Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Photo of cranes flying © Thomas Lynn

Sandhill cranes
© Thomas Lynn

October 2010

Wisconsin Traveler

Set your sights for fall

The days are cooling off and it's light jacket weather to enjoy leisurely hikes, the long shadows and long views of early fall both outside and indoors.

Start your journey from on high. Wind Point juts into Lake Michigan at Racine and the view from the 108-foot lighthouse is breathtaking. Or maybe that's the result of climbing up 144 steps! Sunday, October 10 is one of just four days during the year when the historic lighthouse and museum are open for public visits. Call (262) 639-2026, or (800) 272-2463 toll-free and plan your visit to the lighthouse at 2725 Lighthouse Drive.

Or maybe you're hungry for a sunset hike with sweet music? Cut diagonally across the state and set your compass for Crex Meadows in Grantsburg. Join the sandhill crane tour from the new Education Center starting at 5 p.m. as hundreds of the big birds fly in from their daytime feeding grounds and trill their way to nighttime roosts. Tours are planned for Saturday, October 2, 9 and 16. The first 10 callers can reserve a seat in the van for $5, everyone else follows in a carpool caravan. Call (715) 463-2739.

Rather make your own magical moment? Then come back to Crex on Friday, October 22 for the Full Moon Series. The free 6 to 8 p.m. event starts at the Auditorium at the Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. The evening program in October starts with a short talk around a campfire about the science and folklore of the moon phases, and seasonal changes in the plants and animals found at Crex. That's followed by an evening hike lit by the rising moon and a moon-related snack. Join us. No reservations are needed.

Up for some light-hearted fun during the fall hunt? Spend a little dough and a few bucks to see Deer Camp, The Musical at UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main Street. The show about four hunting buddies cooking up a scheme to save their hunting paradise highlights cornball songs and comic timing. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$29.50. Call (262) 472-2222 or order online at Deer Camp, The Musical.

Want to try the high road to outdoor culture? Take in the annual Birds in Art exhibit that runs from mid-September through November 14 this year at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 700 N. 12th Street in Wausau, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. A variety of fine art paintings, drawings, sculpture and carvings celebrate all aspects of birds and their habitat. Call (715) 845-7010 or e-mail: museum@lywam.org.

Through the end of October you can also enjoy Audubon: The Art of Nature, an exhibit about artist and amateur scientist John James Audubon at the New London Public Museum, 406 S. Pearl Street in New London. The exhibit includes Audubon artwork, letters and other artifacts. Admission is free and museum hours are Tues. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (920) 982-8520 or e-mail: museum@newlondonwi.org.

Finally, the Oshkosh Public Museum will offer an exhibit Deer Hunting: Wisconsin's Autumn Tradition from September 25, 2010, through January 30, 2011. It explores the rich history and deep tradition of Wisconsin deer hunting, including images from deer camps past and present submitted by hunting groups and families. The museum is located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: adults $7; seniors (62+) $5; children (6-17) $3.50; kids under 6, free. Call (920) 236-5799 or visit Oshkosh Public Museum for more information.