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FeU presents ‘Winter Birds of the Northwoods’ class beginning Nov. 12

November 01, 2019


The Northwoods region is known for its harsh winters, with heavy snow, freezing temperatures and lack of sunlight. However, despite these conditions a number of bird species call this frozen landscape home.  

Fe University presents the class, “Winter Birds of the Northwoods,” to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 12 and 13. Class on Tuesday will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mercer Library, 2648 Margaret St., Mercer. The Wednesday class will be a field trip from 1 to 4 p.m. at a location to be determined. The class will be taught by Annie McDonnell of the North Lakeland Discovery Center. 

In the classroom session, Nov. 12, discuss the winter bird species of the Northwoods and their unique adaptations that enable their survival. Discuss how landowners can provide quality forage, cover for birds, and improve habitat for birds in the Northwoods. 

On the second day, go for a 3-hour field trip hike to observe birds in their natural habitat and expand identification skills. Be prepared for walking in winter conditions at a slow to moderate pace on uneven terrain for up to two miles. Dress for the weather including footwear, and bring binoculars.  

McDonnell is the naturalist and volunteer coordinator at North Lakeland Discovery Center for the past two years. She earned degrees in biology and wildlife ecology from Montana State University in Bozeman, after which she spent five years researching grassland songbirds, waterfowl, and owls throughout Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota. McDonnell has been involved in the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas and owl surveys for four years. She is an avid hiker, mountain biker, kayaker, skier, and birdwatcher. “Winter Birds of the Northwoods” is the second class McDonnell has taught for Fe University.

The fee for this class is $25. Scholarships are available. Class size is limited, so register early. Forms may be downloaded from the website, www.feuniversity.org or picked up at the Mercer Library or the Iron County UW Extension Office in Hurley. Completed forms may be dropped off at those locations or mailed to Fe University, P.O. Box 63, Hurley, WI 54534. For more information on this or other FeU classes, call 715-561-3098 or 715-476-2881.

Fe University is a non profit, non accredited “college” based in Iron County, targeting seniors over 50 but open to anyone over 18. The Story of Reconstruction class is also offered in November and December in Hurley.

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