8609
Eagle River
Northwoods Birding By Trail and Canoe
Pack your binoculars and set out on a great birding adventure, where you’ll add to your list, explore unique ecosystems and improve your birding skills in the wildlife-rich Northwoods.
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Program No. 8609RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Eagle River, WI
D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Afternoon: Participants arrive at Trees For Tomorrow from 3:00-4:30 PM for registration.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 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: Birding Resources - We also like to go over optics, especially how to adjust binoculars and things to consider when buying and caring for them. In addition, we'll talk about the pros and cons of the many different field guides out there. This information can be used to help with future selections of birding resources. We will go over various parts of birds that will aid in identification

DAY
2
Birding Edge Habitat, Instruction, Lower Ninemile Lake
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

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.

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 5:00 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.

DAY
3
Birding, Northwoods Wildlife Center, and evening canoe
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

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 (in the field, bag lunch provided)

Afternoon: Visit to Northwoods Wildlife Center. This local rehabilitation and education center is a great opportunity to view birds up close. They have many display birds including a Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, and Turkey Vulture. They also have several species of reptiles and amphibians to view.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:15 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!

DAY
4
Birding, Birds of Prey program, Loons presentation
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - Just 15 minutes north of Eagle River, the town of Conover has abundant boreal habitat. There are large expanses of county forest land that we can explore to find a variety of upland and lowland conifer birds. 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: Birds of Prey Presentation. After resting up, participants have the opportunity to attend a slideshow presentation that focuses on the special characteristics of Birds of Prey and will learn how to identify some common Wisconsin Birds of Prey based on body shape, sound, etc. After the slideshow presentation, participants will get to meet TFT's education raptor, Apollo (Red-tailed Hawk).

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Naturalist Program-Loons. Learn about the interesting physical and behavioral adaptations of these birds, as well as the science behind loon conservation and research!

DAY
5
Powell Marsh, Allequash Lake, Bog & Owl Calling
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - We will focus our efforts in seeing 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, common yellowthroat, northern harrier, alder flycatcher, pied-billed grebe, sedge wren and ring-necked duck among others.

Lunch: Lunch at 1:00 PM. in the field (bag lunch provided)

Afternoon: Canoe 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. (Poor Weather alternate: Hike Fallison lake trail)

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!

DAY
6
Northern Hardwood Forests & Fields, Franklin Lake Hike
Eagle River, WI
B,L,D
Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

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!

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. 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. We may also have the opportunity to hear and see the sky dance of a woodcock!

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Eagle River, WI
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Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: Departure by 9:00 AM. Participants can leave their name tag and room key in room.