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Great River Birding Festival
MAY 11 ,12 ,13 2007  

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Great River Birding & Nature Festival - "Celebrate Spring on the Mississippi Flyway"

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field trips
FIELD TRIPS require pre-registration and additional fees.
Check contacts noted in each event below for directions, contact & payment.

   Birding By Rail

Birding by Railcar: Exploring The Chippewa Bottoms - Button and $25/ per person

Guides: Carol & Jerry Knabe, Scott Mehus, Joe Palzkill ~ Sat 7 am-Noon & Sun 7 am-Noon
Location: Tiffany Bottoms, WI- contact Nelson, WI

event Our most popular Field Trip! This tour is simply the most unique way to penetrate the wild areas of one of the most important floodplain forests in the entire upper Midwest. The Tiffany Bottoms cover 12,000 acres of prime breeding and migratory bird habitat. This is a 5-6 hour ride on standard gauge tracks in miniature sized railcars. Frequent stops are made, allowing excellent viewing opportunities of secretive warblers like the Prothonotary, Mourning, Golden-winged & Cerulean Warblers. Possible sightings include: Red-shouldered Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Whip-poor-will, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, and Veery. Resident nesting Bald Eagles are also on the menu as are herons, egrets and many woodpeckers. Lots of knowledgeable and friendly birding guides will be on board to help you spot and identify birds. For your comfort, facilities are provided on the last rail car. (A portable Porta Potty for those on the Go!) Pack warm clothes in case of cool weather, bring a lunch & beverages. Insect repellent, good walking shoes and a soft sitting pad are recommended.

Salwey's Birding & Nature Hike to Big Lake Shack - Button and $40/per person
Guide: Kenny Salwey ~ Sat 8-Noon
Contact: Donna Krebsbach @


Birding by Boat: Exploring the Mississippi Backwaters- Button and $25/per person
Guides: Dan McGuiness & Audubon Staff
Sat 7-9 am ~ 10am-12noon & Sun 7-9 am ~ 10am-12noon
Location: Alma, WI - South landing Boat launch (below dam)
Contact: Bonnie Koop Hundreizer

This is your chance to visit the birds of the river and floodplain forests up-close ON the water! Join seasoned Audubon river ecologists to explore the bird life and ecologyevent in some of the more hidden and inaccessible areas of the Upper Mississippi River. Participants will ride aboard the fleet of Audubon motorboats with knowledgeable guides. On this trip you'll learn what makes the Upper Mississippi River one of the most important ecosystems in the heart of the country and why floodplain forest are important to the bird and animal species that depend upon this habitat. Enjoy this quiet trip into the secluded backwaters, and perhaps for a hike on one of the many islands.

Birding 101- Button Event (Hike/Fieldtrip)
Instructors & Guides:
Ann McKenzie & Jon Peterson ~ Sat 7-9 am
Ann McKenzie & Jon Peterson ~ Sun 10-Noon
Location: Hok-Si-La Park - Hwy 61 N - Lake City, MN
Contact: Joanne Klees 651-345-3855

Never been birding before? Birding 101 is designed to get you started! Step into the field with Minnesota naturalist and author Stan Tekiela and discover how easy it is to identify the birds you see. Stan will share tips on where and when to find the birds your looking for and you will learn how to use spotting scopes and binoculars. Start a life long hobby you can take with you anywhere you go! Participants will receive Stan's new, Second Edition guide and companion audio CD in a field friendly leather carrying case.

Birding By Kayak or Canoe - Button and $25/ person
Guides: US Fish and Wildlife Service Member Staff ~ Sat 7-9 am/ Sun 7-9 am
Location: Winona, MN (launch site advised later)
Contact: Redtail Outfitters 507-474-1403
Reservations and Equipment Rental

green heronOnly licensed craft with proper safety equipment will be allowed. Rentals available at RedTail Outfitters. A quiet backwater excursion for some very intimate viewing experiences. For the experienced Kayak/Canoe enthusiast. Possible sightings (dependent on location) include American Bittern, Green Heron and Virginia Rail. What's around the next bend? How about that small sheltered bay up ahead? Solitary Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, or Black-bellied Plover may make a showing! If the weather is calm we may visit an active Bald Eagle nest. Groups are small and participation is limited to adults only.

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