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Northwoods Birding By Trail and Canoe

Program Number: 8609RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/26/2013 - 6/1/2013; 5/17/2015 - 5/23/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eagle River, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; Walking/Hiking; Water Sports
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Join renowned bird expert, author and public radio host Laura Erickson and other naturalists on an exceptional birding adventure for beginning and intermediate birders. Explore unique habitats in search of common and rare birds, and add new finds to your life list. Laura will show you how to improve your birding skills while walking the area’s finest trails. On canoe outings, observe water birds and their behaviors. Learn how to identify warblers, raptors, waterfowl and other species that call the north woods home. This is a special opportunity to learn from one of the most beloved experts in the world of birding.




Highlights

• Witness loons and eagles while canoeing pristine lakes with minimal human activity.
• View many colorful warblers that call the Northwoods their summer home.
• Explore a northern quaking bog – an experience many equate to walking on a giant waterbed – and learn about the special plants and animals that reside in it.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day. Canoeing up to three miles.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

5-26-2013, 5-17-2015

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Coordinated by Trees For Tomorrow.




Eagle River

Situated near the largest inland chain of connecting freshwater lakes in the world, this community lies next to the 600,000-acre Nicolet National Forest and is a well-known hub of recreational activity, from canoeing to hiking.



Accommodations
Lodge-style dormitory, shared bath.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rob Wiener

Rob Wiener has taught at Trees For Tomorrow since 1999. In addition to teaching, Rob coordinates school schedules and accreditation testing, develops curriculum, and helps oversee the seasonal naturalist program. He is a Northland College graduate with a B.S. in environmental studies, and worked previously with the U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and private consulting firms. In his free time, Rob enjoys photography, guitar, weightlifting, tennis and reading.
 
Cheryl Todea

Cheryl Todea has been at Trees For Tomorrow since 2000, where she has served as a teacher and naturalist. She was named operations manager in 2014, and previously held the interim executive director position. In addition to managing the overall operations of the organization, Cheryl is responsible for group programming and personnel management. Cheryl earned a degree in environmental education from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and worked previously for the Girl Scouts and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, birding, and knitting.
 
Joe Panci

Joe rejoined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in 2009 after working at TFT from 1984 to 2003. In addition to teaching, Joe coordinates the natural resources careers workshop and oversees all education program equipment. He earned bachelor degrees in forestry and environmental education from Michigan State University and a masters in environmental education from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Joe previously worked as an environmental science teacher, outdoor education coordinator and cross-country ski and softball coach at Conserve School in Land O' Lakes. Joe has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps programs. He is a National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educator graduate as well as a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
 
Laura Lorenz

Laura Lorenz joined the Trees For Tomorrow education staff in August 2012. Originally from Morton Grove, Ill., she graduated from Northland College with a B.S. degree in outdoor and environmental education. In addition to her position as a teacher naturalist, Laura oversees the care of numerous education animals, coordinates summer programming, and is helping oversee the seasonal naturalist program. She enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and crocheting in her spare time.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
  Eagle River, WI 6 nights
 Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Type: Lodge
  Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.
  Contact info: 519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com
  Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.
  Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.
  Additional nights prior: $35 Single/$50 Double Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 Single/$50 Double Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-4:30 PM check in at the Education Hall at Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, WI. You will be staying at Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, WI. You will be staying at Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is available at no extra cost.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eagle River, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Rhinelander
  Nearest highway: Hwy 45
  Nearest airport:  Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI)
  From End of Program
  Location: Eagle River, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Trees For Tomorrow
phone: 715-479-6456
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Please contact Troy, the Trees For Tomorrow Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to arrival - (715) 479-6456 x228 or troy@treesfortomorrow.com

 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Airport Car Rental
phone: 715-365-3430
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

N/A - Depends on time you keep the rental car
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Please contact the airport car rental well in advance (at least 2 weeks) to make sure they can meet your needs.

 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Rapid Cab
phone: 715-365-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Due to the high cost of taxi service, we recommend contacting Trees For Tomorrow for an airport shuttle. If you do wish to use a taxi, call them at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

 

Rhinelander

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Trees For Tomorrow
phone: 715-479-6456
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Please contact Troy, the Trees For Tomorrow Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to arrival - (715) 479-6456 x228 or troy@treesfortomorrow.com

 

Rhinelander

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Rapid Cab
phone: 715-365-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Due to the high cost of taxi service, we recommend contacting Trees For Tomorrow for an airport shuttle. If you do wish to use a taxi, call them at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Escanaba, MI) Hwy 70 West to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the North (Hancock, MI) Take Hwy 45 South to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the South (Appleton) Take Hwy 45 North to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the West (Superior) Take Hwy 53 South to Hwy 70 East. Take Hwy 70 East to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars, but we do have a limited amount for those without them.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and Registration / Orientation and Icebreakers / Whip-poor-wills & Nighthawks
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Afternoon: Participants arrive at Trees For Tomorrow from 3:00-4:30 PM for registration.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM. There will be a social hour before dinner where participants can talk while enjoying wine, cheese and other snacks provided by Trees For Tomorrow (TFT).
 Evening: Orientation and evening field trip - We will do participant introductions now if they have not already been done during our social hour. Participants will get a tour of the facilities, overview of the schedule, and a general orientation of how the week will run. Later in the evening, we will be going out to hear evening birds such as the whip-poor-will and nighthawk. Both of these birds are in rapid decline, leading to a new survey initiated in 2007.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Birding Edge Habitat / Tree Identification / Canoe Instruction / Canoe Lower Ninemile Lake
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.
 Morning: Birding - We will bird the edge of a field, second growth aspen, and pines. There are pretty good sight lines to find birds. In the past, we have seen birds such as: chestnut-sided warbler, nashville warbler, mourning warbler, clay-colored sparrow, purple finch, ovenbird, blue-headed vireo and red-eyed vireo.
 Morning: Tree Identification - Knowing how to identify trees and habitat types is crucial for finding birds you wish to see. It also aids in making bird identification and location quite a bit easier. This split lecture/field class will run about 1.5 hours and participants will learn how to properly identify common trees of the Northwoods such as: sugar and red maple, eastern hemlock, balsam fir, white and yellow birch, black and white spruce, and white and red pine among others.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
 Afternoon: Canoe Lessons - Because we will use canoes to explore some areas, participants will learn how to maneuver a canoe effectively. Positioning of the canoe is very important in seeing and identifying many birds in or near water. The lake we do the lessons on has a loon platform nest, so participants should get a good look at a loon!
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Canoe - Participants will canoe a very productive lake, Lower Ninemile Lake. Some of this lake's shoreline is surrounded by national forest land, limiting development. In past excursions, we have found trumpeter swans, loons, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, american bittern, common yellowthroat, and others.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Birding Early Successional Stage Aspen and Pine / Loon Presentation / Canoe Baker Lake and Tamarack Flowage
(Tuesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.
 Morning: Birding - We will bird a recently logged area in search of many early successional stage birds. The large amount of snags left behind in conjuntion with the low height of trees make this a great area to see birds. Signature species of this habitat include: golden-winged warbler, eastern towhee, brown thrasher, hermit thrush, rose-breasted grosbeak, chestnut-sided warbler, mourning warbler, american redstart, and others.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
 Afternoon: Loon Presentation - After resting up, a local look expert will talk about the history of loons in Wisconsin, current conservation needs, research techniques, and the biology of these unique, symbolic birds.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM.
 Evening: Canoe - This isolated combination of Baker Lake and Tamarack Flowage provides a serene paddle along with numerous wetland and water birds. The lake has been home to a pair of nesting bald eagles and common loons for numerous years. Great blue herons, eastern kingbirds, orioles, and yellow warblers are all common species on these lakes. Occasionally, I have also seen and heard merlins and broad-winged hawks in this area. Also, we have tried our hand at calling in a barred owl at the boat landing and have found great success!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Birding Conifer Lowlands / Visit Northwoods Wildlife Center / Free Time or Optional Bird Topography
(Wednesday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.
 Morning: Birding - Just 15 minutes north of Eagle River, the town of Conover is found in a slighly lower spot in the landscape meaning the forests in this area provide abundant boreal habitat. We will visit a county forest that contains a unique jack pine swamp and open wetland type. Signature species are the boreal chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-bellied flycatcher, yellow-rumped warbler, and gray jay among others. If we get lucky, we'll spot a spruce grouse too!
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
 Afternoon: Visit Northwoods Wildlife Center - This local rehabilitation and education center is a great opportunity to see birds up close. They have many display birds including: barred owl, great horned owl, northern saw-whet owls, eastern screech owl, coopers hawk, red-tailed hawk, american kestrel, broad-winged hawk, bald eagle, and turkey vulture. Additionally, they have a host of other animals such as turtles, frogs, and insects.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Free Evening or Optional Bird Topography - For those interested, we will go over use of a field guide and different parts of birds. This will help folks gain a better understanding of using field marks to help identify birds by sight.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Birding Powell Marsh / Canoe Allequash Lake / Deep Lake Bog & Owl Calling
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.
 Morning: Birding - We will focus our efforts in getting waterfowl, shore birds and others associated with open areas. This pseudo-marsh, actually a DNR managed leatherleaf bog & grassland wet area, provides a large area for not only waterfowl, but other birds that enjoy the open. This will be a great spot to easily see lots of birds. We will bring as many spotting scopes we have! Signature species include: american bittern, yellow warbler, northern harrier, alder flycatcher, pied-billed grebe, sedge wren and ring-necked duck among others.
 Lunch: Lunch at 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Canoe - There are a couple of options to canoe. Our likely location is Allequash Lake, a place with no development and in the heart of Wisconsin's largest state forest, the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest. Black terns, bald eagles, loons, ring-necked ducks, sora, and others call this gem their home. We will spend a majority of our time in a non-motorized section of the lake.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Bog Investigation - Participants will explore a northern quaking bog, an experience many equate to walking on a giant waterbed. The numerous bogs found in this area were glacially created and now many special plants and animals reside there. Perhaps the most sought out plants include the carnivorous ones: sundew, pitcher plant and bladderwort. For many, this is an opportunity they have never had and one consistently rated as a great experience. If we are there late enough, we may try our hand at calling in a barred owl if we have not heard one already!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Birding Northern Hardwood Forests and Fields / Franklin Lake Hike / Closing
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.
 Morning: Birding - The fields of Croker Road are a great opportunity for viewing birds. Species may include: eastern bluebird, tree swallow, savannah sparrow, eastern kingbird, killdeer, bobolink, sandhill crane, and others. The spotting scopes we have along offer a great chance to see these colorful birds up close. Taking a "field trip" can really be fun!
 Morning: Birding - We will bird the Northern Hardwoods ridge near Deep Lake Road. This is a great birding hotspot very close to Eagle River. In the past, we have heard and seen some unusual birds such as an olive-sided flycatcher, and even woodcock in the late morning hours! A variety of warblers are very abundant in this area and using some song playback equipment, we are often successful at drawing them in for brief viewing opportunities. Signature species include: eastern wood pewee, blackburnian warbler, scarlet tananger, least flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, black-throated blue and black-throated green warblers.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
 Afternoon: Hike - We will hike the 1.25-mile Franklin Lake Nature Trail. This is a great trail that weaves through multiple habitat types. Many people especially love this trail due to the wide array of wildflowers found there. Swainsen's thrush, ovenbird, blue-headed vireo, american redstart, black-throated green warbler, northern parula, and many other birds call this area home!
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM. Wine from the local Three Lakes Winery will also be provided.
 Evening: Closing - The Trees For Tomorrow Road Scholar Coordinator will put together a slideshow presentation of pictures taken during the week. If any of our previous evening activities get rained out, we can try them on this night.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
 Morning: Departure by 9:00 AM. Participants can leave name tag and room key in room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Eagle River, WI Downtown Stores
Located just a few blocks from downtown Eagle River, Wall Street has a variety of stores to explore.
  Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is a short walk from "Trees" and has excellent resources. Phone number is 715-477-2205. For additional information, visit www.eagleriver.org
  Fishing, Golf, Tennis, Basketball
There are many places to fish in the Northwoods. Other relaxing recreational opportunities at parks may include tennis and basketball. Golf courses can also be found in the area. See "Trees" Coordinator for further details.
  Olson Memorial Library
The library has many resources to explore. Books, email access, and newpapers can all be found. Phone number is 715-479-8070.
  Trails
Wilderness areas along with other public lands surround Eagle River. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations.
  Various Trails
Trees For Tomorrow is in the heart of many public lands. National Forests, State Forests, and County Forests provide abundant opportunities for biking and other recreational opportunities. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations. There are both road and mountain bike trails available.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


101 Ways To Help Birds


Author: Laura Erickson


Description: This engaging book presents 101 things individuals can do to help both individual birds and bird populations as a whole. It also explains exactly how these actions can make a difference--what wrongs they help correct and what improvements they can bring about. Bird-friendly (and environment-friendly) practices are described in detail: things anyone can do around the home and garden, at work, at the store, in their community, in the outdoors, and on the road. Anyone who appreciates wild birds knows that the animals need our help. This timely guide shows bird-lovers what they can do.



For the Birds: An Uncommon Guide


Author: Laura Erickson and Jeff Sonstegard


Description: Laura Erickson invites more than 250 birds right into your living room. Get to know a wide variety of birds from rare hawk owls, to elusive sedge wrens, to that more southern species, the plastic lawn flamingo. Laura's lighthearted wit and extensive knowledge combine to incite even those with a rudimentary interest (birds fly and lay eggs) into field tracking that hawk owl. You'll be amazed at the enjoyment birds can wing into your day.



Graced by the Seasons


Author: John Bates


Description: John Bates is a local author that writes about the natural happenings in the Northwoods. He divides his books into a fall/winter book, and a spring summer book. They are written in order of how things happen throughout the year.



Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey


Author: Laura Erickson and Betsy Bowen


Description: Written by one of Minnesota’s best-known bird authorities, with images by one of the state’s favorite illustrators, Hawk Ridge is as fun as it is informative. It introduces the state’s raptors, from the rare visitor to the most familiar hawk, noting each species’ signature traits—osprey wings, for instance, are crooked to help them catch fish; vultures urinate on their legs to cool themselves—and their nesting, breeding, and migrating habits. Did you know that Sharp-shinned Hawks banded at Hawk Ridge have been found throughout Central America and even into South America, and also, in midwinter, in Wisconsin? Laura Erickson offers a broad perspective (a bird’s-eye view!), making sense of the raptor’s role in the larger ornithological scheme.



Sharing The Wonder Of Birds With Kids


Author: Laura Erickson


Description: Chock-full of creative activities, this hands-on guide goes way beyond teaching bird identification. In her light-hearted style, Laura paves the way for children to discover-with a little help from you-the beauty and significance of birds, how their bodies work, why they behave as they do, and why it's so critical for us to protect and care for them. Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids was a National Outdoor Book Awards Winner: Outdoor Education.



The Bird Watching Answer Book


Author: Laura Erickson


Description: How many feathers does a bird have? Do birds sleep while in flight? Why do Blue-Footed Boobies have blue feet? How do migrating birds know where to go and how to get there? For these and hundreds of other questions, The Bird Watching Answer Book has expert answers. Written by Laura Erickson, science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this book is the authoritative source for information on birds of all kinds.



Twelve Owls


Author: Laura Erickson and Betsy Bowen


Description: Meet the saw-whet, the tiniest of Minnesota’s owls, a mere eight inches from the tip of its blunt tail to the top of its rounded head. The simplest way to find one is to listen for the scolding calls of a flock of agitated chickadees. Or, if you’re lucky, you might witness the male throwing all caution to the wind and “co-co-co-co-ing” for a mate, inching forward on every note like the bird in a cuckoo clock. From this fetching little creature to the magnificent great gray, the owls of Minnesota have found the perfect spokeswoman in this book, which is as charming as it is informative. Written with wit and a remarkable command of bird lore by Laura Erickson, well known to public radio listeners and birdwatchers everywhere, Twelve Owls also features enchanting pictures, from the long view to up-close detail, by award-winning artist Betsy Bowen.





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