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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : outdoors : wildlife July 22, 2017

5/18/2017 7:24:00 AM
Bird Fest Celebration in Three Lakes weekend of June 2 and 3

The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will host the fifth annual Bird Fest celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.

"Friday evening and Saturday will provide new insight and understanding of migratory birds that are so abundant in the Northwoods" Bird Fest chair Bill Lamon said. "We invite residents and visitors alike to come join us to see and learn about these beautiful creatures."

The celebration will begin Friday evening with a meet and greet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts, 1760 Superior Street.

Enjoy this opportunity to chat with friends and fellow bird watchers and meet Elise Schuler, director of education and avian trainer at "REGI", the nationally renown "Raptor Education Group," located in Antigo. REGI is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native bird species. They have successfully treated and released into the wild hundreds of our most precious birds, including eagles, hawks, owls and other raptors. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres and a beverage will be provided.

Schuler graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in wildlife ecology: information and education and a minor in captive wildlife. Before joining the REGI team she gained experience as a field educator at the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wy., and as an educator at the Kendall County Forest Preserve District in Illinois.

At 6 p.m. Schuler will share her experiences treating injured raptors and show several awe-inspiring live raptors. This is an exceptional opportunity to see and learn about these birds up-close and personal. Each of these birds has an interesting story to share.

Following Schuler's presentation, will be a showing of "A Birder's Guide to Everything." David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks he's made the discovery of a lifetime. On the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Produced by Crossroads Films.

Admission for adults is $15 and $5 for students; children under 13 are free.

Saturday, June 3 will be filled with family-oriented activities. All morning events will be held at the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area, located approximately one mile north of Three Lakes on Hwy 45 and west on Rice Lake Road. Meet at the parking area and information kiosk about 1/2 mile from Hwy 45. All events are free.

• 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Bird Walk - Join club president Bill Lamon for an enjoyable bird walk along the newly established hiking trail in the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area. While on the trail, Lamon will discuss techniques for spotting and identifying birds in the wild.

• 7 to 11 a.m. Bird Banding - Bruce Bacon, a retired DNR biologist and master bird bander will have his nets up in the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area and show the processes behind this method of estimating bird populations. This is a unique experience for young and old. Get close to the birds during the netting and banding process and possibly have the opportunity to hold a bird in and release it again to flight.

• 10 to 11 a.m. Wild Flower Walk - Locally-known educator and naturalist, Les Anderson, will lead you through a native wildflower hike on the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area trail. Discover treasures in the Northwoods.

• 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Loon Calling Contest - Best in class prizes for youth and adult. Meet by the birding kiosk in the wildlife area parking lot.

• 1 to 2 p.m. Children's Program - Spend a fun hour inspiring the artist within your child at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts. Children can paint a birdhouse while learning the importance of preserving the Northwoods resources. Ten and under requires parental supervision.

"Though focused on celebration of the International Migratory Bird Day, this event is for bird and nature enthusiasts of all levels," Lamon said. "The program helps give meaning to the abundance of nature that we see all around us. It encourages us to take a moment, step back, and understand the fragile balance between man and nature. Public awareness of threats to these birds is key to retaining healthy migrating bird populations."

For more information, contact Bill at 715-891-5084 or see Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes on Facebook.

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