Annual Spring Hike – May 15, 2016
Spring Birding with Robin Maercklein
Are you interested in putting a name to that bird song or that flash of color in the trees? Join the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society for a spring birding hike on the trail on May 15.
When: 7-9 a.m.
Where: Lundberg Property at 2918 140th Street (north side of Straight Lake State Park in Polk County)
This year’s spring hike will be held from 7-9 a.m. It will leave from the Lundberg pole barn at 2918 140th Street, or about three-quarters of a mile south of County W, or about one-half mile south of the trail parking lot. Look for the yellow Ice Age Trail event signs.
Field biologist Naturalist Robin Maercklein will lead our easy-paced look at birds of our area. A lifelong birder and biologist, Robin has been studying birds in Wisconsin since 1968. He has conducted bird surveys for University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR and others, including over 20 years with the National Park Service. He currently serves as Polk County Coordinator for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas and is an eBird reviewer for five northwest Wisconsin counties. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird is the world’s largest wildlife database.
The Lundberg property is awaiting final state approval for acquisition by the DNR. The 250-plus acre property includes headwaters of the Trade River and adjoins Straight Lake State Park. Bring water, comfortable hiking boots or shoes, insect repellent and an appetite to learn about the bird life of Polk County. Questions? Call Brook Waalen at 715-566-3061.