6:44-8:15 AM: Join monitors at various sites to take part in the State and National Midwinter Survey. Monitoring will take place at all sites except Quarry Point (#3), College (#9), and Warch Campus Center (#10b). Look for signs marking monitoring locations.
10:00-12:00 NOON: Reception at Atlas Waterfront Cafe and Gathering Room. Monitors will have opportunity to drop off their data and share experiences. WDNR Wildlife Biologists, Bryan Woodbury and Joseph Henry will give updates on data based on citizen/science monitoring and aerial studies. Presentation begins at 10:30 and is open to the public.
Join us for a day of presentations as well as viewing opportunities taking place throughout the Valley both indoors and outdoors.
10:00 AM-4:00PM: View eagles from inside the Paper Discovery Center while browsing through the history of the paper making industry. Reduced cost for tour – $4 for senior citizen & child under 18; $6 for adult. Programming included with discounted admission supporting the Center’s work and mission.
*10:30 AM & 1:30 PM: “WEC Energies Group – Raptor Success Story” Join Mike Grisar, Principal Ecologist for WEC Energies Group and researcher, Greg Septon, recount how one man’s love for peregrines and an environmentally sound utility company teamed up to restore peregrine and other raptor populations.
*12:00 PM & 2:30 PM: “Hoo’s Woods Raptor Presentation” Educator, rehabilitator, and licensed falconer, Dianne Moller, will introduce you to Wesley, a snowy owl; Wapaha, a golden eagle; Catelyn, the peregrine falcon, and a few other feathered friends. Participants will learn about each species’ natural history, breeding, habitat, and behaviors. This program will leave you spellbound, anxious to learn more about these fascinating birds.
*10:00 AM: “Preserving Our Watersheds” by Kelly Reyer, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. Preserving watersheds is vital to the survival of eagles and other wildlife dependent upon this habitat. Kelly will provide outreach and education regarding the Fox-Wolf River Basin, water quality, stormwater runoff, area conservation projects, and volunteer opportunities watershed cleanup and aesthetics. A model will be used to simulate what happens, not only from run off into lakes and rivers, but with what happens to the water resources beneath our feet.
*11:30 AM: “Sturgeon Success Story” by DNR Sturgeon Biologist, Ryan Koenigs. People of all ages are drawn to opportunities to observe this unique species that inhabits the Lake Winnebago System. Thousands flock to river banks every spring to observe the spawning ritual or brave the cold in winter for the spearing season. In many regions where sturgeon were once prevalent, over harvest and loss of habitat negatively impacted most populations. Despite declines through most of their range, lake sturgeon have remained abundant in the Lake Winnebago System. Ryan’s presentation will outline the management activities undertaken by the DNR to protect and manage this culturally and ecologically important resource.
*1:00 PM: “Invaders Lurking in Our Waterways,” by Chris Acy, AIS Coordinator, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. What types of invaders lurk in our waterways? What impact do they have on native habitat and species? Chris will help participants identify aquatic invasive species (AIS) as well as share with us what we can do to help prevent them from spreading. Learn what you can do through projects such as Citizen Lake Monitoring for AIS, Bait Shop Outreach, ProjectRED, phragmites monitoring, Purple Loosestrife Biocontrol, and many more! Do your part to help stop the spread of alien invaders in our region.
*10:00AM-3:00 PM: Hands-on interactive displays in the children’s area as well as crafts. Fun for the whole family!
BALD EAGLE LICENSE PLATE DRAWING AND SALE
See Wisconsin’s new Bald Eagle license plate and enter a drawing to get this beautiful plate free for the first year. Two plates will be given away. The license plate is a fundraiser for the Endangered Resources Fund of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Applications to buy the plate will be available along with information on the rare wildlife, plants and natural areas the plate helps support. Interested persons can purchase or enter drawing at both locations. Click HERE for more information.
BIRD HIKES AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS
7:45 – 9:15 Join bird guides at the following locations to not only spot eagles, but other types of birds, and wildlife as well. A limited number of binoculars will be available to aid in viewing our feathered friends as well as a spotting scope.
*7:00 AM-5:00 PM: Free activities inside the nature center including hands-on eagle activities, an eagle craft, coloring contest, door prizes and more!
*7:00 – 8:30 AM: Sunrise Eagle Viewing. Sunrise is at 7:16 am. Sunrise is a great time to catch some of the best eagle activity. Meet at 1000 Islands or at Expera Specialty Solutions on Elm Street and dress appropriately for the cold. Volunteers will be available at the viewing sites from 7:00 am – 5:00 PM, but the sunrise and sunset viewings are highly encouraged.
*10:00-11:00 AM: Live American Bald Eagle Presentation. Join us for an opportunity to see a live Bald Eagle up close and learn all about eagle biology, ecology, natural history and cultural connections in an engaging and entertaining presentation by a naturalist interpreter from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.
*1:00 – 2:00 PM: Live Bald Eagle Presentation. An encore presentation by the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.
*3:00 – 4:00 PM: Live Bald Eagle Presentation. An encore presentation by the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.
*4:00 – 5:00 PM: Sunset Eagle Viewing. Sunset is at 4:58 pm. Sunset is a great time to catch some of the best eagle activity. Meet at 1000 Islands or at Expera Specialty Solutions on Elm Street and dress appropriately for the cold. Volunteers will be available at the viewing sites from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, but the sunrise and sunset viewings are highly encouraged.
*9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Bald Eagle Craft. Stop by the library for a fun eagle craft and possible eagle viewing from the library windows.
*9:30 & 10:30 AM: Storytime. Listen to some fun stories about bald eagles and other raptors.
*11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: “Raptor Rehab: The Trials and Tribulations of Protecting American Bald Eagles and other Raptors” Wildlife rehabilitators from Wildlife of Wisconsin (WOW) will teach us about some of the common threats to our area raptors, meet and hear stories about some of WOW’s educational raptors as well as learn how rehabilitators and even you can protect the magnificent animals yourself.
*Fox Cities: Neenah, Menasha, Appleton, Kimberly, Little Chute, Combined Locks, Kaukauna, Wrightstown, Town of Neenah, Fox Crossing, Town of Menasha, Town of Grand Chute, Town of Greenville, Town of Buchanan, Town of Kaukauna, Town of Harrison and Village of Harrison