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Friday, May 31, 2019
7:00 pm Eagle Center Presentation
University of Wisconsin Stout – Memorial Student Center
A naturalist educator from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha will introduce us to the Eagle Center’s resident ambassadors and have all your questions answered.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

9:00 am – Bluebird House Workshop

building a bat house

University of WI – Stout – Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A
Learn about the world of Bluebirds and make your own Bluebird house for your backyard.

10:00 pm Whooping Cranes Presentation

Wakanda WhooperUniversity of WI – Stout, Memorial Student Center, Ballroom B
Chippewa Valley author Sandia Kosmo offers insights into the whooping crane, it’s sad history of near extinction, and where we are now in their North American revival. Her children’s book, Wakanda Whooper: The Curious Cinnamon Crane is set in Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin. Through this colt’s questioning her parents, the bird family
reveals the whole history of what happened to these cranes to reduce them to one flyway. They went from hundreds to only 15 birds in 1941. This sad bird’s saga ends as one of America’s conservation success stories about the tallest bird in North America, the Whooping Crane. Kosmo will explain how adults and children can benefit from the book and how it can be used as a whole unit on endangered species for teachers/parents. She will also offer updates on worldwide extinctions and a review of the most recent crane counts in Wisconsin’s flyway and the Wood Buffalo-Aransas flyway.

11:00 am Trail Days Red Cedar State Trail Visitor Center in Riverside Park, Menomonie
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12:00 pm Discover the Red Cedar Trail Field Trip – Hike for Kids and Families
Red Cedar State Trail Visitor Center in Riverside Park, Menomonie What do deer hear? Where do hummingbirds hide? Take a hike along the Red Cedar River and learn about some of the cool creatures that share your backyard! On this short children’s walk, we’ll look for common Wisconsin wildlife, as well as the tracks and signs they leave behind. And we’ll find out what we can learn by being careful observers of nature. Meet at the Parking Lot for the Red Cedar Trail in Irvington (5 miles south of Menomonie). Leaders: Julie and Adam Beston.
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3:00 pm Crystal Cave and Bat Presentation
Crystal Cave in Spring Valley Wisconsin, W965 State Rd 29
Discover the wonders of Crystal Cave during this two-hour special event. We will explore the passages more than 70 feet below ground and learn about the history, geology, and bats of Wisconsin’s longest cave! First, we will kick-off the event with a bat program put on by the naturalists of Crystal Cave. The program will include information about the 4 species of bat that hibernate in the cave, there will be time for questions at the end. Afterwards, we will embark on our cave adventure. For the one-hour guided tour underground, we recommend you wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a sweater or light jacket in the cave. It is 50 ° F in the cave, so plan accordingly. Leaders: Eric McMaster and Hannah Lieffring
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Sunday, June 2, 1019

7:00 – 11:00 am Tiffany Bottoms Bird and Plant Tour by Rail

Train Ride
The Tiffany Bottoms — just 25 minutes south of Menomonie — is a forested and wild place. There are three ways to get to know it intimately: by foot, by boat, or via the Chippewa Valley Motor Car Association. We are offering “first class” seating as we explore the Lower Chippewa Important Bird Area by rail. Guided by wildlife biologist Dave Linderud and ornithologist (AKA bird expert) Steve Betchkal, the trip will explore the natural habitat of the Bald Eagle, Blandings Turtle, Massassaga Rattlesnake, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Prothonotary Warbler. There may also be spring wildflowers! This exciting tour is on an open-air train. You can get on and off along the way, walk among the flowers in the prairie, learn about the bird-life and even talk with the conductor. The Tiffany Wildlife Area is a must see enjoying the wilderness of Western Wisconsin in all its spring splendor. Remember to bring along water, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, binocular, and field guides — and wear appropriate footwear and field clothing.

Leaders: Dave Linderud, Steve Betchkal, and Kathy Ruggles.

Directions: The parking area is on State Hwy. 25 about 4 miles south of Durand. Parking will
be on the right (west side) across from Thibodeau Road. There will be yellow signs about 200
yards from the parking area along the right of way stating “CAUTION AHEAD – CARS
TURNING”. Crossing guards on the shoulder of the road will help guide cars into the parking lot.
Drive into the lot, go down a small hill and turn right. Some cars will park in the lot and others
may have to go through the gate and up the road into the field. Park on the left side of the road
in the mowed area of the field. Day of the trip ONLY – if you are lost, the trip leader can be
reached at: 715-495-1104

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