Ducks, Geese, Swans and More – The Water Birds of Our Northern Lakes, Wetlands, and Rivers

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Date(s) - 05/04/2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Course Title:  Ducks, Geese, Swans and More – The Water Birds of Our Northern Lakes, Wetlands, and Rivers

Dates:  Live Zoom program: 5/4, 9-11am, In-person field trip: 5/5, 9-11am

Time:  9-11am

Location:  Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Course Fee: $15 (includes field trip), 10 for Zoom class only

Class Size:   Field trip is limited to ten participants

The Waterfowl family is a diverse assemblage of ducks, geese, and swans, which are an important and fascinating part of our landscape in the Northwoods.  In this program, we will explore the captivating world of this family, from the Mallard to the Mergansers, and all the dabblers and divers in-between.  Participants will learn how to identify of waterfowl species, their life history strategies, habitat requirements, and what landowners can do to protect their environment.  

Course structure:  Presentation: 2 hour live zoom.  Field Trip: 2 hours at the Little Turtle Flowage 

Requirements: There are no specific requirements for this course.  I will provide a list of references, field guides, and websites for those who are interested in more information.  The field trip portion will consist of a ~ 2-mile walk on gentle terrain.  

Materials Required:  I will provide a few handouts for participants to help with bird identification, as well as the specifications for wood duck house construction.  

Instructor:  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.