Conservation Minnesota

Max is back!

So there I was, foraging along the banks of Lake Gegoka when I heard a strange buzzing sound. It wasn’t the buzz that comes when I walk too close to a hornet’s nest. And it wasn’t the buzzing that happens when those really big metal birds occasionally fly over.

No, this was a sort of buzzing I hadn’t heard since last fall when I spent a few weeks at Conservation Minnesota’s main office. When I was there, the head honcho gave me an electronic doohickey he wanted me to keep handy. See, as the Wildlife Coordinator, I don’t spend much time communicating with the humans. It was clear what was causing the buzzing – my electronic doohickey. I flipped it onto the ground, it popped open, and soon I heard the nice man’s voice.

He needed my help.

It seems Give To The Max Day is once again rapidly approaching, and as I am Conservation Minnesota’s go-to Max, they were hoping I could come back down for a couple of days to help out. Knowing the good work Conservation Minnesota does protecting the lakes and woods I call home, I knew I had to drop everything and get down there. Give to the Max day is tomorrow, Thursday, November 12th. But you don’t have to wait – donations can be scheduled in advance of the big day.

My journey to the big city was quite an adventure! I was surprised by how many people were wearing blaze orange and roaming through the woods. Every now and then they made a loud scary noise, and some of my deer friends told me to run!Max's travels

Running for that long got a little tiring. Luckily, I found a stand up paddle board like the one all the kids are using these days, and decided to try it out. I was a little tippy at first, but I got the hang of it. A little later, I ran into a couple of young boys who were out on a canoe adventure with their dog, and they let me join for a while. Good thing I was there to help them get through the cattails! Once I got close to the office, my co-worker from Conservation Minnesota met me with her tandem bike and brought me the rest of the way. I couldn’t believe how many great biking trails there are in the city!

Conservation Minnesota is a great organization, and while the building manager said he hoped to never see me again after I broke several chairs and the elevator in my previous visit, I am excited to get back to work this week talking to people about the organization and how to help support the important work we do.

About Max A. Moose

Max A. Moose

Hailing from a small patch of forest near the Laurentian Divide outside of Isabella, Minnesota, Max brings an interesting skill set to his role with Conservation Minnesota. Raised quite literally by wolves, Max earned a Bachelor of Science degree in winter survival with a minor in arboreal herbaceous foraging from Superior National Forest University. Max serves as Conservation Minnesota’s Wildlife Coordinator. In this role he is responsible for making the voices of Minnesota’s wildlife species heard.

A perfect day in Max’s world is a short hike down to Lake Gegoka with a picnic of aquatic plants and a few pinecones thrown in for good measure. While he tends to spend as much time as he can in the woods, Max does like to sneak into the outskirts of town every now and again for an occasional round of people watching.

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