • Dec. 29: Roseau Christmas Bird Count. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Roseau Diner in Roseau, Minn. Info: Kris Guggisberg, (218) 689-7699 or Beth Siverhus, (218) 242-1037.

  • The Game and Fish Department hosts these meetings every spring and fall in each of the state’s eight Advisory Board districts. Remaining meetings are as follows:

  • Dec. 2: District 1 (Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties), 7 p.m., Missouri Fairgrounds, 519 53rd St. E., Williston, N.D. Missouri Basin Bowmen is host. Contact: Steve Rehak, (701) 770-3643.

  • Dec. 2: District 5 (Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties), 7 p.m., Community Center, 299 Fourth Ave., Cogswell, N.D. Cogswell Gun Club is host. Contact: Mike Marquette, (701) 680-0860.

  • Dec. 3: District 4 (Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties), 7 p.m., Cavalier Cinema, 104 Main St. W., Cavalier, N.D. Shane Feltman is host. Contact and advisory board member: Bruce Ellertson, Lakota, (701) 247-2915.

  • Dec. 3: District 7 (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux counties), 7 p.m., Game and Fish Main Office, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck. Capital City Ladybirds Pheasants Forever Chapter is host. Contact: Lora Isakson, (701) 426-9045.

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