WHEN BEAUTY TURNS TO SADNESS

by Michelle, October 17, 2022

This past summer was a difficult one for those who live on the edge of Alimagnet Park. For the first time since homes were built in this area wildlife started dropping dead all in the same part of the park. There were 3 dead fawn, 2 dead doe, and dead raccoon all in the same vicinity. It was clear that the animals didn't just drop dead of natural causes. Two were does that had fawns and the fawns ran around crying. It was heartbreaking. The wildlife rehabbers wouldn't accept the fawns because of chronic wasting disease and the Department of Natural Resources wouldn't investigate the causes of death. 

To make matters worse this is the first year that we are not seeing the number of deer we've seen in 15 years. Every fall the bucks come in during the rut season to chase the females around. So far we've spotted nothing. There has consistently been two family of deer. Family one; a doe, her buck born last year, and two fawns (a buck and doe). Family two; a doe and three fawns (does). I believe one of those was an orphan taken on by a doe with two fawns of her own. We don't see them often but they appear weekly.  

I was driving down the road on the other side of the park a couple days ago and found a dead doe on the side of the road, crossing my fingers it wasn't one of the mothers from the two family groups. 

Here's a fawn from this year. He lost his mom. 



ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF ALIMAGNET PARK

in , by Michelle, June 26, 2022

 It's the deer. Deer are one of the best parts of the park. 

The deer are in the park year round, in winter they gather in larger numbers, in spring the does are dropping fawns, in summer the does are hanging out with their fawns and teaching them how to do the deer life, and in autumn the bucks are seen quite a bit during the rut chasing down the does. It doesn't matter how many times you experience the deer or which season you experience them in, it never gets boring because they are always enjoyable to see and they truly do make the park special and unique. Why unique? Because not many Minnesota parks sustain a healthy deer population the way Alimagnet does. 

I guarantee if you visit the park on a regular basis you will definitely run into a deer. 

TURTLES ARE ON THE MOVE

in , , by Michelle, June 24, 2022

It was a late spring with the cold lasting longer than usual. The turtles took a bit more time to come out of their slumber, but now they are busy making the long walk across busy roads to lay their eggs. Thankfully on our end of the city we have Alimagnet park and an abundance of water sources for the turtles to hang out in since the defunct nearby golf course and its man made ponds are now under development. It's really sad to drive by and see all the trees being removed and a few dead turtles flattened while trying to make the journey to their nesting spots. Alimagnet is a safe haven for turtles that are struggling to survive. 

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