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Oak Ecology & Bird Habitat Workshop

$10.00

Saturday, May 12
9:00-1:00 pm

May 12 will be a special day in Crawford County, of exploring forest management, especially oak regeneration, and seeing and hearing forest birds. The arrival of long distance migrants will be in full swing. We will have bird and forest experts including Randy Hoffman, retired DNR Natural Areas specialist, Mike Mossman retired DNR Biologist, Lisa Hartman, retired DNR Biologist, Barbara Duerksen, ornithologist, who leads bird field trips, conducts bird surveys and counts. Mississippi Valley Conservancy Executive Director Carol Abrahamzon and Conservation Director Abbie Church will be with us to discuss Conservation Easements.

We will also have a very special guest, Rob Nurre, an historian who studies the first land surveyors written notes, observations and documentation of the landscape. These surveyors trekked for miles prior to and during European settlement. Rob will personify Mr. Wittse, who walked through Scott Township in the early 1800s, and talk to us about what he saw and how he accomplished his documentation of the land in those early days. This will be an eye opening experience to broaden our understanding of what might be done to restore the land to a healthier more biodiverse environment.

The day will begin with an optional early morning bird walk. If you are interested, please meet at the property at 7:30 am. After, we will join with the full group at 9 am for programming and additional forest and bird walk. We will conclude the day with a pizza lunch from a wood-fired pizza oven. The cost of the workshop is $10.

Instructors: Maggie Jones & David Linton, landowners/conservationists; Randy Hoffman, retired DNR Natural Areas specialist; Mike Mossman, retired DNR forest ecologist; Lisa Hartman, retired DNR biologist, Barbara Duerksen, Ornithologist, and Rob Nurre, Historian.

Location: 41425 Spring Valley Lane, Blue River, WI (Crawford County)

Directions: This property is off of Cty S between Hwy 61 and Cty F. A map will be provided to each participant upon registration.

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