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Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

2014 Field Trip Schedule

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


Cherishing Wisconsin’s Outdoors!

Last year the Natural Resources Foundation embarked on a bold new undertaking, and launched the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund. Donations to the Fund will provide habitat management for our state-managed conservation lands, such as State Parks, State Natural Areas, State Wildlife Areas & State Fishery Areas. In celebration of the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund, we are highlighting with a special symbol Field Trips on lands that could benefit from the Fund. The Foundation is excited to embark on this new adventure, and we hope you are too. We have 150 Field Trips this year — that’s 30 more than last year, with space for an additional 500 participants. We hope to see you out in the field, so we can learn more about Wisconsin, and cherish it… 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.

Cherish Trips: Trips identified with this symbol venture to places that may benefit from the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund. (SNAs will also benefit from the Fund, but they have their own symbol.) 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. 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

See page 36 for more registration details.


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

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

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Everyone Is a Scientist…Including You!

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Did you once dream of being a biologist? That dream can come true on one of our Citizen-based Monitoring Field Trips! Go out in the field with the experts, learn about their research, how the data they gather makes a difference & what you can do to be part of the discoveries. Then take your new skills home & consider monitoring your own favorite ecosystem. Become a citizen scientist — where fun & science meet! From bats to bluebirds, butterflies to bees & wildflowers to wolves, there is Citizen-based Monitoring happening across Wisconsin. Our Foundation is a proud long-term supporter of these efforts, and we encourage you to find a species or a place you love — and get science-ing! Find out more about Citizen-based Monitoring & how you can get involved at: http://wiatri.net/cbm/ There are 24 field trips that introduce you to Citizen Based Monitoring & they are indicated with this symbol.

Go On a Birding Blitz Field Trip

• Trip #15 • Trip #16 • Trip #25 • Trip #29 • Trip #33

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Avon Bottoms SNA Friday, May 9 North Empire Prairie, Saturday, May 10 Cedarburg Bog Saturday, May 17 Horicon Marsh Sunday, May 18 Lake Superior Friday, May 23

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Register for a Birding Blitz Field Trip to spend an engaging day with experts at one of the state’s premier birding hotspots. Attendees of a Birding Blitz Field Trip automatically become a Great Wisconsin Birdathon “team for the day” while they are on the Field Trip. Your $75 trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. For more about the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, see page 35. • Trip #34 • Trip #35 • Trip #37 • Trip #47

Southern Kettle Moraine Friday, May 23 Wyalusing Haunts Friday, May 23 Buena Vista Grassland, Saturday, May 24 Door County Saturday, May 31


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2 1. 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+ Saturday, April 12, 8-11AM Omro, Winnebago Co. Leader: Shannon Davis-Foust Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

2. Quincy Bluff SNA: Spring Wetland Wonders

As winter gives way to the green of spring, come view the first migrants & learn about geology, history & ecology at Quincy Bluff & Wetlands SNA. Hike the wetland trails then venture upon a rock outcrop to enjoy lovely vistas. Saturday, April 12, 8-11AM Adams, Adams Co. Leader: Jon Robaidek Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

3. Hawks, Swamps & Savannas of Pine Island

Explore diverse & rare species inhabiting Pine Island Wildlife Area. Hike along the Wisconsin River to discover flood plain 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 19, 9AM-12PM Portage, Columbia Co.

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Leaders: Allen Ramminger & Sara Kehrli Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

4. Searching for Salamanders

Enjoy an up-close look at Wisconsin’s salamanders! Learn about their life cycle, habitat preferences & ecology. See these amazing creatures first-hand! Great fun for the whole family. Ages 5+ Saturday, April 19 Choose one session time to attend: 4-A. 11AM-12:30PM 4-B. 1PM-2:30PM Delafield, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Michael Warwick & Matt Matrise Limit: 18 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

5. 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 22, 6:30-8:30PM Saukville, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Gail Epping Overholt & Kate Redmond Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

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7 6. 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+ Time: Both sessions 9-11AM Choose one session to attend: 6-A. Thursday, April 24 6-B. Thursday, September 11 Germantown, Washington Co. Leaders: Lynn Morgan, Brad Zoern, AJ Susa & Amy Houston Limit: 20 Cost: Free

7. 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 & more. Learn about grassland habitat & bird conservation efforts while enjoying breakfast (included in cost). Friday, April 25, 4:15-9:30AM Bancroft, Portage Co. Leaders: Lesa Kardash, Greg Dahl, Sharon Schwab & Erin Grossman Limit: 16 Cost: $27 per person

8. Waterfowl & Pike at Sensiba

Discover the rich wildlife now living in restored wetlands of the Sensiba Unit of the Green Bay West Shores Wildlife Area. See Northern pike making their spring spawning run. Enjoy peak waterfowl migration to see pintails, widgeons & more! Discover how

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biologists control water to optimize fish & wildlife habitat. Time: Both sessions 8AM-12PM Choose one session to attend: 8-A. Friday, April 25 8-B. Friday, May 2 Green Bay, Brown Co. Leaders: James Harbaugh & Brian Glenzinski Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

9. 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 & is now part of the Paradise Valley Wildlife Area. Tour restored wetlands to view the abundant wetland birds & waterfowl that now thrive here! Saturday, April 26, 8:30AM-12PM Dousman, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Tim Lizotte, Mark Steinfest & Clay Frazer Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

10. 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 2, 6-10:30AM Clam Lake, Ashland Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 20 Cost: $62 per person* 2 Easy

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13 11. Badger Army Ammunition Plant: History, Nature & Future Enjoy a rare tour inside the BAAP to discover how this ever-changing piece of land has passed through time: from vast prairie, to old European farmsteads, to a large ammunitions plant during WWII. Now that most buildings are removed, contemplate the future of this site—balancing human needs & biodiversity while honoring its history. Join us on a tour with hikes along the way to spy grassland birds & rare salamanders. Learn about ecological restoration, geology, cultural history & more. Friday, May 2, 7:30AM-12PM Prairie du Sac, Sauk Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman & Joan Kenney Limit: 30 Cost: $25 per person

12. 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 and enjoy the beautiful view. Ages 8+ Saturday, May 3, 9AM-12PM Hubertus, Washington Co. Leaders: Rob Wessberg, Lisa McCabe & Craig Sanford Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

13. Unearthing History at Cedarburg Bog SNA Enjoy this unique opportunity to help scientists collect a geologic core-sample and explore pre-historic plant & animal remains preserved below the Bog’s surface. Unearth the story of this wetland’s long history after glacial melting.

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

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Sunday, May 4, 12:30-3:30PM Saukville, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Jim Reinartz & Kate Redmond Limit: 20 Cost: $17 per person

14. Paddle & Hike the Dells

Explore the quiet side of the Wisconsin Dells! Paddle four miles through the scenic 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 provide your own canoe or kayak. Monday, May 5, 9AM-2:30PM Wisconsin Dells, Adams Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 20 Cost: $15 per person

15. Birding Blitz: Avon Bottoms SNA Explore the Avon Bottoms Important Bird Area along the Lower Sugar River. Hike diverse habitats of grasslands, wetlands & bottomland hardwood forests. Expect to see 100+ species of birds including waves of migrant warblers, nesting prothonotary warblers, Henslow’s & lark sparrows & more. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon— supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Friday, May 9, 6AM-2PM Brodhead, Rock Co. Leaders: Andy Paulios & Mike Foy Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

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16. Birding Blitz: North Empire Prairie

18. Catching the Peak: Migratory Bird Banding

17. Train Ride & Birds of Tiffany Wildlife Area

19. Mississippi River Eagle Nest & Warblers Boat Cruise

Experience bird diversity as we traverse the vast network of wetland & grassland habitats in the North Empire Prairie Wetlands Important Bird Area. Carpool to four prime birding sites: Goose Pond, Schoenberg’s Marsh, Mud Lake & Grassy Lake. See moorhens, black terns, sedge wrens & scan the prairie for grassland birds. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon—supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Saturday, May 10, 6AM-2PM Arlington, Columbia Co. Leaders: Mark Martin & Susan Foote-Martin Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

All aboard! Ride atop an antique open-air train with stops along the way for short hikes into blooming prairies, hardwood forests, wetlands & sloughs near the mouth of the Chippewa River. An exclusive opportunity to enjoy this remote mosaic of ecosystems with amazing birds to spot! This is a fundraiser to support conservation efforts along the Lower Chippewa River. Saturday, May 10 7AM-12PM Durand, Pepin Co. Leaders: Dave Linderud, Steve Betchkal & Anne Geraghty Limit: 64 Cost: $35 per person

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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+ Time: All sessions 7AM-5PM Choose one session to attend: 18-A. Saturday, May 10 18-B. Saturday, May 17 18-C. Saturday, May 24 Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leader: Robert Welch Limit: 20 Cost: $42 adult / $36 child, per person*

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 semienclosed pontoon cruiser on this exclusive tour. Ages 8+ Saturday, May 10, 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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19 20. Birding & Banding at Riveredge

Join the Riveredge Bird Club for a fun-filled morning of casual bird watching in various habitats to spy as many species as possible for their annual Birdathon. Marvel at birds up close as we observe & assist with the banding of migratory songbirds. Ages 10+ Saturday, May 10, 9-11:30AM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 15 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

21. Water: Above & Below Ground

Water is the most important natural resource on Earth. Learn about wetlands by performing experiments to see hands on how they filter groundwater. Then hike a tamarac marsh in search of ephemeral ponds & peer through microscopes at the critters that inhabit these rare waters. Ages 9+ Saturday, May 10, 9:30AM-12:30PM Burlington, Walworth Co. Leaders: Ron Rasmussen & Nan Calvert Limit: 25 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

22. Paddle the Pecatonica

Enjoy a paddle down the enchanting Pecatonica River during the height of warbler migration. Stop along the way to hike the beautiful Erickson Wetlands to learn about driftless area ecology & search for birds. Wildlife awaits around each river bend! Bring your own canoe, or rent one nearby. Ages 10+ Thursday, May 15, 7:30-11AM Argyle, Lafayette Co. Leaders: David Clutter & Katie Abbott Limit: 20 Cost: $27 adult / $21 child, per person *A majority of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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23. Gems of Green County

Experience the majestic old-growth forest of Abraham’s Woods SNA, known for its sugar maples & spectacular display of spring wildflowers. Then savor the sweeping vista of Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA to enjoy early blooming plants & listen for songbirds. A lovely show of pasque flowers & shooting stars awaits! Friday, May 16, 9AM-12PM Albany, Green Co. Leaders: Dawn Hinebaugh & Ryan O’Connor Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

24. Spring Flora Photo Safari

Keep your eyes peeled for the perfect shot as we venure on a photo safari though two SNA gems: Plover River Woods & Dells of the Eau Claire River. No photo-taking instruction given on this trip; just a hike though dazzling spring flora & scenic vistas to practice your photography & learn some plant ID skills. Friday, May 16, 9AM-2:30PM Wausau, Marathon Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 25 Cost: $15 per person

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27 25. Birding Blitz: Cedarburg Bog

EnjoybirdingthewildsofCedarburgBog SNA & nearby hot spots to spy breeding & migrating birds. See Acadian flycatchers, willow flycatchers & hooded warblers. Spy northern species such as golden-crowned kinglets, Northern waterthrush, Nashville warblers & white-throated sparrows. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon— supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Saturday, May 17, 6aM-2pM Saukville, Ozaukee CO. Leaders: Owen Boyle & Tim Vargo Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

26. Chiwaukee Prairie SNA

Tread among the shooting stars as we explore the richest prairie in Wisconsin, with over 400 native plant species identified! Learn about prairie ecology, fascinating property history, invasive species & restoration efforts. Chance to see prairie wildlife up close. Saturday, May 17, 9-11:30AM Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha Co. Leaders: Pam Holy, Marty Johnson & Doug Robinson Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

27. Lichens of the Upper Little Wolf River SNA

Explore the mysterious life of lichens while traversing the trails of Upper Little Wolf River SNA. Learn about lichen ecology, tips for identification & conservation issues as we

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hike this scenic site. There’s a world in the hand-lens to explore! This trip is fundraiser for the WI Rare Plant Preservation Fund. Saturday, May 17, 9:30AM-12PM Rosholt, Portage Co. Leaders: Jim Bennett & Mary Bartkowiak Limit: 20 Cost: $20 per person

28. Bluebirds & Cavity Nesters

Glimpse a true bird’s eye view of Eastern bluebirds, tree swallows & cavity-nesting birds! Help monitor nesting boxes at Governor Nelson State Park. Discover more about these unique birds through learning stations & presentations. Learn how to attract these birds to your yard. Ages 6+ Saturday, May 17, 10AM-1PM Waunakee, Dane Co. Leader: Marianne Jensen Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

29. Birding Blitz: Horicon Marsh

Come enjoy a day of birding at the worldfamous Horicon Marsh. Travel to birding hot spots around the marsh to search for migrating warblers, resident waterfowl, secretive marsh birds & more! Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon—supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Sunday, May 18, 7AM-2PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Liz Herzmann & Jeff Bahls Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person

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31 30. Baxter’s Hollow Bird Trek

Enjoy a 4-mile hike through the heart of the Baraboo Hills, the largest block of forest in southern Wisconsin. Marvel at deep-woods bird song & follow a pine-hardwood stream gorge to discover seclusive birds such as cerulean warblers, Acadian flycatchers, wood thrush, veeries, hooded warblers & more. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Monday, May 19, 6-11AM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman & Yoyi Steele Limit: 18 Cost: $62 per person*

31. Canoe & Bird the Lower Kickapoo River

Enjoy a beautiful spring morning paddle down this lazy stretch of river that courses through meadows, marsh, floodplain & upland forest. Spy prothonotary & cerulean warblers, red-shouldered hawks, trumpeter swans & herons. Stop at Wauzeka Bottoms SNA with a chance to see beavers, muskrats, water snakes, frogs & more! You must bring your own canoe. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Tuesday, May 20, 6AM-1PM Steuben, Crawford Co. Leaders: Mike Mossman & Yoyi Steele Limit: 15 Cost: $62 per person*

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29 & 33 once-in-a-life-time opportunity to enjoy a close encounter with this ancient species that swam while dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Time: Both sessions 8:30AM-12:30PM Choose one session to attend: 32-A. Wednesday, May 21 32-B. Thursday, May 22 Ashland, Ashland Co. Leaders: Jared Myers, Scott Sapper & Chris Zunker Limit: 10 Cost: $50 per person

33. Birding Blitz: Lake Superior

Scout the Brule River to find boreal birds including gray jays, black-backed woodpeckers & various migrants. Search Stone Chimney SNA for bog species, then off to Wisconsin Point to see shorebirds, waterfowl, gulls & possibly parasitic jaegers. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon — supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Friday, May 23, 6AM-2PM Superior, Douglas Co. Leader: Robbye Johnson Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

32. 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 & grow to nearly 9 feet long. This is a *A majority of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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34. Birding Blitz: Southern Kettle Moraine

Enjoy birding in some of the best bird haunts in the Southern Kettle Moraine. Hike forests to see nesting Acadian flycatchers & cerulean & hooded warblers. Spy northern species such as red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets & black-throated green warblers. Scan the grasslands for bobolinks, Henslows sparrows & Northern harriers. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon — supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Friday, May 23, 6AM-2PM Dousman, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Tim Hahn & Matt Kemp Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

35. Birding Blitz: Wyalusing Haunts

Perhaps Wisconsin’s finest spring birding haunt, Wyalusing State Park offers an unbeatable combination of spectacular scenery & dazzling birds. Expect a rainbow of warblers & tanagers, a delightful assortment of thrushes, flycatchers, sparrows & more! Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon — supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Friday, May 23, 6AM-2PM Wyalusing, Grant Co. Leader: Craig Thompson Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

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Enjoy this rare opportunity to see one of Wisconsin’s rarest birds! Venture out with biologists to see & hear nesting Kirtland’s warblers. Learn about cowbird control efforts in the area, how forests are managed especially for this bird & all about warbler ecology. This trip is a fundraiser to support Kirtland’s warbler conservation. Friday, May 23, 6:45-10AM Rome, Adams Co. Leaders: Amy Staffen & Rich Staffen Limit: 36 Cost: $42 per person*

37. Birding Blitz: Buena Vista Grassland

Take in the springtime beauty & enjoy the expanse of the Buena Vista Grasslands — one of the best grassland habitats in the state. Chance to spy greater prairie-chickens, upland sandpipers & western meadowlarks. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon — supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Saturday, May 24, 6AM-2PM Bancroft, Portage Co. Leaders: Gerry Janz & Maureen Brocken Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person*

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38. Birding Hot Spots of Green Bay Bird City

Explore Green Bay’s best birding hot spots! Tour the many projects that define Green Bay as one of the premier Bird Cities in the state. See “Landscaping for Birds” demonstration plots, birds of the bay & Fox River, chimney swift towers & more. Saturday, May 24, 7-11AM Green Bay, Brown Co. Leaders: Mike Reed & Nancy Nabak Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

39. Passenger Pigeon: 100th Anniversary at Wyalusing

The passenger pigeon went extinct 100 years ago. 2014 is a year to reflect on that tragedy and what it means for us today. Visit the Passenger Pigeon Monument at Wyalusing State Park, made famous as the focus of Aldo Leopold’s poignant essay, “On a Monument to the Pigeon.” Learn about passenger pigeons & contemporary wildlife conservation issues while hiking the park’s trails. This is a good companion to trip #43. Saturday, May 24, 9AM-1PM Wyalusing, Grant Co. Leader: Stan Temple Limit: 15 Cost: $24 per person*

40. Spring Butterfly Trek: Crex to the Barrens

Join a local butterfly enthusiast for a special day-long guided caravan tour of his favorite haunts in Burnett County’s pine barrens & bogs. From Crex to the Namekagon Barrens, learn about & look for early-spring butterflies

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

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in various habitats bedazzled in bloom. Saturday, May 24, 9AM-4:30PM Grantsburg, Burnett Co. Leader: Dean Hansen Limit: 18 Cost: $12 per person

41. 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 gem. Saturday, May 24, 9:30AM-12PM Baileys Harbor, Door Co. Leaders: Mark Martin & Susan Foote-Matin Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

42. Get Hooked: Fly Fishing 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 at Riveredge Nature Center to learn 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 24, 12:30-3PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Jerry Kiesow, Diane Kiesow & Chris Vollmer Limit: 12 Cost: $42 per person

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47 43.Passenger Pigeon: 100th Anniversary at Quincy Bluff

In 1871 the largest known nesting of millions of passenger pigeons occurred in central Wisconsin, one of the last great nestings before the species became extinct in 1914.Enjoyahikethroughthepristineoak woodlands of Quincy Bluff, located exactly where this historical nesting occurred. Reflect on what eyewitnesses described as dozens of pigeons nesting in every tree. This is a good companion to trip #39. Sunday, May 25, 9aM-1pM Adams, Adams Co. Leader: Stan Temple Limit: 15 Cost: $24 per person*

44. 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 originals 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. Tuesday, May 27, 10AM-3PM Blue Mounds, Iowa Co. Leader: Richard Henderson Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

45. Birds & Bats of the Kettle Moraine

Enjoy the afternoon searching for Kettle Moraine’s specialty birds such as hooded, cerulean & blue-winged warblers, lark sparrows, ovenbirds & more. As sunset approaches, spy eastern screech-owls, American woodcocks, Eastern whip-poor-

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wills & bats! Use an electronic bat detector to identify species & learn how to conduct a bat survey. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Thursday, May 29, 3-10PM Palmyra, Jefferson Co. Leaders: Rebecca Setzer & Cynthia Bridge Limit: 15 Cost: $62 per person*

46. Secret World of Sandhill Cranes

Explore the secret world of sandhill cranes as told through a population of birds studied for decades. Do cranes mate for life? Do cranes create the amount of crop damage for which they are blamed? Learn the surprising truth unfolding through the study. Saturday, May 31, 6-10AM Briggsville, Marquette Co. Leaders: Jeb Barzen, Anne Lacy & Andy Gossens Limit: 18 Cost: $12 per person

47. Birding Blitz: Door County

Chance to see 75-100 species of birds on this spring exploration of Door County. Spy spring migrants as we search birding hot spots including the shore of Green Bay, diverse woodland habitats & a pioneer cemetery. Participants will automatically become a team for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon — supporting bird conservation statewide. $75 of this trip fee benefits your team, with an option to fundraise more if you’d like. Saturday, May 31, 6AM-2PM Fish Creek, Door Co. Leader: Paul Regnier Limit: 12 Cost: $87 per person* 2 Easy

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Birds & wildlife abound on this enjoyable naturalist-guided pontoon tour of the famed Horicon Marsh, home to over 300 species of birds! Also venture on a boardwalk hike with biologists for more birding & a different perspective of the marsh. We’ll split into two groups — one hiking first, the other hiking second. Ages 10+ Saturday, May 31, 7:30AM-12PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Marc Zuelsdorf & Elizabeth Herzmann Limit: 80 Cost: $31 adult / $25 child, per person

49. Stream Ecology at Black Earth Creek

Be a stream ecologist for a day! Get hands-on & feet-wet 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 31, 9AM-1PM Black Earth, Dane Co. Leader: Mike Miller Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

50. Spring Flora at Genesee Oak Opening & Fen SNA

Admire spring flora blooming in the oak savanna, wet prairie & fen communities protected in this SNA gem. Learn about fen ecology, endangered wildlife, and why the Southern Kettle Moraine is considered globally significant for protecting & restoring oak savannas. Saturday, May 31, 10AM-12PM *A majority of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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Genesee, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Nate Fayram & Sharon Fandel Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

51. 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+ Time: Both sessions 9:30AM-12:30PM Choose one session to attend: 51-A. Monday, June 2 51-B. Monday, July 14 Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leaders: Joan Voigt, Robert Hess & Anna Hess Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

52. Paddling & Birding Big Muskego Lake Enjoy an evening paddle while birding the lake & marsh. See nesting colonies of endangered Forster’s terns, ospreys & bald eagles. Spy many common & uncommon marsh birds & waterfowl as we enjoy the sunset hours. For experienced paddlers. Some canoes available for use or bring your own. Thursday, June 5, 5:30PM-9PM Muskego, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Tom Zagar, John Winze, Kelly VanBeek & Jessica Quinlan Limit: 20 Cost: $27 per person

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53. 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 can join the bluebird craze! Ages 6+ Friday, June 6, 9:30AM-12:30PM Muscoda, Iowa Co. Leader: Dale Moody, Doris Moody & Russell Moody Limit: 30 Cost: $22 adult / $16 child, per person

54. Paddle the Mississippi Backwaters

Enjoy a paddling journey through the scenic backwaters of the Mississippi River with local wildlife 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 6, 10AM-3:30PM DeSoto, Crawford Co. Leaders: Brenda Kelly & Scott Kelly Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

55. 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 shots. Ages 12+ Saturday, June 7, 9AM-12PM Sturgeon Bay, Door Co. Leader: Dave Edwards Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

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56. Tree & Shrub Identification

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. Ages 12+ Saturday, June 7, 9:30AM-12PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leader: James Schwiebert Limit: 18 Cost: $20 adult / $14 child, per person

57. Foraging the Woods for Food & Medicine

Explore the woods of the Southern Kettle Moraine to identify native & invasive plants to add to your dinner plate & medicine cabinet. Discover garlic mustard’s tasty side, Japanese knotweed as treatment for Lyme disease, stinging nettles as a nutritive tonic & more! Finish in the kitchen for edible sampling, cooking tips & an intro to medicinal plant preparations. Saturday, June 7, 9:30AM-1PM Eagle, Waukesha Co. Leaders: Nisa Karimi & Kelly Kearns Limit: 20 Cost: $17 per person

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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 7, 10AM-2PM Avalanche, Vernon Co. Leader: Mike Miller Limit: 20 Cost: $22 adult / $16 child, per person

59. 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 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 7, 10AM-3PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Tim Vargo Limit: 14 Cost: $42 per person

60. A Prairie Excursion: Wine & Dine Enjoy native prairie vegetation & wildlife while learning more about preservation projects in the Shea Valley Prairie: a gem in the Military Ridge Prairie Complex. See a hobby vineyard and savor a catered “family style” afternoon meal & home-made pie after our hike.

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Time: Both sessions 10:30AM-3:30PM Choose one session to attend: 60-A. Saturday, June 7 60-B. Saturday, August 9 Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leader: Shannon Shea Becker, Diane Shea & John Shea Limit: 20 Cost: $27 per person

61. Bluebirds of Crex Meadows

Learn more about this beloved backyard gem as we explore the picturesque pine barrens of Crex Meadows, checking nesting boxes along the bluebird trail. See birds hands on & learn about bluebird ecology & how to attract them. Get box placement tips for your yard! Ages 10+ Thursday, June 12, 9:30AM-12PM Grantsburg, Burnett Co. Leader: Kristi Pupak Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

62. 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. Thursday, June 12, 1-3PM Lake Mills, Jefferson Co. Leader: Mark Dudzik Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

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Bird & explore the many ecosystems that mosaic the Dunnville Wildlife Area through which the Lower Chippewa River flows. Hike through bottomland forests to savannas, prairies, swales & water-sloughs. Traverse a variety of habitats to spy uncommon birds such as lark sparrows, Bell’s vireos, redheaded woodpeckers & black-billed cuckoos. Friday, June 13, 8-10AM Downsville, Dunn Co. Leaders: Bill Hogseth & Jeanette Kelly Limit: 12 Cost: $12 per person

64. Fish Passage Along the Milwaukee River

It’s taken years of hard work, but well worth it! Over 100 miles of streams, rivers & habitat are now reconnected to the Milwaukee River watershed—allowing native fish access to spawn in its waters. See this amazing transformation first-hand with the experts. Visit dam removals & a fish passage via an underwater camera. An important project on an historic river! Ages 10+ Friday, June 13, 9AM-3PM Thiensville, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Matt Aho, Andrew Struck & Luke Roffler Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

65. Bog vs. 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

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66. Eagle Banding & Pontoon Tour: Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Visit an eagle nest & help biologists band eaglet nestlings. Then take a scenic pontoon ride through the Flowage to learn area history & ecology from experts. Enjoy an exciting full-day of wildlife & landscapes! Fundraiser for Flowage wildlife monitoring & the Foundation. Saturday, June 14, 8:30AM-4PM Mercer, Iron Co. Leaders: Christine Paulik & Samuel Jonas Limit: 24 Cost: $100 per person*

67. Canoe the Fox River: Vernon Marsh

Enjoy a paddle down the Fox River as it winds through Vernon Marsh, the largest Wildlife Area in Waukesha County. View birds, amphibians & other aquatic wildlife. For competent paddlers only; canoes provided. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 14, 9AM-12PM Waukesha, Waukesha Co. Leader: Kelly VanBeek Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

68. Drawing Delights from Willow River

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sketching spring flowers, ferns & trees along the way. A botanical illustrator & artist will offer guidance & basic instruction for sketching with pencil, pen, or watercolor. A botanist will interpret the ecology of the plants we see. Water cascading on bedrock nearby & forested slopes of the valley are perfect inspiration for this artistic endeavor. Novice sketchers welcome on this unique exploration mixing hiking, drawing & ecology. Saturday, June 14, 9AM-12PM Burkhardt, St. Croix Co. Leaders: Vera Ming Wong & Barbara Delaney Limit: 12 Cost: $14 per person

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69. Sand Pine Barrens of the Northwest

Explore the rare pine barrens of NW Wisconsin including a renewed barrens in the path of the Germann Road Fire & a mature wooded barrens just off the fire line. Compare first hand the differences while discovering unique plants, birds & wildlife in this scenic landscape. Saturday, June 14, 9aM-12:30PM Gordon, douGlaS Co. leader: BoB HanSon liMit: 25 CoSt: $12 Per PerSon

70. Wondrous Worms, Amazing Arthropods & Fascinating Flora

How well-versed are you in the creepy & crawly of Wisconsin? Venture in the Baraboo Hills to learn about diversity from a new perspective. Search for bugs, worms & problematic plants while learning how they impact our forests. Entertaining & interactive — great for kids! Ages 6+ *Half of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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71. Kestrel Banding

Join researchers to visit several kestrel nesting boxes in the Buena Vista Grasslands. Enjoy this amazing opportunity to help hold & band kestrel chicks, while learning about raptor ecology. This is a fundraiser for kestrel research. Ages 7+ Time: Both sessions 10AM-2PM Choose one session to attend: 71-A. Saturday, June 14 71-B. Sunday, June 15 Bancroft, Portage Co. Leaders: Janet Eschenbauch & Amber Eschenbauch Limit: 24 Cost: $35 adult / $29 child, per person

72. Frogs & Toads of Governor Dodge

Come a’croakin! Learn to identify all 12 species of frogs & toads by site & calls, then test your skills at the monitoring stations in Governor Dodge State Park. Find out how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in the Wisconsin Frog & Toad Survey! Ages 12+ Saturday, June 14, 7:30-10PM Dodgeville, Iowa Co. Leader: Andrew Badje Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

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73. Dune Ecology: Point Beach Ridges SNA

Explore this unique SNA to learn the glacial history that was created over the past 10,000 years. Learn about Great Lakes beach, dune, ridge & swale formations & their ecology. Discover the rare species that call these unique habitats home. Tuesday, June 17, 9AM-12PM Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co. Leader: Joe Henry Limit: 15 Cost: $22 per person

74. Poor Fens of Town Corner Cedars SNA

Poor fens are associated with active or extinct glacial lakes and have harsh conditions that support unique plant communities atop floating mats of mosses. Learn about poor fen ecology & management & spy rare plants in this enchanting SNA. Thursday, June 19, 10AM-12:30AM Amberg, Marinette Co. Leaders: Andrew LaPlant & Joseph Henry Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

75. Solstice Motorcycle Ride in the Baraboo Hills

Celebrate the summer solstice on your motorcycle! Cruise 40 miles of the winding, scenic backroads in the Barboo Hills with brief stops along the way to hike & explore four beloved SNAS: Parfrey’s Glen, Pewit’s Nest, Natural Bridge & Ferry Bluff. This trip is a fundraiser for the Foundation’s Field Trip Program.

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77 & 88 Friday, June 20, 9AM-2:30PM Merrimac, Sauk Co. Leaders: Thomas Meyer & Dawn Hinebaugh Limit: 12 Cost: $25 per person*

76. Kinnickinnic River Revitalized: New Urban Trail!

Enjoy a hike on the newly open Kinnickinnc River Trail! See first-hand the transformation from concrete to green space, and experience the revitalization it has brought to this urban neighborhood. Friday, June 20, 1-4PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Nadia Bogue & Iris Gonzalez Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

77. Bats Up Close: Cross Plains

Venture into the field with biologists to capture bats for tagging & monitoring. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to see several species of bats up close! Similar to Trip #88, but in a different location. This is a fundraiser for bat conservation in WI. Friday, June 20, 7:30-10:30PM Cross Plains, Dane Co. Leaders: J. Paul White, Heather Kaarakka & Jennifer Redell Limit: 20 Cost: $62 per person*

78. Life on the Edge: Protecting Shorelands

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79. Taliesin: Rare Plant Monitoring

Help conduct rare plant surveys overlooking the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece! Search the hillsides of Taliesin for rare prairie plants, using techniques developed for the Citizen Scientist Rare Plant Monitoring program. This is a fundraiser for conservation efforts at Taliesin. Saturday, June 21, 10AM-1PM Spring Green, Sauk Co. Leaders: Kevin Doyle, Cindy Ramseyer & Mike Deegan Limit: 20 Cost: $22 per person

80. Big Bay Sand Spit & Bog SNA

The beauty of Madeline Island awaits! A 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, barberry & wintergreen while hiking this treasured site. Ages 8+ Saturday, June 21, 11AM-1PM Madeline Island, Ashland Co. Leader: Jennifer Birkholz Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

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81 81. Blue River Desert & Bluffs

Did you know there is a desert in Wisconsin? Hike through Blue River Sand Barrens SNA to see cactus, reptiles & other arid-adapted species living along the Lower Wisconsin River. Then explore the prairie flora & enjoy the view from atop Blue River Bluffs SNA. Note: steep hill hiking. Friday, June 27, 9AM-2PM Blue River, Grant Co. Leader: Thomas Meyer Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

82. 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. Saturday, June 28, 9AM-12PM Wyocena, Columbia Co. Leader: Craig Anderson Limit: 12 Cost: $12 per person

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An exclusive opportunity! Paddle a scenic section of the Upper Sugar River to see first-hand what’s being done to protect this waterway so close to suburbia. Memorable moments include passing an old stagecoach stop & Indian mound, traversing the meandering river & observing a variety of wildlife. Canoes provided. This trip is a fundraiser for conservation work by the Upper Sugar River Endowment Fund. Saturday, June 28, 9AM-12PM Paoli, Dane Co. Leaders: Bill Keen & Lisa Keen Limit: 10 Cost: $55 per person*

84. Modern Landfills: Creating Power & Compost Find out what happens to waste as we learn how this modern landfill is constructed, operated & how the gas is collected to create renewable power. Rich compost is created there, too! Ages 8+ Saturday, June 28, 10AM-12:30PM Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co. Leader: Mark Vinall Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

85. 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+ Saturday, June 28 Choose one session time to attend:

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85 85-A. 10AM-12PM 85-B. 1-3PM Antigo, Langlade Co. Leaders: Marge Gibson & Joe Krumrie Limit: 20 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

86. 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 for vesper sparrows, upland sandpipers, chestnut-sided warblers & dozens of butterfly species. Thursday, July 3, 7-11:30AM Ino, Bayfield Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

87. Rare Plants of Avon Bottoms SNA

Avon Bottoms has one of the nicest floodplain forests in southern WI & is home to many rare plants — mostly southern gems that barely sneak into the Badger State. Discover delights while hiking scenic forests & wet prairies along the lower Sugar River. This trip is a fundraiser for the WI Rare Plant Preservation Fund. Friday, July 11, 10AM-1PM Brodhead, Rock Co. Leaders: Kevin Doyle & Ryan O’Connor Limit: 20 Cost: $22 per person

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88. Bats Up Close: Kettle Moraine

Venture into the field with biologists to capture bats for tagging & monitoring. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to see several species of bats up close! Similar Trip #77, but in a different location. This trip is a fundraiser for bat conservation in WI. Friday, July 11, 7:30-10:30PM Palmyra, Jefferson Co. Leaders: J. Paul White, Heather Kaarakka & Jennifer Redell Limit: 20 Cost: $62 adult / $56 child, per person*

89. The Awe of Old-Growth

Witness the awe-inspiring majesty of the old-growth hemlock & hardwood forest of Van Vliet Hemlocks SNA. Look for old-forest plants, bugs, birds & salamanders at this breathtaking site. Primeval trees over 300 years old will put a new perspective on your view of nature! Ages 6+ Saturday, July 12, 9AM-12PM Manitowish Waters, Vilas Co. Leader: Randy Hoffman Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

90.  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. Similar to Trip #95, but in a different location. Great fun for kids & adults! Ages 5+

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91. Visionary Conservation: International Crane Foundation

Experience the cranes of the world, unlock the history of ICF’s global conservation initiatives, discover the future of crane conservation & bring your crane curiosity to in-depth discussions with ICF scientists & educators. Ages 10+ Saturday, July 12, 9AM-12PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leaders: Darcy Love, Cully Shelton & Bryant Tarr Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

92. Wild Edible & Healing Plants of High Cliff

Learn how to safely identify native & nonnative plants used for food, medicine & survival. Explore the history of the Niagara Escarpment & the native people’s staple resources. Get hands-on to gather, prepare & enjoy a wild salad! Ages 10+ Saturday, July 12, 9AM-12PM Sherwood, Calumet Co. Leaders: Cynthia Mueller & Rob Zimmer Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

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Canoe through a chain of five connected lakes to learn about glacial features, Native American influences, animals & plants. Paddle through boiling springs, crystal blue lakes & the pristine Pope Lake SNA. You must bring your own canoe/kayak. Ages 10+ Saturday, July 12, 10AM-2PM Waupaca, Waupaca Co. Leader: Sue Eiler Limit: 25 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

94. Flutter, Fly & Wade Into Citizen Science

Explore Beaver Creek Reserve to band birds, wade for freshwater mussels, observe butterflies & net aquatic invertebrates. Take your new skills home & consider monitoring your own favorite ecosystem. Become a citizen scientist — where fun & science meet! Ages 10+ Wednesday, July 16, 8AM-12PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leaders: Jeanette Kelly & Anna Mares Limit: 20 Cost: $20 adult / $9 child, per person

95. 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 & amazing contributions to the history of Wisconsin. Similar to Trip #90, but in a different location. Great fun for kids & adults! Ages 5+ Saturday, July 19, 9AM-12PM Meridian, Dunn Co.

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96. Native Bees & Prairie Wildflowers

Did you know honeybees are not a native species? But nearly 400 species of bees are native to Wisconsin! Enjoy learning about their ecology & diversity in a classroom presentation. Then venture to restored prairies to see methods of capture, identification & some of their correlations with the prairie flowers. Although the likelihood of being stung is extremely small, this trip not advised for people allergic to bee stings. Saturday, July 19, 9AM-1PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leaders: Dennis Johnson, Judy Schwarzmeier & Patrick Dotson Limit: 12 Cost: $22 per person

97. Cave of the Mounds: Tour & Prairies

Tour the Cave of the Mounds & marvel at this amazing underground gem. Resplendant & breathtaking natural wonders are around each bend! Then enjoy a hike through restored prairie & woodlands to learn about management & history of the surrounding lands. Saturday, July 19, 9-11:30AM Blue Mounds, Dane Co. Leader: Kim Anderson Limit: 50 Cost: $23 adult / $15 child, per person

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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 & a surprising diversity of wildlife. Enjoy acres of short-grass prairie & learn about ecology, wildlife & birds. Wednesday, July 23, 10AM-12PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Tom Kroeger Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

99. 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! Learn how goats are being used as one of the management tools to improve habitat for State Endangered regal fritillary butterflies & other invertebrates. Spy many butterfly species & rare shrubland birds, too! Friday, July 25, 10AM-1PM Steuben, Crawford Co. Leaders: Armund Bartz & Dean Edlin Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

100. Birds, Blueberries & Barrens

Enjoy the morning serenade of grassland birds as we learn about the ecology & restoration of the renowned Spread Eagle Barrens SNA. Help monitor bluebird nesting boxes & hopefully find blueberries ripe for the picking! Ages 7+

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Saturday, July 26, 7-9AM Florence, Florence Co. Leader: Anna Jahns Limit: 20 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

101. Fen & Prairie SNAs of Green Lake County

What’s the difference between a prairie & a fen? Find out on this hike in Berlin Fen SNA to see peat mounds, marl flats & the rare plants that thrive where few can survive. Then off to Puchyan Prairie SNA to marvel at extensive wet prairies full of blazing stars, prairie dock, lilies, cotton grass & more. This trip is a fundraiser for the WI Rare Plant Preservation Fund. Saturday, July 26, 9AM-1PM Berlin, Green Lake Co. Leaders: Kevin Doyle & Ryan O’Connor Limit: 20 Cost: $17 per person

102. Edible Wild Plants & Flower Farming

Traverse the woods to identify & harvest 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. Saturday, July 26, 9AM-1:30PM Barneveld, Iowa Co. Leaders: Kelly Kearns, Kate Cooper & Gigi LaBudde Limit: 15 Cost: $17 per person

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Learn to be an aquatic plant Citizen Scientist! Paddle through a secluded lake in the Chippewa County Forest to explore the wonders of aquatic plant diversity & lake biology. Search for plants, learn to identify them & press them for herbarium samples. Canoes provided. Saturday, July 26, 10AM-1:30PM New Auburn, Chippewa Co. Leader: Jeanette Kelly & Anna Mares Limit: 12 Cost: $47 per person

104. Sunset Cruise on the Mississippi

Savor sunset on the backwaters of the Mississippi as we cruise our way through picturesque fields of blooming lotus & water lilies. Experience intimate encounters with birds & wildlife as they bask in the waning hours. Enjoy dessert & drinks aboard a semienclosed pontoon cruiser. Limited space available for this exclusive event, which is a fundraiser for the Foundation’s Field Trip Program. Saturday, July 26, 6:30-8:30PM La Crosse, La Crosse Co. Leader: Captain Eric Limit: 40 Cost: $75 per person*

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Note: This is a long rugged hike only for those in top physical condition. Lace up your hiking boots for a 9-mile trek in the Sylvania Wilderness around Clark Lake. Visit four pristine wilderness lakes, marvel at old-growth conifers to enjoy the beauty of this threatened wilderness as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Ages 12+ Sunday July 27, 9AM-4:30PM Watersmeet, MI Leader: Dan Wallace Limit: 18 Cost: $20 adult / $4 child, per person

106. Prairie Restoration: Holy Wisdom Monastery

Enjoy a walking tour to explore the history of the land & the monastery. Visit prairies, a restored glacial lake & the future site of restored savanna that surrounds the Holy Wisdom Monastery. Learn how caring for the Earth is part of the Sisters’ mission. Lunch provided in the dining room of their LEEDcertified building. Ages 10+ Wednesday, July 30, 9AM-1PM Middleton, Dane Co. Leaders: Greg Armstrong & Nancy Schlimgen Limit: 25 Cost: $30 adult / $24 child, per person

107. Breakfast with Bats — for Kids!

Meet just before sunrise at Yellowstone Lake to marvel as nearly 1,000 bats swarm around their roost after a night out foraging. Enjoy a simple breakfast (provided) & interactive program to meet live fruit

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109 bats. This trip is best enjoyed by kids & their families, and is similar to Trip #122 for adults. This is a fundraiser for bat conservation in Wisconsin. Ages 8+ Saturday, August 2, 5-7:30AM Blanchardville, Iowa Co. Leaders: Jennifer Redell, J. Paul White & Heather Kaarakka Limit: 35 Cost: $52 adult / $27 child, per person*

108. Cranes: Inspiring Worldwide Restoration

The charisma of cranes has inspired people worldwide to restore & conserve wetlands. Explore the efforts of the Internation Crane Foundation and learn about their restoration of local wetlands, prairies & savannas. See cranes on display to venture from Wisconsin to Africa, Asia, Australia & Europe — all in one morning! Saturday, August 2, 6-10AM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leader: Jeb Barzen Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

109. Small Mammals of Southern Wisconsin

Explore the diversity & ecology of small mammals! Tour the UW-Madison Wildlife Ecology Museum, then venture into the field to check live traps and learn about shrews, mice, bats, voles & smaller squirrels. Saturday, August 2, 8AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leader: Scott Craven Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

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110. Wetlands of the Penokee Hills

Adventure awaits! Enjoy native plants, beaver dams & abundant birds & wildlife as we explore the picturesque wetlands of the Upper Bad River Watershed in the heart of the Penokee Hills. Wetlands are woven into the fabric of this complex landscape. Learn how they aid to regulate water quality from trout streams, down the watershed, all the way to Lake Superior. Saturday, August 2, 9AM-1PM Upson, Iron Co. Leader: Tracy Hames Limit: 20 Cost: $37 per person

111. 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 2, 9:30AM-1PM Black River Falls, Jackson Co. Leader: Armund Bartz Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

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115 112. Amazing Restoration: Farm Field to Resplendent Prairie

Enjoy this extraordinary example of the 30year restoration of 20 acres from a farm field to a tall-grass prairie resplendent with native plants, ponds, mudflats & trees. See how the hard work of a caring landowner provided habitat to many birds, insects & animals. This is not an ordinary prairie tour! Two sessions offered, each with various blooming plants. Ages 6+ Time: Both sessions 12:30-3PM Choose one session to attend: 112-A. Saturday, August 2 112-B. Saturday, August 30 Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co. Leaders: Benjamin Arnold & Marjie Tomter Limit: 25 Cost: $14 adult / $8 child, per person

113. Goose Pond Prairie Restoration

Amazing restoration at a landscape scale! Marvel at over 400 acres of restored mesic & tallgrass prairie habitat at Goose Pond Sanctuary. See the effects of burning & compare the plants & wildlife between recent to 20-year-old resorations. Saturday, August 9, 9AM-12PM Arlington, Columbia Co. Leaders: Mark Martin, Susan Foote-Martin & Tony Abate Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

114. Butterflies of Wisconsin

The fascinating world of native Wisconsin butterflies awaits! See the Beaver Creek caterpillar rearing lab & enjoy the butterfly house to see more than a dozen species

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116 of native butterflies up close! Learn about butterfly lifecycles, migration & ecology & the garden plants that attract them. Ages 12+ Saturday, August 9, 9:30AM-12PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leader: James Schwiebert Limit: 20 Cost: $20 adult / $14 child, per person

115. Wolf Howl in the Flambeau

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. Experience the Flambeau River State Forest in a unique way! Ages 12+ Saturday, August 9, 3PM-Midnight Winter, Sawyer Co. Leaders: Jane Wiedenhoeft & David MacFarland Limit: 25 Cost: $37 adult / $31 child, per person

116. Shorebird Madness!

Migratory shorebirds are one of the most diverse & fascinating groups of birds, as well as some of the world’s greatest travelers. Learn the basics of shorebird identification & the wetlands that provide important stopovers on their long journeys to Central & South America. This trip is a fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund. Thursday, August 14, 8AM-12PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leader: Andy Paulios Limit: 30 Cost: $62 per person*

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112, 113 & 117 117. Native Prairie Seed Harvest

Explore the Star Prairie native seed farm in the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area. Get hands on to help harvest seed & learn about prairie restoration. Spy grassland birds & pollinators too! Ages 5+ Friday, August 15, 9AM-12PM Star Prairie, St. Croix Co. Leaders: Missy Sparrow-Lien, Ryan Brathal & Ryan Haffele Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

118. Summer Flora of Cherokee Marsh SNA

Hike off-trail to discover the high-quality fen, sedge meadow & wet prairie that are protected within this largest wetland in Dane County. Spy blooming blazing stars & swamp milkweed & see rare wildlife that inhabit these less-visited reaches of the marsh. This trip is a fundraiser for the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. Saturday, August 16, 9AM-12PM Madison, Dane Co. Leaders: Nate Fayram, Kevin Doyle & Janet Battista Limit: 20 Cost: $17 per person

119. 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, the Wee White Kirk where John’s father preached & his family is buried & more! This is a fundraiser for the Friends of John Muir. *A majority of your cost per person for this trip is tax-deductible.

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Saturday, August 16, 9:30AM-3:30PM Montello, Marquette Co. Leaders: Mark Martin & Kathleen McGwin Limit: 25 Cost: $22 per person

120. 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! A great hands-on experience to learn about waterfowl ecology & management. Ages 7+ Thursday, August 21, 4:30-8:30AM Reedsville, Manitowoc Co. Leaders: Josh Jackl & Natanya Hayden Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

121. Shorebirds Made Simpler: Rainbow Flowage Learn tips & tricks to identify shorebirds while exploring the scenic Rainbow Flowage. Chance to see hundreds of shorebirds including yellowlegs, plovers, various sandpipers & maybe rare buffbreasted sandpipers too! Thursday, August 21, 8AM-12PM St. Germain, Vilas Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 20 Cost: $12 per person

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Meet just before sunrise to marvel as nearly 1,000 bats swarm around their roost after a night out foraging. Enjoy a simple breakfast (provided) & interactive program to meet live fruit bats. This trip is best enjoyed by adults, and is similar to Trip #107 for children. This is a fundraiser for bat conservation in Wisconsin. Saturday, August 23, 5-7:30AM Blanchardville, Iowa Co. Leaders: Jennifer Redell, J. Paul White & Heather Kaarakka Limit: 35 Cost: $62 per person*

123. Taking Care of Bluff Creek SNA

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125. Lulu Lake SNA: Bur Oak Opening

Traverse beloved Lulu Lake SNA to explore a globally significant natural community: bur oak openings. Marvel at these majestic trees as we hike through a remnant dry prairie knob and down to the pristine Mukwonago River. Saturday, August 23, 9:30AM-12PM Eagle, Walworth Co. Leaders: Adam Stone & Jessica Renley Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

Marvel at the rare plants & animals that inhabit the fen & wet prairies of Bluff Creek SNA. See a trout stream, spy springs & learn more about this rare ecological gem. Then enjoy the opportunity to get hands-on helping with the removal of invasive phragmites grass. Saturday, August 23, 8AM-12:30PM Whitewater, Walworth Co. Leaders: Jared Urban, Virginia Coburn & Zach Kastern Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

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127. Geocaching in the Driftless Area

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 23, 8:30AM-2PM Shawano, Shawano Co. Leaders: Scott Koehnke, James Robaidek & Kay Brockman-Mederas

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Explore Riveredge’s beautiful prairies while having fun catching & identifying various types of butterflies. Help tag monarch butterflies to track their amazing migration to Mexico. Also chance to spy endangered swamp metalmark butterflies. Ages 8+ Saturday, August 23, 10AM-12PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 15 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person Enjoy a modern-day treasure hunt! Learn how to use GPS to track down geocaches— hidden containers with “treasures” inside. Learn map & compass orienteering too. GPS units provided, or bring your own. Ages 7+ Saturday, August 23 Choose one session time to attend 127-A. 9-11AM 127-B. 1-3PM Black Earth, Dane Co. 2 Easy

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126, 129 & 133 Leader: Virginia Wiggen Limit: 12 Cost: $18 per person

128. Banding Birds of the Northwoods

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. Friday, August 29, 7-10:30AM Washburn, Bayfield Co. Leader: Ryan Brady Limit: 15 Cost: $12 per person

129. Monarch Tagging at Schlitz Audubon

It’s 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. Ages 5+ Saturday, September 6, 1-3PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Moya Mowbray Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

130. Oak Regeneration in Southwest Wisconsin

Explore silviculture at the Douglas Hallock Demonstration Forest to learn about the forestry techniques used in managing for oak regeneration & songbird habitat. If you own forestland, this trip is for you! Saturday, September 13, 9AM-1PM

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Millville, Grant Co. Leaders: Allen King & Brad Hutnik Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

131. Train Ride & Bluff Prairie Hike: Tiffany Wildlife Area A full day of fun! Start the morning with a hike in Five-Mile Bluff SNA for amazing vistas of the Mississippi & Chippewa Rivers. Learn about goat-prairie ecology & wildlife. Then off to the tracks to ride atop an antique open-air train through famed Tiffany Bottoms Wildlife Area. Enjoy stops along the way for short hikes into blooming prairies, forests, wetlands & sloughs near the mouth of the Chippewa River. An exclusive opportunity to enjoy this remote mosaic of ecosystems. This fundraiser supports conservation along the Lower Chippewa River. Saturday, September 13, 9AM-5PM Pepin, Pepin Co. Leaders: Dave Linderud & Gary Wolf Limit: 64 Cost: $45 per person*

132. Autumn on Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA Enjoy fall colors & commanding bluff-top views while learning about the natural history & rare species of this beloved SNA. Marvel at the quilt of color as goldenrods, asters & gentians display their best of the season. Help collect seed to further local restoration efforts. Saturday, September 13, 10AM-3PM Albany, Green Co. Leaders: Jared Urban & Tom Mitchell Limit: 25 Cost: $12 per person

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134 133. 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 13, 12:30-3PM Kansasville, Kenosha Co. Leader: Beth Goeppinger Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

134. Tree Climbing: A View from the Top

Discover the exciting new outdoor activity called Recreational Tree Climbing. Explore the overlooked wonders of the tree canopy habitat while finding peace, relaxation & a new perspective from the branches of a tree. All your senses come alive! Move up and down a rope system to experience a squirrel’s eye view of the world! Fee includes use of safety gear. Ages 7+ Saturday, September 13, 1-3:30PM Newburg, Washington Co. Leader: Amanda Zopp Limit: 15 Cost: $37 adult / $31 child, per person

135. Behind the Scenes: Wildlife Rehab Center

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 the patients in the wildlife hospital and visit with a resident peregrine falcon, Eastern screech owl, big brown bats & more. Ages 12+

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138 Thursday, September 18, 2-4PM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leader: Scott Diehl Limit: 40 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

136. Horicon Marsh Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a hike through the 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 19, 3:30-7:30PM Horicon, Dodge Co. Leaders: Marc Zuelsdorf & Liz Herzmann Limit: 40 Cost: $50 per person

137. Birds & Bat Migration in Milwaukee

Learn the importance of urban natural areas for bats, migratory birds & other wildlife species. Observe a bird banding station, mist-nets & acoustic bat monitoring demos in Riverside Park. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see songbirds in the hand! Ages 10+ Saturday, September 20, 8-11AM Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Leaders: Owen Boyle, Tim Vargo & Jennifer Callaghan Limit: 30 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

138. Baraboo Hills Geology

Note: Some challenging & steep hiking. The Baraboo Hills are among the oldest rock outcroppings in North America and a premier geologic marvel of the Midwest. Hike with an expert to learn how geologic forces, from mountain-building to glaciers, have shaped 2 Easy

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139 this landscape. Enjoy stops to hike at Van Hise Rock, Abelman’s Gorge, Parfrey’s Glen & Devil’s Lake. Saturday, September 20, 9AM-4PM Baraboo, Sauk Co. Leader: Phil Fauble Limit: 25 Cost: $20 per person

139. Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction

Lake sturgeon can live for 50 years or more & grow to nearly 9 feet long! Once common in the Great Lakes, they were absent from the Milwaukee River for more than a century— until recent years. 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+ Saturday, September 20 Choose one session time to attend: 139-A. 9AM-12PM 139-B. 1-4PM Newburg, Ozaukee Co. Leader: Mary Holleback Limit: 20 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

140. Autumn Dells Power-Hike

Note: this is a very challenging hike — only hearty hikers need apply! 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 & rare plants await as we traverse steep & off-trail terrain. Bring a lunch to enjoy atop a sandstone bluff with amazing vistas. Friday, SepteMber 26, 9aM-2pM WiSCOnSin dellS, COluMbia CO. Leader: Thomas Meyer

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141. Prairie Plants: Diversity & Seed Collection

Enjoy the beauty of the 20 acres of prairies that surround the Seno Woodland Education Center. Learn about prairie plant diversity & get hands-on for seed harvesting. Ages 10+ Saturday, October 4, 9:30AM-12:30PM Burlington, Walworth Co. Leaders: Nan Calvert & Ron Rasmussen Limit: 25 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

142. Amazing Raptor Migration: Hawk Ridge Observatory

Enjoy peak raptor migration from a ridgetop perch with panoramic views of Lake Superior. The right winds can bring several thousand raptors! Expect northern goshawks, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, merlins & Peregrine falcons. Learn about raptor ecology & ID, see birds banded up close. Ages 8+ Saturday, October 4 Choose one session time to attend: 142-A. 9-11:30AM 142-B. 1-3:30PM Duluth, MN Leader: Amy Staffen, Rich Staffen & Sharon Fandel Limit: 15 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

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143 & 147 143. 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 to attend: 143-A. Friday, October 10 143-B. Saturday, October 11 143-C. Friday, October 17 143-D. Thursday, October 23 143-E. Friday, October 24 Stevens Point, Portage Co. Leaders: Gene Jacobs & Lorraine Jacobs Limit: 35 Cost: $27 adult / $21 child, per person

144. Autumn Photography in the North Kettle Moraine

Explore the world of outdoor photography guided by two experienced nature photographers. Start the day with classroom instruction to learn techniques & tips. Then venture to several sites in the Northern Kettle Moraine and use your new skills to capture the beauty of rural scenes, autumn color, and images of lakes & ponds. Beginner to advanced photographers welcome. Saturday, October 11, 9AM-3PM Dundee, Fond du Lac Co. Leader: Ken Wardius & Barb Wardius Limit: 12 Cost: $20 per person

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145 145. Crane Roosting at Sandhill Wildlife Area

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 11, 3:30-7:30PM Babcock, Wood Co. Leader: Britt Searles Limit: 20 Cost: $15 adult / $9 child, per person

146. Restoring the Native Past for Our Future

Explore the Germantown Wilderness Enhancement Project to see the amazing transformation of 125 acres of farmland to native prairie, wetland & forests. Learn first-hand from the experts how this property came to be & the importance it holds for the local landscape. Ages 10+ Friday, October 17, 9AM-12PM Germantown, Washington Co. Leaders: Stephen McCarthy, Bill Graffin & David Grusznski Limit: 50 Cost: $12 adult / $6 child, per person

147. Saw-whet Owl Banding at Beaver Creek

Experience Wisconsin’s smallest owl up close & personal! Help catch & band saw-whet owls at Beaver Creek Reserve. Ages 8+ Saturday, October 18, 7:30-9PM Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co. Leader: Ruth Forsgren Limit: 25 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

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149 148. 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 with local wildlife & conservation biologists. Then venture to the field in Pools 8 & 9 to practice your new skills during the peak of waterfowl migration. Ages 12+ Time: Both sessions 9AM-1PM Choose one session to attend: 148-A. Saturday, October 25 148-B. Friday, November 7 LaCrosse, LaCrosse Co. Leaders: Brenda Kelly & Scott Kelly Limit: 30 Cost: $17 adult / $11 child, per person

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150 150. Boat Cruise the Mississippi Migration

Revel in the miracle of migration as we view many hundreds of migrating tundra swans, geese, ducks, pelicans & 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+ Saturday, November 15, 1-4PM Lansing, IA Leader: Captain Annie Limit: 55 Cost: $52 adult / $46 child, per person

149. Migration on the Mighty Mississippi

A site to behold! Expect to see more than 250 bald eagles & 100,000 waterfowl as we join expert birders to scan birding hotspots along Pools 8 & 9 of the 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 14, 8:30AM-2PM Brownsville, MN Leaders: Andy Paulios & Steve Houdek Limit: 50 Cost: $37 per person*

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The Great Wisconsin Birdathon This May, flock to the action and support our state’s birds at WIBirdathon.org Bird-a-thon: Helping Wisconsin’s birds by spending any portion of a 24-hour period in May observing birds and soliciting pledges for the total number of species seen.

Get Involved: Go on a Birding Blitz Field Trip See page 2 for details.

Fly Solo as a Birder &  Start a Great Wisconsin Birdathon Team Bird on your own...or friends, businesses, or organizations can create a team and bird together. Set up your webpage at WIBirdathon.org. Point your friends to your team’s page to pledge or donate. Take a Long Walk for Birds Last year, Milwaukee’s Bill Mueller walked 246 miles from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River and raised $10,000. This year, Bill doubled his goal – to $20,000 – and he’d like a little help! Volunteers can sign up to walk any part of a route from the Illinois state line in Kenosha County to the Michigan line in Marinette County. Proceeds from the Great Wisconsin Birdathon will support: the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, Bird City Wisconsin, Important Bird Areas, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative, reforestation of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, Wisconsin’s bird monitoring program and recovery of whooping cranes & Kirtland’s warblers in the state. Many thanks to our sponsors for the 2014 Birdathon:

Derse Foundation, John J. Frautschi Family Foundation, Wild Birds Unlimited-Mequon and Havegard Farms

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Think of the places that mean Wisconsin to you... The lake where your grandfather taught you to fish. The forests you hiked with your family. The wetlands where you and your daughter saw nesting birds. The State Natural Areas, State Parks, State Fisheries, and State Wildlife Areas you’ve explored while on a Field Trip with our Foundation. How much do these places mean to you? How much do these memories matter? And how much do you want them to thrive for the next generation, and the one after that? The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund was created so that we can start now to ensure the future enjoyment of our state’s remarkable natural wonders. From improving forest health to restoring wetlands and fighting invasive species, Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund was created to last lifetimes because our precious lands, waters, and wildlife must last lifetimes. The Fund debuted in September 2013, and already more than 5,600 people across the state have donated more than $16,000 to the Fund. The need is great, and every donation...from $10 to $1,000 or more...will make a big difference for Wisconsin. Please consider supporting the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund so that you — and your children and grandchildren — can enjoy Wisconsin forever.

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