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May 1, 2012

HORICON -Bird enthusiasts, outdoors lovers and families can participate in tours, hikes, demonstrations and other bird-related activities during the annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, May 11-14.

The festival is held at various locations around the Horicon Marsh, a wetland of international importance in Dodge County, including the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area and National Wildlife Refuge (exit DNR).

At more than 33,000 acres, Horicon Marsh is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, as both Globally and State Important Bird Areas and is also a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve.

"The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival is a celebration introducing visitors to many birds at the peak of the spring migration," said Elizabeth Herzmann, a natural resources educator with the Department of Natural Resources at Horicon. "Over the years, a total of 304 species of birds have been sighted on this marsh. Migrating birds use it as a flyway."

The Bird Festival has been held annually on the second weekend of May since 1997 at the peak of spring migration. It's sponsored by the Horicon Marsh Bird Club, whose members also organize and conduct many of the activities, which include bus and boat tours, guided birding hikes, birds of prey shows, bird banding demonstration and many other activities. Some of the activities, such as the boat and bus tours, charge a fee.

The complete schedule and more information is available on the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival website at Horicon Marsh Bird Club (exit DNR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Herzmann - 920-387-7893

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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