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and Events 
Fall 2014 Events
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To sign up for a program, call 715-463-2739 or email information@crexmeadows.org

        Digital Nature Photography Workshop        

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

8:30am to Dusk

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

New to digital photography? Want to learn how to make the most of all those settings on your D-SLR camera?  This all-day workshop brought to you by local expert photographers, will be split into two separate sessions. 

The morning session will concentrate on beginning D-SLR use and will help you learn more about your camera and it’s various settings.   The afternoon session will focus on creativity and how to get the most out of wildlife photography.  Each session costs $30,   or if you attend both sessions, a flat cost of $50.  There will be a maximum of 10 participants for the morning session, and 24 participants for the   afternoon session. The afternoon session includes a light catered dinner in the visitor center.
 
Session 1
· 8AM - 10:15AM Michael Prokosch  “Digital Photography Basics”: We look at the use of camera functions to control exposure, depth of field, motion and the mood of an image.  The thought process required for differing subjects and conditions will be examined. Participants must bring their camera and it’s instruction book. 
· 10:15AM - 11AM Practice Photography and Break:  Instructors will help participants individually.
· 11AM -12PM   Mariann Cyr  “10 Basic Techniques for Better Photographs”:  There are some basic thought processes every photographer should      consider with every photograph they take. Mariann will discuss these processes and show examples.
 
12PM-1PM  LUNCH BREAK BETWEEN SESSIIONS (on your own– bag lunch recommended for those staying for session 2)
 
Session 2
· 1PM - 2PM  John Pennoyer  “It’s all about Whitetails”:  No matter what your subject matter is, the more you know about your subject, the better you will photograph that subject. In this session we will be learning information on Whitetail Deer behavior, habitat, locating whitetails and tips on photographing this magnificent animal.
· 2PM - 3PM  Don Tredinick  “Lens Selection & Focusing Techniques for Landscape Photography”:  Landscape photography can be very challenging. We will discuss why simply taking a wide angle lens and setting the aperture to f/22 is not necessarily the best approach. During this session, Don will cover the effects of various focal lengths with respect to landscape photography, selecting the proper aperture, hyperfocal and other focusing techniques to manage sharpness and proper depth of field, why zooming is not always the best approach, and techniques for visualizing the  actual image.
· 3PM - 3:30PM Break
· 3:30PM - 4:30PM   Mariann Cyr  “The Essentials of Macro Photography”:  You can lose yourself in the macro world where the everyday can become extraordinary. Mariann will cover the basics including magnification ratios and equipment selection. We will look at depth of field and how to work with it in macro photography. Techniques for controlling lighting and backgrounds will also be briefly covered.
· 4:30PM - 5:30PM  John Pennoyer  “Taking the Mystery out of Backlighting":  On of the most difficult lighting situations that a photographer  encounters is backlighting. With the bright light pointing directly at the camera it has a tendency to fool the cameras meter and giving the wrong exposure for the photographer. In this session we will be discussing how to take images of sunrise, sunsets, rim lighting, silhouettes and other types of backlighting situations.
· 5:30PM - 6:30PM Catered Dinner (in the classroom)
· 6:30PM   Photography in the wildlife area with the Instructors
 
Proceeds from the seminar will be donated to the Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund.    This fund is used to help the Wisconsin DNR obtain key properties at Crex Meadows when these parcels become available for sale.  For more information about the Friends of Crex Land Acuqisition Fund, click here.
 

Click Here to download a PDF brochure and registration form

              Active Trails Hike            

Tuesday, September 9th
6-7pm

Begins at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Enjoy the season with a guided 1.25 mile walk along a mile trail with an educator. Whether a first time visitor or a regular on the trails, all ages welcome. Participants will learn about nocturnal animal adaptations with a chance to win prizes! Recommended to bring: water, flashlight, bug spray, and hiking shoes.

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, September 13th
10 - 11:30 am

In the Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them?  Do you want to learn more about digital photography and get to know other people who share a love of the natural world and a desire to improve their skills?  Join the Crex Photo Club! 

 

We generally meet on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to crexphotog@gmail.com by 8pm Friday, September 12.  Please only send photos if you plan on attending the meeting.  More info on image size, etc. can be found on the Photo Club webpage.

            Botany Talk and Walk: Mushrooms         

Sunday, September 14th

1pm to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of mushrooms and other fungus, then venture out into Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to put newly-learned identification skill to use.  This is a free program, open to all!  Led by retired mycologist, Dr. John Menge.

            Hunter Safety Class        

September 15th-20th

6-8:30pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

This class is required to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin for anyone born on or after January 1, 1973.  Please call Chris Spaight, WI-DNR Conservation Warden at 715-463-2900 to register for this class.  Class is limited to 25 students.

         Little Wildlifers       

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

        Wolf Trapping Education Course         

Saturday, September 20th
9am to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

This education program will provide safe and ethical methods for trapping wolves in Wisconsin.  The course will cover a number of topics, including basic season framework, wolf ecology, trapper ethics, and hands-on trap set demonstrations. The class is instructed by WI-DNR Biologist  Steve Hoffman and Wisconsin Trappers Association's John Irwin.  This class does not provide the certificate required for all trappers in Wisconsin - see the WI-DNR website for Trapper Education Courses in Wisconsin that provide this certificate.   

You must register for this class through John Irwin at 715-341-7596 or 715-346-7386.  First preference will be given to those with a 2014-2015 wolf harvest permit. Cost is $15 per person.  Break materials will be provided, however you will need to bring your own lunch. 

       Friends of Crex Annual Membership Meeting      

Sunday, September 21st
1-3pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

The public is invited to the FOC annual meeting, where we review finances and activities in the past year, featuring a special presentation on the Northwest Sands by Bob Hanson, Wildlife Biologist.

            Fall Wildlife Festival         

Saturday, October 4th

9am to 1pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Get outside and go WILD at the 32nd Annual Fall Wildlife Fest. The event will feature a picnic lunch, live music, exhibits, guest speakers, hand on demonstrations, tours, game calling completion, and children’s activities.  Wear camouflage for a door prize! The 2014 event will highlight the 100th Anniversary of the Jordan Buck. Admission: Free

                   Active Trails Hike            

Tuesday, October 7th
5-6pm

Begins at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Cruise with Crex on a 5 mile bike ride! Stimulate your senses with spectacular scenery through the northwest sands. Stops along the way, participate in wildlife related activities for children and adults! Helmets required.

          Thousand Dollar Club Evening With The Cranes           

Friday, October 10th

5-9pm

 

Donors of $1,000 or more, in a calendar year, to the Friends of Crex, are invited to a three hour event, which includes wine, hors d'ouveres, a private tour of the wildlife area and a gourmet dinner.  This is an invitation only event.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Thousand Dollar Club, call Kim Wheeler at 715-463-2739.

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, October 11th
10 - 11:30 am

In the Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them?  Do you want to learn more about digital photography and get to know other people who share a love of the natural world and a desire to improve their skills?  Join the Crex Photo Club! 

 

We generally meet on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to crexphotog@gmail.com by 8pm Friday, September 12.  Please only send photos if you plan on attending the meeting.  More info on image size, etc. can be found on the Photo Club webpage.

            Sunset With The Sandhills Tour      

Saturdays, October 11th, 18th and 25th

5pm to Sunset

Meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Meet at the Center then car-pool through the wildlife area to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in from their day-time feeding grounds to their nighty roasting grounds. Pre-registration required. Fee: $5/person. Space limited to 30 people. First 10 people may reserve space in the van.   Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Mess Hall Fund. 

            Little Wildlifers         

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

            Bow Drill for Beginners Workshop          

Thursday, October 16th

6-7pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Explore the types of wood, the basic parts, and technique used in the basic bow drill fire set with volunteer expert, Larry Roberts. All materials are provided for this class, however a good sharp locking pocket knife or small fixed blade will be helpful.

        Pumpkin Carving        

Wednesday, October 29th

6-8pm

in the Classroom at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Get in the spooky spirit with a hands-on carving night for kids and adults alike.  In preparation for the Crex Halloween Happenings event, we plan to carve 100 pumpkins!  Bring your carving tools if you have some.  Can't make it?  Pick up a load of pumpkins and return them as Jack O'lanterns before Saturday, November 1st.  Youth Groups are encouraged to attend.

      Crex Halloween Happenings      

Saturday, November 1st

5-8pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

A Fun Filled Family Evening!  Hike the glowing trail behind the visitor center lit up by Jack O'lanterns.  Learn about creepy-crawly animals found at Crex Meadows, make fall crafts and enjoy seasonal treats.  Wear your costume!  Fun for all ages! 

      Owl Prowl      

Friday, November 7th

6-7:30pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Meet WDNR Wildlife Biologist, Chris Cold to learn about these majestic predators of the night skies. Live owls will be shown! 

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, November 8th
10 - 11:30 am

In the Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them?  Do you want to learn more about digital photography and get to know other people who share a love of the natural world and a desire to improve their skills?  Join the Crex Photo Club! 

 

We generally meet on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to crexphotog@gmail.com by 8pm Friday, September 12.  Please only send photos if you plan on attending the meeting.  More info on image size, etc. can be found on the Photo Club webpage.

     5th Annual Land Acqusition Fund Benefit Dinner     

Saturday, November 8th

6pm  to 9pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

The Friends of Crex invites you to the 5th annual Land Acqusition Fund Benefit Dinner.

Join us for the cocktail hour at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.  Dinner will include homemade bread, a hearty vegetable soup, grilled pork loin, roasted root vegetables, and, of course, pie. 

Our speaker for the evening is Wisconsin DNR Furbearer Specialist John Olson, who will speak about his recent trip to Siberia, Russia as a United States representative to the annual Joint Management Committee (with the European Union, Russia, Canada and the US) meeting in October, 2013.  As an “invited observer” the United States delegation is comprised of personnel from state, federal, tribal and national organizations that represent interests of constituents concerned about sustained furbearer management, subsistence needs, and humane trap use.  Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Trapping is the U.S. program that highlights the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and has become the largest research effort ever undertaken in the name of conservation in our nations’ history.  Travel to Yakutsk, Siberia, to learn about the local culture, events that led to a surprise announcement, and the worldwide impacts of this announcement.   

John Olson has been with the Wisconsin DNR for over 40 years, working exciting programs involving bald eagles, common loons, ospreys, forest habitat and black bears. He is stationed at Ashland and has served at various duty stations across northern Wisconsin as a Forest Habitat Coordinator, Wildlife Biologist, area wildlife supervisor, wildlife tribal liaison, wildlife county forest liaison, and Furbearer Ecologist.   Beginning in the early 1990’s furbearer management, trapper education and humane trap research became a big part of his work in Wisconsin, across the U.S. , and even in other countries.  This presentation relates to much of this work.  John is a self-described “gather” of everything from gardens to grouse, wild rice to elk, muskrats to maple syrup, pulpwood to cabin logs - if it grows out there and is sustainable – he’ll collect it.  If it’s edible, he’ll stuff it into a quart jar and “can” it!    We promise you an informative and entertaining evening!

Tickets for this dinner are $50 per person.  There is a limit of 70 seats.
The registration deadline is November 2nd, but this is a popular event, so get your reservation in early!

 Click here to download a pdf of the intivation and reservation/donation form.

To learn more about our Land Acqusition Fund, go to this page

            Little Wildlifers       

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

  Carnivore Tracking Workshop  

 

Saturday, December 6th

9am to 3pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Learn tracking skills, identification and gait interpretation. Training begins in the visitor center followed by outdoor field training. Persons completing the carnivore tracking workshop and wolf ecology workshop (see below) will qualify to become a DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker and assist with tracking surveys. Lunch and materials are provided by a WDNR Citizen Science Monitoring grant. Be sure to dress for winter weather for afternoon tracking session. Field work involves walking through snow. Pre-registration required. Limited to 50 participants.

 

  Wolf Ecology Workshop  

 

Sunday, December 7th

9am to 3pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Enjoy shared learning with other wolf enthisasts and wolf experts.  Learn about wolf history, biology and monitoring techniques. Persons completing the carnivore tracking workshop (on Saturday) and wolf ecology workshop will qualify to become a DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker and assist with tracking surveys. Lunch and materials are provided by a WDNR Citizen Science Monitoring grant. Be sure to dress for winter weather. Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 50 participants.

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, December 13th
10 - 11:30 am

In the Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them?  Do you want to learn more about digital photography and get to know other people who share a love of the natural world and a desire to improve their skills?  Join the Crex Photo Club! 

 

We generally meet on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to crexphotog@gmail.com by 8pm Friday, September 12.  Please only send photos if you plan on attending the meeting.  More info on image size, etc. can be found on the Photo Club webpage.

            Little Wildlifers       

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

 


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