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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

April 1999

Learn to identify plants, animals and landscapes on an NRF field trip. © Natural Resources Foundation.

Natural Resources Foundation

1999 Summer Field Trips


Learn to identify plants, animals and landscapes on an NRF field trip.

© Natural Resources Foundation
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1. Goin' Froggin'

Learn to identify frogs by their chirps, gulps, and songs while exploring the Mazomanie Wildlife Area.

  • April 16, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Mazomanie, Dane Co.
  • Bob Hay, leader
  • limit: 40
2. Prairie Chicken Booming at Buena Vista Marsh

Enjoy a Friday evening presentation on prairie chicken behavior/ecology. Saturday pre-dawn observation of "dancing" prairie chickens, followed by breakfast and discussion.

  • April 23, 7 p.m. – April 24, 11 a.m.
  • Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, Amherst Junction
  • Todd Knepfel, leader
  • limit: 20
  • cost: $55
3. Pasqueflowers on the Prairie: prairie and savanna restoration techniques

Hike a segment of the Ice Age Trail, to view numerous pasqueflowers and spring wildflowers. Learn about restoring native remnants of oak savanna and prairie communities by visiting Kettle Moraine Oak Opening and Bald Bluff state natural areas.

  • May 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Southern Kettle Moraine, Waukesha Co.
  • Mark Verhagen, leader
  • limit: 20
4. Wisconsin Waterfall Wonders: Amnicon & Pattison

Explore Wisconsin's northern waterfalls. Learn the geologic and human history of the area. Spectacular sights of the Big Manitou Falls and the quiet charm of Amnicon's trickling pools await you.

  • May 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Amnicon & Pattison state parks, Douglas Co.
  • Carolyn Rock, leader
  • limit: 30
  • cost: state park admission
5. Paddle Where Rivers Meet

Paddle down the lower Wisconsin River from Bridgeport to the Mississippi at Wyalusing State Park in a replica of a 150-year-old, six-seat canoe and fancy yourself on an early explorer's journey back through time to the Black Hawk War years and the Military Trail. Learn about the current management of this important riverway. Cost includes canoe use.

  • May 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
  • Bridgeport, Crawford Co.
  • Dave Gjestson, leader
  • limit: 30
  • cost: $8
6. Door County Warbler Watch & Moonlight Bay

Experience the annual spring migration of warblers at Peninsula State Park. Spend the afternoon at the unique Moonlight Bay Bedrock Beach State Natural Area learning about the natural history, plants and management of this rich and rare ecosystem.

  • May 14, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Peninsula State Park, Door Co.
  • Mark Martin & Kathleen Regnier, leaders
  • limit: 20
  • cost: state park admission
7. Wetlands & Water Quality

Celebrate Wetland Protection Month by exploring one of Bong's many wetlands.

  • May 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Bong Recreation Area, Kenosha Co.
  • Beth Goeppinger & Donna Mosca, leaders
  • limit: 40
  • cost: state park admission
8. Archaeology of Killsnake Wildlife Area

Tour four important archaeological sites ranging from a major Early Paleo-Indian campsite from 9000 B.C. to a Potawatomi village from the mid-1800s. Learn how people's adaptations to local natural resources changed throughout time.

  • May15, 9:30 a.m. – noon
  • Calumet & Manitowoc Co.
  • Victoria Dirst, leader
  • limit: 25
9. Dells of the Wisconsin River Spring Hike

See the "real" dells! Towering hemlocks, mossy glens, and spectacular rock formations await on this 3.5 mile hike through the Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area. The terrain on this off-trail hike is rugged and not appropriate for small children.

  • May 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co.
  • Thomas Meyer, leader
  • limit: 22
  • cost: $3
10. Private Woodlands Management

Visit a privately owned hardwood forest and meet DNR foresters to see and discuss practices such as tree planting, timber stand improvement, wildlife management and harvesting.

  • May 22, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Mt. Horeb, Dane Co.
  • Steve Holaday, leader
  • limit: 25
11. Oak Woodland Restoration at Lake Kegonsa State Park

Visit an impressive restoration of a white oak woodland and oak savanna. Hear about the management techniques used for this project. Persons considering beginning a restoration project on their own will find this tour beneficial. Also, tour a nearby wetland and learn about wetland ecology.

  • May 22, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Stoughton, Dane Co.
  • Gary Birch & Deb Weidert, leaders
  • limit: 20
12. Tour the Poynette Game Farm & MacKenzie Environmental Center

Learn the history of the game farm. Visit the pheasant hatchery and rearing pens, the Wisconsin wildlife exhibit, buffalo, and restored prairies.

  • May 22, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Poynette, Columbia Co.
  • Don Bates & Derek Duane, leaders
  • limit: 30
13. Baraboo River Dam Removal

Explore the history of dams on the Baraboo River, and the facts and process leading to their removal, which will restore the free flowing river. Visit the restored site of the former Waterworks Dam and view future dam removal & river restoration projects on the river.

  • June 5, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Baraboo, Sauk Co.
  • Meg Galloway & Rich Vogt, leaders
  • limit: 30
14. Tour of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area

See the richest prairie in Wisconsin, with over 400 species identified. The shooting stars should be at their peak. Learn about prairie ecology and management techniques being used on the site.

  • June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Kenosha, Kenosha Co.
  • Mark Roycraft, leader
  • limit: 25
15. Trout Management and Stream Shocking Demo

Visit Wisconsin's coulee region trout streams and discuss programs to improve stream habitat. See the electro-shocking truth of how trout populations are estimated.

  • June 5, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Coon Valley, Vernon Co.
  • David Vetrano, leader
  • limit: 40
16. Canoeing the Historic Milwaukee River

Paddle through downtown Milwaukee as we learn about water quality and visit several historic sites "buried" in the bustle of a busy city. Canoe through a dam site and the harbor where the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers empty into Lake Michigan.

  • June 12, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Milwaukee
  • Terrie Cooper, leader
  • limit: 20
  • cost: $8 per person canoe rental, free with own canoe
17. Stream Ecology Workshop: Assessing the Health of a Trout Stream

Visit a trout stream and use sampling gear to measure water quality, habitat conditions, and sample aquatic insect and fish populations. Learn how land uses affect stream health.

  • June 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cross Plains, Dane Co.
  • Mike Miller, leader
  • limit: 25
  • cost: $4
18. Dragonfly Ecology & Identification

Learn about dragonfly ecology and life history, then go into the field to capture and identify various dragonfly species at Smith Lake.

  • June 19, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Brule River State Forest, Douglas Co.
  • Robert Du Bois, leader
  • limit: 25
  • cost: $6
19. Any Dam Questions?

Hike the Woolen Mills dam removal project and learn about the restoration efforts to enhance both the upland and aquatic habitats. See the positive results of dam "destruction."

  • June 19, 10 a.m. – noon
  • West Bend, Washington Co.
  • John Nelson, leader
  • limit: 40
20A. or 20B. Sea Kayak Tour of the Upper St. Louis River Estuary of Lake Superior

Explore the St. Louis River Streambank Protection Area, a 5,000-acre project managed to deter erosion and sedimentation in high quality wetlands on this river/estuary. Through a six-mile/six-hour paddle, participants will explore steep wooded shores, unique wetlands, and meandering tributary bays in this remote wilderness area. Sea kayaks and instruction will be provided by an outfitter (beginners welcome).

  • (Trip 20A) June 19, ( Trip 20B) July 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Duluth-Superior, Douglas Co.
  • Frank Koshere, leader
  • limit: 17
  • cost: $50 per person includes kayak rental, $35 per person with own kayak and gear
21. Tour the Griffith State Nursery

Tour over 60 acres of conifer and hardwood nursery beds and learn about reforestation, propagation techniques, and the history and role of the state nursery program. See over 20 species of native trees and shrubs.

  • June 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co.
  • Jim Storandt, leader
  • limit: 35
22A. or 22B. Canoe the Chippewa Flowage

Eagles, wood ducks, loons and herons await! Explore the endless maze of islands, points, bays and channels found in the Chippewa Flowage. Paddle your way through an adventure on the third largest lake in Wisconsin.

  • (Trip 22A) June 26 or ( Trip 22B) July 31, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Hayward, Sawyer Co.
  • Ray Larsen, leader
  • limit: 25
23. Turtle Flambeau Flowage Tour & Osprey Banding

Take a scenic boat ride through the flowage and enjoy wildlife watching and a management discussion. Visit osprey nests and help wildlife biologists band fledgling birds. See an osprey nose to beak!

  • July 10, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Mercer Ranger Station, Iron Co.
  • Bruce Bacon & Roger Jasinski, leaders
  • limit: 24
  • cost: $20 (includes lunch)
24A. or 24B. Apostle Islands – The Big Hook

Visit the renowned Apostle Islands and take a boat ride to Manitou Island to visit a historic fish camp. Learn about commercial fishing past and present in Lake Superior.

  • July 12, (Trip 24A) 8 a.m. – noon or (Trip 24B) noon – 4 p.m.
  • Bayfield, Bayfield Co.
  • Mike Vogelsang & Steven Schramm, leaders
  • limit: 14 per session
25. Canoe Whitewater Rapids on the Flambeau River

See wilderness and wildlife while paddling a whitewater stretch of the Flambeau River. Learn about the history and management of this famed watershed. Medium to large rapids (class 2) will be encountered, so canoeing experience is required. Canoes and lunch provided.

  • July 17, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Oxbo, Sawyer Co.
  • Dave Olson, leader
  • limit: 30
  • cost: $15
26. The Mississippi River: Lore, Mystique & Management

Explore the mystique of the Mississippi, mixing history with ecology on this fun two-part river trip. Hands-on sampling of fish, water quality, plants, mussels and invertebrates. Learn management techniques and visit habitat restoration areas along the Trempealeau shores. Optional camping in Perrot State Park, call early to reserve a campsite (608) 534-6409.

  • July 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.; July 23, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Trempealeau, Trempealeau Co.
  • Gretchen Benjamin, leader
  • limit: 20
27. Old Growth Forest Ecology

Visit spectacular old growth forest stands. Learn about the variety of species and ecological processes connected to this increasingly rare ecosystem. Also visit a managed forest stand and compare the structure and dynamics of these two forest types.

  • July 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Price Co.
  • Mitch Bergeson, leader
  • limit: 25
28A. or 28B. Tour of Wisconsin Heights Battle Site

Take a walking tour through this historic battle site. See oak savanna restoration, pre-historic mounds and site of the last battle of the Black Hawk War of 1832.

  • July 24, (Trip 28 A) 9 a.m. – noon orR (Trip 28 B) 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Mazomanie, Dane Co.
  • Wayne Schutte, leader
  • limit: 24
29A. or 29B. A Primer on Lake Limnology – Lake Mendota

Board a pontoon boat to learn about different types of lakes, monitoring equipment, use of data to evaluate lakes, aquatic vegetation management and progress on the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Project.

  • July 24, (Trip 29 A) 9 a.m. – noon or (Trip 29 B) 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Madison, Dane Co.
  • Jim Leverance, leader
  • limit: 12 per session
  • cost: $2.50
30. Prairie Ecology at Navarino Wildlife Area

Take a 10-mile wagon ride into Navarino's prairie communities to learn about prairie ecology and identify native plants. Pass through wetlands and forests along the way.

  • August 14, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Navarino Wildlife Area, Shawano Co.
  • Mary O'Connor, leader
  • limit: 25
  • cost: $3
31. Tour of Muir Park and Observatory Hill State Natural Areas

Hike through two of John Muir's boyhood haunts. Begin at Muir Park with a walk around the lake to see wetland, prairie, and savanna communities and discuss natural areas management. Then it's off to Observatory Hill to have lunch atop a cedar glade with a spectacular view.

  • August 14, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Montello, Marquette Co.
  • Mark Martin, leader
  • limit: 25
32. Why Clear-cut?

Learn about the ecology of clear-cut forests and managed aspen stands. Visit and compare a large blow-down area and several complex forests with small clear-cut patches, various tree age classes and considerable diversity.

  • August 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Kennan, Price Co.
  • Chuck McCullough, leader
  • limit:25
33. Canary in the Coal Mine

Hike through Wildcat Mountain State Park searching for signs of how air pollution injures native plants. Visit an air monitoring site and learn the correlation between two important topics: clean air and plant health. Could this be the canary in the coal mine?

  • August 21, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Wildcat Mountain State Park, Vernon Co.
  • Ed Jepsen, leader
  • limit 20
34. Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area

Visit the largest barrens in northeast Wisconsin to learn about barrens geology, ecology, management, and restoration. Hear about this successfulpartnership among government, advisory groups and private industry.

  • August 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Florence, Florence Co.
  • Stu Boren, leader
  • limit: 25
35. WaterFalling into History

Explore the steep basalt gorge of the highest waterfall in the state. Enjoy the fall colors while learning the history and geology of Pattison State Park. Travel back through time to discover lumbering, mines and more.

  • September 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Pattison State Park, Douglas Co.
  • Carolyn Rock, leader
  • limit: 30
  • cost: state park admission
36. Canoe the Kickapoo

Enjoy an autumn day paddling down the meandering Kickapoo River. Learn about the geology of the driftless area and get a hands-on workshop on water quality. Only six canoes available to use, other participants must bring their own. Please indicate on your registration if you will need a canoe.

  • September 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Wildcat Mountain State Park, Vernon Co.
  • Barb Schieffer, leader
  • limit: 24
  • cost: state park admission
37A. or 37B. Trumpeter Swans

Learn about the ecology of North America's largest waterfowl species, the trumpeter swan. View these magnificent birds in the wild and learn about efforts to restore trumpeter swans to Wisconsin.

  • September 11, (Trip 37A) 9 – noon or (Trip 37B) 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sandhill Wildlife Area, Wood Co.
  • Pat Manthey, leader
  • limit: 25
38. Geologic History of the Baraboo Region

After a brief lecture on the geologic history of the Baraboo Hills, hike the south bluff of Devil's Lake, then venture off to Parfey's Glen. Explore the lower narrows of the Baraboo River, a rock quarry and the seldom-visited North Range of the Baraboo Hills.

  • September 18, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Baraboo, Sauk Co.
  • Philip Fauble, leader
  • limit: 40
39. Willow Flowage Hike & Boat Tour

View nesting eagles and ospreys. Enjoy the fall colors while visiting this scenic flowage newly acquired for public use. Cruise the 6,400-acre flowage by luxury tour boat and hike through part of the 8,400 acres of land to behold waterfalls and forests.

  • September 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Willow Flowage, Oneida Co.
  • Kermit Traska, leader
  • limit: 40
  • cost: $9
40. Devil's Lake Days Gone By

History buffs unite as we explore the hotels that used to cater to visitors in the late 1800s using artifacts, photos and descriptions. Learn the human history of this geologic gem.

  • September 25, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Devil's Lake State Park, Sauk Co.
  • David Bouche, leader
  • limit: 25
  • cost: state park admission
41. Archaeology of Whitefish Dunes

Make an autumn visit to Door County and learn about the ancient human history of this unique peninsula during four waves of previous pre-European human occupation. View an exposure of prehistoric artifacts along an eroded beach.

  • September 25, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Door Co.
  • Victoria Dirst, leader
  • limit: 40
  • cost: state park admission
42. Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area

Spectacular scenery & fall color, unique geological formations, gorges, glens, and rare plants await! Trek through this gem of the Wisconsin landscape in areas not normally accessible to the public. The terrain of this three-mile hike is rugged and not appropriate for children less than 12 years old.

  • October 3, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co.
  • Thomas Meyer, leader
  • limit: 20
43. A Closer Look at Turkey Vultures

Visit Devil's Lake State Park during fall migration where over 300 turkey vultures come to roost in the evenings. Observe this spectacular event, look for marked individuals, and learn the natural history and results of long-term research on vultures in Wisconsin.

  • October 8, 2:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Devil's Lake State Park, Sauk Co.
  • Lisa Hartman, leader
  • limit: 30
  • cost: state park admission
44. Canoe the Lower Wisconsin River

Paddle an eight-mile stretch of one of Wisconsin's most beautiful and cherished waterways. Enjoy a day of fall color, waterfowl and wildlife. Learn river history and find out about efforts to preserve its natural beauty.

  • October 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • From Arena to Spring Green, Iowa Co.
  • Wayne Schutte, leader
  • limit: 30
  • cost: $10.50 for canoe rental and shuttle, $5.00 for shuttle only (costs are per person)
45. Glacial History of the Cross Plains Ice Age Reserve

Learn the story of glacial geology that surrounds us! The Cross Plains Reserve is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve in Wisconsin. View this terminal moraine and see impressive meltwater basins.

  • October 9, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Shovelers Sink, Dane Co.
  • Danielle Valvassori, leader
  • limit:25
46. Ice Age Landforms of the Southern Kettle Moraine

Explore (by bus) a variety of geologic features in the Southern Kettle Moraine area – impressive moraines, kettle depressions, large outwash plains, gigantic eskers and vast adjoining drumlin fields to the west.

  • October 16, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Eagle, Waukesha Co.
  • Ron Kurowski, leader
  • limit: 40
  • cost: $4