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5/7/2014 11:41:00 AM
Best little bird fest in the Midwest
The Northwoods Birding Festival features field trips to local birding hot spots on May 10, including a birdwatching canoe trip down the Manitowish River.Contributed photograph

The Northwoods Birding Festival features field trips to local birding hot spots on May 10, including a birdwatching canoe trip down the Manitowish River.

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Spring is an exciting time of year for birding in the Northwoods. More and more birds arrive each day.

Hermit thrush and yellow-rumped warblers have been seen recently at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, the host site of the 10th annual Northwoods Birding Festival. By the time of the Birding Festival on May 9-10, the lakes and trees of the Northwoods will be teeming with birds from waterfowl to warblers. 

This year’s festival begins Friday, May 9, with an evening welcome reception hosted by the Discovery Center Bird Club and featuring complimentary appetizers and a cash bar with wine provided by The Wine and Beer Barn in Manitowish Waters.

Nature photographer Azael Meza will present a delightful and inspiring program that explores the connections between birds, nature photography and conservation with photographs from his own outstanding collection.

Saturday kicks off with early morning bird walks followed by field trips to birding hot spots – with all activities led by skilled guides including naturalist-author John Bates, wildlife researchers Terry Daulton and Jeff Wilson, and research professor Amber Roth.

Saturday’s afternoon programs feature bird-banding demonstrations, a lunchtime keynote presentation by Dr. Jay Mager from Ohio Northern University entitled “Loon Language: The Science of Communication,” and concurrent afternoon sessions by experts on bird identification, reducing obstacles to bird migration, and rare and threatened Wisconsin bird species.

 The festival is great for bird enthusiasts of all levels, with many opportunities to improve your skills and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow birders. Breakfast and lunch on Saturday are provided in addition to delicious appetizers, desserts, and more. There will also be opportunities to build your own suet bird feeder and to make a cute owl decoration out of “upcycled” metal lids. 

Field trips are filling up fast, so be sure to get your registration in soon. Festival registration is $50 ($40 for Discovery Center members and $20 for students and youth under 18).

Festival details, schedule, and printable and online registration are available at  www.discoverycenter.net or call 715-543-2085.

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