great river birding festival
~ 2004 WORKSHOPS ~

WORKSHOPS require pre-registration but no additional fees.
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   cape may warbler

 Wild About Warblers:
Guides: Lyle Bradley, Holly Peirson~ Fri 1-4 pm
Location: Hok-Si-La Park

Skills for the Intermediate & Advanced Birder. One of Minnesota's most skilled birders reveals the finer points of warbler identification. Known as the butterflies of the bird world, warblers can be some of the most difficult species to find and ID. Share tips and tricks for locating and viewing these secretive song birds. Lecture and slide presentation at Hok-Si-La Park followed by one hour in the field to test out your new skills.

 Chorus Line-In Search Of Frogs & Toads

Presented by: John Levell, Steve Weston, John Hockema ~ Fri 8-10 pm & Sat 8-10 pm
Location: Friday At Wabasha-Kellogg High School ~~ Saturday At Slipperys

Croak! Croak!
Croak! Croak!

From Dawn song to evening chorus, lend an ear to the night time serenades of frogs and toads. Our native frogs and toads are harbingers of Spring and an important barometer to the health of our wetland areas. Some amphibians are identified by sound and surveyed just as many birds are. Enjoy the trills, chirps and peeps and squeaks of Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers and American Toads. Explore the nightlife of vernal pools, marshes and ponds, learn the calls of frogs and toads and listen for nocturnal wetland birds.

 Birding by Ear

Guides: Stan Tekiela & Kevin Smith ~ Sat 7-9 am
Guides: Ann McKenzie & Jon Peterson ~ Sun
7-9 am
Location: Hok-Si-La Park. Lake City, Minnesota

Want to find more birds? Start looking with your ears! Sound is just as important as color and shape to many birds. Many species are secretive, hard to find or live in inaccessible habitat. Locate and identify these birds by learning their songs and calls. It's easier than you think! This workshop introduces the beginner and intermediate birder to the use of audio field guides. Learn about song types and seasonal vocalizations. Plus, recognize and use alarm, distress and contact calls to find more birds.

 Ducks On A Stick: Divers & Dabblers Of The Mississippi
Program Instructer: Brian Pember ~ Sun 10 am-Noon
Location: Wabasha-Kellogg High School

StickDucks Do you know your Divers from your Dabblers? Did you know that 40% of all North American waterfowl use the Mississippi River as their migratory flyway each spring and fall? Incredible, the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge provides critical food & habitat to thousands of ducks and geese as they make their way north and south each year! The refuge is also home to many duck species that breed here, some remain year round. Learn how to identify the many species of waterfowl that use the Upper Mississippi River NWR. You'll get an up close look at 30 mounted ducks consisting of 17 different species of waterfowl. The information presented will help you identify the species, sex and age of the birds you see on the water. Plumage, wing placement, foot color, bill shape, and tail feathers are all important observation features. Never leave a raft of ducks clueless again!

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