Saturday March 19, 2011
On Saturday, March 19th, the Coulee Region Audubon Society will host a waterfowl viewing along
the Mississippi River south of La Crosse. We will meet at 8:00 am at
the entrance to Goose Island County Park near the Goose Sign. This
location is south of La Crosse off of Hwy 35. The road into the park is
called County Road GI and this intersects with Hwy 35 about 1 1/2 miles
south of the intersections of Hwy 35 and Hwy 14/61 on the south edge of
Migrant waterfowl congregate on Pool 8 of the Mississippi R., and are
viewable from either side of the River. Our field trip will start at
Goose Island and then proceed south along the river as far as
Ferryville. We will make various stops along the way to look at
migrating waterfowl, Peregrine Falcons at the Genoa Power Plant, and any
other birds that we can find including a potential side trip into the
hills near Rush Creek.
This trip is a shortened version of the Lansing Loop that was led by
Fred Lesher in previous years. The field trip will end between 11:00
and 12:00 and people can return to Goose Island or go on their own from
that point. Car pooling from Goose Island County Park is encouraged and
we can park extra cars in a parking lot in the park.
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Golden Eagle Field Trip
Saturday February 12, 2011
From Dan Jackson:
Results of the Golden Eagle Survey are below. Also note that the National Eagle Center is running a Golden Eagle Seminar / Field Trip on Saturday, Feb 12 at 1:00 PM. Rather than running our own separately, it would make sense to join Scott Mehus on this trip. He is much more familiar with where the birds are hanging out and we will see MANY Golden Eagles by joining him.
To take part in this event, I would suggest that we leave La Crosse at 11:30. This will allows us to get there in plenty of time for the program and field trip. I will find out from Scott when this field trip will end so that interested people can plan.
Dan Jackson, President
Coulee Region Audubon Society
La Crosse, Wisconsin
From: Eileen Hanson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:00 PM
Subject: 2011 Golden Eagle Survey RESULTS
Golden Eagle Spotters,
This year’s Golden Eagle Survey was a great success. More than 100 people volunteered their time and efforts looking for golden eagles, driving almost 3,000 miles throughout the bluff lands on Saturday, January 15th. Together you saw 81 golden eagles, 58 of which were identified as non-immature, or adult golden eagles. Most of the goldens were seen in Wisconsin (65 total – 53 of them in Buffalo County), but 16 golden eagles were seen in the Minnesota. (Note: There were 16 Minnesota survey areas, compared to 26 areas reporting from Wisconsin so far.)
Lake Michigan Field Trip
Saturday January 8, 2011
From Dan Jackson:
Matt Paulson and I are planning to join the WSO Lake Michigan field trip on Saturday, January 8, 2011. The event starts from the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee at 8:00 and then heads north with stops at the Milwaukee River, North Point in Milwaukee, Doctors Park, Port Washington, Herrington Beach, 6 Mile Road, Kohler Andrae State Park, and North Point in Sheboygan.
This field trip is a great way to start a new birding year and often results in sightings of Lake Michigan specialties including Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducks, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Mute Swans, Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, and as many as 7 species of gulls (including Thayer’s, Iceland, Glaucous, Great Black-back, Lesser Black-backed, as well as Herring and Ring-billed).
We will leave the La Crosse area at 4:00 am in order to get to Milwaukee before the event begins and we will leave Sheboygan for the trip home somewhere around 3:00 pm. We should get to La Crosse by 8:00 pm.
We will car pool to share expenses and the vehicle choice will depend on participation. Let me know if you are interested.
This trip will be a long and chilly day of birding. However, it is a trip that I really enjoy and it is a great way to start a new year off with a big day.
Wyalusing State Park Trip
Saturday May 15, 2010
On Saturday, May 15th, the Coulee Region Audubon Society will host a birding field trip to Wyalusing State Park. We will meet in the parking lot by the gate house at 6:30 AM and will bird until around noon. This is a very special birding location. Local specialties include: Cerulean, Yellow-Throated, Kentucky, and Prothonotary Warblers, Cuckoos, Henslow's Sparrow, Acadian Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and many others. There is a strong probability that late migrants will still be coming through which means that we can and will seem many other species of sparrows, thrushes, warblers and other great birds.
For those interested in carpooling, please e-mail Dan Jackson at
Lansing (Iowa) Loop
Saturday March 13, 2010
Fred Lesher will lead two “Lansing
Loop” field trips. March 13 is the Tristate
trip with the Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology and Coulee Region Audubon
Society. Meet at 9 AM at the La Crescent
Kwik Trip at the stoplight in La Crescent.
March 27 is the same trip with Wisconsin
Society of Ornithology, with the same
meeting place and time. These trips take
5-6 hours with a stop for lunch in Lansing,
Early waterfowl migrants are expected,
plus end of winter/early migrant
Bald Eagles, often in numbers over 100.
Early Eastern Bluebirds are possible, as
well as the first Eastern Phoebes. Tundra
Swans are possible, but their spring migration
is often hard to see. They are in a
big hurry on their 2500+/- miles migration
from Chesapeake Bay to extreme
NW Canada and are here and gone within
Lansing (Iowa) Loop
Saturday November 7, 2009
Meet at 9AM at the LaCrescent,
MINNESOTA, Kwik Trip across the downtown LaCrosse,
Mississippi River Cass Street Bridge. If you take
this downtown Cass St. Bridge into Minnesota from
will see the Kwik Trip in LaCrescent at the only
stoplight in LaCrescent. An alternate route is to take
west bound I90 which passes between LaCrosse/Onalaska, WI across
the Mississippi River into Minnesota and exit I90
IMMEDIATELY after you cross the main channel of the River.
Lock & Dam 7 on your right as you cross the main
channel of the Mississippi R.) Follow Hwy 35/61 south
two miles from this exit to the LaCrescent Kwik Trip at the
only stoplight in LaCrescent.
Migrant waterfowl congregate on Pool 8 of the
Mississippi R., and are viewable from either side of the
Our trip may include a 10 mile sortie into Iowa for up
close backwater waterfowl & Bald Eagle viewing,
depending on weather conditions.
At Lansing, we will stop for lunch if members of
the group are interested.
We will travel on Hwy 35 in Wisconsin north back
to LaCrosse, viewing areas in both states not
readily visible from the west side of the River.
Total "Loop" miles about 70.
This trip features portions of the Upper
Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Refuge which reaches from
near Keokuk, Iowa north to Alma, WI.
Wyalusing State Park Trip
Sunday May 17, 2009
On Sunday, May 17th, the Coulee Region Audubon Society will host a
birding field trip to Wyalusing State Park. We will meet in the parking
lot by the gate house at 6:30 AM and will bird until around noon. This
is a very special birding location. Local specialties include:
Cerulean, Yellow-Throated, Kentucky, and Prothonotary Warblers, Cuckoos,
Henslow's Sparrow, Acadian Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and
many others. There is a strong probability that late migrants will
still be coming through which means that we can and will seem many other
species of sparrows, thrushes, warblers and other great birds. For
those interested in carpooling, please e-mail Dan Jackson at
Lansing Loop Trip
Saturday March 14, 2009
Meet at the LaCrescent, MN Kwik Trip, located at the junction of Hwys
16, 61, & 35 in LaCrescent, MN at 9AM. This tour of the Mississippi
River Pool 8 & bottomland hardwood forests between LaCrescent/LaCrosse
and Lansing, Iowa will view many waterfowl, Bald Eagles & possibly their
nests. South in Minnesota on Hwy 26 to Lansing, Iowa, cross into
Wisconsin, north on Hwy 35/61 back to LaCrosse/LaCrescent.
Lunch on your
own in Lansing, Iowa or bring your own.
Return to LaCrosse/LaCrescent
about 3PM or leave as you wish. About a 75 mile round trip. We will
visit Poole Slough bordering the MN/IA state line at New Albin, IA.
Lesher, LaCrosse, WI.
Watch Hawks near Genoa
Saturday October 4, 2008
Fred Lesher will lead a hawk watch
to Genoa Old Settler’s Park on Saturday,
October 4, 2008. The park provides excellent
viewing of Pool 8 of the Mississippi
River from 150 feet above the river.
Time will be 9 a.m. to at least 12 noon.
Object will be watching migrant raptors
such as Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper’s
Hawks, Osprey, Harriers, American .
Kestrels and Bald Eagles. These birds
of prey and many other birds of prey species
follow the Mississippi River enroute
to the Texas Gulf, Central and South
America to winter. Some songbirds
should also be present along the bluff
viewing site, and rafts of migrant waterfowl
will be visible on Pool 8 of the
If birders don’t know where Genoa
Old Settler’s Park is, meet at the entrance
road to Goose Island off Hwy. 35 south
of La Crosse at 8:30 AM and Fred will
lead from there.
If the park entrance road is closed to
vehicles for the season, we will walk up
the 1/4 mile entrance road, birding up
and down. There is a pit toilet and drinking
water in the park if it is open. Bring
a sandwich and beverage if you wish.
Trip to Necedah
to see the Whooping Cranes
Sunday August 17, 2008
The trip to Necedah to watch the Whooping Crane flight training will be
held on Sunday, August 17, 2008. We will leave from La Crosse at 4:00
am to get to the Necedah Refuge headquarters at 5:30 AM. We should be
back in La Crosse by 2:00 pm. The exact itinerary will be sent later to
people who sign up.
At this point, I have 9 people signed up for that date so there is no
point of suggesting a different date unless the interest is high enough
to warrant 2 trips. There is a maximum of 20 allowed for a single day
with 14 being optimum in terms of room in the blind. Participants will
be accepted on a first-come first-served basis (based on when I receive
an e-mail or phone call). If I get more than 14 people and less than
20, we will still take a single trip. If we get more than 20, I will
try to schedule a second trip since 14 is optimum for the blind.
Dan Jackson, President
Coulee Region Audubon Society
The synopsis of the day's itinerary is the following:
The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge offers free tours for the public
and organizations to witness the training of whooping crane chicks as
they learn to fly behind ultralight aircraft in the months of August and
September. The group would need to meet Dan Peterson at the Refuge
Office parking lot at 5:30am to board a 14-passenger van (14 people fit
comfortably in the blind, but it can squeeze a total of 20). The group
will arrive at the blind at 7 am. Watching from within the blind will
last from 20 to 40 minutes and will be followed with a visit with the
ultralight pilots at the Necedah airport. A behind the scenes tour of
the Refuge will take place after the airport visit and that tour will
last about two hours. Groups often go to the Little Crane Cafe or other
Village establishment for Brunch. The tour is free, but doesn't include
Saturday April 26, 2008
Just a reminder that the Coulee Region Audubon Society will be doing its semi-annual Highway Clean-up on Saturday April 26.
This effort is led by Mark Webster and his wife and it would be great to get as many people out there to help out as we possibly can. (Many hands make light work). CRAS has signed up to clean a two mile stretch of I-90 starting at the Minnesota Rest stop below the Dresbach dam
If you can help out, plan to meet at the rest area by 9:00 am. Then Minnesota DOT will provide safety vests and plastic bags. This effort takes about 2 hours to complete.
Spring Migration Bird Walks