The Friends of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area will host its "Blue Berries on the Barrens" annual event for members, neighbors, and the public on Saturday, July 17.

Scouting for blueberries will start at 8:30 a.m. This spring's late frost and dry weather may have greatly reduced the size and quantity of blueberries, but the Friends board members have been locating nearby patches in the last week.

Participants should gather at the Namekagon Barrens picnic shelter and cabin at 33174 Gomulak Fire Lane, Danbury, for directions to a choice berry picking spot.

Everyone will meet back at the picnic shelter at 11 a.m. for a goodwilldonation lunch. There will be two presentations by Brian Finstad, local historian, on the Northwest Sands Auto Tour and by Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff on management of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area.

There also will be displays and a silent action.

"Come for a fun time and a chance to see the beauty of the Barrens as many wildflowers are in bloom," the Friends said.

Current COVID protocols will be followed.

Questions: Kathy Bartilson, 715.520.2984 or

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