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Fall naturalist programs underway at Horicon Marsh
Weekly News article published: October 2, 2012 by the Central Office
HORICON, Wis. -- Horicon Marsh, designated as “A Wetland of International Importance,” is one of the premier birding locations in Wisconsin and fall visitors can enhance their visit to the marsh by attending one of the naturalist programs held at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center each fall.
“Horicon Marsh is an outstanding natural resource that thousands of people visit each year,” said Liz Herzmann, Department of Natural Resources natural resources educator at Horicon. “Public naturalist programs are offered in spring and fall at the height of the migration when wildlife is most active and visible.”
The naturalist programs are intended to help visitors understand the marsh, its wildlife and management.
“We want to connect people with our wildlife and enhance their understanding and appreciation of our natural heritage,” Herzmann said .
The 32,000 acre Horicon Marsh includes an 11,000 acre Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, with the remaining land designated a National Wildlife Refuge. The marsh received the prestigious title of “A Wetland of International Importance” (exit DNR) in 1991 and it’s also designated a unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve and recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area (exit DNR).
Programs will be conducted at the International Education Center, located at N7728 Highway 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. All programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
More information about activities at Horicon Marsh can also be found on the Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center website at www.horiconmarsh.org (exit DNR).
- October 6 - Birding Basics, 10 a.m.; Fall Crafts, 1 p.m.
- October 13 - Wisconsin Waterfowl (presentation and hike) 10 a.m.; Fall Migration (hike), 1 p.m.
- October 20 Fall Festival Open House 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Join DNR staff and volunteers to learn more about outdoor skills. At 11 a.m. there will be a special presentation on the “Mammals of the Marsh.” At 1:30 p.m. local artist and musician Spid Pieper will be giving a free musical performance for all ages.
- October 27- Birds of Horicon (hike) 10 a.m.; Geese of Horicon (hike)h 1 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Liz Herzmann, natural resources educator - 920-387-7860