Programs and Events 
 
Winter/Spring 2015 Events

To volunteer to help with programs and events, please contact the staff
at the Visitor Center.


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

        Annual Midwest Crane Count     

Saturday, April 18th
5:30am - 7:30am

 

Each year in mid-April, over 2,000 volunteers travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in the Crane Count. This annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes spans over 100 counties in six states of the upper Midwest (Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota).


To participate in the Crane Count you first need to contact your County Coordinator to be assigned a site and receive additional instructions. Click here to view the listing of county coordinators. The coordinator for the Crex Meadows area (Burnett County) is Dave Oxendale.  He can be contacted at dlarsen@hazelden.org or by calling 715-483-9603. 

 

A training session for first-time and returning crane counters will be held on Friday night, April 17th at 6:30pm at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center.  We have 2 bunkhouses that will be available for counters to use if they need to across from the visitor center.

        Annual Crex Clean-Up Day     

Saturday, April 18th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Join other volunteers who come from all over the mid-west to help pick up trash along the roadsides and trails of Crex Meadows and Fish Lake Wildlife Areas, and spiffy up the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center and the grounds around it.  We feed you a hearty lunch as a thank-you for your help.   

Click Here to download a sign-up sheet

 If you would like to come help out, please call 715-463-2739 or send an email to information@crexmeadows.org with your name and the names of the people coming with you and any road assignment you are interested in. If you are not coming with another person, you can request to be paired up with another volunteer.  If you are open to which road we assign to you, please indicate that as well.  Also please include your phone number and address.   

        Crex Meadows Bird Fest     

Saturday, May 16th
7:00am - 7:00pm

Activities, presentations, exhibits and tours will keep you busy and focus on the many ways to enjoy birds at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area.  Begin the day with a early morning birding tour of the wildlife area, or join Bruce Bacon while he captures, records, bands and releases songbirds.  Watch a taxidermist at work,  a painter creating a duck stamp painting, and a carver creating a decoy at the visitor center.  Take in a presentation about birdwatching in Costa Rica or birding in Wisconsin.  Take a checklist and keep track of the birds you see that day and add your sightings to the group checklist for the day.  Join local birders on a warbler walk or learn about how to bird by ear.  Bring your camera and learn some tips on wildlife photographey.

Click here for a pdf flyer of all the activities scheduled for the Bird Fest.

 


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