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Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

2015 Field Trip G UIDE B OO K

Join us in the field to discover, cherish & support Wisconsin’s natural places


Cherishing Wisconsin’s Outdoors! Another amazing year of Field Trips awaits! The Natural Resources Foundation is especially excited to offer over 50 field trips to visit State Natural Areas (SNAs). Whether it be rare plants, animals, geology or archaeology — SNAs keep Wisconsin’s “best of the best” protected and secure. Join us in the field with experts to explore these natural gems, and learn more about the many facets of Wisconsin’s lands, waters & wildlife. We have trips for all ages & interests. So, bring a friend, child or grandchild along and discover something new about Wisconsin together! Costs & Fees: We try to keep costs low & use your dollars wisely. Trip fees help fund the Field Trip Programs (coordination, staff, printing, postage, and more). Some trips are also fundraisers for important conservation projects. Children on trips: “Family Friendly” trips are most suitable for children of the age recommendation listed, and thus child’s fees are noted. Children are welcome on all trips for $6 less than the adult fee listed, and must be accompanied by adults. Colored trip titles: Please double-check that a trip is a good fit for you. We want to make sure you are safe and comfortable. Trip title colors indicate their physical ratings. See page 1 for details. Registration At-a-Glance: • You must be a member of the Foundation to register for field trips. See page 36 for more registration details. • Some trips fill VERY quickly! Online registration shows the most current trip availability. • Please limit your registration to four trips. • You may register up to 5 guests. • Only register for one canoe/kayak trip per person due to high demand. • Please don’t register for trips you have done in the past.

Family-Friendly: One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an appreciation for nature. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Age recommendations are listed for each trip. Child-friendly trips are identified with this symbol: Birds: Learn the science of bird conservation by banding, surveying, and photographing Wisconsin’s many birds. All of our birding trips are identified with this symbol: SNAs: Experience Wisconsin’s precious wilderness gems, our State Natural Areas (SNAs), guided by the conservationists who help protect them. Some trips are fundraisers for SNA management. All of our SNA trips are indicated with this symbol:

What makes our trips special? • Our trips are led by Wisconsin DNR professionals & other experts who share their love & knowledge of Wisconsin’s outdoor lands, waters & wildlife. • Enjoy being with fellow participants who are engaged, enthusiastic, knowledgeable & friendly. Our members are wonderful people! When can I register? • March 25 at NOON – Online registration opens for current & renewing members. • April 1 – Registration opens to the general public. Anyone can easily become a member at a discounted price of $15 during online field trip registration using the passcode: Join NRF

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Questions? Call toll-free (866) 264-4096; or email: fieldtrips@wisconservation.org

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Discover Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas (SNAs)!

So grab your binoculars & lace up your hiking boots. We have more than 50 trips to discover SNAs and learn more about Wisconsin’s most important, rare & fascinating lands, waters & wildlife!

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Wisconsin’s 673 State Natural Areas (SNAs) provide some of the last refuges for rare plants & animals and protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin’s native plant communities, significant geological formations & archeological sites. The Foundation is focused on ensuring the future of these Wisconsin treasures by investing in SNA management and connecting caring donors with those SNAs in greatest need.

Some trips in this year’s field trip line-up are fundraisers for SNA management.

Think of the places that mean Wisconsin to you... Our State Parks, State Natural Areas, State Wildlife Areas and State Fishery Areas. How much do these places matter? How much do you want them to thrive for the next generation, and the one after that? The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund provides for habitat management and ensures the future care and enjoyment of our publicly owned lands and waters. Learn more at:

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3 1. Paradise Valley Restored

Fifty years ago the Bark River was moved from its original course as part of a farm drainage project. Thanks to the Wetland Reserve Program, the river floodplain has returned, and is now part of the Paradise Valley Wildlife Area. Tour restored wetlands to view thriving wetland birds & waterfowl. Saturday, April 11, 8:30-11:30AM Dousman, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Tim Lizotte & Kelly VanBeek Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

2. Prairie Chicken Booming on the Buena Vista

Sneak into hidden blinds & observe the amazing dawn display of greater prairie chicken mating rituals on their booming ground. Enjoy sunrise songs of meadowlarks, & bobolinks. Learn about grassland habitat & bird conservation efforts while enjoying breakfast (included in cost). Friday, April 17, 4:15-9:30AM Bancroft, Portage Co. Leaders: Lesa Kardash, Greg Dahl, Sharon Schwab & Erin Grossman Limit: 8 Cost: $27 per person

3. Terrell’s Island: Wetlands & Birds Enjoy breathtaking views & 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. See terns, egrets, herons, waterfowl, cormorants, pelicans & wildlife. Ages 10+

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Saturday, April 18, 8-11AM Omro, Winnebago Co. Leaders: Shannon Davis-Foust & Anita Carpenter Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

4. Springs Arrival at Quincy Bluff & Wetlands SNA

As winter gives way to the green of spring, come view the first migrants and learn about geology, history & ecology at Quincy Bluff & Wetlands SNA. Hike the wetland trails then venture upon a rock outcrop to enjoy the view. Fundraiser for Quincy Bluff restoration. Saturday, April 18, 8-11AM Adams, Adams Co. Leader: Jon Robaidek Limit: 15 Cost: $22 per person

5. Paddle the Des Plaines River Watershed

An extensive wetland in Southeast Wisconsin is the source of the Des Plaines River and contributes to its widening as it travels through Illinois to the Mississippi. Enjoy a canoe exploration of these valuable scenic wetland waters to observe wildlife & diverse habitats. You must bring your own canoe/ kayak. Ages 12+ Saturday, April 18, 9AM-12PM Kenosha, Kenosha Co. Leaders: Ronald Rasmussen, Nan Calvert & Nick Spittlemeister Limit: 14 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

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6 6. Searching for Salamanders

Enjoy an up-close look at Wisconsin’s salamanders. Learn about their life cycle, habitat preferences & ecology. See these amazing creatures firsthand! Great fun for the whole family. Ages 5+ Saturday, April 18, 1-3PM Eagle, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Michael Warwick & Matt Matrise Limit: 18 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

7. Cedarburg Bog SNA: History, Woodcocks & Frogs

Learn about the natural history of this unique & picturesque SNA gem — the most southern string-bog in the nation. Enjoy the dusk-hour with a sky dance of the woodcock & serenade of spring frogs. Ages 10+ Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-9PM Saukville, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Gail Overholt, Kate Redmond & Pete Overholt Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $9 child, per person

8. Inside Waste Management Recycling Plant

Where do your recyclables go & 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+ Wednesday, April 22, 10AM-12PM Germantown, Washington Co. Leaders: Lynn Morgan, John Schulltz & Amy Houston Limit: 28 Cost: Free

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9. Hawks, Swamps & Savannas of Pine Island

Explore diverse & rare species inhabiting Pine Island Wildlife Area. Hike along the Wisconsin River to discover floodplain forests. Help plant a few oak seedlings to assist restoration efforts. Then board a boat to Pine Island to explore savannas. Perhaps even call in nesting red-shouldered hawks & view eagle nests! Ages 10+ Saturday, April 25, 9AM-12PM Portage, Columbia Co. Leaders: Allen Ramminger & Sara Kehrli Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

10. Water Transformation at Nine Springs

Where does our tap water come from & where does it go? Follow water as it flows through the Nine Springs Waste Water Treatment Plant & is transformed from a harmful pollutant to a helpful resource. Understand the impacts of water use & the role of wastewater treatment in the water cycle. Ages 5+ Choose one session date to attend: 10-A. Thursday, April 30, 1-3PM 10-B. Thursday, October 1, 1-3PM Madison, Dane Co. Leader: Jim Post Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

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11 11. In Search of the Spruce Grouse

Join the hunt through bogs & boreal forest to spy the state-threatened spruce grouse! Enjoy this exclusive chance to behold the courtship display presented by this rare & secretive bird in their breeding territories. Chance to spy other rare boreal birds along the way. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Friday, May 1, 6-10:30AM Clam Lake, Ashland Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 20 Cost: $100 per person*

12.  Teen-Birder Field Trip: Spring Migration in Madison

Teens & tweens, this trip is for you! Join the fledgling flock led by two expert birders to hike through mixed habitats of the UW-Madison campus in search of warblers, tanagers, orioles, flycatchers & other Neotropical migrants during spring migration. Designed for young birders, this trip is a learning opportunity & way for future biologists to network with adults in the field on a campus historically important to wildlife conservation... and have fun with other teens/tweens too! Ages 12+ Tuesday, May 5, 3-7PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Andy Paulios & Kim Kreitinger Limit: 15 Cost: $6 per teen

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

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14 13. Badger Army Ammunition Plant: History, Nature & Future

Enjoy a rare tour to discover how this everevolving land has changed: from vast prairie, to farmsteads, ammunitions plant, and now a site for research, recreation, wildlife & cultural understanding. Contemplate its future—balancing human needs & biodiversity while honoring our past. Learn about ecological restoration, geology, birds, salamanders, goats & cultural history. Friday, May 8, 7:30AM-12PM Prairie du Sac, Sauk Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman, Joan Kenney, John Pohlman & Cherrie Nolden Limit: 30 Cost: $25 per person

14. Catching the Peak: Migratory Bird Banding

The annual Neotropical migration of millions of birds is one of the world’s most awe inspiring phenomenon. Marvel at birds up close as we spend the day assisting the capture & banding of many passerines that pass through the savannas, woodlands & prairies at the Waupaca Biological Field Station & Emmons Creek Barrens SNA. This is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Ages 8+ Choose one session date to attend: 14-A. Saturday, May 9, 6:30AM-5:30PM 14-B. Saturday, May 16, 6:30AM-5:30PM 14-C. Saturday, May 23, 6:30AM-5:30PM Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leader: Robert Welch Limit: 20 Cost: $42 adult, $36 child, per person

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16 15. B  irding Hot-Spots: Northern Kettle Moraine SNAs

Join us during spring migration as we hit several SNA birding hot-spots of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit, where more than 230 birds have been identified. Hike the tamarack trail around Mauthe Lake & through Milwaukee River Floodplain Forest SNA. Then venture to Haskell Noyes Memorial Forest SNA, the Jersey Flats & Kettle Moraine Oaks SNA. Saturday, May 9, 8-11AM Campbellsport, Fond du Lac Co. Leader: Jackie Scharfenberg Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

16. Kirtland’s Warblers Up Close

Explore the carefully protected pine barrens habitat of the Kirtland’s Warbler, one of Wisconsin’s rarest birds, and learn about its life history & ongoing management initiatives. Look for barrens wildflowers, reptiles & other birds such as clay-colored sparrow. With a bit of luck & expert guidance, see and hear the elusive & rare Kirtland’s warbler! This is a fundraiser to support Kirtland’s warbler conservation. Friday, May 15, 6:45-10AM Rome, Adams Co. Leaders: Amy & Rich Staffen Limit: 36 Cost: $42 per person*

17. Gems of Green County

Experience the majestic old-growth forest of Abraham’s Woods SNA, known for its sugar maples & spectacular display of spring

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wildflowers. Then savor sweeping vistas from Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA & enjoy springtime plants & songbirds. Blooming pasque flowers & shooting stars await! Friday, May 15, 9AM-12PM Albany, Green Co. Leaders: Dawn Hinebaugh & Ryan O’Connor Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

18. Spring Dells Power-Hike

Note: This is a very challenging hike — for hearty hikers only! Take a strenuous & fastpaced power-hike through areas of the Dells of the Wisconsin River SNA not normally accessible to the public. Spectacular gorges, mossy glens & rare plants await as we traverse steep & off-trail terrain. Bring a lunch to enjoy atop a sandstone bluff with amazing vistas. Friday, May 15, 9AM-2PM Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 22 Cost: $23 per person

19.  Train Ride & Birds of Tiffany Wildlife Area & Lower Chippewa River

All aboard! Take a ride on an antique open-air train into the most remote areas of the Tiffany Wildlife Area. Enjoy stops & short hikes into flood plain forests, wetlands, savannas & prairies. Chance to spy at least 75 species of birds during peak migration. This trip is a fundraiser supporting conservation efforts along the Lower Chippewa River.

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22 Saturday, May 16, 7AM-12PM Durand, Buffalo Co. Leaders: Dave Linderud, Steve Betchkal & Anne Geraghty Limit: 64 Cost: $35 per person*

20. Birds & Flora of Muskego Hardwoods SNA

Wonders to behold just minutes from downtown Milwaukee! Marvel at old-growth hardwood forest where state-threatened blue ash, uncommon Kentucky coffeetree & diverse spring flora thrive. With lowland forests & ephemeral ponds there’s great birding too! Saturday, May 16, 7-10:30AM Muskego, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Tom Zagar & John Winze Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

21. Birds & Blooms: Bass Hollow SNA

Note: Difficult steep terrain — for fit hikers only! Venture off-trail to explore spring wildflowers & migrant birds passing through this forested 100-foot-deep natural gorge. Enjoy an inviting view, intricate with many micro-habitats. Saturday, May 16, 8-11AM Mauston, Juneau Co. Leader: Jon Robaidek Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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

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22. Rare Birds of the Namekagon Barrens

View migrating & resident birds on the Namekagon Barrens, including sharp-tailed grouse, upland plovers & many others. Learn about unique pine/oak barrens habitat which formerly covered millions of acres in NW Wisconsin. This is a fundraiser for management of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area. Saturday, May 16, 8-11AM Danbury, Burnett Co. Leaders: Jerry McAllister, Bruce DeLong & Bruce Moss Limit: 20 Cost: $37 per person

23. Mississippi River Eagle Nest & Warblers Boat Cruise

Experience the mighty Mississippi during peak spring migration! Spy warblers, Neotropical migrants, otters & other wildlife of the backwater byways. Visit four eagle nests to see up-close eagle parents fishing & feeding their nestlings. Enjoy it all from the deck of a semi-enclosed pontoon cruiser on this exclusive tour. Ages 8+ Saturday, May 16, 8:30-10:30AM Prairie du Chien, Crawford Co. Leader: Captain Annie Limit: 55 Cost: $32 adult, $26 child, per person

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25 24.  Planting Trees From Seeds

Transplanting nursery grown trees is common practice, but results in a high rate of failure. Growing trees from seed, however, makes for thriving saplings. Learn techniques so you too can plant various species of trees from seed yourself! Amazing potential lies in each seed. Ages 10+ Saturday, May 16, 9AM-12PM Burlington, Racine Co. Leaders: Ron Rasmussen & Nan Calvert Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

25. Birds of Dusk & Dawn- Overnight Trip!

Birdwatch at the same place at dawn & dusk, you’ll see very different birds. Enjoy this overnight trip in the Northern HighlandAmerican Legion State Forest to learn about birds that bookend the night hours. Highlights include capturing & banding woodcock, warblers & songbirds. Listen for frogs, owls & coyotes in the evening, & a variety of birds at dawn. Price includes overnight lodging at Kemp Station & breakfast. Saturday, May 16, 5PM to 10AM Sunday, May 17 Woodruff, Oneida Co. Leaders: Amber Roth & Vanessa Haese-Lehman Limit: 20 Cost: $50 per person

including 31 different warblers. Chance to see nesting Acadian flycatcher, Louisiana waterthrush & cerulean warbler. More than 500 native plant species inhabit the SNA including ferns, orchids & many spring ephemerals. Sunday, May 17, 8-11AM Leland, Sauk Co. Leaders: Kim Kreitinger, Sharon Fandel & Levi Wood Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

27. Bogs, Bugs & Botanical Bullies: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary SNA

Enjoy a family-friendly canoe & hike exploration of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary SNA ecosystems, including tamarack bog, old-growth forest, prairie & kettle lakes. Discover fascinating wonders: plants that eat insects for lunch, famished fungi, beetles that make perfumes that attack 300 yearold trees, & worms that slither faster than snakes! Ages 12+ Sunday, May 17, 12:30-4PM Sarona, Washburn Co. Leaders: Paul Cigan, Valerie Johnson & Anna DeMers Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

26. Birds & Wildflowers of Honey Creek SNA

Nestled within the Baraboo Hills, Honey Creek SNA is a birder’s delight where more than 180 bird species have been recorded,

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30 28. Birds, Plants & Wildlife at Bakkens Pond

Explore several scenic Lower Wisconsin State Riverway habitats to discover their birds, plants & wildlife. Visit sites around Bakkens Pond & Cruson Slough to walk the dikes through marshes, floodplain forest, upland pine-oak woodland, savanna & prairie-like barrens. Birds galore in a variety of interconnected habitats! This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Wednesday, May 20, 6-11AM Lone Rock, Richland Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman, Yoyi Steele, Travis Anderson & Meg Ziegler Limit: 20 Cost: $42 per person*

29. Lake Sturgeon: Lifting Nets on Lake Superior

Board boats in Lake Superior with DNR biologists to lift nets for lake sturgeon! Handle & hold these fish that can live to 50 years or more, and grow to nearly 9 feet long. This is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to enjoy a close encounter with this ancient species that swam while dinosaurs roamed the earth! This trip is a fundraiser for sturgeon conservation. Choose one session date to attend: 29-A. Wednesday, May 20, 8:30AM-12:30PM 29-B. Thursday, May 21, 8:30AM-12:30PM Ashland, Ashland Co. Leaders: Jared Myers, Scott Sapper, Terry Margenau & Chris Zunker Limit: 10 Cost: $50 per person*

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30. Paddle & Bird the ChippewaMississippi Confluence

Paddle the scenic interior sloughs of Tiffany & Nelson-Trevino Bottoms SNAs to explore forests, barrens & marshes in Wisconsin’s largest forested wetland complex. Enjoy birdwatching as we canoe 8 miles through this majestic & wild landscape, home to nesting red-shouldered hawks, yellowheaded blackbirds, herons, prothonotary & Kentucky warblers. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Thursday, May 21, 6AM-3PM Durand, Buffalo Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman & Yoyi Steele Limit: 20 Cost: $62 per person*

31. Restoring Private Wetlands: Bayshore Blufflands SNA

Enjoy a tour of private lands within Bayshore Blufflands SNA in Door County, nestled along the globally significant Niagara Escarpment. Hear the story of two wetland owners & working examples of concepts from Wisconsin Wetlands’ handbook, My Healthy Wetland. Visit scenic springs & ponds, see interesting plants in several wetland habitats. Thursday, May 21, 1-4PM Carlsville, Door Co. Leaders: Katie Beilfuss, Dan Collins & Nancy Aten Limit: 30 Cost: $20 per person

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34 32. Pheasant Branch Conservancy: Restoring the Natural Heritage

Get an up-close view of springs, sedge meadow, prairie & oak savanna in Pheasant Branch Conservancy. See how two decades of restoration to wetland & upland plant communities has encouraged native flora, birds, mammals & insects to return. Spy pickerel frogs, sedge wrens, sandhill cranes, herptiles, mammals & more. Thursday, May 21, 6-8PM Middleton, Dane Co. Leaders: Pat Trochlell & Tom Bernthal Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

33. Trout Stream Therapy at the Scuppernong Springs

Amazing transformation! Hike Scuppernong Springs to see how an abandoned trout pond, after a century of neglect, is now being converted to a class 1 trout stream. Discover flora, fauna, & how restoration efforts have transformed the diverse upland into a rich display of savanna, wetland & prairie plants. Saturday, May 23, 8-11:30AM Eagle, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Jared Urban & Paul Mozina Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

34. Spring Butterfly Trek: Crex to the Barrens

Spring brings wildflowers, migrating songbirds & a burst of early-season butterflies to the pine barrens & bogs of Burnett County. From Crex to the Namekagon Barrens, join a butterfly enthusiast for a guided caravan tour

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of his favorite haunts. Venture amongst lupine, bearberry, blueberry, juneberry & cherry shrubs bedazzled in bloom as we search for elfins, blues & dusky-wing skipper butterflies. Saturday, May 23, 9AM-4:30PM Grantsburg, Burnett Co. Leader: Dean Hansen Limit: 18 Cost: $12 per person

35. Moonlight Bay SNA’s Rare Plants & Birds

Spy shorebirds while exploring a bedrock beach & boreal forest. Search for uncommon plants such as arctic primrose & Indian paintbrush as we hike in the solitude of this Door County SNA gem. Saturday, May 23, 9:30AM-12PM Baileys Harbor, Door Co. Leaders: Mark Martin & Susan Foote-Martin Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

36. Get Hooked! Fly Fishing for Beginners

Tackle your curiosity about fly fishing on this fun & inexpensive introduction to the sport. Experts will demystify the equipment & teach the basics. Then venture outside Riveredge Nature Center to learn some casts & fish the ponds. Cost includes use of rods, reels, lines & flies. Give it a try — you’ll get hooked! Saturday, May 23, 12:30-3PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Jerry & Diane Kiesow, Chris Vollmer Limit: 12 Cost: $42 per person

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37 37. Small Mammals of Northern Wisconsin

Explore the diversity & ecology of small mammals that inhabit the scenic Northwoods near Kemp Station. Venture into the field with biologists checking live traps to discover shrews, mice, bats, voles & smaller squirrels. Tuesday, May 26, 8AM-12PM Woodruff, Onieda Co. Leader: Scott Craven Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

38. Paddle the Pecatonica

Enjoy a paddle down the enchanting Pecatonica River. Stop along the way to hike the beautiful Erickson Wetlands and learn about Driftless Area ecology & search for migrating birds. Wildlife & scenic views await around each river bend! You must bring your own canoe. Ages 10+ Thursday, May 28, 7:30-11AM Argyle, Lafayette Co. Leaders: David Clutter, Katie Abbott & Scott Laeser Limit: 20 Cost: $27 adult, $21 child, per person

39. Bluff Creek SNA: Evidence of Ecological Restoration

Note: Difficult steep terrain — for fit hikers only! Spy interesting plants & animals as we traverse Bluff Creek SNA from lower wetlands to oak-dominated woods above. Learn about native plant communities & prescribed fire as we hike the gamut from no, to new, to 10-year restorations.

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Friday, May 29, 9AM-12PM Whitewater, Walworth Co. Leaders: Alex Wenthe & Matt Zine Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

40. Horicon: Pontoon & Hike

Birds & wildlife abound on this enjoyable naturalist-guided pontoon tour of the famed Horicon Marsh, home to more than 300 species of birds! Also venture on a boardwalk hike for more birding & a different perspective of the marsh. Ages 10+ Saturday, May 30, 7:30AM-12PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Marc Zuelsdorf, Elizabeth Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 40 Cost: $31 adult, $25 child, per person

41. Stream Ecology at Black Earth Creek

Be a stream ecologist for a day! Get hands-on to learn about stream ecology & explore the waters of a beloved trout stream. Use sampling equipment to measure water quality & collect aquatic insects & fish. Great fun & learning for the whole family! Ages 7+ Saturday, May 30, 9AM-1PM Black Earth, Dane Co. Leader: Mike Miller Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

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An exclusive look at an illusive bird! Learn about the common loon: its range, migration, behaviors & information gleaned from recent field science. Then venture outside for caravan stops at Silver, Franklin, White Deer & Anvil Lakes to view common loons in the field. Saturday, May 30, 9AM-1PM Eagle River, Vilas Co. Leader: Sandy Gillum Limit: 20 Cost: $20 per person

43. Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve: Habitat & Humans in Harmony

For 30+ years Circle Sanctuary has restored the prairie & oak savannas of their Driftless region preserve into a nature spirituality center, where people can connect with the divine in the natural world & within themselves. Hike scenic trails to spy red-headed woodpeckers, orioles, grosebeaks & warblers. Enjoy wildflowers & butterflies. Visit a Green Cemetery to learn about natural burial. Saturday, May 30, 9:30-11:30AM Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leader: Florence Edwards-Miller Limit: 35 Cost: $12 per person

44. Identify & Control Invasive Plants on Your Land Whether you own a city lot, farmland or large woodland, invasive plants are likely reducing your wildflowers, wildlife & enjoyment of the land. At the Madison Arboretum we’ll learn invasive plant ID, how to plan your control

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efforts & what techniques & tools are used on different species. Take home tips to use on the land you love & care for! Saturday, May 30, 1-5PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Kelly Kearns, Brad Herrick & Michael Hansen Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

45. Breeding Bird Atlas Hike: Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area & Ice Age Trail

Venture through Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area in search of breeding birds while enjoying a diverse mix of habitats & spectacular views along the Ice Age Trail. Contribute to important science as we document breeding bird species as part of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas project. Wednesday, June 3, 7AM-1PM Lodi, Columbia Co. Leaders: Andy Paulios Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

46. Spring Birds of the Dunnville Wildlife Area

Bird & explore the mosaic of ecosystems in Dunnville Wildlife Area. Hike through bottomland forests, savannas, prairies, swales & water-sloughs of the Lower Chippewa River. Traverse many habitats to spy uncommon birds such as lark sparrows, Bell’s vireos, redheaded woodpeckers & black-billed cuckoos. Thursday, June 4, 8-10AM Downsville, Dunn Co. Leaders: Bill Hogseth & Emily Lind Limit: 12 Cost: $12 per person 2 Easy

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47 47. Spring Prairie Flowers & Karner Blue Habitat

Enjoy an exclusive tour of Prairie Nursery to see display gardens & spring blooming prairie smoke, lupine & shooting stars. Then visit the Iltis Prairie & Savanna, where more than 80 acres of rolling fields & oak ridges have been restored to endangered Karner blue butterfly habitat. Enjoy a large tamarack bog with pitcher plants, sundew & cranberries. Thursday, June 4, 10AM-3PM Westfield, Marquette Co. Leaders: Neil Diboll, David & Shelley Hamel Limit: 30 Cost: $12 per person

48. Big Muskego Lake: Evening Paddle & Birds

An enchanting evening paddle while birdwatching the lake & marshes awaits! See nesting colonies of endangered Forster’s terns, ospreys & bald eagles. Spy many uncommon marsh birds & waterfowl aplenty as we enjoy the sunset hours. For proficient paddlers only! You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Thursday, June 4, 5:30PM-9PM Muskego, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Tom Zagar, John Winze & Jessica Quinlan Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

49. Birds & Butterflies of Moquah Barrens SNA

Unique in the Northwoods, the pine barrens landscape is home to many rare species. Learn about barrens ecology & search

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48 for vesper sparrows, upland sandpipers, chestnut-sided warblers & dozens of butterfly species. Friday, June 5, 7-11:30AM Ino, Bayfield Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 15 Cost: $20 per person

50. Breeding Birds of the Chippewa County Forest

Traverse this region of unique glacial topography & extensive hardwood forests to explore the relationship between birds & forestry. Hike several forest types in search of scarlet tanager, golden-winged warbler, wood thrush & cerulean warbler. Friday, June 5, 7AM-12PM New Auburn, Chippewa Co. Leaders: Bill Hogseth & Matt Hansen Limit: 12 Cost: $12 per person

51. Grassland Birds of Star Prairie

Observe illusive grassland birds at Star Prairie native seed farm & surrounding areas in the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area. See many pollinators as we tour the grass & wildflower plots at the seed farm. Chance to spy wetland birds at nearby sites too! Friday, June 5, 8-10AM Star Prairie, St. Croix Co. Leaders: Missy Sparrow-Lien & Harvey Halvorsen Limit: 12 Cost: $12 per person

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Tread among a carpet of shooting star flowers as we explore the richest prairie in Wisconsin, with more than 400 native plant species identified! See how plants rebound after a burn. Learn about prairie ecology, fascinating property history, restoration & management of this beloved SNA. Saturday, June 6, 9-11:30AM Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha Co. Leaders: Pam Holy, Marty Johnson, Doug Robinson, Sharon Gericke-Fandel & Trent Leaf Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

53. Landscape Photography on the Door Shore

Bring your camera & hone your outdoor photography skills under the guidance of a professional. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the “quiet side” of Door County capturing views of sand dunes & the Lake Michigan shoreline of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Hike to Cave Point County Park for more vistas. Ages 12+ Saturday, June 6, 9AM-12PM Sturgeon Bay, Door Co. Leaders: Dave Edwards & Diane Edwards Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

54. Tree & Shrub ID: Beaver Creek

Can’t tell an oak from an elm, or a birch from a beech? Here’s a great chance to hone those ID skills! Hike Beaver Creek Reserve with an expert to learn many species of trees by their leaf, twig or bark — plus tricks to remember them. Learn some shrubs & vines too. Experience the forest as you never have before! Ages 12+

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55. Eco-Logic Fly Fishing Workshop

Understanding the ecology of trout streams makes for a richer angling experience & may even help you catch (& release) more fish. Learn about trout stream ecology, how to “read the water,” trout prey & the fly patterns that imitate them. This workshop is for beginning through advanced fly fishers. Loaner fly rods available for those without equipment. Ages 12+ Saturday, June 6, 10AM-2PM Avalanche, Vernon Co. Leader: Mike Miller Limit: 20 Cost: $22 adult, $16 child, per person

56. MAPS: Studying & Mist-Netting Birds at Henke Farm

Hike diverse habitats to see birds up-close as we check mist-nets for gray catbird, goldenwinged warbler, indigo bunting & more. For 13 years this bird-banding station has contributed data to the continent-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship (MAPS) which helps determine long-term plans for bird conservation. Thursday, June 11, 6-11AM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leaders: Emily Lind, Bruce Steger & Alice Droske Limit: 12 Cost: $22 per person

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57 59 57. Eagle Banding & Pontoon Tour: Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Visit an eagle nest & help band eaglet nestlings. Then take a scenic pontoon ride through the Flowage to learn area history and ecology from DNR professionals. Enjoy an exciting full day of wildlife & landscapes! This trip is a fundraiser for osprey/eagle monitoring & the Foundation. Friday, June 12, 8:30AM-4PM Mercer, Iron Co. Leaders: Sam Jonas & Zach Lawson Limit: 24 Cost: $100 per person*

58. Lichens of the North Woods

Explore the mysterious life of lichens! Hike the scenic trails at Kemp Station to learn about lichen ecology, tips for ID, and conservation issues. Then venture out to nearby locale in search of lichens in diverse habitats. There’s a whole new world to discover in your hand lens! Friday, June 12, 9AM-12PM Woodruff, Onieda Co. Leaders: Jim Bennett & Mary Bartkowiak Limit: 12 Cost: $20 per person

59. Fish Passage Along the Milwaukee River

Years of hard work with many partners have reconnected over 130 miles of rivers, streams, & habitat in the Milwaukee River Watershed, giving native fish access to high-quality spawning habitat. See this amazing transformation first-hand. Visit dam removals, habitat restoration projects and *A majority of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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60. Bluebird Trail Hike

Learn more about bluebird ecology as we hike an established bluebird nest-box trail. Peer into houses to see young hatchlings in various stages of development. Learn how you too can join the bluebird craze! Ages 6+ Friday, June 12, 9:30AM-12:30PM Muscoda, Iowa Co. Leaders: Dale, Doris & Russell Moody Limit: 30 Cost: $22 adult, $16 child, per person

61. Mississippi River Bluff Prairie: Cassville Bluffs SNA

Note: Steep rocky slopes & off-trail hike! Hike the Cassville Bluffs SNA in search of rare bluff-prairie plants & reptiles. Marvel at Chinquapin oak savanna as we venture into this seldom seen gem perched atop bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Friday, June 12, 10AM-1PM Cassville, Grant Co. Leaders: Nate Fayram & Abbie Church Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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Enjoy a paddling journey through the scenic backwaters of the Mississippi River with local biologists in the lead. Compile a bird list, search for mammals & learn about river habitat along the way. You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Ages 8+ Friday, June 12, 10AM-3:30PM DeSoto, Crawford Co. Leaders: Brenda & Scott Kelly Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

63. Kickapoo Valley Frog Blitz

Learn to identify all 12 frog & toad species in Wisconsin by site & calls. Then take part in a frog blitz in an effort to catalogue the anurans of the Kickapoo Valley, and hope to redocument the endangered Blanchard’s cricket frog. See how fun & easy it is to become a citizen scientist for the Wisconsin Frog & Toad Survey! Ages 10+ Friday, June 12, 7:30-11PM LaFarge, Vernon Co. Leader: Andrew Badje Limit: 40 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

64. Savanna Restoration at Lawrence Creek SNA Hike off-trail to discover the beauty of Lawrence Creek SNA, from woodland to trout stream. See this magnificent SNA before planned fires burn through to restore what was historically a more open oak barrens & woodland landscape. Saturday, June 13, 9-11:30AM Westfield, Adams Co.

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65. Ice Age Trail: Holy Hill Hike

Trek along the Ice Age Trail as it circles the historic & scenic Holy Hill perched atop a 1,350-ft kame. Learn about the landscape, glacial geology, wildflowers & fungi while enjoying a beautiful view. Saturday, June 13, 9AM-12PM Hubertus, Washington Co. Leaders: Rob Wessberg, Lisa McCabe & Joe Aldstadt Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

66. Wisconsin Wildlife at the MacKenzie Center

Discover, identify & learn about Wisconsin’s native wildlife. View nearly 20 different species of wildlife up-close, hike through their native habitats & explore the tiniest of creatures in the study pond. Ages 3+ Saturday, June 13, 9AM-12PM Poynette, Columbia Co. Leaders: Ruth Ann Lee & Chrystal Seeley-Schreck Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

67. Kestrel Banding

Join researchers to visit several kestrel nest boxes in the Buena Vista Grasslands. Enjoy this amazing opportunity to learn about Wisconsin’s smallest falcon, the American kestrel. See birds up close & personal as chicks are banded & processed. This is a fundraiser for kestrel research. Ages 7+ 2 Easy

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69 Choose one session date to attend: 67-A. Saturday, June 13, 10AM-2PM 67-B. Sunday, June 14, 10AM-2PM Bancroft, Portage Co. Leaders: Janet & Amber Eschenbauch Limit: 24 Cost: $35 adult, $29 child, per person

68. Pontoon Cruise: Cherishing Cherokee Marsh

Venture by pontoon barge into the wilds of Cherokee Marsh, a key ecological estuary at the headwaters of the Madison lakes. Learn how fish & fowl habitat has been restored & carp controlled. See a variety of birds & enjoy this peaceful place uniquely nested inside an urban setting. Ages 10+ Saturday, June 13, 10AM-2PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Kurt Welke, Chin Wu & Timothy Baker Limit: 30 Cost: $25 adult, 19 child, per person

69. Canoeing the Concrete Jungle

Many of us have paddled canoes under a canopy of trees, but here’s your chance to explore the “urban wilderness” and paddle canoes under a canopy of skyscrapers, museums & public art along the Milwaukee River. We’ll explore how natural & human histories have shaped this stretch of the river & learn about current efforts to restore the river’s ecological health. Canoes provided. Saturday, June 13, 10AM-3PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Tim Vargo Limit: 14 Cost: $42 per person

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70. Ancient Aztalan Archaeology

Learn about the Native Americans that inhabited the prehistoric site of Aztalan. Discover the history & archaeology of this beloved National Historic Landmark. Saturday, June 13, 1-3PM Lake Mills, Jefferson Co. Leader: Mark Dudzik Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

71. Bog or Swamp?

Discover the difference! First, venture onto a quaking bog mat to search for orchids, carnivorous plants & other rarities at Grandma Lake Wetlands SNA. Then explore Van Zile Cedars, a primeval old-growth cedar swamp & marvel at the dark, quiet, moss-cloaked landscape of twisted trees. Thursday, June 18, 9AM-3:00PM Long Lake, Florence Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 22 Cost: $15 per person

72. Maiden Rock Bluff SNA

Explore Maiden Rock Bluff SNA to learn about prairie ecology & restoration. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of Lake Pepin & search for soaring raptors from atop the rugged 400-foot high bluff. This is one of only a few places along the Mississippi River where peregrine falcons successfully nest. Friday, June 19, 9-11:30AM Stockholm, Pepin Co. Leaders: Dean Edlin & Bill Hogseth Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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Note: For fit hikers only! Learn about ferns as we venture a steep hike among the beautiful cliffs of the Kickapoo River Valley. Nestled within Wildcat Mountain State Park, the enchanting Mount Pisgah SNA features a relict northern forest of hemlock & white pine, and cliffs festooned with mosses & ferns. Saturday, June 20, 9AM-1PM Ontario, Vernon Co. Leader: Tim Kessenich Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

74. Wondrous Worms, Amazing Arthropods, Fascinating Flora

How well-versed are you in the creepy & crawly of Wisconsin forests? Venture into the UW Arboretum and learn how diversity comes in all shape and sizes! Search for interesting bugs, wiggly worms, and problematic plants while learning how they impact our forests. Children welcome! Ages 4+ Saturday, June 20, 9:30AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Michael Hillstrom & Bernie Williams Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

75. Restoring Private Wetlands: Fair Meadows SNA

Beautiful & inspiring! The varied wetland communities of scenic Fair Meadows SNA provide both opportunities & challenges to its private owners. Hear from the landowners what they learned about their wetlands, and see first-hand the improvements made to the marsh, sedge meadows & kettle pond.

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Saturday, June 20, 9:30AM-12:30PM Milton, Rock Co. Leaders: Katie Beilfuss, Penny & Gary Shackelford Limit: 20 Cost: $14 per person

76. Big Bay Sand Spit & Bog SNA

The beauty of Madeline Island awaits! One thousand years of natural history unfolds before us on this boardwalk stroll through time: from grains of sand to the present-day lagoon, bog & barrier beach. Enjoy enchanting tamaracks, barberrry & wintergreen while hiking this treasured SNA. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 20, 10AM-12:30PM Madeline Island, Ashland Co. Leader: Jennifer Birkholz Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

77. Reptiles & Plants of Mazomanie Oak Barrens SNA

Learn about reptiles & oak barrens along the Wisconsin River, and see how the land is being managed to protect them. Stay after for an optional volunteer activity to be a part of the restoration effort. Saturday, June 20, 10AM-1PM Sauk City, Dane Co. Leaders: Bridget Rathman & Robert Hay Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

78. Blue River Desert & Bluffs

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77 ant-lions, reptiles, and other plants & animals adapted to the sandy, arid environment along the Lower Wisconsin River. Then explore the prairie flora & enjoy a river-valley view atop Blue River Bluffs SNA. Friday, June 26, 9AM-2PM Blue River, Grant Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 22 Cost: $15 per person

79.  Wheels & Water! Biking Milwaukee’s Southside Water Resources

As Milwaukee works to become a leader in water resources the Kinnickinnic River, Menomonee River & Harbor District are seeing remarkable changes that will last for generations. Enjoy a 5.5-mile bike ride through streets & trails to see firsthand the enhancements to both neighborhoods & water! Friday, June 26, 1-4PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Nadia Bogue, Alex Hernandez, Iris Gonzalez & Marie Villareal Limit: 18 Cost: $12 per person

80. Canyons & Savannas of Rocky Run SNA

Explore the diversity of Rocky Run SNA, from gently rolling slopes to sheer-walled box canyons! Learn about rare & invasive plants, savanna ecology & geology.

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81 Saturday, June 27, 9AM-12PM Wyocena, Columbia Co. Leader: Craig Anderson Limit: 12 Cost: $15 per person

81. Upper Sugar River Canoe Exploration

An exclusive opportunity to paddle the scenic Upper Sugar River and see firsthand what’s being done to protect this beloved waterway. The journey down this meandering river passes by an old stagecoach stop, Indian mounds & a small dam, while spying wildlife along the way. Canoes provided. This trip is a fundraiser for conservation work on the Upper Sugar River. Saturday, June 27, 9AM-12PM Paoli, Dane Co. Leaders: Bill & Lisa Keen Limit: 10 Cost: $55 per person*

82. Wild Edible & Healing Plants of High Cliff

Learn how to safely identify native & nonnative plants used as food, medicine & for survival. Explore the history of the Niagara Escarpment & the native people’s staple botanical resources. Get hands-on to gather, prepare & enjoy a wild salad! Ages 10+ Saturday, June 27, 9AM-12PM Sherwood, Calumet Co. Leaders: Cynthia Mueller & Rob Zimmer Limit: 25 Cost: $15 adult, $9 child, per person

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Discover the exciting new outdoor activity called recreational tree climbing. Move up & 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 & a new perspective from the branches of a tree. All your senses come alive! Fee includes use of safety gear. Ages 7+ Choose one session to attend: 83-A. Saturday, June 27, 9:30AM-12PM 83-B. Saturday, June 27, 1-3:30PM 83-C. Saturday, August 15, 1-3:30PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Amanda Zopp Limit: 15 Cost: $37 adult, $31 child, per person

84. Tour the Raptor Rehab Center

View spectacular birds up-close in a behindthe-scenes look at Raptor Education Group, one of Wisconsin’s premier rehabilitation & research facilities that specializes in bald eagles & other large raptors. Ages 8+ Choose one session time to attend: 84-A. Saturday, June 27, 10AM-12PM 84-B. Saturday, June 27, 1-3PM Antigo, Langlade Co. Leaders: Marge Gibson & Joe Krumrie Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

85. Modern Landfills: Creating Renewable Power & Compost

facility also leads the way in commercial food-waste collection, turning it into rich compost. Ages 10+ Saturday, June 27, 10AM-12:30PM Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co. Leader: Mark Vinall Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

86. Mounds View Prairie: Restoring a Lost Ecosystem

The once-vast prairies have been nearly lost from the state, with mostly small scattered pieces of the original remaining. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore prairie restoration on a landscape scale. Spy rare grassland birds & see prairies at various ages, from remnant to restored. Wednesday, July 1, 9AM-3PM Blue Mounds, Iowa Co. Leader: Richard Henderson Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

87. Historic Waterway Paddle Tour: Grindstone to LCO

Paddle into the past as we trace a historic waterway used by Native Americans, fur traders & explorers years ago. Venture from Grindstone Landing, into Mud Lake and across Lac Courte Oreilles to the site of an original Ojibwe community. Spy eagles, loons & wildlife as we paddle in the strokes of those who came before. You must bring your own canoe/kayak.

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88. Visionary Conservation: International Crane Foundation

Discover the science behind crane conservation, experience the cranes of the world, and unlock your curiosity with in-depth discussions with ICF scientists and educators. Ages 10+ Saturday, July 11, 9AM-12PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Darcy Love, Cully Shelton & Bryant Tarr Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

89. Treasures of the Mukwonago River: Native Mussels

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 & amazing contributions to the history of Wisconsin. Great fun for kids & adults! Ages 5+ Saturday, July 11, 9AM-12PM Mukwonago, Waukesha Co. Leader: Lisie Kitchel Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

90. Edible Wild Plants & Flower Farming

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91 edible & medicinal plants, as well learn which should be avoided. Then off to the kitchen to prepare your foraged lunch & enjoy the bounty of your booty! Also tour a flower farm’s organic cut-flower production beds. Ages 8+ Saturday, July 11, 9AM-2PM Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leaders: Kelly Kearns, Kate Cooper & Gigi LaBudde Limit: 15 Cost: $17 adult, $11 child, per person

91. All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All that glitters is not gold, but the swamp metalmark & other butterflies are just as precious! Explore Riveredge’s prairies to catch & identify native butterflies. Search for the rare & endangered swamp metalmark, found in only two other places in southeastern Wisconsin. Ages 8+ Saturday, July 11, 10AM-12PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 15 Cost: $17 adult, $11 child, per person

92. Canoe the Upper Waupaca Chain O’Lakes

Canoe through a chain of 5 connected lakes to learn about glacial features, Native American influences, animals & plant life. Paddle through bubbling springs, crystal blue lakes & the pristine Pope Lake SNA. You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Ages 10+ Saturday, July 11, 10AM-2PM Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leader: Sue Eiler Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

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Explore the glacially sculpted ridge of Westport Drumlin Prairie where 100 native plant species thrive. See blooming cream wild indigo, rough blazing-star, compass plant, coneflower & more. Majestic bur oaks dot the landscape of this ecological & glacially significant site. Sunday, July 12, 2-4PM Waunakee, Dane Co. Leaders: Karen Bednar & Jim Welsh Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

94. Karner Blue Butterflies

Enjoy hikes through Hartman Creek State Park, Emmons Creek SNA and neighboring property to view lupine growing in sand prairie & oak barrens. Chance to see many Karner butterflies flying through these prime & picturesque habitats. Ages 10+ Monday, July 13, 9:30AM-12:30PM Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leaders: Joan Voigt, Robert Hess & Robert Welch Limit: 30 Cost: $15 adult, $11 child, per person

95. Tomahawk River Paddle: Ecology & Turtle Research

Paddle the scenic Tomahawk River to explore a mosaic of habitats, including upland pines, dense forest, lowland marsh, open savanna & meadows. Listen to birdsong, look for wildlife along the banks, and learn about an ongoing river turtle research project. You must bring your own canoe/kayak & be an experienced paddler. Ages 8+

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Friday, July 17, 9AM-2PM Harshaw, Oneida Co. Leader: Carly Lapin Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

96. Native Bees & Prairie Wildflowers

Did you know honeybees are not a Wisconsin native? But nearly 400 other species of bees are! Learn about bee ecology & diversity in a classroom, then venture to flowering prairies to capture & ID many bee species, and learn their correlations with prairie flowers. (Although the likelihood of being stung is extremely small, this trip not advised for people allergic to bee stings.) Friday, July 17, 9AM-3PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leaders: Dennis Johnson, Judy Schwarzmeier & Patrick Dotson Limit: 12 Cost: $22 per person

97. The Unusual Flora of Jackson County

Discover unique flora in the Black River State Forest! Search jack pine barrens for prairie wildflowers more typical of the Great Plains. Marvel at roadside orchids & rare plants. Explore a Coastal Plain Marsh to see plants normally found along the Atlantic Coast. This trip is a fundraiser for the Rare Plant Preservation Fund. Friday, July 17, 10AM-2PM Black River Falls, Jackson Co. Leaders: Kevin Doyle & Ryan O’Connor Limit: 15 Cost: $22 per person 2 Easy

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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 & amazing contributions to the history of Wisconsin. Great fun for kids & adults! Ages 5+ Saturday, July 18, 9AM-12PM Meridian, Dunn Co. Leader: Lisie Kitchel Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

99. Small Prairie Restoration, the Easy Way!

Join a landowner to learn how you too can start & maintain a small prairie. Hike the 7-acre upland & lowland prairie to see 90 native plant species. Learn about attracting kestrels, monarch butterflies, mason bees, snakes & frogs to your property. Saturday, July 18, 10AM-12PM Waupun, Fond du Lac Co. Leaders: Darrel, Jerry & Ruthann Gunderson Limit: 30 Cost: $12 per person

100. Moths & Insects After Dark

Spend the twilight hours & into the darkness exploring the biodiversity of nighttime insects. Learn about moth ecology & ID and see a myriad of insects up-close as we use various baits & attracting techniques to call them closer. Ages 8+

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Saturday, July 18, 6-10PM Cross Plains, Dane Co. Leader: Kyle Johnson Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

101. Lakeshore State Park: Urban Oasis

Lakeshore is one of the newest & most urban of Wisconsin’s State Parks. Located on a peninsula in Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee, it sports spectacular views of the city & lake. Hike the short-grass prairies to learn about ecology & marvel at the surprising diversity of wildlife, plants & birds that inhabit this beloved park. Wednesday, July 22, 10AM-12PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Tom Kroeger Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

102. Butterflies & Goats of the Hogback Prairie SNA

Note: this is a rugged hike on steep terrain. What do goats & butterflies have in common? They both like what’s growing on the Hogback Prairie SNA! See how goats are used as a management tool to improve habitat for the state endangered regal fritillary butterfly. Spy many butterfly species & rare shrubland birds too! Friday, July 24, 10AM-1PM Steuben, Crawford Co. Leaders: Armund Bartz & Peter Duerkop Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

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105. Sunset Cruise on the Mississippi

Lace up your hiking boots for a 6-mile trek through old-growth forests in Plum Lake Hemlock Forest SNA. Marvel at a canopy of old growth conifers, birch & maples as we enjoy the beauty of this prime tract of wilderness. This hike has some rugged sections & hikers should be in good physical condition. Ages 12+ Saturday, July 25, 9AM-4:00PM Sayner, Vilas Co. Leader: Dan Wallace Limit: 18 Cost: $15 adult, $9 child, per person

Savor sunset as we cruise through the picturesque backwaters of the Mississippi near Prairie du Chien. Experience intimate encounters with birds & wildlife as they bask in the waning hours. Enjoy dessert & drinks aboard a semi-enclosed pontoon cruiser. Limited space available for this exclusive event, which is a fundraiser for the Foundation’s Field Trip Program. Saturday, July 25, 6:30-8:30PM Prairie du Chien, Crawford Co. Leader: Captain Eric Limit: 40 Cost: $75 per person*

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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 & discover these fascinating, imperiled & important creatures that filter pollutants from streams. Ages 8+ Choose one session date to attend: 104-A. Saturday, July 25, 10AM-4PM 104-B. Saturday, August 8, 10AM-4PM New London, Waupaca Co. Leader: Robert Welch Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

Enjoy an unbeatable combination of birding, paddling & scenic landscapes in Wisconsin’s largest remaining globally-endangered pine barrens ecosystem. Paddle through the rare sedge marsh habitats at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area as we explore the wilds by water. You must bring your own kayak. Ages 10+ Friday, July 31, 9AM-12PM Grantsburg, Burnett Co. Leader: Kristi Pupak Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

107. Ferry Bluff Flora Rises from the Ashes

Hike atop Ferry Bluff for stunning views of the Lower Wisconsin River, and marvel at how the landscape responds to a prescribed burn. Enjoy oak woodlands & rare plants

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108 that are benefitting from the restoration & management of this beloved SNA. Saturday, August 1, 9AM-12PM Sauk City, Sauk Co. Leaders: Nate Fayram & Bridget Rathman Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

108. Wetlands of the Penokee Hills

Adventure awaits! Enjoy native plants, beaver dams, abundant bird & wildlife as we explore the picturesque wetlands of the Upper Bad River Watershed in the heart of the Penokee Hills. Woven into the fabric of this complex landscape, wetlands help to regulate water quality from trout streams, down the watershed, all the way to Lake Superior. Saturday, August 1, 9AM-1PM Upson, Iron Co. Leader: Tracy Hames Limit: 20 Cost: $37 per person

109. Butterflies, Beetles & Blooms of Bauer Brockway Barrens SNA

Hike this premier site in Wisconsin in search of rare butterflies, moths, beetles, plants & birds. Perhaps spy endangered Karner blue butterflies! Learn about the unique ecology of barrens, once considered sandy wastelands but now deemed globally rare ecosystems. Saturday, August 1, 9:30AM-1PM Black River Falls, Jackson Co. Leader: Armund Bartz Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

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110. Geocaching in the Driftless Area

Enjoy a modern-day treasure hunt! Learn how to use GPS to hunt down geocaches--hidden containers with “treasures� inside. Learn how to use a GPS, then venture on a geocache hunt. Learn map & compass orienteering too. GPS units provided, or bring your own. Ages 7+ Choose one session time to attend: 110-A. Saturday, August 8, 9-11AM 110-B. Saturday, August 8, 1-3PM Black Earth, Dane Co. Leader: Virginia Wiggen Limit: 12 Cost: $18 adult, $12 child, per person

111. Sohlberg Silver Lake SNA: Lakes, Bogs & Barrens The proximity of lakes, wetlands & barrens makes the central sands region special. In a matter of a few feet, one can go from the driest to wetest plant communities, exactly the place where rare plants thrive! Learn plant ecology as we hike off-trail in this scenic SNA. Saturday, August 8, 9-11:30AM Adams, Adams Co. Leader: Matt Zine Limit: 16 Cost: $15 per person

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112 112. Native Butterflies Up-Close

Get up-close & hands-on with native Wisconsin butterflies! See the Beaver Creek caterpillar rearing lab, then enjoy the butterfly house to see more than a dozen species of native butterflies up close! Learn about butterfly lifecycles, migration, ecology & the garden plants that attract them. Ages 12+ Saturday, August 8, 9:30AM-12PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leader: James Schwiebert Limit: 20 Cost: $20 adult, $14 child, per person

113. 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: the family homestead at Muir Park SNA, breathtaking vistas of Observatory Hill SNA and the Wee White Kirk where John’s father preached & his family is buried. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of John Muir. Saturday, August 8, 9:30AM-3:30PM Montello, Marquette Co. Leaders: Mark Martin & Kathleen McGwin Limit: 25 Cost: $22 per person

114. Amazing Restoration: Farm Field to Resplendent Prairie

Enjoy an extraordinary example of a 30-year restoration of 20 acres from a farm field to a tall-grass prairie resplendent with native plants, ponds, mudflats & trees. See how a hard-working landowner provides habitat to many birds, insects & animals. Inspiring! Two sessions offered, each with various blooming plants. Ages 6+

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Choose one session date to attend: 114-A. Saturday, August 8, 12:30-3PM 114-B. Saturday, September 5, 12:30-3PM Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Benjamin Arnold & Marjie Tomter Limit: 25 Cost: $14 adult, $8 child, per person

115. Wildlife Rehab & Nature Hike

Venture behind the scenes at Wildlife In Need Center’s rehab clinic which annually admits up to 3,000 injured & orphaned wildlife animals. See various patients including infant songbirds, waterfowl & mammals, as well as resident education owls, hawks, turtles, snakes & more. Hike surrounding prairie, oak openings, pine forest & meadows. Saturday, August 8, 1-4PM Dousman, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Mandy Feavel, Marlin Johnson & Lisa Rowe Limit: 24 Cost: $20 per person

116. Wolf Howl in Oneida County Forests

Join the pack as we learn about wolf ecology. Enjoy an evening bus ride through wolf territory with stops along forest backroads to look for tracks & listen for wolves. Learn to tell different wolf ages by their vocalization & howls. Saturday, August 8, 3PM-Midnight Rhinelander, Oneida Co. Leaders: Nathan Libal, Dave MacFarland & Jane Weidenhoeft Limit: 20 Cost: $42 per person 2 Easy

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116 117. Banding Ducks Hands-On

Stealthily ascend into blinds under the cover of darkness to watch ducks gather on the water at sunrise over the Collins Marsh Wildlife Area. See biologists capture ducks with a cannon-net, then help catch & even band ducks yourself! Get handson to learn about waterfowl ecology & management. Ages 8+ Choose one session date to attend: 117-A. Thursday, August 13, 4:30-8:30AM 117-B. Tuesday, August 18, 4:30-8:30AM Reedsville, Manitowoc Co. Leaders: Josh Jackl & Natanya Hayden Limit: 12 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

118. B  luff Creek SNA: Rare Plants & Fens

Marvel at the rare plants & animals that inhabit fen & wet prairies in Bluff Creek SNA. See a trout stream, spy springs & learn more about this rare ecological SNA gem. Then enjoy the opportunity to get hands-on helping with removal of invasive Phragmites grass. Saturday, August 15, 8AM-12:00PM Whitewater, Walworth Co. Leaders: Jared Urban, Virginia Coburn & Zach Kastern Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

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120 119. Loon Pontoon on Lake Namakagon

Learn amazing facts about these ancient birds and the beautiful lakes where they live while touring Lake Namakagon on a pontoon boat. Venture to view the Fairyland SNA from the water; and talk about its fascinating history & exciting future. Tuesday, August 18, 9 AM-12PM Cable, Bayfield Co. Leader: Emily Stone Limit: 10 Cost: $40 per person

120. Canoe with Mussels on the Wolf River

Adventure awaits! Paddle your way down the scenic Wolf River in a 10-passenger replica voyager fur-trade canoe. Wade into cool waters to explore freshwater mussels (clams) & other hidden life teeming on the riverbed below. Ages 10+ Saturday, August 22, 8:30AM-2PM Shawano, Shawano Co. Leaders: Scott Koehnke, James Robaidek & Kay Brockman-Mederas Limit: 18 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

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123. Banding Birds of the Northwoods

Discover the history, biology & importance of wild rice (manoomin) to the Ojibwe & fur traders. Enjoy a morning canoe paddle on the scenic Namekagon River. Then visit a historic ricing lake & camp to see rice beds & explore manoomin culture. After lunch (included) tour a wild rice processing facility, as we learn about rice from plant to table. Canoes available for rent, or bring your own. Saturday, August 22, 10AM-2PM Hayward, Sawyer Co. Leaders: John Haack & David Thorson Limit: 14 Cost: $67 per person

Nothing like a bird in the hand to hone your ID skills! Assist researchers as they mist net, measure & band songbirds. Then hike the trails through diverse habitats to learn about bird ecology, habitats & how you can make your own property more bird-friendly. This is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Friday, August 28, 7-10:30AM Washburn, Bayfield Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 15 Cost: $52 per person*

122. N  ight at Neda Mine: Bats Swarm at WI’s Largest Hibernaculum

Wild mushrooms abound in late summer & fall, especially in beloved Door County where over 550 species have been identified. Venture out with an expert to search for the great variety of mushrooms growing in the mixed woodlands of Newport State Park. Saturday, August 29, 9-11:30AM Ellison Bay, Door Co. Leader: Charlotte Lukes Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

Now that white-nose syndrome has been found in WI, this is likely the last year for this trip. Wander moon-lit trails to view thousands of bats in flight at Neda Mine SNA, Wisconsin’s largest bat hibernaculum. Use ultrasound bat detectors, infrared video cameras & your own eyes to watch bats swarming outside the mine entrances. A rare opportunity to learn firsthand about bat biology from leading experts. Limited space on this trip, which is a tax-deductible fundraiser for the WI Bat Conservation Fund. Ages 10+ Choose one session date to attend: 122-A. Friday, August 28, 7-10PM 122-B. Saturday, August 29, 7-10PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Jennifer Redell, Paul White & Heather Kaarakka Limit: 35 Cost: $100 adult, $40 child, per person*

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124. Wild Mushrooms of Newport State Park

125. Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction

Lake sturgeon can live for 50 years & 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 & get hands-on to explore the river from the standpoint of this ancient fish. This fundraiser supports sturgeon reintroduction. Ages 8+ 2 Easy

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124 & 126 Choose one session time to attend: 125-A. Saturday, August 29, 9AM-12PM 125-B. Saturday, August 29, 1-4PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 20 Cost: $17 adult, $11 child, per person

126. M  ushrooms Aplenty at Whitefish Dunes

Whitefish Dunes State Park is a haven for wild mushrooms with nearly 250 different species living in its scenic lands. Hike with an expert to visit several habitats & learn to identify many rare wild mushrooms. Saturday, September 5, 9-11:30AM Sturgeon Bay, Door Co. Leader: Charlotte Lukes Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

127. M  onarch Tagging at Schlitz Audubon

Autumn is the time for monarch butterflies to make their annual journey to Mexico. Enjoy an interactive presentation about monarch butterflies, then venture outside with nets to catch, tag & release monarch migrators. Learn to track migration online & receive a tagging kit to take home. Ages 5+ Saturday, September 5, 1-3PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Moya Mowbray Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

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128. Motorcycle Cruise in the Kettle Moraine

Explore State Natural Areas via motorcycle! Visit a trio of special SNAs in the Kettle Moraine region: find carnivorous plants at Beulah Bog, dry prairies at Kettle Moraine Oak Opening, and late-season flowers at Scuppernong Prairie. Between SNA hikes, cruise 35 miles of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive for wonderful vistas of the glacially-sculpted landscape. Friday, September 11, 9:30AM-3:30PM Merrimac, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Thomas Meyer & Dawn Hinebaugh Limit: 18 Cost: $28 per person

129.Exploring the Wild Lands of Cherokee Marsh

Hike off-trail through a large, diverse peat wetland to discover scenic sedge meadows, fens & emergent marshes. Visit an oak savanna island undergoing restoration to benefit red-headed woodpeckers. This trip is a fundraiser for the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. Saturday, September 12, 9AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leader: Russ Hefty Limit: 20 Cost: $17 per person

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131 130. 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 & Mississippi Rivers, and learn about glacial geology, goat prairie management & timber rattlesnakes. Then off to the tracks for an open-air train ride into the remote areas of the Tiffany Wildlife Area with several stops for short hikes into prairies, savannas, and flood plain forests. Learn why this is one of the most ecologically & historically unique areas of the state! This fundraiser supports conservation efforts along the Lower Chippewa River. Saturday, September 12, 9AM-5PM Durand, Buffalo Co. Leaders: Dave Linderud & Mark Rasmussen Limit: 64 Cost: $45 per person*

131. Prairies & Pie at Shea Valley

Enjoy native prairie vegetation & wildlife while learning about preservation projects in the Shea Valley Prairie: a gem in the Military Ridge Prairie Complex. Enjoy an off-trail hike to enjoy fens, and mesic & dry prairies in bloom. See a hobby vineyard & savor a family-style lunch & homemade pie after our hike. Saturday, September 12, 10:30AM-2:30PM Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leaders: Shannon Shea-Becker, Clinton Niehaus & Diane Shea Limit: 45 Cost: $27 per person

132. Paddle & Hike the Dells

Explore the quiet side of the Wisconsin Dells! Paddle four miles through the scenic

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sandstone gorge to view unusual rock formations & rare plants in the Dells of the Wisconsin River SNA. Hike into mossy glens normally off-limits to the public, then enjoy your lunch atop a high bluff with breathtaking views. You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Monday, September 14, 9AM-2:30PM Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 20 Cost: $28 per person

133. Milwaukee’s Wildlife Rehab Center: Behind the Scenes

Tour behind the scenes at the WI Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee, which admits over 5,000 injured, sick & orphaned wild animals each year. View some of the patients in the wildlife hospital and visit with Eastern screech owl, big brown bats & more. Ages 12+ Thursday, September 17, 2-4PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Scott Diehl Limit: 40 Cost: $17 adult, $11 child, per person

134. Native Prairie Seed Harvest

Explore the Star Prairie native seed farm in the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area to get hands-on with helping harvest seed. Learn about prairie restoration, spy grassland birds & pollinators. Ages 5+ Friday, September 18, 9AM-12PM Star Prairie, St. Croix Co. Leaders: Missy Sparrow-Lien, Becky Davis & Ryan Haffele Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person 2 Easy

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127-137 135. Horicon Marsh Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a hike through beloved Horicon Marsh to learn about ecology & discover wildlife. Then board pontoon boats for an enchanting sunset cruise in search of birds & autumnal delights. This trip is a fundraiser for the Foundation’s Field Trip Program. Friday, September 18, 3:30-7:30PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Marc Zuelsdorf, Elizabeth Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 40 Cost: $50 per person

136. Dunnville Grasslands & Birds

Discover Dunnville State Wildlife Area nestled in the confluence of the Red Cedar & Chippewa Rivers. Learn about prairie & bur oak savanna ecology, explore restoration efforts and spy grassland birds such as meadow larks, lark sparrows, dickcissels, sedge wrens & more. Saturday, September 19, 10AM-12PM Downsville, Dunn Co. Leaders: Chad Mogen, Nick Schroeder & Jess Carstens Limit: 30 Cost: $12 per person

137. Migrating Monarchs at Richard Bong SRA

Discover how tagging unlocked the secrets to monarch butterfly migration. Learn more about this familiar butterfly, then go into the field to catch & tag monarch migrants that will fly all the way to Mexico for the winter! Ages 7+ Saturday, September 19, 12:30-3PM Kansasville, Kenosha Co. *A majority of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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139 Leaders: Beth Goeppinger & Jennifer Lois Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

138. Fall Raptor Migration & Mississippi Bluff Prairies

Soaring views with soaring raptors! Learn about ecology & rare plants of bluff prairies at Dewey Heights Prairie SNA, which rests atop an 800-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. A perfect perch to observe & ID the amazing fall migration of many raptors. Sunday, September 20, 9AM-12PM Cassville, Grant Co. Leaders: Richard & Amy Staffen, Sharon Fandel Limit: 15 Cost: $15 per person

139. Baraboo Hills Geology

Note: Some challenging & steep hiking. The Baraboo Hills are among the oldest rock outcroppings in North America & a premier geologic marvel of the Midwest. Hike with an expert to learn how geologic forces, from mountain-building to glaciers, have shaped this landscape. Enjoy stops to hike at Van Hise Rock, Abelman’s Gorge, Parfrey’s Glen & Devil’s Lake. Saturday, September 26, 9AM-4PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leader: Phil Fauble Limit: 25 Cost: $20 per person

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141 140. Pike Wild River: Hike 50 years of History

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pike River’s designation under the Wild Rivers Program, keeping it free-flowing & protected from development. Journey through a halfcentury of Pike River’s wild history, as we hike to discover birds, river rapids, waterfalls, plants & amazing geology. Saturday, September 26, 1-3PM Amberg, Marinette Co. Leaders: Janet Brehm & Howard Lorenz Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

141. Saw-whet & Long-eared Owl Banding

Have your own close encounter with Wisconsin’s smallest owl! Experience how the experts mist-net & 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: 141-A. Saturday, October 3 141-B. Friday, October 9 141-C. Saturday, October 10 141-D. Friday, October 16 141-E. Thursday, October 22 141-F. Friday, October 23 Stevens Point, Portage Co. Leaders: Gene & Lorraine Jacobs Limit: 40 Cost: $27 adult, $21 child, per person

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142. 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. Learn the unique history of Cedar Grove Research Station and get up-close with banding red-tailed hawks, sharp-shinned hawks & more. This trip is a fundraiser for raptor banding efforts. Choose one session time to attend: 142-A. Thursday, October 8, 9AM-12PM 142-B. Thursday, October 8, 1-4PM Cedar Grove, Sheboygan Co. Leaders: Joe Henry & Mark Martin Limit: 6 Cost: $100 per person*

143. Digiscoping: Photos Using a Spotting Scope & iPhone

Capture close-up photographs of wildlife using your iPhone & a spotting scope. Enjoy a classroom session at Eagle Optics learning the basics, then venture to Pheasant Branch Conservancy to photograph birds amongst a fall prairie backdrop. Bring your spotting scope & tripod (some provided for use). You must bring your own iPhone (or digital SLR). Friday, October 9, 8:30- 11AM Middleton, Dane Co. Leaders: Ben Lizdas & Adrian Lesak Limit: 12 Cost: $12 per person

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144. Autumn Leaves & Rocks: the Blue Hills of Barron Co.

Note: Steep & some off-trail hiking. Aglow in autumn color, the Blue Hills Felsenmeer SNA rises out of the northern landscape in magnificence. Hike these majestic hills to learn about fascinating geology, wildlife & plants of the area. Friday, October 9, 10AM-2PM Rice Lake, Barron Co. Leader: Ryan Magana Limit: 12 Cost: $15 per person

145. Autumn Photography in the North Kettle Moraine

Explore the world of outdoor photography guided by two experienced nature photographers. Start with classroom instruction to learn techniques & tips, then venture to several sites in the Northern Kettle Moraine to capture the beauty of rural scenes, autumn color, and images of lakes & ponds. Beginner to advanced photographers welcome. Saturday, October 10, 9AM-3PM Dundee, Fond du Lac Co. Leaders: Ken & Barb Wardius Limit: 12 Cost: $20 per person

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

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147 146. Turkey Vultures Up Close

Marvel at the scene as we hike up into Devil’s Lake State Park to view over 300 birds assembling in their night roost. Learn about vulture culture & meet a charming live vulture up-close! Age 7+ Sunday, October 11, 2:30-7PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Lisa Hartman & Mike Mossman Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, per person

147. Waterfowl ID on the Mississippi

Get to know your ducks, geese & swans of the Mississippi River flyway! Learn tips & tricks for waterfowl ID in an indoor classroom, then venture to the field in Pools 8 & 9 to hone your skills during the peak of waterfowl migration. Ages 12+ Saturday, October 24, 9AM-1PM LaCrosse, LaCrosse Co. Leaders: Brenda & Scott Kelly Limit: 30 Cost: $17 adult, $11 child, per person

148. 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 & swans too! Ages 10+ Saturday, October 24, 4:30-8PM Babcock, Wood Co. Leader: Britt Searles Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult, $9 child, per person

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149 149. Migration on the Mighty Mississippi

A site to behold! Expect to see more than 250 bald eagles & 100,000 waterfowl as we caravan to birding hot-spots along the scenic Mississippi River. See swans, pelicans, eagles, hawks & more at the peak of migration at this Globally Important Bird Area. This is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Friday, November 13, 8:30AM-2PM Brownsville, MN Leaders: Andrew Paulios & Steve Houdek Limit: 50 Cost: $37 per person*

151. Falconry: An Ancient Art in a Modern World

Explore the ancient art of falconry: hunting with a trained bird of prey. Learn the history of this exquisite art & how it’s practiced in today’s world. See a trained bird of prey up close. Weather (and bird) permitting view a live demo of falconry techniques with a hawk in the field. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Saturday, November 14, 1-4:30PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leader: Bryant Tarr Limit: 12 Cost: $37 per person*

150. B  oat Cruise the Mississippi in Autumn Migration

Revel in the miracle of migration as we view many hundreds of migrating tundra swans, geese, ducks, pelicans & 100+ bald eagles. Enjoy your perch on the deck of a heated pontoon cruiser on this exclusive tour of the famous Pool 9 in the Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge. Chance to see otters, minks & other wildlife too! Ages 10+ Choose one session time to attend: 150-A. Saturday, November 14, 9AM-12PM 150-B. Saturday, November 14, 1-4PM Lansing, IA Leader: Captain Annie Limit: 55 Cost: $52 adult, $46 child, per person

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The Great Wisconsin Birdathon An easy, fun, and educational way to support bird conservation in Wisconsin

April 15-June 15, 2015

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Participate by donating or birding: Pledge online to support an expert Signature Team, the Long Walk Team, or one of the many other teams around the state.

Join a guided Birdathon Tour to get out in the field and bird with experts at known hot spots. Go to WIBirdathon.org to view tours & register online.

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Form a team or fly solo on your own Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Create a team, set up your own webpage at WIBirdathon. org, point your friends to your page to pledge their support, and go birding!

Join us out in the field on a Birdathon Tour! See a list of 25 tours & register online: WIBirdathon.org

Birdathon: Collect pledges for finding and counting bird species during a 24-hour period of your choice to help raise money for Wisconsin’s birds. See a bird. . .save a bird!

Join our Sojourners Society with a special, $500 gift dedicated to our Field Trip Program! SOJOURNERS

•SOCIETY• NATURAL RESOURCES FOUNDATION OF WISCONSIN

Your gift will provide sustainable funding to ensure that Field Trips remain accessible and affordable for all Field Trip participants. As a Sojourners Society member, you will receive: • Guaranteed, early registration for field trips of your choosing • Early registration on our international excursions • Exclusive invitations to special field trips with conservation experts To join go online at WisConservation.org and click Donate Now. Designate your $500 gift to the Field Trip Program. Questions? Email: Sojourners@WisConservation.org or call (866) 264-4096.

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Registration Information Steps to Register for Field Trips:

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If it says: • Renew Today! You must renew your membership at the $25 level or greater in order to register for trips. Simply make your renewal payment when you register for trips, or renew anytime atWisConservation.org • Thank You! You do not need to renew at this time, your membership is current. • Join us! Please consider becoming a member to join us on field trips. Become a member during your online field trip registration and receive a discounted membership rate of $15. Register online at: WisConservation.org You must be, or become, a member of the Foundation to register for field trips.

When can I register for Field Trips? Current & renewing members enjoy Early Bird online registration starting at NOON on March 25. Use the passcode found on the back-cover of this booklet. Not already a member? You have two registration & membership options: • Before April 1: Go to WisConservation.org and click on “Join Now” to become a member at the $25 or greater level. Your payment confirmation email will include your registration passcode to enjoy Early Bird field trip registration opening Tuesday, March 25. • After April 1: Register for trips using the passcode: Join NRF & a discounted membership rate of $15 will automatically be added to your cart during trip registration.

Tips for choosing trips:

• You may attend up to four trips, and bring up to 5 guests. Email us after May 1, and if space is still available, we may be able to register you for additional trips at that time. • Trip title colors indicate their physical ratings. Please double-check if a trip is a good fit for you. • You may register for only one canoe/kayak trip per person due to high demand. • Please don’t register for trips you have attended in the past.

Tips for online registration:

• No phone or email registrations accepted. • Have the names and contact information of all members in your party handy. • Some trips are popular and fill VERY quickly (some within minutes), so have a few back-up choices in mind. • If a trip is full, consider the waiting list (this will be an option during online registration). We often call or email wait-listers to go on trips! • Big fan of our field trips? Then please consider an additional donation to the Field Trip Fund while registering online. Your donation to the Field Trip Fund helps keep our prices low, so all can go!

Important facts:

• All fees are non-refundable if you cancel your registration. • Trip details, directions & maps will be emailed to you two weeks before your trip date. • Field Trips run rain or shine. • There is a $10 processing fee for mail-in registrations, and an additional $10 if you need trip details sent to you via US mail. • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver form before you attend our field trips. Questions: Call (866) 264-4096 or email: fieldtrips@wisconservation.org.

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2015 Field Trip • Registration Form Member registration starts at noon on Tuesday, March 25 New members register starting April 1 • Applications received before these dates will not be accepted.

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Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Field Trip Guidebook 2015  

Join us in the field to discover, cherish and support Wisconsin's natural places. This year we have 151 amazing adventures to choose from, t...

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