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Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

2020 Field Trip G U I D E B O O K

Join US to EXPLORE Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife

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Amazing Adventures


FOUNDATION of Wisconsin

These incredible Field Trips are offered by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin! We are a non-profit dedicated to conserving Wisconsin’s most cherished lands, waters, and wildlife. We also connect generations to Wisconsin’s natural wonders through our Field Trip program. Our trips are for all ages and abilities, so bring a friend, child, or grandchild and join us in the field with expert leaders to explore the best of Wisconsin’s natural treasures.

Important registration details on pages 2-3 Join us on a Field Trip, but before you get started . . . Review the Field Trip Program basics: • Trips are non-refundable if you cancel your reservation. • Trips run rain or shine. • You can register for up to 4 trips per person. After April 15 you may add more trips. • You cannot register by phone or email. • Please only register for 1 canoe/kayak trip per person due to high demand. • No dogs are allowed on trips.


Register Online: WisConservation.org

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Program Basics, Map & Color Code Legend

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11, 15, 16, 35, 52, 58, 65, 82 88, 98, 108, 112, 114, 119, 146 157, 161, 166, 182, 186, 208, 209 210, 223, 230, 231, 232, 239, 241

The color of the trip title indicates its physical demand: 1 2 3 4 5

Accessible to people with walking disabilities Easy, short hike on level terrain Average hike with some hills Challenging steeper terrain, long hike or a canoe trip with rapids Extreme conditions, off-trail or very steep or long hike

Questions? Call (608) 409-3122; or email: FieldTrips@WisConservation.org

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Tips for using our online registration system Cart-like experience

Easily find a Field Trip using the calendar view. Trips are secured as yours when you add them to your cart.

Birthdays required

You will be asked for your (and guests’) birthday during registration. If you don’t know an adult guest’s birthday, just enter 01/01/2000. Children should enter their real birthday (or something close to it).

Credit card on file

Please consider opting to keep your credit card number on file. This enables us to easily add you from a waiting list or make your requested trip changes.

You’ll need an account with Active.com

Lost your Active.com password?

You have two options: •Before Field Trip registration: Go to Active.com and click on “sign in” in the upper right corner. Enter your email, click on “Forgot password,” and New? Active.com will send you an email to If you are NEW to our Field Trips, you reset your password to use during your don’t need to make an account prior to 2020 Field Trip registration. registration. Easily create an account • During Field Trip registration: during your Field Trip registration. When checking-out with your 2020 Registered previously? Field Trips, click “Forgot password.” An If you registered for our Field Trips in 2018 email will be sent to you to reset your or 2019, then you will need to remember password before you can finish your the Active.com password you made during Field Trip registration. your previous registration. Our online registration provider Active. com requires that you have or create an account with them.

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How to register Registration Information

1 You must be a member of the Foundation to register for field trips. 2 Not a current member? Go to WisConservation.org and click on

“Become a Member” to join the Foundation with a donation of $25 or greater.

3 Find your member code.

• Existing  members will find their member code on the back cover of this booklet. Note: if there is not a member code on the back of this booklet you will need to renew or become a member before registration. • New and renewing members will receive a member code in their membership payment confirmation email.

4  Have the names, contact information, and birthdays of all members in your party handy for when you register.

5 Register online at: WisConservation.org BEGINNING APRIL 1 AT NOON. No phone or email registrations accepted.

Registration facts • All fees are non-refundable if you cancel your registration. • No phone or email registrations accepted. • Y ou may register for up to four trips per person. After April 15, you may add additional trips to your registration. • Some trips are popular and fill VERY quickly (some within minutes), so have several back-up choices in mind. • If a trip is full, consider the waiting list (an option during online registration). We will contact you if a space becomes available. • Online registration is the best way to register for trips, though you may print a mail-in form from our website: WisConservation.org/FieldTrips/MailForm. There is a $10 processing fee for mail-in registrations.

For FAQs, registration tips & video tutorials:

WisConservation.org/FieldTrips Questions? Call (608) 409-3122 or email FieldTrips@WisConservation.org 3


Field Trip Fundraisers

Did you know some of our Field Trips are fundraisers for special conservation projects?

Bird Protection Fund Provides over $80,000 annually to support the highest priority conservation needs for Wisconsin’s birds throughout their lifecycles.

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Wi Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Fund Supports the conservation, education, research, and monitoring of Wisconsin’s native amphibians and reptiles.

Place-based funds Some of our trips support special places in Wisconsin, like the Lower Chippewa River, Cherokee Marsh or Lower Wisconsin Riverway.


Index of Field Trip topics Topics

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Amphibians & Reptiles

12, 20, 21, 85, 92, 107, 126

Butterflies & Pollinators

41, 87, 119, 123, 125, 132, 159, 168, 187, 207

Archaeology

3, 6, 38, 82, 121, 136, 181, 189, 206

Fish

44, 67, 78, 127, 137, 195

Mussels

131, 149, 152, 170, 184

Art & Photography

4, 142, 153, 160, 185

Geology

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Climate Resiliency

60, 76, 86, 94, 109, 122, 127, 133, 151, 175, 197, 209 218, 220, 242

Citizen Science

12, 21, 27, 51, 92, 94, 98, 100, 125, 126, 131, 132, 169, 170, 173, 175, 180, 184, 187, 196, 204, 207, 212, 219, 242

Boat Ride

44, 64, 71, 91, 128, 134, 147, 158, 164, 169, 175, 190

Biking

48, 59, 106

Bird Banding

8, 10, 11, 62, 91, 102, 110, 111, 113, 173, 192, 222, 227 236, 237

Paddle Trips (please register for only one paddle trip per person) Canoes Provided

5, 8, 33, 69, 75, 131, 175, 184

Kayaks Provided

65, 68, 88, 99, 117, 141

Bring your own canoe/kayak 20, 35, 63, 74, 84, 85, 90, 124, 127, 129, 140, 148, 166 177, 188, 205, 215, 224

Symbol legend Family Friendly

Young naturalists welcome! All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Family Friendly trips have recommended age and children’s fees listed. Note: children are welcome on all trips for $10 less than the adult fees. SNAs

Experience Wisconsin’s precious wilderness gems, our State Natural Areas (SNAs), guided by the conservationists who help protect them. Birds

Get out and birdwatch with some experts and learn about bird conservation and research.

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Threatened or Endangered Species

Encounter and learn about a threatened or endangered species from an expert or scientist.

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April 15-June 15 Join us for our biggest birding fundraiser of the year! Getting involved is easy (and fun!). Pick a day this spring to count as many birds as you can, then collect pledges and donations from friends and family. Your efforts support Wisconsin’s birds that need your help, including Kirtland’s warblers, piping plovers, whooping cranes, and more. Our Birdathon is for anyone, from beginners, to birding experts, to classrooms or organizations. Learn more, register your team or donate directly at:

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Ryan Brady

2020 Great Wisconsin Birdathon


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1. Quackers on Quincy: Exploring Wetlands & Returning Birdlife

Explore the vast network of sedge meadows and waterways of Quincy Bluff SNA in search of returning spring birdlife. Learn about recent wetland restorations as we glimpse birds starting to nest, birds passing through, and some of the furbearers that call this area home. No bathrooms. Saturday, April 25, 8-11AM Adams, Adams Co. Leaders: Jon Robaidek, Josh Karow & Erin Grossman Limit: 16 Cost: $20 per person

4. Writing Place and Nature

Use the tool of writing to explore your relationship with nature on this trip for writers of all stages. Enjoy a group walk on paved trails along the beautiful Kinnickinnic River in the town of River Falls, then convene at the library and put pens to paper with guided writing prompts. Conjure ideas for cultivating your writing process into the future. Saturday, April 25, 12-4PM River Falls, St. Croix Co. Leader: Lauren Koshere Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

2. Terrell’s Island: Migration Magnificence & Spring Nesters

Behold spectacular views of migrating and spring nesting birds and learn about wetland ecology as we venture on a 4-mile hike around the breakwall of Terrell’s Island on the southern shore of Lake Butte des Morts. Spy terns, egrets, herons, waterfowl, cormorants, pelicans, and wildlife. Saturday, April 25, 8-11AM Omro, Winnebago Co. Leaders: Shannon Davis-Foust & Anita Carpenter Limit: 30 Cost: $15 per person

5. Paddle & Bird Cedarburg Bog’s Mud Lake

Enjoy a true wilderness experience in the Cedarburg Bog complex! With 245+ acres of marsh and open water, Mud Lake is the largest, most inaccessible, and least developed inland lake in Ozaukee County. Paddle canoes for up-close views of migrating spring waterfowl and the return of bitterns, rails, and raptors in this Important Bird Area. Note: includes 1/4 mile walk in wet terrain. Canoes provided. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Sunday, April 26, 6:30-9:30AM Saukville, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: John O’Donnell & Jeff Baughman Limit: 12 Cost: $45 per person

3. Effigy Mounds at Nitschke Mounds Park

See one of the best surviving examples of the Mound Builders culture that once occupied Wisconsin. Just west of the Horicon Marsh, Nitschke Mounds Park contains 39 preserved animal effigy, conical, and linear mounds believed to have been constructed around 800-1100 AD. Fundraiser for Dodge County Parks Fund. Title colors indicate physical demand: 1

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K. Redmond

M. Thompson

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6. Archaeology at Silver Mound

biologists band eaglets and learn about the eagle monitoring program. Discover the river’s colorful history, ecology, and efforts to keep it wild and scenic. Note, we make every effort to use the canoes, but if the river or weather are unsafe, we will instead visit nests accessible by vehicle and short walks. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for eagle monitoring and habitat restoration in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. Choose one session to attend: 8-A. Friday, May 1, 9AM-5PM 8-B. Saturday, May 2, 9AM-5PM Muscoda, Grant Co. Leaders: Dan Goltz & Mark Cupp Limit: 15 Cost: $100 per person*

7. Spruce Grouse in the Boreal Forest

9. Horicon Marsh Birding Blitz

Note: Off-trail hike on uneven terrain. A distinctive flint stone was mined at Silver Mound by Native Americans for at least 13,000 years and chipped into spear tips, knives, and tools. Hidden in the modern forest are hundreds of ancient quarry pits and shelters, some with rock carvings and paintings. Visit these relics of the past and learn the craft of flintknapping. Choose one session to attend: 6-A. Sunday, April 26, 11AM-2PM 6-B. Saturday, October 24, 11AM-2PM Hixton, Jackson Co. Leaders: Ernie Boszhardt & Danielle Benden Limit: 25 Cost: $35 per person

Spruce grouse and boreal forests are rarities in Wisconsin, and this trip has both! Hike T off-trail through balsam firs in a mossy boreal forest for intimate views of spruce grouse in resplendent courtship display. Enjoy this exclusive chance to see one of the state’s most unique, secretive, and threatened birds. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Friday, May 1, 6-10:30AM Clam Lake, Ashland Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 20 Cost: $75 per person*

8. Eagle Banding & Voyager Canoe on the Lower Wisconsin River

Enjoy a 7-mile paddle down the scenic Lower Wisconsin River in a replica 9-person Voyager canoe with a stop at an eagle’s nest. Help DNR

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Venture through forests, wetlands, and grasslands of Horicon Marsh to spy marsh waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and more. There are species to delight every birder in this nationally recognized birding paradise where 300+ species have been sighted. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, May 2, 6AM-2PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Elizabeth Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 15 Cost: $75 per person*

10. Catching the Peak: Migratory Bird Banding The annual Neotropical migration of millions of birds is one of the world’s most aweinspiring phenomenon. Marvel at birds up close as we assist the capture and banding of many passerines that pass through 2

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10 & 11 the savannas, woodlands, and prairies at the Waupaca Biological Field Station and Emmons Creek Barrens SNA. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Ages 8+ Choose one session to attend: 10-A. Saturday, May 2, 6:30AM-3:30PM 10-B. Saturday, May 9, 6:30AM-3:30PM 10-C. Saturday, May 16, 6:30AM-3:30PM 10-D. Saturday, May 23, 6:30AM-3:30PM Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leader: Robert Welch Limit: 25 Cost: $45 adult, $35 child, per person

11. Bird Banding at Biocore Prairie

See birds up close as scientists mist-net and band passerine songbirds near UWMadison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Learn about current bird research, and see how banders determine age and sex of birds, take measurements, and attach leg bands. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, May 2, 7-10AM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Jackie Sandberg & Mark Berres Limit: 15 Cost: $40 per person

12. Amphibians & Reptiles of North Kettle Moraine

Get hands-on to explore the Kellings Lakes as we wade in shallow water and hike prairies T in search of rare snakes, salamanders, and frogs. See how biologists capture, ID, and monitor various amphibians and reptiles and learn about their ecology and habitats. Family-friendly fun! No bathrooms. Fundraiser for WI Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Fund. Ages 8+ *A majority of the cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

M. Milford

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Saturday, May 2, 11AM-2PM Dundee, Fond du Lac Co. Leaders: Richard Staffen, Jeff Lorch & Rori Paloski Limit: 20 Cost: $40 adult, $30 child, per person

13. Peenting Timberdoodles: American Woodcock

Perhaps no other Wisconsin bird is as bizarre as the woodcock! Start indoors at Kemp Station to learn about the woodcock’s habitat and unique biology. Then head out to the field at sunset to experience their charming courtship display. Saturday, May 2, 7-9:30PM Lake Tomahawk, Oneida Co. Leader: Randee Smith Limit: 20 Cost: $17 per person

14. Ice Age Trail May Flower Hike Along the Chippewa River

Venture along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail as it follows the ridges and ravines of the Chippewa River, then explore the scenic hills and backwaters in the Krank Nature Preserve and Brunet Island State Park. Enjoy an impressive display of native wildflowers on this 4-mile hike. No bathrooms. Wednesday, May 6, 12:30-3:30PM Cornell, Chippewa Co. Leaders: Richard Smith, Vicki Christianson & JoAnn Parks Limit: 15 Cost: $20 per person

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19 15. Mazomanie Prairies, Barrens & Marsh

Hike through majestic oak barrens, resplendant prairies, and scenic wetland communities at the Mazomanie Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. Learn about habitat management strategies and see numerous wildlife species, including Henslow’s sparrows, Bell’s vireos, and migrating warblers. Thursday, May 7, 7-10AM Mazomanie, Dane Co. Leaders: Travis Anderson, Meghan Ziegler & Mike Mossman Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

16. Sunset Sights & Sounds at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Hike to the top of Frederick’s Hill for a commanding sunset view of the prairie, marsh, and watershed below. Watch birds and wildlife circling freshwater springs and blooming grasslands and listen to the serenade of snipes and woodcocks in the dusky twilight. Learn history, restoration, and management of this beloved urban oasis. No bathrooms. Ages 8+ Thursday, May 7, 6-8:30PM Middleton, Dane Co. Leaders: Tom Bernthal & Patricia Trochlell Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

17. Gems of Green County

 Note: Steep hike. Experience the majestic old-growth forest of Abraham’s Woods SNA, known for its sugar maples and spectacular display of spring wildflowers. Then savor the

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20 sweeping vista of Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA to enjoy springtime plants and songbirds. Blooming pasque flowers and shooting stars await! No bathrooms. Friday, May 8, 9AM-12PM Albany, Green Co. Leaders: Dawn Hinebaugh & Ryan O’Connor Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

18. L ittle Bear Hemlocks SNA: Spring Ephemerals

Note: off-trail and some wet areas. Little Bear Hemlocks SNA is a remnant of the once vast forest that historically occupied the northern landscape. Hike under a canopy of towering hemlocks, sugar maples, and white pine to marvel at a carpet of ferns and spring ephemerals blooming in the understory. No bathrooms. Friday, May 8, 9-11AM Juction City, Portage Co. Leaders: Jon Robaidek & George Jensen Limit: 16 Cost: $15 per person

19. Power Trek to the Devil’s Nose

Note: off-trail, uneven footing on steep terrain. Explore the rarely-visited wild side of Devil’s Lake State Park on this challenging, high-energy trek through the South Bluff/ Devil’s Nose SNA in the Baraboo Range. Hike four miles off-trail through deep maple forests to the summit of the south flank, enjoy spectacular vistas of Devil’s Lake from rocky talus fields, then drop into a deep bedrock crevasse before exiting at the Devil’s Nose. No Bathrooms.

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21 & 92 Friday, May 8, 9AM-2:30PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 20 Cost: $35 per person

20. Wisconsin River Wood Turtle Paddle

T Paddle the picturesque Upper Wisconsin River  in search of the state threatened wood turtle. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to see wood turtles up close! Learn from experts about turtle ecology and efforts to improve their numbers in Wisconsin. Also spy birds and wildlife on this 4-mile scenic paddle. Paddling experience required. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Friday, May 8, 9AM-12PM Lake Tomahawk, Oneida Co. Leaders: Alyssa Hoekstra & Laura Jaskiewicz Limit: 12 Cost: $25 per person 21. Spring Frog Chorus at The Ridges Sanctuary Twilight inspires a frog chorus at The Ridges Sanctuary! Enjoy a short indoor program to learn about Door County frogs, their life cycles, adaptations, and then hike into the field to listen for, and ID frogs. Ages 6+ Friday, May 8, 7-9PM Baileys Harbor, Door Co. Leaders: Jane Whitney, Julie Knox & Katie Krouse Limit: 25 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

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22 & 214 22. Train Ride & Birds: Tiffany Wildlife Area & Lower Chippewa River

All aboard! Ride on an antique open-air train into the most remote areas of the Tiffany Wildlife Area. Enjoy stops with short hikes into floodplain forests, wetlands, savannas, and prairies. We may see up to 75 bird species during peak migration. Fundraiser for conservation efforts along the Lower Chippewa River. Saturday, May 9, 7AM-12PM Monday, January 13 Durand, Buffalo Co. Leaders: Dave Linderud, Steve Betchkal & Anne Geraghty Limit: 64 Cost: $40 per person

23. Birding the Hot Spots of the Northern Kettle Moraine

Search for late spring migrants at several birding hot spots of various habitats: Mauthe Lake (forest edge/riparian habitat) to the Jersey Flats (open grasslands) and then to the Parnell Tower Trail (interior woods). More than 230 bird species have been identified in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit. Saturday, May 9, 8-11:30AM Campbellsport, Fond du Lac Co. Leader: Jackie Scharfenberg Limit: 30 Cost: $15 per person

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24 24. Prairie Promenading: Blackbirds & Bobolinks Along the Bark River

See yellow-headed blackbirds, various species, and more at this eBird T waterfowl hot-spot situated on 331 acres along the Bark River. Discover prairie restoration efforts as well as partnerships with universities in small mammal research, drone-based mapping, and fen restoration on this 2.5 mile hike through wet habitat (rubber boots required). No bathrooms. Saturday, May 9, 9AM-12PM Cold Spring, Jefferson Co. Leaders: David Adam & Michael Adam Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

25. Open Door Bird Sanctuary: Behind the Scenes

Raptor geeks wanted! Go behind the scenes to meet resident raptors up close and assist in food prep, feeding, and training of education ambassador birds. Enjoy a birding and nature hike on beautiful trails in the unique natural landscape of Door County. Choose one session to attend: 25-A. Saturday, May 9, 12:30-3:30PM 25-B. Saturday, May 16, 12:30-3:30PM Jacksonport, Door Co. Leaders: Rob & Amy Hults Limit: 10 Cost: $35 per person

26. Woodcock Watch at The Ridges Sanctuary

Experience first-hand what Aldo Leopold described as the “sky dance.” After a short indoor presentation to learn about woodcocks, head into the field to watch them engage in their remarkable courtship display. Ages 10+

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13 & 26 Saturday, May 9, 7-8:30PM Baileys Harbor, Door Co. Leaders: Katie Krouse, Jane Whitney & Julie Knox Limit: 14 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

27. Botanize Bass Hollow SNA

Note: very steep rugged terrain with stream crossings. Marvel at amazing spring flora T as we traverse hidden cliffs and canyons of Bass Hollow SNA in search of rare and invasive plants. Learn plant ID and how to use free mobile apps to make exploring unique habitats more enjoyable than ever. No bathrooms. Sunday, May 10, 9AM-12PM Mauston, Juneau Co. Leaders: Benjamin Bomkamp & Kerstyn Perrett Limit: 10 Cost: $15 per person

28. Birding Bonanza (Year 6): Central Wisconsin

New location this year! Enjoy peak week of spring migration on an expert-guided tour of the best birding haunts in Columbia, Sauk, and Dane Counties. Aim for a high bird tally as we search for birds at Goose Pond, Schoeneberg Marsh, the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baxter’s Hollow SNA, and Spring Green Desert SNA. A guaranteed fun and bird-filled day! Van transportation, breakfast, and lunch included. Key fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Monday, May 11, 5:30AM-8PM Arlington, Columbia Co. Leaders: Carl Schwartz & Karen Etter Hale Limit: 10 Cost: $250 per person* 2

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29. Migration Madness in Jefferson County

decades of restoration work with amazing results! No bathrooms. Friday, May 15, 9AM-12PM Ferryville, Crawford Co. Leaders: Armund Bartz & Justin Nooker Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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Explore the wetlands, grasslands, and forests of Prince’s Point Wildlife Area during peak songbird migration. Spy warblers, tanagers, thrushes, flycatchers, and other long distance migrants. Learn about the wetland management that benefits waterfowl and other bird species. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Thursday, May 14, 6:30-11AM Whitewater, Jefferson Co. Leaders: Andy Paulios, Sam Jonas & Kim Kreitinger Limit: 15 Cost: $45 per person

30. Dells Off-Trail Trek

Note: very challenging hike. Take a strenuous fast-paced power-hike through areas of the Dells of the Wisconsin River SNA not normally accessible to the public. Spectacular gorges, mossy glens, spring flowers, and scenic river views await as we traverse steep off-trail terrain. Pack a lunch to enjoy atop a sandstone bluff with amazing vistas. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for NRF. Friday, May 15, 9AM-1:30PM Wisconsin Dells, Adams Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 22 Cost: $40 per person

31. Rush Creek SNA: Blooms, Birds & Breathtaking Vistas Note: Very steep hike! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, a spectacular display of early spring wildflowers, and migrating warblers aplenty. Discover the oak woodlands and dry prairie ecology of this premiere SNA where NRF helped to fund

*A majority of the cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

B. Bartel

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32. Warblers & Wine along the Lower Wisconsin River

Warblers and wine? A winning combination! Spy a myriad of migrating warblers while hiking in beloved birding hot-spots: Spring Green Preserve and Ferry Bluff SNA. Then we’re off to Wollersheim Winery for wine tasting and scanning the vineyards for more feathered friends. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, May 16, 7-11:30AM Sauk City, Sauk Co. Leaders: Paul Senner & Cait Williamson Limit: 20 Cost: $40 per person

33. Paddle & Bird Gallagher Marsh

Within the Sandhill Wildlife Area is Gallagher Flowage, a large wetland complex composed of sedge meadow and restored peatland bogs. Paddle two miles to discover a variety of migratory and resident birds, such as American bittern, sora, green heron, blue-winged teal, and ring-necked duck. Frogs, turtles, and other wetland wildlife are bound to make an appearance too. Note: portaging over beaver dams may be necessary. Canoes provided. Saturday, May 16, 8AM-1PM Babcock, Wood Co. Leaders: Darren Ladwig & Carrie Milestone Limit: 12 Cost: $30 per person

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37 34. Lichens of the Northwoods

Explore the lilliputian world of lichens! Learn about lichen ecology and identification as we hike both shoreline and woods on the Trampers Trail through the majestic old-growth forests of Plum Lake Hemlocks SNA. Witness the dichotomy: the miniature world of lichens growing in the shadows of towering oldgrowth forests. No bathrooms. Saturday, May 16, 9AM-12PM Star Lake, Vilas Co. Leader: Mary Bartkowiak Limit: 12 Cost: $15 per person

35. Paddle & Hike Silverwood Park

Paddle your way through two connecting lakes to access the trails of Silverwood Park. Then hike the woods to learn how invasive species impact native environments, and methods used by volunteer crews to deal with invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle, and burning bush. *You must bring you own canoe/kayak. Ages 10+ Saturday, May 16, 9AM-12PM Edgerton, Dane Co. Leaders: Linda Lipinski & Rita Fox Limit: 15 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

36. Spring Mushroom Hike

Discover the world of mushroom identification and other edibles commonly found in springtime at the Waukau Nature Preserve. Learn about fungi species and their symbiotic relationship with trees and plants, as well as their capacity for restoring ecological balance. Note: some steep hills and muddy patches.

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Saturday, May 16, 9:30AM-12PM Waukau, Winnebago Co. Leader: Joel Nesbit Limit: 20 Cost: $30 per person

37. Tour Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center

Go behind the scenes at Hoo’s Woods! Tour the facility, learn about raptor rehabilitation, and meet educational birds, such as a golden eagle, snowy owl, peregrine falcon, and many other species of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. Weather permitting, witness a flight demonstration too! Ages 4+ Choose one session to attend: 37-A. Saturday, May 16, 10AM-12PM 37-B. Friday, June 12, 10AM-12PM Whitewater, Walworth Co. Leader: Dianne Moller Limit: 40 Cost: $25 adult, $13 child, per person

38. Ancient Archaeology at Trempealeau

Travel a thousand years back in time to learn how and why native peoples came to this beautiful bluff vista. Hike up Little Bluff and over a sacred causeway that leads to three temple mounds. View artifacts and discover the history of this mythical place where “the mountain is surrounded by water.” Choose one session to attend: 38-A. Saturday, May 16, 11AM-2PM 38-B. Saturday, July 18, 11AM-2PM Trempealeau, Trempealeau Co. Leaders: Danielle Benden & Ernie Boszhardt Limit: 25 Cost: $35 per person

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40 39. Frog Bay Tribal National Park: Old Growth & Birding

Hike the nation’s first Tribal National Park which protects nearly 90 acres of old-growth boreal forest and pristine Lake Superior shoreline. Spy boreal birds, including black-throated blue warblers, as we traverse majestic forests and onto an undeveloped sand beach and costal estuary with amazing vistas of the Apostle Islands. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund Saturday, May 16, 11:45AM-1:45PM Red Cliff, Bayfield Co. Leaders: Chad Abel, Gabrielle VanBergen & Jeremy St.Arnold Limit: 15 Cost: $35 per person

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41. From Bogeys to Birdies, Butterflies & Beyond

Enjoy peak spring migration with an expertguided tour of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory and the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, a unique bird stopover site created from a failing golf course on Lake Michigan’s shores. Also learn about monarch butterfly conservation and visit Waterbird Watch leader at Harrington Beach State Park. Breakfast included. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Monday, May 18, 7:00AM-12:30PM Port Washington, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Jennifer Phillips-Vanderberg, Shawn Graff & Chuck Hagner Limit: 16 Cost: $100 per person*

In 2001, whooping cranes were reintroduced to Wisconsin in effort to establish a migratory that breeds here and winters in Florida. T flock After 17 years, the flock has grown to 100 cranes! Join biologists to track and observe wild whooping cranes nesting at Necedah NWR. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Choose one session to attend: 40-A. Saturday, May 16, 8AM-12PM 40-B. Saturday, May 16, 1-5PM Necedah, Juneau Co. Leader: Hillary Thompson Limit: 12 Cost: $60 per person*

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42. Peak Bird Migration at Havenwoods

With a wide mix of grassland, forest, and wetlands, Havenwoods State Forest in northern Milwaukee is a great place to birdwatch, especially during peak migration! Hike through different habitats in search of birds. Ages 10+ Tuesday, May 19, 8:30-11:30AM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Dianne Robinson Limit: 30 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

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47 45. Life on the Ledge: Wonders of Oakfield Ledge SNA

Note: wet, uneven terrain. Nestled within the Baraboo Hills, Honey Creek SNA is a birder’s delight where more than 180 bird species have been recorded, including 31 species of warblers. See unusual nesting species such as Acadian flycatcher, Louisiana waterthrush, and cerulean warbler. Ferns, orchids, and many blooming spring ephemerals await us too! Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Wednesday, May 20, 7-10AM Leland, Sauk Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman & Levi Wood Limit: 12 Cost: $35 per person

Note: Steep, off-trail hike. Explore the Niagara Escarpment, one of Wisconsin’s unique and significant geologic landscapes. Hike past 40-foot dolomite cliffs through undisturbed forests full of spring migrating songbirds. Wildflowers such as Jacob’s ladder, yellow pimpernel, woodland phlox and shooting star dot the landscape with bursts of color. No bathrooms. Thursday, May 21, 9AM-12PM Oakfield, Fond du Lac Co. Leaders: Joe Henry & Jake Koebernik Limit: 15 Cost: $20 per person

44. Lake Sturgeon: Lifting Nets on Lake Superior

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Board boats in Lake Superior with DNR biologists to lift nets for lake sturgeon! Handle and hold these fish that can live 50+ years and grow to 9 feet long. This is a once-ina-life-time opportunity for a close encounter with this ancient species that swam while dinosaurs roamed the earth. Fundraiser for sturgeon conservation. Choose one session to attend: 44-A. Thursday, May 21, 8:30AM-12:30PM 44-B. Friday, May 22, 8:30AM-12:30PM Ashland, Ashland Co. Leaders: Jamie Dobosenski, Ross Lind, Randy Besonen, Scott Sapper & Chris Zunker Limit: 10 Cost: $50 per person*

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Where do your recyclables go and what do they become? Tour Wisconsin’s largest recycling processing plant to learn how Waste Management converts recyclables into feedstocks for manufacturers around the globe. An amazing transformation! Ages 12+ Thursday, May 21, 10AM-12PM Germantown, Washington Co. Leaders: Lynn Morgan & John Schultz Limit: 24 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

47. Kirtland’s Warblers Up Close

Note: off-trail hiking with difficult terrain. Chance to see one of Wisconsin’s rarest Explore the carefully protected pine T birds! barrens to learn about Kirtland’s Warbler life history and management initiatives. Look for barrens wildflowers, reptiles, and other birds such as clay-colored sparrow. With a bit of luck, see/hear the elusive and rare Kirtland’s 2

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48. Warblers & Wheelies: Biking the Great River Trail

Bicycle the Great River Trail from Perrot State Park to the spectacular Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, making frequent stops to enjoy the dazzling variety of migrating birds. We will travel 15 miles round-trip mostly on a flat, groomed bike trail. Conclude with optional lunch at the historic Trempealeau Hotel (cost not included) and make your way back to the start at your own pace. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Friday, May 22, 7:30AM-12:30PM Trempealeau, Trempealeau Co. Leader: Craig Thompson Limit: 12 Cost: $40 per person

49. Bobolink Hill Farm Saunter

Be serenaded by the bubbling song of dozens of bobolinks! Spy bluebirds, meadowlarks, many savanna birds, including red T and headed woodpeckers, as we saunter through a field of lupine and prairie wildflowers. Choose one session to attend: 49-A. Friday, May 22, 10AM-12:30PM 49-B. Saturday, May 23, 10AM-12:30PM Dodgeville, Iowa Co. Leaders: Mary & Justin Trewartha Limit: 14 Cost: $15 per person *A majority of the cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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Explore the Namekagon Barrens, known for the highest population of sharp-tailed grouse and the best spring dance viewing T opportunities in Wisconsin. Spy upland sandpipers, spring migrants, and both grassland and woodland species, as we learn about unique pine-oak barrens habitat, which formerly covered millions of acres in northwestern Wisconsin. Anything but barren, this landscape boasts a high diversity of native grasses, flowers, butterflies, and wildlife. Saturday, May 23, 8-11AM Minong, Burnett Co. Leaders: Jerome McAllister, Gary Dunsmoor & Coralee Bodeker Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

51. Wolf Ecology Digest: What Are They Eating?

Join researchers for a day of studying wolf packs in the Central Forest Region. Summer wolf diets are not well understood, but recent refinements in scat analysis are providing new insights. Start in the classroom to learn wolf ecology basics, predator-prey relationships, and current research. Then board a bus to tour four wolf pack territories, with stops to help scientists observe wolf signs and collect scat samples. Spy birds and other wildlife along route through Necedah, Meadow Valley, and Wood County Wildlife Areas. Saturday, May 23, 9AM-5PM Babcock, Wood Co. Leaders: Ray Leonard & Dick Thiel Limit: 25 Cost: $50 per person

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Museum collections are windows into the past, which document historical patterns of biological diversity. Enjoy this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the UW-Madison Zoological Museum to viewing the collection of skeletons, skins, and fluid-preserved specimens. See the prep room and Dermestarium where beetles clean bones for the collection. Ages 8+ Choose one session to attend: 52-A. Saturday, May 23, 10AM-12PM 52-B. Saturday, May 23, 1-3PM Madison, Dane Co. Leader: Jacquelyn Whisenant Limit: 16 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

53. Restoring Eagle Rock

Note: off-trail on steep terrain. Witness the early recovery efforts of remnant prairie and oak savanna around a spectacular rock formation overlooking the Kickapoo Valley. Discover species and habitats that make the driftless area unique. See how actions by private landowners will be critical to protecting some of Wisconsin’s most fragile resources and awe-inspiring natural landscapes. No bathrooms. Choose one session to attend: 53-A. Sunday, May 24, 8-11AM 53-B. Sunday, August 23, 8-11AM 53-C. Sunday, October 4, 8-11AM Readstown, Vernon Co. Leaders: Benjamin Bomkamp & Kerstyn Perrett Limit: 10 Cost: $15 per person

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60 54 54. Prairies & Pie at Shea Prairie Preserve

 Note: off-trail, rugged terrain. Venture off-trail on a hike to explore restored coldwater stream and wetlands, and remnant hillside prairies with a diversity of blooming wildflowers. Spy rare grassland birds and butterflies while learning about this gem in the Military Ridge Prairie Complex. End with homemade pie at the Shea Family farm. Choose one session to attend: 54-A. Monday, May 25, 1-4PM 54-B. Wednesday, July 29, 1-4PM Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leaders: Richard Henderson, John & Diane Shea Limit: 18 Cost: $25 per person

55. Birding Powell Marsh

Bird diversity abounds! Hike 4 miles on a network of dikes and trails through a unique Northwoods setting of open wetland, bog, and alder thicket to spy migrating waterfowl and shorebirds as well as nesting warblers, sparrows, and raptors. Learn history and management of this interesting landscape as we enjoy a birding hotspot. No bathrooms. Tuesday, May 26, 8-11AM Manitowish Waters, Vilas Co. Leader: Annie McDonnell Limit: 10 Cost: $20 per person

56. Vernon Wildlife Area Habitat Excursion

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57. Red Banks Alvar SNA: Sparse, Special & Snails

Note: Very steep hike! One of the rarest T ecosystems of Wisconsin, alvars occur on limestone plains, have very little soil and boast a unique geological history in the Niagara Escarpment. Hike newly acquired acreage to discover uncommon plants, natural wonders, and one the most diverse land snail communities known in the Midwest. No bathrooms. Thursday, May 28, 9AM-1PM Dyckesville, Brown Co. Leaders: Joe Henry, Jake Koebernik & Julie Hawkins-Tyriver Limit: 12 Cost: $20 per person

58. Birding without Binoculars

Leave your binoculars at home! Take your birding to the next level and learn how to identify birds through their songs and behavior on this exclusive field trip. We will hike Cherokee Marsh to listen and learn from the local breeding birds. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund.

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59. Biking for Birds in White River Wildlife Area

Like biking and birding? Combine the two for double the fun! Pedal 13 miles through the White River Marsh on a Rustic Road that crosses lowland forest, shrub-carr, sedge meadow, and cattail marsh. Enjoy many stops to spy bitterns, rails, cuckoos, flycatchers, wrens, and sandhill and whooping cranes. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, May 30, 5AM-12PM Berlin, Green Lake Co. Leaders: Thomas & Wendy Schultz Limit: 12 Cost: $40 per person

60. Birds & Botany in the Penokees

Northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range is a prominent landform nestled in otherwise flat terrain. Its unique geologic features create prime habitat for a number of woodland warblers and botanical gems. Hike three miles on the North Country Trail identifying birds, plants, and other ecological treasures along the way. Enjoy a picinic lunch (provided). Saturday, May 30, 9AM-12PM Upson, Iron Co. Leaders: Colleen Matula & Delite Morden Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

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Tread among blooming shooting stars as you explore the richest prairie in Wisconsin, with 400+ native plant species identified! Learn about prairie ecology, property history, and restoration at this premier site recently declared a Wetland of International Importance. Saturday, May 30, 9-11:30AM Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha Co. Leaders: Trent Leaf, Kay McClelland & Pam Holy Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

62. Banding Red-shouldered Hawks

Venture into lush river bottom forests to help researchers study the red-shouldered hawk. Get up close as we capture, band, and measure red-shouldered hawk nestlings. T Learn fascinating new facts about this iconic bird which a century ago was one of Wisconsin’s most common hawks, and now is state-threatened. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Ages 12+ Saturday, May 30, 10AM-2PM Stevens Point, Portage Co. Leaders: Gene Jacobs & Matt Hanneman Limit: 16 Cost: $100 adult, $90 child, per person*

63. Waterloo Wildlife Area: Kayak to the Quartzite

Kayak the meanders of the Maunesha River while enjoying some of Waterloo Wildlife Area’s 4,000 acres. Come face-to-face with a variety of wetland plant and animal species: ducks, cranes, whitetail deer, Blanding’s turtles, and frogs. Paddle past a large rock

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64. Horicon: Pontoon & Hike

Birds and wildlife abound on this enjoyable naturalist-guided pontoon tour of the famed Horicon Marsh, home to more than 300 bird species! Venture on a boardwalk hike to enjoy more birding and a different perspective of the marsh. Ages 10+ Two groups on the same day & time frame: Saturday, May 30, 7:30AM-12PM 64-A. Pontoon then Hike 64-B. Hike then Pontoon Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Elizabeth Herzmann, Jeff Bahls, Marc & Gayl Zuelsdorf Limit: 40 Cost: $45 adult, $35 child, per person

65. Kayaking Cherokee Marsh

Kayak through Cherokee Marsh, the largest wetland in Dane County. Paddle toward Token Creek to discover a variety of wetland habitats that support many rare plants and animals. Some paddling experience necessary. Kayak and gear included. For ages 16+ only. Fundraiser for the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund.

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Wednesday, June 3, 9AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Amelia Goetz & Jan Axelson Limit: 12 Cost: $55 per person

66. Birds & Blooms of York Prairie SNA

York Prairie SNA is a rare gem! With remnant native prairie, it is rife with rare grassland birds, such as upland sandpipers, dickcissels, bobolinks, and Henslow’s and grasshopper sparrows. It harbors many resplendent rare plants, including cream gentian, wild quinine, and marbleseed. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Friday, June 5, 8-11AM New Glarus, Green Co. Leader: David Sample Limit: 12 Cost: $40 per person

67. Fish Passage Along the Milwaukee River

Years of hard work have reconnected more than 130 miles of rivers and streams in the Milwaukee River Watershed, allowing native fish access to high-quality spawning habitat. Discover this important project on a historic river as we visit dam removals, habitat restoration projects, and a fish passage with an underwater camera. Ages 10+ Friday, June 5, 9AM-3PM Thiensville, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Matt Aho & Andrew Struck Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

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Explore the heart of Milwaukee by kayak! The Kinnickinnic River Watershed is the most densely populated and urbanized watershed in the entire state—but paddling in a kayak, you’d never know it! Learn about river history, restoration, and green infrastructure. Spot herons, turtles and other urban wildlife. For experienced paddlers; Inner Harbor can have waves and wind. Kayak and gear included. Friday, June 5, 1-4PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Kelly Moore Brands Limit: 10 Cost: $50 per person

69. The Dells: an Upham Woods Perspective on Place & Legacy

Paddle alongside Blackhawk Island in the Upper Dells and gaze up from your canoe at the towering sandstone cliffs above. Climb onto the island’s sandy shores to hike the island’s highlights and explore cultural history, geology, and ecology. Canoes and gear provided. Ages 10+ Choose one session to attend: 69-A. Friday, June 5, 1-5PM 69-B. Friday, September 11, 1-5PM Wisconsin Dells, Juneau Co. Leaders: John Celley, Caroline Zimmerman & Justin Hougham Limit: 20 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

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Enjoy a birding tour of the Door shore! Spy migrating woodland warblers and songbirds with stops in a variety of habitats and picturesque locations from the bay of Green Bay to Lake Michigan. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, June 6, 6:30-11AM Fish Creek, Door Co. Leader: Paul Regnier Limit: 12 Cost: $75 per person*

71. Apostle Islands Adventure: Birding Stockton Island

Take a scenic cruise on Lake Superior to Stockton Island, the largest and most biologically diverse island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Once onshore, enjoy hiking and birding amid the forests, dunes, bogs, lagoons, and beaches along the Tombolo Trail, into the Apostle Islands Sandscapes SNA, and the “singing sands” of Julian Bay Beach. Expect to spy many warblers, late migrants, and shorebirds. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, June 6, 7AM-2PM Bayfield, Ashland Co. Leaders: Ryan Brady & Neil Howk Limit: 40 Cost: $75 per person

72. Grassland Birds of the Mounds View

Grassland birds are suffering the greatest T decline of all bird groups in North America. Join us to explore one of the best places in Wisconsin to encounter upland sandpiper, Henslow’s sparrow, Bell’s vireo, and other rare and declining grassland bird species. Also enjoy native prairie, savanna flowers, and pollinators. Saturday, June 6, 7-10AM Blue Mounds, Iowa Co. Leaders: Rich Henderson & Eric Preston Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

73. Golden-winged Warbler Conservation

Spy the elusive golden-winged warbler and other Northern mesic forest birds on this 3-mile hike. Learn about efforts to reestablish habitat in Northern Wisconsin that benefits the declining populations of golden-winged warblers and other young forest nesting species. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, June 6, 7:30-10:30AM Lake Tomahawk, Oneida Co. Leaders: Randee Smith & Callie Bertsch Limit: 30 Cost: $35 per person

74. Bibon Swamp SNA Paddling Adventure

Note: Long distance paddle in remote location. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore deep into one of the most diverse and intact large wetland systems in WI. Paddle 16 miles through swamps, alder thickets, shrub carr,

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Saturday, June 6, 9AM-12PM Palmyra, Walworth Co. Leaders: Cory Peters, Pete Duerkop & Kaleena Jones Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

75. Canoeing through Milwaukee’s Natural & Human History

Tour the Earthaven Museum to learn about rocks, minerals, elements, gemstones, fossils, and meteorites in their collection of more than ten thousand specimens. Then venture out to a quarry to collect your own geologic specimen and learn hands-on from a geologist. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 6, 10AM-2PM Gillett, Oconto Co. Leaders: Ruth & Michael Riesch Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

Note: Experienced paddlers only. Many of us have paddled under a canopy of trees, but here’s your chance to explore the urban “wilderness” and paddle under a canopy of skyscrapers and museums along the Milwaukee River. Explore how natural and human histories have shaped the river and learn about current efforts to restore the river’s ecological health. Canoes provided. Saturday, June 6, 9AM-2PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Timothy Vargo, Ethan Bott & Maggie Steinhauer Limit: 14 Cost: $50 per person

76. Remnant Prairie: Young Prairie SNA

Note: off-trail hike with uneven footing. Explore hidden prairie gems renowned as some of the best examples of unplowed remnants in the Southern Kettle Moraine. Identify many native and rare flora, birds and other species. Learn about prescribed fire management, geologic history, and the importance and uniqueness of these rare ecosystems. No bathrooms.

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78. Rushing Waters Trout Farm Tour & Taste

Go behind the scenes of the nation’s leading producer of all-natural, chemical-free rainbow trout. From hatch to harvest, see the process of raising a rainbow trout, learn how aquaculture helps feed the world, and then enjoy a smoked fish tasting. Choose one session to attend: 78-A. Saturday, June 6, 10-11:30AM 78-B. Saturday, October 10, 10-11:30AM Palmyra, Jefferson Co. Leaders: Peter Fritsch & Neil Flak Limit: 30 Cost: $30 per person

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79 79. Tree Climbing: A View from the Top

Discover an exciting new outdoor activity: recreational tree climbing. Move up and down a rope system to experience a squirrel’s eye view of the world. Explore the wonders of tree canopy habitats while finding peace, relaxation, and a new perspective. All your senses come alive! Must be in good physical condition. Safety gear provided. Ages 7+ Choose one session to attend: 79-A. Saturday, June 6, 1-3PM 79-B. Saturday, August 15, 1-3PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Steff Merten Limit: 18 Cost: $42 adult, $32 child, per person

80. Night Birds of the Barrens

Listen for night birds in the sandy pine barrens in northern Wisconsin, a habitat famous for high densities of eastern whip-poor-wills. Hear common nighthawks, American woodcock, and possibly owls including the northern saw-whet. Listen for other night critters, and learn how to effectively bird at night. Fundraiser for Bird Protectinon Fund. Saturday, June 6, 8:30-11PM Ino, Bayfield Co. Leader: Nicholas Anich Limit: 16 Cost: $35 per person

81. Moquah Barrens SNA

Deep in the heart of the ChequamegonNicolet National Forest lies the globally-unique Moquah Barrens SNA and the Valhalla Recreation Area. Hike to discover rare plants,

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80 local natural history, forest dynamics, pest threats, and the importance of sustainable forest management. Sunday, June 7, 10AM-3PM Washburn, Bayfield Co. Leaders: Paul Cigan & Kara Oikarinen Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

82. Effigy Mounds of Madison

A millennium ago, Native Americans constructed thousands of animal-shaped “effigy” mounds, creating a unique cultural landscape in southern Wisconsin. Only 20% of these sacred earth sculptures remain and some of the best are located within the city of Madison! Visit several mounds to learn their history and how they survived urban development. Sunday, June 7, 11AM-2:30PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Danielle Benden & Ernie Boszhardt Limit: 25 Cost: $35 per person

83. Ice Age Returns to the Northern Kettle Moraine

The glaciers have returned to Mauthe Lake! Discover how glaciers created kames, eskers, kettles, outwash plains, and moraines through fun hands-on activities with sand and water at the beach. Then venture on a hike up Dundee Mountain at the Long Lake Recreation Area to experience first hand a variety of glacial landforms. Ages 8+ Sunday, June 7, 12-2:30PM Campbellsport, Fond du Lac Co. Leader: Jackie Scharfenberg Limit: 25 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person 2

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84. W  ild Edibles Paddle on the Yellow River

Note: Experienced paddlers only. Originally called “River Jaune” by French explorers because of its yellow sands, the historic Yellow River is a wild and scenic secret paddle spot. Learn the basics of safe foraging for plants that grow along the river as we enjoy a paddling afternoon. No bathrooms. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Tuesday, June 9, 1-4:30PM Spooner, Washburn Co. Leader: Anna DeMers Limit: 10 Cost: $20 per person

85.  Black River Paddle: Frogs, Turtles & Snakes

Enjoy a 3-mile paddle down a quiet stretch of the Black River in search of amphibians and reptiles. See frogs, turtles and snakes up close and learn from expert biologists as we enjoy the scenic beauty of the Black River State Forest. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for WI Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Fund. *You must bring your own kayak/canoe. Thursday, June 11, 9AM-2PM Black River Falls, Jackson Co. Leaders: Andrew Badje & Ben Johnston Limit: 20 Cost: $40 per person

86. Exploring Badger Lands: the Former Badger Army Ammunition Plant

Hear the intriguing story of how a former military industrial complex transformed into an expansive green space. The 7,400-acre Badger Lands are now comprised of three different landowners with shared but slightly

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different land use goals. Enjoy a bus tour with short stops to learn about geology, natural history, and prairie ecology. Spy grassland birds and experience the terminal moraine left behind by the last glacier. Thursday, June 11, 9AM-12PM Sauk City, Sauk Co. Leader: Charlie Luthin Limit: 30 Cost: $35 per person

87.  Spring Prairie Flowers & Karner Blues

T Enjoy an exclusive tour of Prairie Nursery  to see native plant display gardens with prairie smoke, lupine, and shooting stars abloom. Then visit the Mecan Prairie, one of Wisconsin’s largest private restorations featuring 170+ acres of restored prairie and savanna. See acres of lupine likely aflutter with endangered Karner blue butterflies. Thursday, June 11, 10AM-3PM Westfield, Marquette Co. Leaders: Neil Diboll & John Shillinglaw Limit: 30 Cost: $25 per person 88. Explore & Paddle Lake Wingra

Explore Lake Wingra, a natural gem nestled within urban Madison. First hike the lakeshore to see UW Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna, private rain gardens, and natural springs. Then paddle the lake to explore watershed and stormwater runoff challenges and successes. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one on-site. Ages 8+ Thursday, June 11, 2-5PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Casey Hanson & Ben Yahr Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

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A mosaic of many natural communities, Spread Eagle Barrens is famed for its myriad of unique species. Caravan with stops to hike and explore barrens ecology, broad vistas, interesting plants, and rare barrens birds. Habitats of jack pine, scrub oak, and quaking aspen support mourning warbler, clay-colored sparrow, Brewer’s blackbird and many other species that require large, open landscapes. Friday, June 12, 7AM-12PM Florence, Florence Co. Leaders: Carly Lapin, Skyler Vold & Wendy Gehlhoff Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

90. Paddle & Birdwatch Mud Lake Wildlife Area

Birding while boating is fun! Paddle 4 miles on the Beaver Dam River as it flows through the scenic wilds of beloved Mud Lake Wildlife Area in Dodge County. Search for species such as bitterns, black tern, yellow-headed blackbird, common gallinule, and rails. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund.*You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Friday, June 12, 8AM-12PM Watertown, Dodge Co. Leaders: Liz Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 12 Cost: $45 per person

91. Eagle Banding & Pontoon Tour: Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Visit an eagle nest and help band eaglet nestlings! Then take a scenic pontoon ride through the flowage to learn about the area’s history and ecology from DNR professionals.

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Enjoy an exciting full day of wildlife, fish, and landscapes. Fundraiser for osprey and eagle monitoring and for NRF. Friday, June 12, 8:30AM-4PM Springstead, Iron Co. Leaders: Jenna Malinowski, Zach Lawson & Beth Fiend Limit: 24 Cost: $100 per person*

92. Frogs & Toads of the Kickapoo Valley

Learn to identify all 12 frog and toad species in Wisconsin by site and calls. Then venture on a dusk hike through the Kickapoo Valley Reserve to practice your new ID skills. See how easy it is to become a citizen scientist for the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey! Ages 10+ Friday, June 12, 7-10PM La Farge, Vernon Co. Leaders: Andrew Badje & Ben Johnston Limit: 40 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

93. Namekagon Barrens Bog: Rare Plants & Birds

Hike through a rolling landscape of globally rare pine-oak barrens to behold a beautiful spruce bog and lake. Discover great plant T diversity, and spy rare birds: sharp-tailed grouse, upland sandpipers, and goldenwinged warblers. Saturday, June 13, 8:30-11AM Minong, Burnett Co. Leaders: Gary Dunsmoor & Jim Riemer Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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94 94. T  he Coon Valley: Frontline in Wisconsin’s Changing Climate

Developed by Aldo Leopold and the CCC in the 1930s, Coon Valley was the first watershed-wide conservation project in the country, and now holds the key to understanding the future of climate resilience. Caravan to several sites in Coon Valley to discover how recent disastrous floods relate to climate change and how land use impacts watershed health. Learn about streambank restoration and watch as scientists shock a stream to determine fish diversity. Saturday, June 13, 9AM-5PM Viroqua, Vernon Co. Leaders: Shannon Thielman & Curt Meine Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person

95. Bird Watching at Rose Lake SNA

Rose Lake SNA is a mecca for waterfowl and a birder’s delight. Hike aside calm lake waters and scan surrounding wetlands, savannas, and prairies to spy pelicans, mergansers, owls, woodpeckers, orioles, and many species of duck. Fundraiser for Jefferson County Parks Fund. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 13, 9AM-12PM Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co. Leader: Brad Webb Limit: 25 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

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96. Maiden Rock Bluff SNA: Prairies & Peregrine Falcons

Note: steep terrain. Hike Maiden Rock Bluff SNA to enjoy breathtaking vistas of Lake Pepin and search for soaring raptors from T atop the rugged 400-foot high bluff. Learn about prairie ecology and restoration. A unique opportunity to visit one of the few places along the Mississippi River where peregrine falcons successfully nest. No bathrooms. Saturday, June 13, 9AM-12PM Stockholm, Pepin Co. Leaders: Dean Edlin & Joe Krumrie Limit: 20 Cost: $20 per person

97. Geology of the Northern Kettle Moraine

Kettle Moraine landforms are a highlight of Wisconsin’s glacial legacy. Learn more about glacial geology on a caravan tour with stops to hike the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and explore Spruce Lake Bog, Parnell esker, world-class moulin kames, and climb to the top of Parnell Tower for a grand view of this spectacular glacial topography. Saturday, June 13, 10AM-3PM Dundee, Fond du Lac Co. Leaders: David & Vin Mickelson, Jackie Scharfenberg Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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Learn about eastern bluebirds: nest boxes they use, habitat that attracts them, and how to set up a single box or a Bluebird Trail. Visit 15 boxes in the UW Arboretum and see how to record data, how often to check, and what to do with the data collected. Learn about other cavity nesting birds too. Ages 7+ Saturday, June 13, 1-3PM Madison, Dane Co. Leader: Patrick Ready Limit: 15 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

99. Milwaukee River Greenway: Hike & Paddle

Hike the scenic Milwaukee River Greenway to see greenspace restoration, revitalization, and conservation efforts of these urban natural areas. Then board kayaks for a short paddle down the Greenway Water Trail on the Milwaukee River. Enjoy a dinner of grilled sausages and local beer. Kayaks, food, and drink provided. Saturday, June 13, 3-7PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Vince Bushell & Paige Papelbon Limit: 20 Cost: $30 per person

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100 100. Kinni River: Creative Urban Habitat Restoration

Engaged local citizens spearheaded the removal of a hydro dam, transforming the stream to a free flowing river. Learn about this riparian restoration effort and how citizens are monitoring water quality, aquatic wildlife, and the impact of temperature on brook trout and rare mussel habitat downstream. See a canyon with a historic swinging bridge and scenic wetland habitat along the way. Sunday, June 14, 1-4PM River Falls, Pierce Co. Leaders: Judie Babcock & Tovah Flygare Limit: 30 Cost: $25 per person

101. Sewer Socialists: Politics, Pollution & Conservation on the Milwaukee River

Hike trails along the Milwaukee River to Gordon Park and celebrate the accomplishments of the Socialists of Milwaukee’s past. Learn how a dedication to public parks and socialist principles led to the preservation of large tracks of land under the direction of the “father” of Milwaukee’s park system, Charles B. Whitnall. Explore the details with a little humor about the past, present, and future. Sunday, June 14, 3-6PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Vince Bushell & Abby Hollman Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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103 102. Kestrel Banding at Badger Mining Corporation Grasslands

Learn about America’s smallest falcon! Join Beaver Creek Reserve researchers, at Badger Mining Corporation, as they visit nest boxes to see American kestrels up close being measured and banded. Badger Mining Corporation is a privately held, family owned silica sand mine that has been in business for more than 50 years. Ages 8+ Tuesday, June 16, 9AM-1PM Taylor, Jackson Co. Leaders: Andy Chikowski, Judy Schwarzmeier & Dave Kragness Limit: 12 Cost: $30 adult, $10 child, per person

103. Orchids in the Boreal Forest of Door County

There are orchids growing in Wisconsin? T Yes! And 26 of Wisconsin’s 40 native orchids thrive in the boreal forest habitat of The Ridges Sanctuary, a gem of the Door County peninsula. Learn about these highly specific plants and efforts to reintroduce threatened orchids back into the sanctuary. Thursday, June 18, 9AM-12PM Baileys Harbor, Door Co. Leaders: Katie Krouse & Matt Peter Limit: 25 Cost: $30 per person

104. Driftless Ridge to River: SNA Solstice Tour

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remarkable native landscapes. Start atop the Military Ridge at Blue Mounds State Park, then wind through narrow coulees to the Wisconsin River valley. See the cactusstudded “Wisconsin Desert” at Spring Green Preserve, and blooming prairies at Pleasant Valley Conservancy. Hike to the summit of Ferry Bluff for a stunning river view. End with a 2-mile trek through the groves of soaring white pines and rock outcrops at Ridgeway Pine Relict. Fundraiser for NRF. Friday, June 19, 8:30AM-5:30PM Blue Mounds, Iowa Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 22 Cost: $65 per person*

105. BAAP: Wildlife Conservation & Restoration

Discover natural history of land transformed, and learn how the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant site is being restored into the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area. Hike this scenic locale and learn how wildlife conservation is managed and funded, and The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Saturday, June 20, 9-11:30AM Sauk City, Sauk Co. Leader: Marty Moses Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

Note: some very steep hikes. Celebrate the summer solstice on a day-long bus tour to four outstanding SNAs. Hike and learn about the Driftless Area’s striking geography and

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107 108. Picnic Point Panorama: A Peninsula Adventure

Bike a 20-mile loop on the Great Sauk State Trail. Starting in Sauk City, bike along the Wisconsin River, through the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant, into Prairie du Sac and back. Enjoy an easy ride on paved trails with several stops to learn how this area has transitioned from prairies to settlers to ammo plant and now back to prairie. View wildlife and scenic vistas of the Baraboo Hills. Fundraiser for NRF Saturday, June 20, 9AM-12PM Sauk City, Sauk Co. Leaders: Charlie Luthin & Hank Kuehling Limit: 25 Cost: $40 per person

Picnic Point juts nearly a mile into Lake Mendota with spectacular views of the UW-Madison campus and the State Capital. Hike 1.5 miles to explore diverse habitats, learn fascinating history of the area, and get hands-on with incredible plants, fungi, insects, worms, reptiles, and amphibians. Family Friendly Fun! Ages 5+ Saturday, June 20, 9:30AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Michael Hillstrom & Bernie Williams Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

107. Discover Wisconsin Turtles

Glimpse into the lives of dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and the first people in Wisconsin. Through hands-on museum activities and an interactive tour, discover the largest woolly mammoth in North America, come faceto-face with a saber-tooth cat, and see the explosive power of the infamous dinosaur, Velociraptor, as it hunts for prey. Also see a collection of Stone Age replica tools. Ages 5+ Choose one session to attend: 109-A. Saturday, June 20, 10-11:30AM 109-B. Saturday, October 17, 10-11:30AM Wausau, Marathon Co. Leader: David Daniels Limit: 30 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

Almost everyone loves a turtle but how much do you know about this ancient group of reptiles? Search Bong Recreation Area by foot and car to find turtles and learn about their ecology, ID, and conservation. We may find a Blanding’s turtle, a species of special concern. Ages 7+ Saturday, June 20, 9:30AM-12PM Brighton, Kenosha Co. Leader: Beth Goeppinger Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

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110. Kestrel Banding in Sheboygan County

Join researchers on a caravan trip to visit several American kestrel nests. Get up close as researchers weigh and band young kestrel nestlings, and learn about the ecology of this beloved and smallest falcon in Wisconsin. Fundraiser for raptor banding efforts. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 20, 10AM-2PM St Anna, Sheboygan Co. Leaders: Paul & Annie Mueller, Rick Hill Limit: 12 Cost: $40 adult, $30 child, per person

111. Kestrel Banding on the Buena Vista Grasslands

Enjoy this amazing opportunity to get up close with Wisconsin’s smallest falcon: the American kestrel. Join researchers to visit several kestrel nest boxes in the Buena Vista Grasslands, learn about their ecology, and see chicks being banded. Fundraiser for kestrel research. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 20, 10AM-2PM Bancroft, Portage Co. Leaders: Janet & Amber Eschenbauch Limit: 24 Cost: $40 adult, $30 child, per person

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Saturday, June 20, 10AM-12PM Oregon, Dane Co. Leaders: Paul Morrison, Matt McCoy & Will Erikson Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

113. MAPS: Studying & Banding Birds at Henke Acres

Join Beaver Creek researchers to see birds up close. Check mist-nets for goldenwinged warbler, common yellowthroat, indigo bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, and more. Since 2003 this bird banding station has contributed data to the continentwide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, which helps determine long-term plans for bird conservation. Ages 7+ Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-10:30AM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leaders: Karen Mittag, Christine Schaff & Tully Frain Limit: 20 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

112. Urban Woodworking: A Tree to Table Story

Journey from seed to sawdust on the urban wood cycle! Enjoy an exclusive tour of Wisconsin Urban Wood to see the process of how urban trees are logged, milled, dried, and then custom made into a variety of home products and furnishings. Discover first-hand the story of how an urban tree goes from sideyard sentry to bedside table.

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Note: Off-trail hike on uneven terrain. Hike through scenic oak savanna in search of nesting red-headed woodpeckers. Learn about restoration efforts that led them to nest in Cherokee Marsh for the first time in decades. Fundraiser for Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. Wednesday, June 24, 8-11AM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Russ Hefty & Timothy Baker Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

115. Canyons & Savannas of Rocky Run SNA

Note: Off-trail 2-mile hike. Explore the diversity of Rocky Run SNA, from gently rolling slopes to sheer-walled box canyons! Learn about rare and invasive plants, savanna ecology, and geology in this unique natural landscape. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for NRF. Friday, June 26, 9AM-12PM Wyocena, Columbia Co. Leader: Craig Anderson Limit: 12 Cost: $35 per person

116. Beginning Birder Basics

New to birdwatching? Then join us to learn birding basics such as equipment, how to spot birds, keeping a list of the birds you see, and some favorite Wisconsin birding locations. Hike out into the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve to try out your new birding skills with patient teachers by your side. Loaner binoculars available if needed. Ages 8+

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116 Saturday, June 27, 8AM-12PM Menasha, Winnebago Co. Leaders: Mary & Michael Kloepping Limit: 25 Cost: $25 adult, $8 child, per person

117. Horicon Marsh Kayak Exploration

Discover wetland ecology, wildlife, and birds as we paddle through one of our nation’s largest freshwater marshes, recognized as a Wetland of International Importance. Kayaks and gear provided. Ages 10+ Choose one session to attend: 117-A. Sunday, June 28, 10:30AM-2:30PM 117-B. Saturday, August 29, 10:30AM-2:30PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leader: Stefanie Merten Limit: 12 Cost: $60 adult, $50 child, per person

118. Behind the Scenes at Wildlife In Need

Head behind the scenes at Wildlife In Need Center’s rehab clinic, which annually admits 3,000 injured, orphaned or sick wild animals. See various patients including infant songbirds, waterfowl, and mammals. Meet resident educational birds of prey, turtles, snakes, and other wildlife. Ages 12+ Sunday, June 28, 2-4PM Dousman, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Mandy Feavel & Lisa Rowe Limit: 35 Cost: $30 adult, $20 child, per person

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119 119. Bumble Bees at the UW Arboretum

T Wisconsin is home to 20 bumble bee  species! Visit the UW–Madison Arboretum to learn about bumble bee life history, ecology, and monitoring. We will identify these special pollinators in the field, and may find some federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bees. Wednesday, July 1, 10AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Jay Watson & Susan Carpenter Limit: 15 Cost: $20 per person 120. Wisconsin’s Desert: Blue River Sand Barrens SNA

Discover a desert in Wisconsin! Hike the Blue River Sand Barrens SNA to see prickly pear cacti, parasitic sand wasps, and other plants and animals adapted to the hot, arid environment along the Lower Wisconsin River. Then take a short, but steep, hike to explore the prairie flora and enjoy a river view from the Blue River Bluffs SNA. Friday, July 3, 9AM-2PM Blue River, Grant Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 20 Cost: $20 per person

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an Indian mound group near New Lisbon to discover how, when, and why the effigy mounds were built. Wednesday, July 8, 11AM-2PM Friendship, Adams Co. Leaders: Ernie Boszhardt & Danielle Benden Limit: 25 Cost: $35 per person

122. Arch Electric’s Sustainable Solar Farm

In 2003 Arch Electric started on a small, sustainable farm, and now has become a leader in the solar industry. Enjoy this exclusive tour to learn about how solar energy works, view solar array installations, and see first-hand how solar collection dovetails with other sustainable farming practices, such as chemical-free livestock pastures and beekeeping. Thursday, July 9, 10AM-12PM Plymouth, Sheboygan Co. Leaders: Ed & Mindy Zinthefer Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

121. Rock Art & Effigy Mounds in Central Wisconsin

Explore Wisconsin’s unique ancient archaeological past! Join archaeologists to discover petroglyphs and pictographs on the sandstone butte in Roche-a-Cri State Park and learn how Native American rock art is interpreted and protected. Then caravan to

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123. Mounds View Grassland: Butterflies, Birds & Blooms

Discover the fascinating world of odonates, dragonflies, and damselflies! Start indoors to learn the basics, then venture into the field to conduct an odonate survey in nearby wetlands. See first-hand how odonates are monitored and how to identify several species. Ages 7+ Friday, July 10, 1-3PM Waukesha, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Julia Robson & Samantha Kiser Limit: 15 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

Admire native grasses and flowers of the Prairie on a saunter T Schurch-Thomson through remnant and restored prairie. See butterflies, including the state-endangered regal fritillary butterfly. Spy bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, dickcissels, and grasshopper and Henslow’s sparrows. Also likely are oak savanna dwellers, such as red-headed woodpeckers, orchard orioles, Bell’s vireos, and willow flycatchers. Friday, July 10, 9-11:30AM Blue Mounds, Iowa Co. Leaders: David Sample & Cathy Bleser Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

126. Night Creatures: Fireflies, Bats, Moths, Frogs & Flying Squirrels

Enjoy some “night life” at Schlitz Audubon! Explore the lives of bats and use an echolocator to identify and “see” various species of bats in the night sky. Investigate the secret lives of fireflies, and how to decode their flash patterns. Observe moth species attracted to bait and blacklight, learn how to identify various frogs through their calls, and get up close with our southern flying squirrel. Ages 8+ Friday, July 10, 8-10:30PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Moya Mowbray, Michelle Allison, Jeff Gilardi & Cassie Rincon Limit: 15 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

124. Canoe the Upper Waupaca Chain O’Lakes

Canoe through a chain of five connected lakes to learn about glacial features, Native American influences, animals, and plant life. Paddle through bubbling springs, crystal blue lakes, and the pristine Pope Lake SNA. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Ages 10+ Choose one session to attend: 124-A. Friday, July 10, 10AM-2PM 124-B. Saturday, August 15, 10AM-2PM Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leader: Sue Eiler Limit: 25 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

127. Paddle Couderay Lake: Unique Fisheries of Musky Bay Discover amazing fish diversity on a 6-mile paddle through Lac Courte Oreilles/ Couderay Lake. In the shallower depths swim musky, northern pike, walleye, bass,

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and pan fish. Deeper waters hold cisco and whitefish, a perfect food source for larger fish. Visit the fish spawning grounds of Musky Bay, learn about fish ecology, and peer into the clear, deep waters to see the fish firsthand. No bathrooms. *You must bring your own kayak/canoe. Saturday, July 11, 8:30AM-12PM Stone Lake, Sawyer Co. Leaders: Tom & Carol Heinrich, Geary Searfoss Limit: 20 Cost: $35 per person

128. Cave Point Adventure Rafting Tour

Adventure awaits! Enjoy a high-speed zodiac rafting adventure to explore the shores of Door County. Depart from Baileys Harbor and zip down the shoreline to view the shipwrecks of Jacksonport. Then travel into the caves and coves of Cave Point to learn what caused the unique rock formations and geology of Door County. Venture onward to the sand dunes of Whitefish Bay and more shipwrecks. Fundraiser for NRF. Ages 10+ Choose one session to attend: 128-A. Saturday, July 11, 9-11AM 128-B. Sunday, July 12, 9-11AM Baileys Harbor, Door Co. Leader: Matt Olson Limit: 12 Cost: $75 adult, $65 child, per person

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129. Paddle the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

For experienced paddlers—includes class one rapids. Experience the wild side of the St. Croix on a 12-mile paddle off the main channel into the Kettle River Slough, one of the Riverway’s best-kept secrets. Spy aquatic and terrestrial life: eagles, otters, heron, mergansers, and osprey. Learn about the glacial and human history as we paddle through the ancient Glacial Duluth spillway and make a stop at an old copper paint mine. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Saturday, July 11, 9AM-5PM Grantsburg, Burnett Co. Leaders: Jaime Souza & Jane Rice Limit: 15 Cost: $55 per person

130. Abelman’s Gorge SNA

Discover the unique geology of Abelman’s Gorge. This natural gorge along the Baraboo River offers amazing views and tells a fascinating geological story in its layers of Baraboo quartzite, Cambrian sandstone, and conglomerate. See lush forest and some interesting remnants of an abandoned quarry on a 1-mile hike. No bathrooms. Saturday, July 11, 10-11AM Rock Springs, Sauk Co. Leader: Larry Cutforth Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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133. Climate Friendly Farming: Full Circle Community Farm

T Paddle the scenic Manitowish River in  search of native mussels (or clams) along the way. Learn about our state’s 52 species of mussels, their amazing life cycle, interrelationship with fish, and contributions to the history of Wisconsin, from food to pearls to buttons. Canoe and gear provided. Saturday, July 11, 10AM-5PM Manitowish Waters, Vilas Co. Leaders: Lisie Kitchel, Jesse Weinzinger & Emily Heald Limit: 12 Cost: $35 per person

Enjoy an exclusive tour of Full Circle Community Farm to learn first-hand how this small-scale farm protects water quality, raises healthy animals, and grows organic food. Their herd of 120 beef cattle are rotationally grazed on perennial pasture, which keeps land covered and mitigates soil runoff. Learn about other sustainable agricultural practices, including wind turbine electric power, composting, wildlife habitat, and pasturing pigs and poultry. Saturday, July 11, 1-3:30PM Seymour, Shawano Co. Leaders: Casey Hicks & Valerie Dantoin Limit: 35 Cost: $15 per person

132. Monarchs & Milkweed: An Essential Relationship

Venture to Mosquito Hill for a hands-on program to learn proper handling, feeding, sanitizing, and testing techniques to raise healthy monarch butterflies. Hike into grasslands to document monarchs and milkweed for a nationwide Citizen Science project. Discover more about this migrating marvel which can travel distances of 2,000 miles, from Canada to Mexico, in just one season. Ages 6+ Saturday, July 11, 12-3:30PM New London, Outagamie Co. Leader: Jessica Miller Limit: 30 Cost: $17 adult, $7 child, per person

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134. Death’s Door Adventure Rafting Tour

Adventure awaits! Enjoy a high-speed zodiac rafting adventure to explore Door County’s most scenic and remote sights: the Door Bluff Headlands, Death’s Door Passage, and Plum and Pilot Islands. Learn local history, savor up-close views of lighthouses and an old Coast Guard station. Even see a shipwreck in 5’ of water! Spy birds galore on Pilot Island, including cormorants and gulls. Fundraiser for NRF. Ages 10+ Choose one session to attend: 134-A. Saturday, July 11, 2:30-4:30PM 134-B. Sunday, July 12, 2:30-4:30PM Ellison Bay, Door Co. Leader: Matt Olson Limit: 12 Cost: $75 adult, $65 child, per person

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Marvel at Eastern prairie fringed orchids while enjoying the beauty of this privatelyT owned SNA. Traverse numerous ecosystems and restorations, from prairie to wetland and savanna to forest while learning about orchids and sedge meadows. Monday, July 13, 9-11AM Milton, Rock Co. Leaders: Penny & Gary Shackelford Limit: 20 Cost: $20 per person

136. Archaeology Excavation

Enjoy an exclusive look at an active archaeological excavation to discover the process of archaeology and precontact Native American lifeways in Wisconsin. See artifacts from 13,000 years ago, and learn more about the lives of the ancient inhabitants of our region. Try your hand at traditional technology, including flintknapping and pottery making. Tuesday, July 14, 11AM-2PM La Crosse, La Crosse Co. Leaders: Connie Arzigian & Bonnie Jancik Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

137. Behind the Scenes at Wild Rose Fish Hatchery Enjoy a rare tour behind the scenes of one of Wisconsin’s largest fish hatcheries. See how this state-of-the-art facility has helped restore trout and salmon populations in Wisconsin for more than a century. Ages 7+ Wednesday, July 15, 9AM-12PM

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138. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Welsh Hills Prairie & Savanna

Note: Off-trail hike on uneven terrain. The Welsh Hills lie across the valley from Taliesin. Its woodlands, savannas, and prairie grasslands inspired Frank Lloyd Wright’s life from young child through adulthood. Understanding these habitats is essential in the interpretation of Taliesin and its siting, highlighting what the vistas from the living room would have looked like, and further anchoring Taliesin in its natural history. Learn about restoration critical to this important landscape. Wednesday, July 15, 9-11:30AM Spring Green, Iowa Co. Leaders: Darcy Kind & Mike Degen Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

139. Intro to Summer Wild Edibles

Venture on a hike in search of edible plants! Enhance your plant identification skills and learn proper harvesting techniques. Then visit the Cable Natural History Museum to sample some prepared wild-crafted edibles and beverages. Ages 8+ Thursday, July 16, 10AM-12:30PM Cable, Bayfield Co. Leader: Mollie Kreb Limit: 14 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

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your newly learned photography skills in the scenic surroundings of Retzer Nature Center. Saturday, July 18, 8AM-12PM Waukesha, Waukesha Co. Leader: Rick Vollbrecht Limit: 20 Cost: $20 per person

Nestled in the Northern Highlands, the picturesque Nixon Lake is surrounded by a complex of wet meadow, conifer swamp, muskeg, and northern dry forest habitats. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down Nixon Creek and into Nixon Lake to discover unique flora and fauna, including a chance to view the rare dwarf yellow pond-lily in bloom. No bathrooms. *You must bring your own canoe/ kayak. Friday, July 17, 9AM-12PM Boulder Junction, Vilas Co. Leaders: Licia Johnson & Rod Sharka Limit: 15 Cost: $30 per person

143. Edible Wild Plants & Flower Farming

Traverse forest and field to identify and harvest edible and medicinal plants, as well as learn which should be avoided. Then off to the kitchen to prepare your foraged lunch and enjoy the bounty of your booty! Also tour a flower farm’s organic cut-flower production beds. Ages 10+ Saturday, July 18, 9AM-2PM Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leaders: Kelly Kearns, Kate Cooper & Gigi LaBudde Limit: 15 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

141. Red Cliff Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Paddle alongside incredible red sandstone cliffs and view the little-known “secret sea arch.” Glide over historic shipwrecks, spy birds and wildlife, and marvel at panoramic views of the Apostle Islands. Launching from a private dock, we’ll have this beautiful stretch of Lake Superior shoreline all to ourselves! Tandem kayaks, life jackets, paddles, and wetsuits provided on this 3-4 mile paddle. Fundraiser for NRF. Friday, July 17, 9:15AM-12:30PM Bayfield, Bayfield Co. Leader: Zach Stewart Limit: 16 Cost: $75 per person

144. Eagle Research: Kohler Eagle Valley Nature Preserve

The wooded bluffs and prairies of Eagle Valley provide vital winter shelter for hundreds of bald eagles. Several eagle pairs nest here in the summer as well, making this a prime location for 30 years of raptor research. Learn about raptor ecology and hike through diverse habitats that support 87 different breeding birds, dozens of mammals, and various amphibians and reptiles. Enjoy prime Mississippi River vistas from the bluffs. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund.

142. Wildflower Nature Photography Capture the beauty of native wildflowers! Learn about nature photography technique, composition, and equipment in an indoor presentation. Then head outdoors to practice

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144 Friday, July 24, 9-11:30AM Cassville, Grant Co. Leaders: Brett Madernack & Davor Grgic Limit: 20 Cost: $35 per person

145. Lakeshore State Park: Urban Oasis

Lakeshore is one of the newest and most urban of Wisconsin’s State Parks. Located on a peninsula in Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee, it sports spectacular views of both the city and lake. Hike short-grass prairies to learn about ecology and marvel at the surprising diversity of wildlife, plants, and birds that inhabit this beloved park. Friday, July 24, 10AM-12PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Angela Vickio Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

146. Sustainability on an Urban Rooftop

Enjoy a family friendly guided tour of the Madison Children’s Museum to learn about sustainability, green building, upcycling, recycling, renewable energy, and natural sciences. Explore the museum’s green rooftop to get a glimpse of urban ecology and meet native animals up close. Ages 5+ Friday, July 24, 10-12:00PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Cheryl DeWelt & Kia Karlen Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

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147. Pontoon Tour: History & Habitat of the Harbor District

Enjoy a pontoon cruise through Milwaukee’s Harbor District, where three ecologically important rivers meet to flow into Lake Michigan. Explore its changing history from rich freshwater estuary to industrial hub, and learn about current efforts to restore and revitalize this working waterfront. Ages 13+ Choose one session to attend: 147-A. Friday, July 24, 12:45-3PM 147-B. Friday, August 21, 12:45-3PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Aaron Zeleske & Dan Adams Limit: 40 Cost: $50 adult, $40 child, per person

148. Kayaking the Namekagon’s North Woods

Embark on a 12-mile kayak journey down the wild and scenic Namekagon River, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, one of America’s first wild and scenic rivers and a national park. Stop at a historic cabin and learn about conservation efforts that now protect this beloved river. *You must bring your own kayak. Saturday, July 25, 9AM-5PM Webb Lake, Burnett Co. Leaders: Jaime Souza, Jane Rice & Dale Cox Limit: 12 Cost: $55 per person

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Wade in the cool waters of the Mukwonago River to search for one of our state’s most diverse yet hidden treasures: freshwater mussels (clams). Learn about our 52 native species, their fascinating life cycle, and their amazing contributions to the history of Wisconsin. Great fun for kids and adults! Ages 5+ Saturday, July 25, 9AM-12PM Mukwonago, Waukesha Co. Leader: Lisie Kitchel Limit: 25 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

150. Dunes of Kohler Andrae: Flora, Fauna & Geology

Note: Steep, off-trail hiking on sand. T Explore the amazing world of dunes along Lake Michigan’s shores. Hike off-trail to discover unique sand dune ecology, rare plants, interdunal ephemeral wetlands and a dry-mesic white pine forest in picturesque Kohler Dunes SNA. Fundraiser for conservation efforts. Saturday, July 25, 9:30AM-12PM Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co. Leaders: Andrew Morris & James Buchholz Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person

151. Modern Landfills: Creating Renewable Power & Compost

Learn how an innovative landfill is constructed, operated, and how the gas collected can be used to create renewable power. This facility also leads the way in commercial food waste collection, turning

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152. Musseling Up in the Little Wolf River

Explore the illusive underwater world of freshwater mussels (clams) in the Little Wolf River. With some of the highest diversity in the world, 51 species of freshwater mussels inhabit Wisconsin streams. Learn to ID mussel species and discover how these fascinating, imperiled and important creatures filter pollutants from streams. Ages 8+ Saturday, July 25, 10AM-4PM New London, Waupaca Co. Leaders: Robert Welch & Jesse Weinzinger Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

153. Steeped in Place: Reflections Through Art

Time spent in nature bathes our brains in imagery, sounds, and smells that inspire artistry. Explore this connection and experiment with a variety of art techniques to record the colors, textures, and patterns found on the natural landscape. Nick Engelbert’s Grandview is a charming folk art site and open-air art studio nestled in the rolling hills of the Driftless Region—a perfect setting for our creativity!

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154. Wild Mushroom Identification

Learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms of the Northwoods from a 35-year veteran of fungi identification. Chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms are a few of the species we might uncover on our 1.5-mile hike through the Chippewa County State Moraine Area. Ages 10+ Saturday, July 25, 10AM-2PM New Auburn, Chippewa Co. Leader: Tavis Lynch Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

155. Crayfish Capers

What breathes and eats in water, wears hard body armor, can carry 800 eggs on its stomach, tastes and smells with its antennae, and is a little cousin of the lobster? The answer: crayfish! Explore the river for crayfish and learn about their ecology and habitats. Family fun! Ages 6+ Saturday, July 25, 1-3:30PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 15 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

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for an exclusive tour detailing the site’s history, geology, ecosystem, and importance. Hear recent updates about the impact of White-nose Syndrome on Wisconsin’s bats. Fundraiser for bat conservation. Ages 8+ Choose one session to attend: 156-A. Saturday, July 25, 10AM-12PM 156-B. Saturday, July 25, 11:30AM-1:30PM 156-C. Saturday, July 25, 1-3PM Wauzeka, Crawford Co. Leaders: Jennifer Redell, Paul White & Heather Kaarakka Limit: 20 Cost: $40 adult, $30 child, per person

157. R  estoring a Lost Landscape: Westport Prairie Partnership

Visit a showpiece of Wisconsin’s glacial and prairie heritage where 100 native plant species thrive. Majestic bur oaks dot the landscape and wild indigo, blazingstars, compass plants, and coneflowers bloom. Discover prairie management and partnerships to restore and protect this stunning site in Empire Prairie SNA. Tuesday, July 28, 9-11:30AM Westport, Dane Co. Leaders: Tony Abate & BJ Byers Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

156. To the Bat Cave! Kickapoo Caverns

Venture into one of Wisconsin’s largest caves to experience a bat hibernaculum T nestled in the scenic Driftless Region: Kickapoo Caverns. Join DNR bat biologists

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Enjoy a pontoon cruise around Wisconsin’s third-largest lake to discover amazing facts about common loons, observe loons in the wild, and see their artificial nesting platforms. Also learn the complex story of this manmade lake as we float over former town sites. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Tuesday, July 28, 9:30AM-12PM Hayward, Sawyer Co. Leader: Emily Stone Limit: 6 Cost: $75 per person

159. Karner Blue Butterflies & Summer Prairie Blooms

T Get a first-hand look at Mecan Prairie’s  25-year history of restoration management for Karner blue butterflies. With peak flights underway, search for Karner blues among mid-summer blooming prairies. Tuesday, July 28, 10AM-2PM Coloma, Waushara Co. Leader: John Shillinglaw Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person 160. Urban Nature Photography

Explore Three Bridges Park along the Hank Aaron State Trail, capturing the flora and fauna through a camera lens! Learn photography tips and tricks from an expert teacher. Bring any camera, including a DSLR or smartphone, but no camera is required. Friday, July 31, 10AM-12PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Angela Vickio & Eddee Daniel Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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161. Campfire Gourmet

While s’mores and hot dogs are certainly old stand-bys as camp food, there’s so much more you can cook over an open fire! Get hands-on creating a variety of campfire foods, from Dutch ovens to no-cook snacks. Prepare, chop, cook, and eat delicious camping foods with real ingredients. Ages 7+ Saturday, August 1, 10AM-1PM Monona, Dane Co. Leader: Virginia Wiggen Limit: 20 Cost: $27 adult, $17 child, per person

162. Wildlife Rehab & Nature Hike

Enjoy an educational presentation at the Wildlife In Need Center’s rehab clinic which annually admits 3,000 injured or orphaned wildlife animals. Meet a variety of resident education owls, hawks, turtles, snakes, and other animals. Then head outside to hike the nearby prairie, oak openings, pine forest, and meadows to explore the key concepts of land ethic in the context of Aldo Leopold’s environmental classic “A Sand County Almanac.” Ages 12+ Saturday, August 1, 1-4PM Dousman, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Mandy Feavel, Lisa Rowe, Bill & Theresa Schueller Limit: 28 Cost: $30 adult, $20 child, per person

163. Cable Natural History Museum Behind the Scenes

Venture behind the scenes at the Cable Natural History Museum for an up-close exploration of their full collection of over 4,000 animal, plant, and rock specimens. See 2

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164. Loon Pontoon: Lake Namakagon

Enjoy a pontoon exploration of scenic Lake Namakagon to learn amazing facts about loons and the beautiful lakes they inhabit. View the old-growth forests of Fairyland SNA from the water to discover its fascinating history and exciting future. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Tuesday, August 4, 9AM-12PM Cable, Bayfield Co. Leader: Emily Stone Limit: 9 Cost: $75 per person

165. Leopold Conservation Award Winner: Jeff Lake Farm

See Leopold’s land ethic put to practice on a successful farm working towards creating wildlife habitat, improving water quality, building soil health, and remaining profitable! Tour Jeff Lake’s family farm where 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, snap beans, kidney beans and alfalfa are grown with no-till cultivation. Cover crops and grazing cattle also add to why this farm earned Wisconsin’s 2019 Leopold Conservation Award. Tuesday, August 4, 1-3PM Wheeler, Dunn Co. Leader: Scott Stipetich Limit: 30 Cost: $15 per person

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166. Twilight Paddle on the Upper Yahara River

Twilight is a magical time to paddle among the large fragrant blooms of American lotus. Discover local natural history and learn how the lotus was introduced to improve aquatic habitat in the Upper Yahara River in Cherokee Marsh. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Wednesday, August 5, 5:30-8:30PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Russ Hefty & Jim Krause Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

167. Agrecol Native Seed & Plant Nursery

Help pollinators by incorporating native plants into your landscape! Tour Agrecol to see how they produce high quality seeds and plants native to southern Wisconsin. Enjoy fields of native plants, learn what plants are appropriate for your area, and hear tips for plant care. Option to purchase plants or seed mixes for your land. Thursday, August 6, 9-11AM Evansville, Rock Co. Leaders: Avery Johnson, Alyson McGinty & Matt Weber Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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With thoughtful design and plant selection, small gardens can support huge numbers of butterflies. Start with an indoor workshop to learn recommended native plants and best practices for establishing a butterfly garden at home or schools. Visit three butterfly gardens in bloom. Friday, August 7, 9AM-12PM Stevens Point, Portage Co. Leaders: Paul Skawinski & Susan Schuller Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

169. Bat Ecology & Twilight Pontoon

Meet educational bats up close and learn T about Wisconsin’s bat populations, including their ecological benefits, current threats, and ways you can help them thrive. Then board pontoon boats for a twilight boat ride to search for bats in the night sky using acoustic monitoring equipment. Friday, August 7, 7-10PM Manitowish Waters, Vilas Co. Leaders: Licia Johnson & Annie McDonnell Limit: 6 Cost: $40 per person

170. Treasures of the Chippewa River: Native Mussels

Wade in the cool waters of the Chippewa River to search for one of our state’s most diverse yet hidden treasures: freshwater mussels (clams). Learn about our 52 native species, their fascinating life cycle, and amazing contributions to the history of Wisconsin. Great fun for kids and adults! Ages 5+

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Saturday, August 8, 9AM-12PM Meridean, Dunn Co. Leaders: Lisie Kitchel & Jesse Weinzinger Limit: 25 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

171. John Muir’s Boyhood Haunts

It’s been over 100 years since John Muir penned his iconic book, “My Boyhood and Youth.” Visit several of his boyhood haunts including Muir Park SNA which was a part of the original Muir homestead, breathtaking vistas of Observatory Hill SNA, and the Wee White Kirk where John’s father preached and his family is buried. Saturday, August 8, 9:30AM-3:30PM Montello, Marquette Co. Leaders: Mark Martin & Kathleen McGwin Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person

172. Horseshoe Bay Cave Crawl

For adventurers able to army-crawl 50 yards. Prepare to get wet and muddy venturing inside the state’s longest wild T cave! Crawl to areas of the cave normally inaccessible to the public and experience the Niagara Escarpment from the inside out. Learn about bats and other cave-dwelling animals. Caving grear provided. Note: this trip consists of crawling on hands & knees or army-style crawling for one-quarter of a mile with breaks to sit or stand. Expect to be completely soaked by trip’s end. Fundraiser for bat conservation. Ages 10+

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173 Choose one session to attend: 172-A. Saturday, August 8, 9-11AM 172-B. Saturday, August 8, 11:30AM-1:30PM 172-C. Saturday, August 8, 2-4PM Egg Harbor, Door Co. Leaders: Jennifer Redell, William Schuster & Grant Thomas Limit: 10 Cost: $50 adult, $40 child, per person

173. Banding Ducks Hands-On

Stealthily ascend into an elevated blind under the cover of darkness to watch ducks gather during sunrise at the Collins Marsh Wildlife Area. See biologists capture ducks with a cannon-net, then help catch and even band ducks yourself! A great hands-on experience to learn about waterfowl ecology and management. Ages 8+ Thursday, August 13, 4:30-8:30AM Reedsville, Manitowoc Co. Leaders: Steve Easterly & Andrew Krsnich Limit: 12 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

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Friday, August 14, 8:30AM-3:30PM Mishicot, Manitowoc Co. Leaders: Steve Schmidt & Gretchen Marshall Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

175. Lake Superior Estuary Extravaganza

An exclusive opportunity to explore the St. Louis River Estuary, the largest estuary in the entire Great Lakes! Start with a morning canoe paddle up the Pokegama River with stops at research sites studying weather, climate change, and invasive species. Spend the afternoon aboard a research boat touring the estuary and Lake Superior to learn how water quality effects the health of the Great Lakes. A tour of the lab rounds out a fun-filled day. Canoes and lunch provided. Fundraiser for NRF. Friday, August 14, 9AM-4:30PM Superior, Douglas Co. Leader: Deanna Erickson Limit: 8 Cost: $75 per person*

174. Wisconsin’s School Forest Program

Wisconsin was the first state to register school forests back in 1928 and is now home to 426 school forest properties! Learn the history of school forests and then caravan for hikes at four scenic and diverse examples in Manitowoc and Door Counties: Mishicot, Rahr Memorial (Manitowoc), Southern Door, and Pioneer Ecological Reserve (Sevastapol).

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Experience 500 acres of the old-growth hemlock hardwood forest and nearly four miles of undeveloped shoreline that stretch along Tenderfoot, Roach and Mirror Lakes. Join The Nature Conservancy to hike two miles in a mosaic of forests that range from aspen to old-aged hardwoods. Learn why the preserve is ideal habitat for the endangered American marten, wolves, moose, and birds like the black-throated blue warbler. No bathrooms. Choose one session to attend: 176-A. Friday, August 14, 9:30AM-12PM 176-B. Friday, August 14, 1:30-4PM Boulder Junction, Vilas Co. Leaders: John Bates & Mary Burns Limit: 15 Cost: $35 per person

177. Geology Paddle & Hike: Early Earth Continental Collision

Note: Steep and rugged off-trail hike. Discover some of the very oldest rock in North America! The Niagara Fault formed 2 billion years ago when the Marshfield and Superior Plates collided. Learn about fascinating geology on a 3-mile paddle across the Pine Flowage with stops for off-trail hikes to view scenic gorges with plunging waterfalls. Fundraiser for NRF. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Choose one session to attend: 177-A. Saturday, August 15, 10AM-6PM 177-B. Saturday, September 12, 10AM-6PM Florence, Florence Co. Leaders: John Roberts & Wendy Gehlhoff Limit: 15 Cost: $40 per person

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178. Lake Geneva Zip Line Canopy Tour

Enjoy an airborne ecological sightseeing adventure, as we soar through the trees of a 100-acre forest on 8 different zip lines and 5 sky bridges. Learn ecology, geology, and local history of the Geneva Lakes area from 841 feet up with a bird’s eye view of Lake Como and beyond. Must weigh 65 – 250 lbs, and be at least 4’ tall. Ages 7+ Saturday, August 15, 10AM-1:30PM Lake Geneva, Walworth Co. Leader: Seth Elder Limit: 25 Cost: $95 adult, $85 child, per person

179. Old-Growth Hike: Germain Hemlocks SNA

Situated between three lakes, Germain Hemlocks SNA supports old-growth northern mesic forest dominated by large hemlocks with super-canopy white and red pines. Hike two miles marveling and learning about old-growth forest ecology in this SNA named in honor of Clifford E. Germain, first ecologist and coordinator of Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas Program. No bathooms. Choose one session to attend: 179-A. Saturday, August 15, 9:30AM-12PM 179-B. Saturday, August 15, 1:30-4PM McNaughton, Oneida Co. Leaders: John Bates & Mary Burns Limit: 15 Cost: $35 per person

180. Wood Products for Wildlife: Kemp Station

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183 old-growth forest, second-growth forests of hemlock and pine, bogs, and over one mile of shoreline along Tomahawk Lake. Learn how wildlife utilize forest “wood products” and how citizens can supplement with artificial structures for wildlife. Get hands-on building your own nest box to take home. Lunch also included. Monday, August 17, 10AM-3PM Woodruff, Oneida Co. Leaders: Jamie Nack, Scott Bowe & Scott Craven Limit: 30 Cost: $45 per person

181. Ancient Aztalan Archaeology

Learn about the Native Americans who lived at the prehistoric site now called Aztalan State Park. Discover the history and archaeology of this beloved National Historic Landmark. Thursday, August 20, 10-11AM Aztalan, Jefferson Co. Leader: Richard Kubicek Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person

182. Tour the USGS National Wildlife Health Center

See where critical science happens! Tour this biomedical research facility which conducts field and lab work to ID and assess diseases in wildlife populations. Learn the fascinating ecological relationships leading to disease and the development of methods to prevent and control them. Thursday, August 20, 1-3:30PM Madison, Dane Co. Leader: Abigail Ward Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person *A majority of the cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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183. Shorebirds & Waterbirds of Cat Island

Note: Long, 5-mile hike. Enjoy an exclusive to hike into the usually closed-to-theT opportunity public Cat Island Wave Barrier for a rare chance to see breeding piping plovers, common terns, and Forster’s and Caspian terns. See colonial waterbirds such as American white pelicans, great egrets, black-crowned night-herons, and more on this island which has hosted more species of migratory shorebirds than any other location in Wisconsin! Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, August 22, 8AM-12:30PM Green Bay, Brown Co. Leader: Tom Prestby Limit: 25 Cost: $100 per person*

184. Mussels on the Wolf River in Voyageur Canoes

Adventure awaits! Paddle your way down the scenic Wolf River in a 25-foot replica of an historic Voyageur fur-trade canoe. Wade into cool waters to explore freshwater mussels (clams) and other hidden life teeming on the riverbed below. Ages 10+ Saturday, August 22, 8:30AM-2PM Shawano, Shawano Co. Leaders: Scott Koehnke, Kay Brockman- Mederas & James Robaidek Limit: 18 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

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Marvel in the diversity of colors in nature, from tiny lichens to vast views of summer foliage in the Chequamegon National Forest. Bring your camera to capture the colors we discover on a beautiful stretch of the North Country Trail and the North Country Trail Hardwoods SNA. Ages 8+ Saturday, August 22, 9AM-12:30PM Cable, Bayfield Co. Leader: Haley Appleman Limit: 20 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

186. Robber Flies of Pleasant Valley Conservancy

Journey into the fascinating world of robber flies, one of the few insects that catch their prey in mid-flight! Wisconsin is home to 75+ species of this predatory insect, including a very rare bumblebee mimic. We will hike the beautiful Pleasant Valley Conservancy in search of the dozen robber fly species that call it home. No bathrooms. Saturday, August 22, 10AM-2PM Black Earth, Dane Co. Leaders: Mike Reese & Jeffrey Gruber Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

187. M  onarch Tagging at Horicon Marsh

Discover the fascinating details of monarch biology and venture into the field to lend your hand at catching monarchs. Watch DNR staff tag these magnificent migrants as they start their journey all the way to Mexico! Butterfly nets provided. Ages 7+

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190 Wednesday, August 26, 10AM-12PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leader: Liz Herzmann Limit: 25 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

188. Kayak & Birdwatch in Horicon Marsh

Paddle 6.5 miles through this world-class birder’s paradise! Search for resident marsh birds and wildlife including great blue herons, marsh wrens, terns, turtles, otters, and more. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Horicon Marsh conservation. *You must bring your own kayak/canoe. Friday, August 28, 8:00AM-12PM Mayville, Dodge Co. Leaders: Liz Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 15 Cost: $50 per person*

189. Ancient History: Man Mound & Raddatz Rockshelter

Nestled in the Baraboo Hills is the only remaining human-shaped effigy mound. Visit this massive earthwork to learn about the lifeways of the Native Americans who built it. Then caravan to the Raddatz Rockshelter, a place inhabited for thousands of years, to gain a deeper understanding of Wisconsin’s cultural history. Friday, August 28, 11AM-2PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Ernie Boszhardt & Danielle Benden Limit: 25 Cost: $35 per person

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190. Horicon Marsh Sunset Cruise

Start the evening with cheese crackers and drinks, then board pontoon boats for a sunset cruise in search of birds and autumnal delights found in Horicon Marsh. Fundraiser for NRF. Friday, August 28, 5:30-8:00PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Marc & Gayl Zuelsdorf, Elizabeth Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 40 Cost: $50 per person

191. Survivors Swarm at Neda Mine Bat Hibernaculum

Some bats survived White-nose syndrome and T still hibernate at Neda Mine in Dodge County. Learn about efforts to monitor the health of this population, view the pre-hibernation and mating behavior known as “swarming,” listen to bat echolocation calls using bat detectors, and see live bats up close as biologists use harp traps to capture bats at the mine entrances. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for bat conservation. Friday, August 28, 6:30-10PM Neda, Dodge Co. Leaders: Paul White, Heather Kaarakka & Jennifer Redell Limit: 30 Cost: $35 per person

192. Hummingbirds: Ecology & Banding

Marvel at these flying jewels up close as we watch a master bander capture and tag ruby-throated hummingbirds. Learn about hummingbird ecology and glean ideas on attracting various birds and butterflies to your *A majority of the cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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193. Penokee Range: Geology & Natural History

The Penokee Range contains a great diversity of rock types that record drastic changes that took place on Earth billions of years ago, including one of the largest meteorite impacts in earth’s history and prolific volcanic eruptions. Explore the fascinating geologic history of the area and how it has a bearing on land use today. Fundraiser for conservation efforts in northwestern Wisconsin. Saturday, August 29, 10AM-3PM Mellen, Ashland Co. Leader: Tom Fitz Limit: 20 Cost: $65 per person

194. Small Prairie Restoration, the Easy Way!

Join a landowner to learn how you too can start and maintain a small prairie. Hike the 7-acre upland and lowland prairie to see 90 native plant species. Learn how to attract kestrels, monarch butterflies, mason bees, snakes, and frogs to your property. Saturday, August 29, 10AM-12PM Waupun, Fond du Lac Co. Leaders: Darrel, Ruthann & Jerry Gunderson Limit: 30 Cost: $15 per person

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Lake sturgeon can live for 50+ years and grow to 9 feet long! Once common in the Great Lakes, they were absent from the Milwaukee River for more than a century — until recently! Learn about sturgeon biology, tour a rearing facility, and see the river from the standpoint of this ancient fish. Ages 8+ Saturday, August 29, 1-4PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 20 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

196. Wolf Howl & Forest Lodge Tour

Join local naturalists from the Timber Wolf Alliance and Wisconsin DNR to learn about area wolf packs and tour Forest Lodge on Lake Namakagon. Enjoy an examination of habitat used by wolves and other wildlife, an evening howl survey, dinner (included), and a tour of Forest Lodge facilities. Saturday, August 29, 3PM-Midnight Cable, Bayfield Co. Leaders: Adrian Wydeven & Alan Brew Limit: 28 Cost: $85 per person

197. Glacial Geology of the Bayfield Peninsula

Uncover the glacial legacy of the Bayfield Peninsula! As glaciers melted approximately 11,000 years ago, they left behind landforms that dictate how water flows and the soils which support different ecosystems today. Explore geologic features that record melting glaciers, climate change, and catastrophic floods from giant glacial lakes. Fundraiser

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198. Creating Spaces for Crane Conservation

Go behind the scenes at the International Foundation to discover how they T Crane protect ecosystems and safeguard crane populations worldwide. Enjoy an exclusive look at the new $10 million expansion and renovations including a new visitor center and updated crane exhibits. Also explore a tall grass prairie and see what it takes to raise endangered cranes. Choose one session to attend: 198-A. Friday, September 4, 9AM-12PM 198-B. Friday, September 4, 1-4PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Benjamin Lam & Cully Shelton Limit: 15 Cost: $25 per person

199. Restoring a Lost Prairie Landscape: The Mounds View T Grassland

Note: six-mile off-trail hike on steep terrain. Explore the 570-acre Mounds View Grassland Preserve, with visits to famed Schurch-Thomson and Shea Prairies resplendent in autumn blooms. Marvel at this landscape-scale prairie restoration dappled with cold water streams, wetlands, springs, and oak savanna. Spy many grassland birds too! 2

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200. Flambeau River State Forest: A Diamond in the Rough

Start the day bugling for elk on this 92,000-acre gem of a state forest straddling the historic Flambeau River. Learn more about this hidden Wisconsin treasure on a hike to various sites to see powerful rapids, quiet lakes, and beautiful forests. Friday, September 11, 6AM-2PM Winter, Sawyer Co. Leaders: Ron Weber & Laine Stowell Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

201. Fall at Ferry Bluff SNA

Note: steep off-trail hike. Climb 300+ feet to the top of Ferry Bluff for a stunning overlook of the Wisconsin River Valley. Marvel at amazing vistas, hill prairies, and a well-managed white oak savanna. Learn about the bluff’s unique ecology, and see the impact of fire and other management techniques. No bathrooms. Friday, September 11, 9AM-12PM Sauk City, Sauk Co. Leaders: Jared Urban & Jeff Lorch Limit: 16 Cost: $15 per person

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202. Lunch on Lone Rock & Quincy Bluff SNA

Note: Steep difficult hike. Explore one of Wisconsin’s largest SNAs, Quincy Bluff and Wetland, a huge wetland complex bordered by soaring mesa-like sandstone bluffs. Then take a hike to eat your lunch atop of Lone Rock with a stunning vista. This is a 5-mile hike over steep terrain with a scramble over large rocks. Must not be afraid of heights. No bathrooms. Friday, September 11, 10AM-2:30PM Adams, Adams Co. Leaders: Jon Robaidek & Josh Karow Limit: 15 Cost: $20 per person

203. Forest Lodge Estate & Fairyland SNA

Go behind the scenes at the Forest Lodge Estate in the Chequamegon National Forest. Explore the ecological and cultural treasures of this historic property, which is undergoing restoration by the US Forest Service as a Federal Historic Site. Then hike through Fairyland SNA to see old-growth hemlock forests nestled on the shores of Lake Namekagon. Friday, September 11, 2-5PM Cable, Bayfield Co. Leaders: Bill Smith & Ryan Magana Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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Witness the amazing spectacle of several thousands of chimney swifts coming to roost together! During late summer evenings, these birds form large tornado-like flocks above chimneys and then simultaneously funnel down into the opening. See it with your own eyes, and learn more about these aerial insectivores and how you can help conserve them. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Friday, September 11, 6-8:30PM Okauchee Lake, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Spencer Stehno, Mary & Meredith Cullen Limit: 50 Cost: $35 per person

Explore the cultural history of the Upper Mississippi on a caravan trip along the Great River Road. Walk among Native American mounds preserved within a white settler’s cemetery in Genoa. Visit the hallowed ground of the Battle at Bad Axe that ended the 1832 Black Hawk War. Hike among blufftop earthworks at Effigy Mounds National Monument and take in one of the most spectacular views of the Mighty Mississippi. Tuesday, September 15, 10:30AM-2:30PM Genoa, Vernon Co. Leaders: Danielle Benden & Ernie Boszhardt Limit: 25 Cost: $37 per person

205. Namekagon River Autumn Paddle

207. Tagging Monarch Butterflies at Goose Pond Sanctuary

Note: for experienced paddlers only. Paddle 13 miles on the Namekagon River, from Springbrook to Trego, to experience the wild beauty and autumnal color of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. Enjoy mostly quiet water with a few riffles and small rapids, as we paddle our way through grassy marsh, mixed hardwood and conifer forest, and spruce bog. *You must bring your own kayak/ canoe Saturday, September 12, 10AM-4PM Springbrook, Washburn Co. Leaders: Geary Searfoss, Tom & Carol Heinrich Limit: 20 Cost: $45 per person

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Capture and tag monarch butterflies in the prairies of Goose Pond, where over 2,000 monarchs were tagged last year. Discover monarch ecology, their host plants, and aweinspiring migration story. Ages 7+ Choose one session to attend: 207-A. Tuesday, September 15, 9:30AM-12PM 207-B. Tuesday, September 15, 1-3:30PM Arlington, Columbia Co. Leaders: Mark Martin, Susan Foote-Martin & Graham Steinhauer Limit: 21 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

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208. Oak Savanna Restoration: Donald Park

Oak savannas once covered most of southern Wisconsin but are now considered a critically imperiled habitat. Explore the savanna restoration at Donald Park and learn the proper techniques to restore this rare natural community and how it improves habitat for wildlife and birds, including the red-headed woodpecker. Wednesday, September 16, 8-11AM Mt Vernon, Dane Co. Leader: Russ Hefty Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

209. Industrial Recycling: The Quiet Revolution

What is high-grade recycling and why has it taken off? Tour Waste Management’s high-grade recycling center for an inside look at this surprising recycling success story. See first-hand how manufacturers and institutions are recycling unique plastics and paper by the ton. Ages 12+ Wednesday, September 16, 10AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Lynn Morgan & Valerie Hansen Limit: 18 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

210. Explore the Waubesa Wetlands SNA

Note: Strenuous & long off-trail hike. Trek four miles through wonderful Waubesa Wetlands SNA, a hidden wetland gem just south of Madison. Deep organic soils, a large bedrock valley and glacial formations give rise to dry prairie, sedge meadow, and calcareous fens. Discover rare plants and

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211. Mushrooms of the Northwoods

Curious about mushrooms that grow in the Northwoods? Hike through old-growth forest at Kemp Natural Resources Station looking for fungi. Learn the basics of mushroom collection and identification, as well as the roles that fungi play in our forests. Marvel at microscopic features of mushrooms in the classroom too! Ages 10+ Friday, September 18, 1-4PM Woodruff, Oneida Co. Leader: Anne Small Limit: 16 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

212. Tracking American Martens in Iron County

Deep in the heart of Iron County in northern Wisconsin, a research team has been studying Wisconsin’s state endangered T American marten and its habitat, home range, prey availability and behavior. Join an expert to learn the fascinating natural history of the marten and the unique forests they occupy. Possibly spy rare northern birds such as northern goshawk and gray jay too! Ages 10+ Friday, September 18, 12:30-4PM Mercer, Iron Co. Leaders: Zach Wilson & Jenna Malinowski Limit: 10 Cost: $25 adult, $15 child, per person

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213. Geologic History of the Baraboo Hills

Note: Some challenging steep hikes. The Baraboo Hills are among the oldest rock outcroppings in North America and a geologic marvel of the Midwest. Hike with an expert to learn how geologic forces, from mountain-building to glaciers, have shaped this unique landscape. Caravan with stops to hike and explore Van Hise Rock, Abelman’s Gorge, Parfrey’s Glen, and Devil’s Lake. Saturday, September 19, 9AM-4PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leader: Phil Fauble Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person

214. Train Ride & Bluff Prairie Hike: Tiffany Wildlife Area

A full day of fun! Enjoy a morning walk in the 5-Mile Bluff SNA for amazing views of the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers as we learn about glacial geology, goat prairie management, and timber rattlesnakes. Then off to the tracks for an open-air train ride into the remote areas of the Tiffany Wildlife Area, stopping for short hikes into prairies, savannas, and floodplain forests. Enjoy one of the most ecologically and historically unique areas of the state! Fundraiser for Lower Chippewa River conservation. Saturday, September 19, 9AM-5PM Pepin, Pepin Co. Leaders: Mark Rasmussen & Dean Edlin Limit: 64 Cost: $48 per person

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Note: Experienced paddlers only. Explore the quiet side of the Wisconsin Dells as we paddle 5 miles through the scenic sandstone gorge to view unusual rock formations. Enjoy the Dells of the Wisconsin River SNA and learn about the natural and cultural history of this famous place. Have your picnic lunch atop a high bluff with breathtaking views. Fundraiser for NRF. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Monday, September 21, 8:30AM-2PM Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 20 Cost: $45 per person

216. O  ld-Growth Forest at Dunn Lake Pines SNA Note: Off-trail hike through wet terrain. Enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods as we trek to a secluded stand of old-growth forest. Marvel at super-canopy white pines above large hemlock, birch, sugar maple, and basswood. Spy rare plants and animals that are dependent on old-growth as we learn about ecology and history. Friday, September 25, 9AM-12PM Boulder Junction, Vilas Co. Leaders: Carly Lapin & Jeff Meessmann Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

217. G  lacial Geology: Northern Waushara County

Explore the rocky hills and deep pugholes left by the last of the Wisconsin Age glacier on this 2-mile hike on the Ice Age Trail as it traverses the forests, prairies, and glacial moraine of Waushara County. Ages 10+ 2

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218 Saturday, September 26, 9:30AM-12PM Coloma, Waushara Co. Leader: Diane Humphrey Lueck Limit: 20 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person

218. Wisconsin’s Native Forest Communities: Diversity & Climate Change

Hike through Treehaven Field Station to explore the diversity in our native forest communities. Discover how plants survive in acidic bogs, learn how the towering pine forests of the North came to be, and how climate change and invasive species are impacting our forests today. Enjoy a locallysourced lunch too! (included in price) Sunday, September 27, 10AM-1PM Tomahawk, Lincoln Co. Leaders: Eli Anoszko & Brian Gibbs Limit: 20 Cost: $25 per person

219. Amazing Raptor Migration: Hawk Ridge Observatory

Experience peak raptor migration from a ridgetop perch with panoramic views of Lake Superior. The right winds can bring several T thousand raptors! Expect sharp-shinned hawks, broad-winged hawks, northern harriers, merlins, and peregrine falcons. Learn about raptor ecology and identification. Ages 8+ Choose one session to attend: 219-A. Sunday, September 27, 9AM-11:30AM 219-B. Sunday, September 27, 1PM-3:30PM Duluth, MN Leaders: Amy & Rich Staffen, Sharon Fandel Limit: 15 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

221 220. La Crosse County Landfill

La Crosse County Landfill participates in the Green Tier Program with a commitment to the environment. Learn about their recycling program, see the processing facility, and hear about their continuously improving solid waste diversion efforts. Also enjoy the La Crosse County Landfills scenic walking trails – you won’t even know you’re at a landfill! Ages 8+ Monday, September 28, 10AM-12PM La Crosse, La Crosse Co. Leaders: Jackie Davis & Scott Szymanski Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

221. Porcupine Wilderness Area: Forest Ecology & Orienteering

Unlike most Wisconsin forests, the Porcupine Lake Wilderness Area has been untouched by human influence for decades. Hike five miles both off-trail, and on the scenic North Country Trail, to learn about forest ecology and learn the art of orienteering with compass, map, and GPS. No bathrooms. Friday, October 2, 10AM-3PM Grandview, Bayfield Co. Leader: Ron Weber Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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225 224. “Boundary Waters” Canoe Experience in Washburn County

222. Saw-whet & Long-eared Owl Banding

Note: 100-yard portages on steep, rugged trails. Enjoy peak fall color on this paddle-andportage through five idyllic wilderness lakes. The Sawmill Lake Canoe Route creates a Boundary Waters-like experience as it winds through secluded shores lined with rolling hardwood forests awash in autumn color. Fundraiser for NRF. *You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Saturday, October 3, 10AM-3PM Birchwood, Washburn Co. Leaders: Phil Sylla & Dave Vold Limit: 15 Cost: $35 per person

Have your own close encounter with Wisconsin’s smallest owl! Experience how the experts mist-net and band these adorable birds at Linwood Springs Research Station, which bands up to 700 migrating owls annually. Chance to see long-eared owls, too! Ages 7+ Time: All sessions 7:30-10PM Choose one session date to attend: 222-A. Friday, October 2 222-B. Friday, October 16 222-C. Saturday, October 17 222-D. Thursday, October 22 222-E. Saturday, October 24 222-F. Friday, October 30 Stevens Point, Portage Co. Leaders: Gene & Lorraine Jacobs Limit: 40 Cost: $35 adult, $25 child, per person

225. Wyalusing: A Hike Through Time

Note: steep hike and rock stairways. Hike along the bluffs high above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. See stunning vistas and learn about the unique geologic, natural, and human history of this beloved park. Saturday, October 3, 1-3PM Bagley, Grant Co. Leaders: Bruce Klang & Chad Breuer Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

223. Lichens of the Driftless

Note: off-trail hike with steep terrain. Explore the wilds of Parrish Oak Savanna SNA and T learn about lichens common in the Driftless Region. Spy at least two dozen species of lichens found on rocks, soil, trees, moss, and an old cabin. No bathrooms. Fundraiser for the Rare Plant Fund. Saturday, October 3, 9AM-12PM Blue Mounds, Dane Co. Leaders: James Bennett & Janet Moredock Limit: 12 Cost: $25 per person

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226. Turkey Vultures Up Close

Hike the bluffs of Devil’s Lake State Park to marvel at more than 100 migrating turkey vultures gathering in their night roost. Learn about turkey vulture natural history and meet a charming live vulture up close! Ages 7+ Sunday, October 4, 2:30-7PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Lisa Hartman & Mike Mossman Limit: 25 Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, per person 2

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227 227. Hawk Banding: 60+ years in Southeast Wisconsin

Experience a first-hand look at one of the oldest continuous hawk banding operations in the United States—over 70 years and 44,000 hawks banded! Learn the unique history of Cedar Grove Research Station and get an up-close view of banding red-tailed hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and other raptors. Fundraiser for raptor banding efforts. Choose one session to attend: 227-A. Thursday, October 8, 9AM-12PM 227-B. Thursday, October 8, 1-4PM Cedar Grove, Sheboygan Co. Leaders: Joe Henry & Mark Martin Limit: 6 Cost: $100 per person*

228. Fall Colors of the Blue Hills Felsenmeer

Note: long hike with some steep uneven terrain and challenging footing. Uncover unique geology and microclimate of the Blue Hills felsenmeer, German for “sea of rocks.” Discover flora and fauna of the surrounding forests on a 4-mile hike to this ecological rarity awash in autumn color. Friday, October 9, 10AM-3PM Weyerhaeuser, Rusk Co. Leader: Ron Weber Limit: 15 Cost: $20 per person

229. Crex Crane Roosting Tour

Learn about sandhill crane ecology, then caravan through the sunset hours in Crex Wildlife Refuge, watching thousands of cranes come to their nightly roost. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Ages 10+ *A majority of the cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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Friday, October 9, 5-7PM Grantsburg, Burnett Co. Leader: Lauren Finch Limit: 20 Cost: $30 adult, $20 child, per person

230. Star Gazing at Washburn Observatory

Tour historic Washburn Observatory and discover the fascinating history of the observatory’s telescope and the study of astronomy at the UW-Madison. Then, weather permitting, open up the observatory dome to view objects in the night sky with the 15.6-inch refracting telescope. Saturday, October 10, 7:30-9:30PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Kay Kriewald & Jim Lattis Limit: 30 Cost: $25 per person

231. Wisconsin’s Geologic Past & Future

Join the State Geologist on a tour of the WI Geological and Natural History Survey’s vast collection of rock cores and learn what they tell us about Wisconsin’s ancient history. From mountain ranges and volcanoes, to tropical seas and giant glaciers, see the connection between our ancient rocks and the future of our water resources. Sunday, October 11, 1-4PM Mount Horeb, Dane Co. Leaders: Carol McCartney, Ken Bradbury & Carsyn Ames Limit: 30 Cost: $15 per person

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Autumn skies bring migrating sparrows, including white-crowned, white-throated, fox, Lincoln’s, clay-colored, song, swamp, and field sparrows. Learn to ID these challenging birds and maybe spot some late warblers and other migratory birds. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Friday, October 16, 2:30-4:30PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Kim Kreitinger & Diane Packett Limit: 12 Cost: $35 per person

233. A Falconry Experience

Explore the ancient art of falconry: hunting with a trained bird of prey. Learn the history of this exquisite art and how it’s practiced in today’s world. Meet falconry birds up close and weather permitting view a live demo of falconry techniques with a hawk or falcon in the field. No bathrooms. Saturday, October 17, 1-4PM Milton, Rock Co. Leader: Dianne Moller Limit: 25 Cost: $65 per person

234. Crane Congregations: Wisconsin River Back from near extinction in the 1930’s, sandhill cranes are a conservation success story. Learn about crane ecology, longterm studies, and potential conflicts with agriculture. Then observe thousands

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235. Crane Roosting at Sandhill

Marvel at breathtaking views as thousands of cranes come to roost in Gallagher Marsh at sunset. There’s a good chance to see eagles and swans, too! Ages 10+ Saturday, October 17, 3:30-8PM Babcock, Wood Co. Leaders: Carrie Milestone & Darren Ladwig Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

236. Saw-whet Owl Banding at Beaver Creek Reserve

Wisconsin’s smallest owl gives a big “Hoot!” Watch and learn as Beaver Creek Reserve researchers trap and band these tiny owls during their fall migration, providing an opportunity to learn their natural history and see them up close. This program is indoors. Ages 7+ Saturday, October 17, 7:30-10PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leaders: Jeanette Kelly, Gary Wauters & Beth Luck Limit: 24 Cost: $30 adult, $10 child, per person

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238 237. Northern Saw-whet Owls: Carpenter Nature Center

Venture out with the research banding team at Carpenter Nature Center as they check mist nets and band northern saw-whet owls. Learn the natural history of this tiny predator and mysterious bird of prey. Ages 7+ Choose one session to attend: 237-A. Thursday, October 22, 8-10PM 237-B. Thursday, October 29, 8-10PM Hudson, St. Croix Co. Leader: Jennifer Vieth Limit: 15 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

238. Fall Waterfowl Viewing on Chequamegon Bay

Caravan along the scenic shore of Lake Superior to view a variety of migrating waterfowl. Expect to see diving ducks, an assortment of dabbling ducks, and other waterbirds, such as common loons and horned grebes. There’s a good chance we will see scoters, long-tailed ducks, or Pacific loons! Saturday, October 24, 8AM-12PM Ashland, Ashland Co. Leader: Nicholas Anich Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

239. Behind the Scenes at the Wisconsin State Herbarium

Botanists within the WI State Herbarium on the campus of UW-Madison have been documenting flora for more than 175 years, and have amassed one of the world’s largest collections of preserved plants, algae, lichens, and fungi. Learn about the herbarium’s 1.3 million botanical specimens and enjoy hands-

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on activities with museum curators. Saturday, October 24, 9AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Ken Cameron, Mary Ann Feist & Mark Wetter Limit: 36 Cost: $15 per person

240. Waterfowl ID: Mississippi River

Get to know the ducks, geese, and swans of the Mississippi River flyway. Learn tips and tricks for waterfowl identification in an indoor classroom, then venture to the field in Pools 8 and 9 to hone your skills during the peak of waterfowl migration. Ages 12+ Saturday, October 24, 9AM-1PM La Crosse, La Crosse Co. Leaders: Brenda & Scott Kelly Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

241. Behind the Scenes: Wisconsin Insect Research Collection

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wisconsin Insect Research Collection on the UW-Madison campus. Marvel at some of the three million curated insect specimens and get hands-on with curatorial activities including specimen preparation, labeling, and digitization. Ages 8+ Saturday, October 24, 9:30AM-12:30PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Craig Brabant, Daniel Young & Jacki Whisenant Limit: 24 Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, per person

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242 X 242. Leopold’s Legacy: Phenology & Climate Change

Visit the Leopold Center and learn about Aldo Leopold’s life and philosophy, and how the Leopold family’s devotion to phenological research is providing essential data for understanding climate change. Then head to the Leopold shack to see examples where this phenological data has been collected, and hike the land that Leopold himself so thoughtfully restored. Saturday, October 24, 10AM-3PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Shannon Thielman & Curt Meine Limit: 25 Cost: $25 per person

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243 243. Migration on the Mighty Mississippi

A site to behold! Expect to see more than 250 bald eagles and 100,000 waterfowl on this bus tour to several birding hot-spots along the Mississippi River, including famous Pools 8 and 9. See swans, pelicans, eagles, and hawks at the peak of migration at this Globally Important Bird Area. Fundraiser for Bird Protection Fund. Friday, November 6, 8:30AM-2PM Brownsville, MN Leaders: Jim Nissen & Steve Houdek Limit: 40 Cost: $48 per person

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