Baffling and Breathtaking Bogs, the ecology of nature’s pickle jars

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Date(s) - 02/08/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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The course is full for hikes but will continue to take reservations for Zoom only.

Course Title:  Baffling and Breathtaking Bogs, the ecology of nature’s pickle jars

Dates:  2/8 & 2/9

Time:  Zoom program 2/8: 10-11:30am, In-person Hike 2/9: 10am-12:30pm

Fee: $10 for zoom class and hike or $10 for zoom sessions only of Bog Ecology and Winter Ecology classes. Please indicate if you want to register for the hike, as space is limited to 10.

Location:  Meet at the Discovery Center parking area, and we will caravan to the fieldtrip site

Registration:  Online registration is not available. Please register using PayPal and indicate your class or use the paper registration form and mail it in with your class fee.

Objectives:  There a number of different types of wetlands in Wisconsin, but no marsh or swamp is as unique and captivating at the Bog!  In this program, we will discuss the characteristics that make a bog a bog, from their hydrology to their peculiar plant communities.  We will explore a bog and the fascinating adaptations of the plants and animals that thrive in the harsh conditions of this special landscape with both a PowerPoint presentation and a visit to a Bog in our own backyard. 

Course structure:  The course will be given in __2_ sessions, each __90 – 150_ minutes long, covering the following topics:

  •   Wetland characteristics
  •   Bog hydrology
  •   Bog plant communities
  •   Bog animal communities
  •   Bogs and landscape succession
  •   Interesting current research and climate change in relation to bogs
  •   Notable bogs of Vilas County

Requirements:  An interest in the Northwoods environment and ability to walk ~1.5 miles on flat terrain for a 2.5-hour fieldtrip.  The instructor will provide a list of resources for further reading and more details for participants who desire more information. The number of students participating in the field trip is limited to 10. An unlimited number may sign up for the zoom class only.


Annie McDonnell is the Naturalist, Citizen Science & Volunteer Coordinator at North Lakeland Discovery Center since 2016.  She earned degrees in Biology and Wildlife Ecology and has spent 5 years researching grassland songbirds, waterfowl, and owls throughout Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.