Walking while birding. Canoeing.
In the dining hall, we’ll enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast with coffee, tea, water, 1% milk.
We will bird the edge of a field, second growth aspen, and pines. There are 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. If the birding action has slowed considerably later in the morning, we will have a tree identification class. 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.
In the dining hall, lunch is cafeteria style with coffee, tea, water, 1% milk.
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!
Dining hall cafeteria-style meal.
We will canoe a very productive lake, Lower Ninemile Lake. Some of this lake's shoreline is surrounded by national forest land, limiting development. On past trips, we have found trumpeter swans, loons, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, American bittern, common yellowthroat, and other birds.