- 11:45 am– Birdscaping in Sauk County
Putting up birdfeeders is one thing that you can do for birds, but it isn’t the only thing and may not even be the best. Muffy Barrett will talk about how you can attract and keep birds in your yard by growing the food and shelter that they need.
- 12:00 pm – Whooping Cranes — Back from the Brink (International Crane Foundation)
Back from the brink, North America’s Whooping Crane is a sign of hope for endangered species. Recovering from a low of only 21 individuals in 1944 to just over 600 birds today (captive and wild) the Whooping Crane’s recovery is one of conservation’s most inspiring success stories. Join an interpretive naturalist from the International Crane Foundation (Baraboo, WI) to learn about the natural history of the Whooping Crane, efforts for reintroduction, techniques of captive breeding, and individual stories. Test out your flight feathers; try on a crane costume; touch crane feathers, bones, and eggs; and take the ‘tiptoe’ challenge. In the 1980s, ICF researchers began experimenting with costume-rearing of cranes. Today, ICF researchers who care for young Whooping Cranes wear full-length crane costumes to hide their human form and use hand puppets that mimic an adult crane’s head to feed and interact with the chicks. Learn more at www.savingcranes.org !
- 1:15 pm – Bird City Wisconsin, Todd Persche, Baraboo Range Preservation Association (BRPA) Executive Director
Todd will explain to us how to get Baraboo certified as a “Bird City,” a distinction earned by making a long-term commitment to working with residents who turn their city into a better place for people, birds and other wildlife. He will explain the criteria that the city must meet before making application. Afterwards, he will lead a hike on the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County grounds to talk about BRPA’s plan to engage our local students in an effort to restore the oak savanna along the Ice Age Trail segment.
- 2:00 pm – Decline of Grassland Birds
Birds of open spaces are in decline nationwide. Scott Weber will discuss those birds, some of the causes of their decline, and the importance of the former Badger Ammo. Plant in providing habitat for them.
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