Creatures that go on two feet, four feet and wings are all enjoying the overdue arrival of spring. Here are a handful of Mankato area wildlife photos to encourage you to get out and explore!

Canadian Goose, Eagle Lake, MN
Photo by Rick Pepper – A Canadian goose flies overhead on the Sakatah trail as it crosses the south end of Eagle Lake.
Chipmunk - Eagle Lake, MN
Photo by Rick Pepper – A chipmunk contemplates its’ escape on the Sakatah trail near Eagle Lake.
Whitetail Deer - Mankato, MN
Photo by Rick Pepper – Whitetail dear bask in a sunset just north of Madison East Center.
Turkey Vulture - Mankato, MN
Photo by Rick Pepper – A turkey vulture flies above the Blue Earth River near Sibley park.














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  • A life-long Mankato native Rick's current distraction of choice is photography. He especially enjoys event photography - capturing life's moments - and gets plenty of practice at his children's sporting events. He enjoys other media including live sound production and recording. He serves as a sound tech at his church.