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Post Bulletin
Aug. 07, 2018 #51-218 PB1
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Society volunteers Jim Peterson, Lance Vrieze and Jerry Pruett take a break July 31 while repairing the deck of the observation platform.
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Local birders turn builders: Volunteers rebuild observation deck

By Lydia Hansen
lhansen@postbulletin.com


The Eastside Wildlife Management Area just outside Rochester is one of the best places in Olmsted County to see wetland wildlife.

It’s an especially popular place for birders, who use the observation platform overlooking the scenic marshland to get a good view of their favorite local birds and migrant visitors.

But popularity has its pitfalls, and heavy use had taken a toll on the platform. The wood of the deck had rotted through, and in places, has broken, leaving gaps and holes.

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Zumbro Valley Audubon Society volunteers Jim Peterson, Dave Nelson and Lance Vrieze remove and replace 24 rotten boards from the deck of an observation platform overlooking the Eastside Wildlife Management Area near Rochester.
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