Wading birds and shorebirds are becoming more visible in the area, as Grettum Flowage on Fish Lake Wildlife Area has great blue herons and great egrets. Dike 1 on Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is also being drawn down and a good spot for shorebirds including snipe. If you prefer a group activity, there are many opportunities this fall.
• On Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 10 a.m., take a tour in search of late summer/early fall wildflowers including goldenrods, blazing stars, sunflowers, bidens and more.
• Discover how many insects can be found on a blazing star during an interpretive walk on Saturday, Aug. 25. Meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m. before heading to Stolte Road at Fish Lake Wildlife Area.
• Investigate the secret lives of animals through their skulls on a walk on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. Stay a little longer to view the August Blue Moon rise.
• On Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m., enjoy a special presentation about fire and forestry management. Part of the Shakers & Movers 2012 program series, the fire and forestry team will bring their trucks and some equipment to show and describe how these management practices have an impact on our environment.
• A Wolf Howl Survey is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Begin at Crex Meadows Visitor Center with a brief overview of wolves at 7:30 p.m. We’ll howl in one or more special locations in Crex Meadows, listen for wolves to respond back and gather at the rest area for stories and s’mores. Cost is $5 for Friends of Crex members/$10 for non-members. Space is limited; registration required.
• The Fall Festival Open House has been set for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1-9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 6-10 a.m. See live raptors, activities and displays from 1-5 p.m. There will be a general bus tour at 5 p.m., along with a couple of topic specific tours. Sunday is a Mess Hall Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, as well as an early morning tour. More details can be found online.
For more information about these and other events at Crex Meadows, call 715-463-2739, visit www.crexmeadows.org, or find us on Facebook. Friends of Crex support these and other programs. You can support these types of programs and be more involved by joining the Friends of Crex.