Trumpeter Swans, Waterfowl and Shorebirds

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Date(s) - 03/01/2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mercer Public Library

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Course Title:  Trumpeter Swans, Waterfowl and Shorebirds

Dates:  Part I – March 28th 1-3pm, Part II – March, 30th 1-3pm , Part III – Field Trip May 19th or May 23rd 8:30 – 11:30 am

Time: See above  

Location:  Mercer Public Library

Objectives:  Spring migration in the Northwoods is around the corner and with it brings an amazing diversity of water birds.  This course will discuss the remarkable adaptations and life histories of these birds and their ecological role in our environment.  Students will gain the ability to identify a number of water bird species found on our Wisconsin lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Students will receive a broad understanding of the conservation issues facing our Waterfowl and Shorebirds as well as the remarkable recovery story of the Trumpeter Swan in Wisconsin.  Following our classroom program, we will travel to the Little Turtle Flowage in May for a field trip to practice our water bird identification and ecology skills. 

Course structure:  The course will be given in __3_ sessions, each __2-3 hours_ long, covering the following topics:  Waterfowl and Shorebird identification, life histories, and conservation

Session I: Waterfowl and Trumpeter Swan ecology and conservation. 

Session II: Shorebird ecology and conservation

Session III: Field trip, date TBD


Requirements:  Students will be asked to do a short hike in the third session and to bring binoculars.

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

Course fee: $25


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