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2012 FIELD TRIP SERIES
Thanks to all who helped make our 2012 field trip series a success. Visit our Wetlands Calendar for details about WWA and partner field trips in 2013!

WWA invites you to experience the wonders of wetlands first hand on one of our upcoming field trips. We hope that through enjoying wetlands on a field trip you will increase your understanding of the many different types of wetlands found in Wisconsin. You'll learn about the variety of wildlife and plants that rely on these special ecosystems, how Wisconsin manages wetlands, and how wetlands help support Wisconsinís economy.

Our trips are designed as a special opportunity both for our members and the public. We hope to expand the circle of people who care about wetlands. Only by knowing a place will we love and protect it. Unless otherwise noted, field trips are free for WWA members and $10 for non-members. To register for a field trip, send an email to register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org or call our office at 608-250-9971.

Our 2012 field trip season continues to introduce you to Wisconsinís wetland heritage and its 100 high quality Wetland Gems™. WWA field trips to Wetland Gems are identified with the symbol on the left.

Be sure to visit our Calendar to learn about other wetland programs and events sponsored by WWA and by partners around the state.

2012 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

April 12 - Frogs Night Out at the Mazomanie Wildlife Area (Dane Co.)
April 14 - Searching for Sky Dancers and Frogs (Manitowoc Co.)
May 6 - At the North End of Cedarburg Bog (Ozaukee Co.)
May 19 - Canoeing The Bark Bay Slough (Bayfield Co.)
May 20 - The Cedarburg Bog in the Spring (Ozaukee Co.)
May 26 - Birding Horicon Marsh (Dodge Co.)
June 9 - Writing Prose About the Natural World (Manitowoc Co.)
July 21 - Wetlands of Chiwaukee Prairie (Kenosha Co.)CANCELLED
August 4 - Kayak Estuary Ed-Venture (Ashland Co.)
August 4 - Cherokee Marsh and Upper Yahara River Tour (Dane Co.)
August 18 - Shorebirds of Southern Wisconsin (Columbia/Jefferson/Dane Co.) CANCELLED
August 25 - Butterflies and Blossoms at Pheasant Branch (Dane Co.)
September 9 - Train Ride through Tiffany Wildlife Area (Pepin/Buffalo Co.)
November 10 - Fall Migration Boat Cruise on the Upper Mississippi River (Crawford Co.)

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Our trip offerings are appropriate for people of all ages and strike a nice balance between quiet observation and active movement through wetlands. We have many trips available for multiple generations of a family to attend; itís a wonderful experience for children, parents and grandparents to all learn together. Read descriptions below for age appropriateness.

HOW TO PREPARE: Bring water and dress appropriately for weather, walking and wading (recommended summer marsh wear: long sleeved shirts, long pants, rubber boots, wide brimmed hat, and mosquito repellent). In most cases, field trips will occur rain or shine, but we will cancel in case of hazardous weather. Call WWA or the trip leader the day before if the weather is questionable. Be aware that Lyme disease is present in parts of the state. Prevent tick bites by wearing clothes that cover your skin and by checking your skin and clothing for ticks after participating in field trips.



Frogs Night Out at the Mazomanie Wildlife Area
Dane County
Thursday, April 12, 6:45 - 9:00 PM

Field Trip leader: Bob Hay, retired WDNR Conservation Biologist

With the
Madison Audubon Society
To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org.

Family Friendly Trip!

Bring a sense of adventure on this trip as you look at the world from a different perspective: through sounds. Besides listening for a variety of frog calls, participants will learn about frog lifestyles and wetlands ecology while touring Mazomanie Wildlife Area, part of the Lower Wisconsin River and Wyalusing State Park Wetland Gem™.

Details: Bring a flashlight and dress for wet conditions. The trip will be canceled if the daytime high temperature is below 45įF or in the event of very strong winds or heavy rain. The rain date is April 19. Call trip leader Bob Hay only if you have questions: (608) 829-3123.

Directions to the Mazomanie Wildlife Area: From Hwy. 14 in Mazomanie, drive north on County Highway Y for about four (4) miles. Just before the highway bends to the east (right), turn left on Lawís Drive. Travel on the access road about a quarter (1/4) mile and turn left onto the first gravel road. Follow this about one and a half (1 1/2) miles to the parking lot at the dead-end.



Searching for Sky Dancers and Frogs
Manitowoc County
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Field trip leaders: Woodland Dunes Naturalists
With the
Woodland Dunes Nature Center

Registration: $3 for Woodland Dunes and WWA members; $5 for non-members.
To register, or for more information, contact Woodland Dunes Nature Center at 920-793-4007 or by email at nature [at] woodlanddunes.org.

Family Friendly Trip!

Early spring is the best time to explore the wetlands and forests of Woodland Dunes Nature Center, part of the Point Beach & Dunes Wetland Gem™. Join naturalists on a night hike to search for sky dancing woodcock and snipe and listen and look for the frogs that live on the preserve. Registration by April 2 is appreciated.

Support for this trip was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA11NOS4190097.



At the North End of Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County
Sunday, May 6, 9:00AM-Noon

Field Trip leader: Jim Reinartz, Director of UW-Field Station
With the
Friends of Cedarburg Bog

To register, contact Friends of Cedarburg Bog at 262-675-6844 or register online here.

Cedarburg Bog, a Wetland Gem™ site, is the least disturbed large bog in southeastern Wisconsin and is composed of a mosaic of vegetation types, including many plant species that are regionally rare and are at the southern limits of their range here. Join Jim Reinartz on an exploration of the trails on the north end of bog to learn about the ecology and natural history of this special place.

Details: Wear appropriate footgear for hiking and dress for wet conditions. Bring water and any provisions needed for a 3 hour hike.

Directions: Meet at the UW-Milwaukee Field Station parking lot: 3095 Blue Goose Road, Saukville, WI 53080.

Support for this trip was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA11NOS4190097.



Canoeing the Bark Bay Slough
Bayfield County
Saturday, May 19, 1:30 - 5:00 PM

Field Trip Leader: Bruce Moore

With the
Chequamegon Bay Bird and Nature Festival.

This trip is part of the Chequamegon Bay Bird and Nature festival. Visit the event website or call the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at (800)284-9484 to register and learn more information about this and other wetland field trips at this three day festival!

Bark Bay Slough is a Wetland Gem™ and represents one of the regionís premier canoeing/kayaking destinations, featuring a 28-acre lagoon, extensive coastal fen and open bog habitat, and direct outlet to Lake Superior. Join WWA wetlands expert, Bruce Moore, on a relaxing, spectacular, and educational paddle through this special coastal wetland. Discover the significance of this and other Wetland Gems while potentially catching glimpses of Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, rare plants, River Otters, and other northwoods wildlife.

Details: All experience levels welcome but you must bring your own canoe/kayak and associated paddling equipment.

Support for this trip was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA11NOS4190097.



The Cedarburg Bog in the Spring
Ozaukee County
Sunday, May 20, 9:00AM-Noon

Field Trip leader: Kate Redmond
With the
Friends of Cedarburg Bog

To register, contact Friends of Cedarburg Bog at 262-675-6844 or register online here.

Cedarburg Bog, a Wetland Gem™ site, comprises many wetland community types unique to southern region of Wisconsin, including 35 plant species and 19 bird species that are near the southern extent of their range. Join Kate Redmond, photographer, writer, editor, educator, and wetlands advocate, to discover what is blooming in the bog.

Details: Wear appropriate footgear for hiking and dress for wet conditions. Bring water and any provisions needed for a 3 hour hike.

Directions: Meet at the UW-Milwaukee Field Station parking lot: 3095 Blue Goose Road, Saukville, WI 53080.

Support for this trip was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA11NOS4190097.



Birding Horicon Marsh
Dodge County
Saturday, May 26
7:00 AM-Noon

Field Trip Leaders: Levi Wood and Peter Fissel
With the
Madison Audubon Society

Free and open to the public. To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org

Family Friendly Trip!

Horicon Marsh is a Wetland Gem™ and a designated >Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Join us as we explore the largest freshwater marsh in the U.S. We will look for a variety of birds in various spots around the marsh, including wetlands, open water, woodlands, and possibly mudflats to attract shorebirds, depending on conditions.

Details/Directions: Contact Peter Fissel (608) 226-0260 or pfissel@library.wisc.edu, and Levi Wood (608) 277-7959 for logistics or specific questions. Meet to carpool/caravan at 7:00 a.m. at the American Family Park & Ride lot. Take American Pkwy off Hwy 151 northeast of the Interstate and turn right on East Park Blvd. Click here for a map of this location.


Writing Prose About the Natural World
Manitowoc County
Saturday, June 9, 9:00AM-4:00PM

Field trip leader: Mary Linton, WWA Board Chair
With the
Woodland Dunes Nature Center

Registration: $25 for Woodland Dunes and WWA members; $30 for non-members.
To register, or for more information, contact Woodland Dunes Nature Center at 920-793-4007 or by email at nature [at] woodlanddunes.org. Let them know you heard about the workshop through WWA.

Family Friendly Trip!

No experience necessary to enjoy this opportunity to visit Point Beach & Dunes, a Wetland Gem™, and participate in a writing workshop with Mary Linton, wetland ecologist and published poet. In this workshop read modern essays that come from various angles but all use images of nature and concern about the natural world as their base and write some of our own. Workshop time will be split: 1/3 of the time hike Woodland Dunes and share knowledge of the land, 1/3 of the time writing, and 1/3 of the time listen to those essays.

Details: Registration by June 1 is appreciated. Some preparation will be required. You will receive an assignment when you enroll that will include some sample essays you will need to read. Bring a lunch, a notebook for writing, your favorite writing implement, your completed preparatory homework, and rain gear if it looks threatening.



Wetlands of Chiwaukee Prairie
Kenosha County
Saturday, July 21, Work Day:10:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Tour is CANCELLED

Field Trip leader: Marty Johnson, WDNR, & representatives from The Nature Conservancy and Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund.

To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org.

Invasive species are one of the top threats to Wisconsin's wetlands. Chiwaukee Prairie, a Wetland Gem™ site, site located in the southeastern corner of the state, offers an excellent example of on-going, successful management efforts to address this threat. We will help the Chiwaukee Preservation Fund with invasive plant scouting and removal for the first part of this trip (10:00 AM-12:00 PM). After a break for lunch, weíll take a short hike and learn more about the ecology of Wisconsinís only lakeplain prairie complex and what else is being done to effectively manage the site. Visit the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund's website for a list of what will be in bloom during this time, including Cinquefoil, Phlox, and Purple Prairie Clover.

Details:The first half of this trip will a volunteer work day to scout for and remove invasive plants. This activity is highly encouraged but optional. The educational tour will begin at 12:30 PM on site. Bring a picnic lunch for the break between the work day and tour (12:00 PM-12:30 PM). For both activities, please where shoes that are waterproof or can get wet. Also, dress appropriately for hot weather, wear sunscreen and repellant, and bring plenty of water. Be aware that ticks are ubiquitous at this prairie site. To protect yourself from ticks, wear light colored clothing, long pants and sleeves, and tuck your pants into your sock. Repellent with DEET can also be used. Visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information.

Directions: From the junction of State Highways 165 and 32 south of Kenosha, go south on 32 1 mile, then east on 116th Street 0.7 mile, then south on 1st Court 0.3 miles, then west on 121st Street 1 block, then north on 2nd Avenue to 119th Street and a parking lot. Click here for a map of the site and the surrounding area.

Support for this trip was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA11NOS4190097.



Kayak Estuary Ed-Venture
Ashland County
Saturday, August 4, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Field Trip Leader: Cathy Techtman, UW-Extension
With the
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and UW-Extension.

To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org.
Registration fees: $12 Member/ $15 Non-member

Take a kayak trip along Lake Superiorís coast to explore Fish Creek and Whittlesey Creek Estuaries and beyond. Learn how the regionís geology, culture, and history have shaped this place where the land meets the water. Ages 12 and up will encounter remarkable sights and sounds of the sloughs! First time kayakers welcome! The trip begins with an orientation to the kayak and how to move around in these remarkably stable, low profile vessels. Explore the calmer side of Lake Superior and get a new view of the shoreline and streams of the bay.

Details: Please register by July 13th. 14 spots available in 7 double kayaks. Participants are also welcome to bring their own canoe/kayak and associated paddling equipment. More information about the program and a waiver and health form will be sent to participants after registration. Spots are limited--register today!

Directions: Departure site is Long Bridge Landing, 2 miles west of Ashland. A map is available and will be sent after registration.

Support for this trip was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA11NOS4190097.



Cherokee Marsh Ecological Restoration by Canoe
Dane County
Saturday, August 4, Time: TBA

Field Trip Leaders: Russ Hefty, City of Madison Conservation Resource Supervisor
With the
Madison Audubon Society and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh

Free and open to the public. To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org

Family Friendly Trip!

Details: Bring your own canoe or kayak to get a duck's-eye-view of the restoration activities ongoing at Cherokee Marsh, a Wetland Gem™ on the northeast side of Madison. Leader Russ Hefty will show us how the shoreline of this floating bog is being stabilized by plantings to form a vegetation breakwater and silt fence. This should be peak bloom for the thousands of American Lotus and water lilies used as a buffer! We also hope to see Great Egrets and other wetland birds.

Directions: On the north side of Madison take Northport Drive (Highway 113). Then turn north onto Sherman Ave at the stoplight at Northport Dr. and Sherman Ave. Drive north until you reach the Cherokee Marsh parking lot at the end of Sherman Ave.


Shorebirds of Southern Wisconsin
Columbia, Jefferson or Dane Counties - Wherever the birds are!
Saturday, August 18, Time: 8:00 AM, Tour is CANCELLED

Field Trip Leaders: Peter Fissel
With the
Madison Audubon Society

Free and open to the public. To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org

This trip will go to wherever the shorebirds are, based on current conditions and reports! Possible destinations include Columbia, Jefferson, or Dane counties. Bring a scope if you have one. Contact Peter Fissel at (608) 226-0260 (before 10 p.m.) or pfissel@library.wisc.edu only if you have a question about the trip.

Details: TBA

Directions: The trip will last 3-4 hours. Meet to carpool at 8:00 a.m. at the American Family Park & Ride lot (take American Pkwy off Hwy 151 northeast of the Interstate and turn right on East Park Blvd.)

Butterflies & Blossoms at Pheasant Branch
Dane County
Saturday, August 25, Time: 10:00 AM

Field Trip leader: Dreux Watermolen, Wisconsin DNR
With the
Madison Audubon Society, Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association, and the Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Free and open to the public. To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org

Family Friendly Trip!

Join us on a walk through the lovely Pheasant Branch, a Wetland Gem™ in Middleton. The many beautiful asters should be in bloom, and we hope lots of butterflies will be nectaring on these flowers. Expect several species, including Monarchs, sulfurs, blues, and possibly some southern immigrants, such as Common Buckeye and Painted Lady. We will also learn more about restoration efforts at the conservancy.

Details: Long pants, a hat, water, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Close-focusing binoculars are also useful. (We will have a few extra binoculars.) We will hike two or three miles. Contact the trip leader only if you have questions: Dreux Watermolen: (608) 266-8931, dreux.watermolen[at]Wisconsin.gov. Meet in Middleton at 10:00 a.m. (see below for directions). The trip will last about 2 hours.

Directions: At the west end of Lake Mendota take Allen Boulevard north, then turn left on Century Avenue (Co. M). Track your mileage as you turn right onto Old Creek Road and then right on Pheasant Branch Road going north 1.2 miles to the small county parking lot at the beginning of the gated road.

Train Ride into Tiffany Wildlife Area
Buffalo and Pepin Counties
Sunday, September 9, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Field Trip Leaders: TBA

Registration fees: Members:$15 / Non-members:$25/ 12 & Under:$10
Join WWA today to take advantage of member rates.

To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org

Cancellation Policy: WWA will refund registration fees for cancellations made on or before Friday, August 24, 2012. No refunds will be made after this date. Thank you for understanding our need for this policy.

Take a ride in an antique open-air train eight miles into the Tiffany Wildlife Area, which includes parts of the recently designated Lower Chippewa River Delta Wetland Gem. Located along the Chippewa River as it flows into the Mississippi River in Buffalo and Pepin counties, Tiffany Wildlife Area protects one of the most extensive river deltas in the Midwest. This unique wet forest is characterized by transitions and patches, two elements of landscape diversity that often result in high biodiversity. From the Chippewa delta moving upstream, the site transitions from floodplain forest of silver maple, river birch, ashes, and basswood to a more oak-dominated forest (swamp white, bur, and black).

Participants will see expansive lowland hardwood forests, sloughs of the Chippewa River, and open wet prairies with blooming flowers and grasses exceeding six feet in height. The area also offers excellent birding opportunities. We will take several hikes (1/4 - 1/2 mile each) on unimproved trails, over uneven terrain to visit various wetland and prairie habitats. Bring lots of water and a bag lunch for a picnic stop. We also recommend binoculars, rain gear, long sleeves, long pants, sun hat, and sturdy shoes that can get wet.

Click here to view a video about train trips into the Tiffany Wildife Area.

Details: Trip will run in light rain. If an absolute downpour, departure time will be delayed to see if the rain subsides. We will NOT run if there is lightning or an electrical storm approaching. If storms pass, then we will resume the trip. Please come prepared with rain gear, umbrellas, boots, plastic bags, etc. or anything that will enhance your comfort in the event of rain. Durand, Wisconsin is the nearest town for lodging near the Tiffany Wildlife Area. Visit the The Cobblestone Inn website for one lodging option in this town.

Directions: From Highway 35 between Nelson and Pepin, drive north about 12 miles on Highway 25 to the parking area on the right. There will be yellow signs along the highway stating "CAUTION AHEAD - CARS TURNING" and crossing guards on the shoulders of the road directing parking to help people cross the road from the parking area to get to the train. If you are coming south through Durand, the parking lot is about three miles south on the left side of State Highway 25 on a residential lawn area. Parking is not allowed in the DNR parking lot on the east side of the tracks. Also, please be aware that the boarding location off of Highway 25 experiences heavy traffic. Click here for a map



Fall Migration Boat Cruise on the Upper Mississippi River
Crawford County. Boat departs from Lansing, Iowa
Saturday, November 10, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Field trip leaders:John Wetzel, WWA Board Members and retired Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Manager & Mississippi Explorer naturalists

Registration fees: Members:$45/ Non-members:$55/ Kids 4-12:$40/ 3 & younger: Free
Join WWA today to take advantage of member rates. Space is limited on this popular trip!
To register, contact WWA at 608-250-9971 or by email at register[at]wisconsinwetlands.org

Family Friendly Trip! This trip is perfect for all ages.

Cancellation Policy: WWA will refund registration fees for cancellations made on or before Friday, October 26, 2012. No refunds will be made after this date. Thank you for understanding our need for this policy.

This three-hour cruise offers an extended, first-hand birding experience in key Mississippi River Flyway habitats. Experienced birders and river naturalists will accompany each cruise and provide interpretation and birdwatching assistance. Visitors will experience amazing close-up views of thousands of elegant tundra swans and hundreds of thousands of a wide variety of ducks plus numerous bald eagles, canada geese, pelicans, cormorants, and other wildlife. The riverboat tour will explore open backwaters and side channels that border floodplain forests of this Wetland Gem™, the Upper Mississippi & Trempealeau River National Wildlife Refuges. Snacks and drinks will be served at no extra charge. Trip leader John Wetzel will discuss the areaís importance for fish, wildlife, birds, and people. This site was also designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 2010 and a Wetland Gem in 2009.

Details: Tour will be on board a Coast Guard inspected vessel with a licensed pilot. Bathroom facilities are located on the boat. Snacks and drinks are available for no extra charge, but participants are also allowed to bring their own refreshments. Cameras and binoculars are highly recommended. Although the boat cabin is heated, please dress appropriately for current weather conditions.

Directions: Boarding will begin 30 minutes before departure. The meeting location is at the Mississippi Explorer dock at 60 S. Front St. in Lansing, IA. Coming from Wisconsin, take WI-35 (Great River Rd.) along the Mississippi River. Continue west onto WI-82 across the river (north of Ferryville & south of DeSoto, WI) into Lansing. Turn left on N. 2nd St. (Old Rd. 29). Take the third left onto Main St. and then a right onto N. Front St.




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