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Sunday, May 14, 2017 -- 2017 Wyalusing Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, March 18, 2017 -- Mississippi Waterfowl Field Trip

 

 



 

Sunday, November 13, 2016 -- Tundra Swan Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, June 11, 2016 -- Breeding Bird Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- 2016 Wyalusing Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, March 19, 2016 -- 2016 Spring Waterfowl Field Trip

 



Sunday, November 15, 2015 -- 2015 Fall Waterfowl Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 -- 2015 Spring Waterfowl Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, February 14, 2015 -- Northwoods Birding Field Trip

 



 

Sunday, November 16, 2014 -- 2014 Waterfowl Field Trip

 



 

Sunday, May 18, 2014 -- Wyalusing Field Trip

 



 

Saturday, March 22, 2014 -- Waterfowl Viewing Field Trip

 



 

Various dates -- Some statewide outings coming up this Winter

 



 

Sunday, November 10, 2013 -- Waterfowl Viewing Field Trip

 



 

Weekdays, April 30 - May 16, 2013 -- Marsh and Forest Birding Hikes Results

 



 

April, 2012 -- Prairie Chickens at the Buena Vista Marsh Trips

 



Waterfowl Observation Field Trip

Saturday November 12, 2011

Dan Jackson will lead a waterfowl observation field trip. Meet at 1:00 PM at the Kwik Trip in La Crescent that is located just west of the stop lights at the west end of the causeway between La Crosse and La Crescent. From there, we will head south to the Brownsville overlooks and the Wildcat landing mudflats. Depending on weather, birds and interest, the trip will last 2-3 hours.

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Myrick Marsh Birding 101

Wednesday June 15, 2011

After the June Pot-luck, we will do a short "birding 101" bird walk in the Myrick Marsh. Although the migrants will have already passed through the area, there are many interesting birds that nest in the Myrick Marsh. We will walk out in the marsh in hopes of seeing Common Moorhens, Sora and Virginia Rails, Herons, Geese, Ducks, Black Terns, Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and other marsh residents.

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Wyalusing State Park

Saturday May 21, 2011

On Saturday, May 21st, 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 DanJackson@LBWhite.com.

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I-90 Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up

Saturday April 9, 2011

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Dresbach Information Center parking lot just off I-90 in Minnesota. Plan on 2 1/2 hours of work and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Safety vests and trash bags are provided. We meet for lunch afterward in La Crescent. Call Mark Webster at 787-6398 for more information.

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Buena Vista Prairie Chicken Viewing

April 3, 23 or 24, 2011- Portage County

We would like to find out if anyone is interested in making an early morning trip to the Buena Vista Marsh to view Prairie Chickens. We would need to arrive 2 hours before sunrise and therefore would leave La Crosse as early as 2:30 am.

Currently, there are 18 seats available for 4/3, 22 seats available for 4/23 and 16 seats available for 4/24.

Please e-mail Dan Jackson at DanJackson@LBWhite.com by 3/9 if you are interested in going and what days you might consider. We will make plans based on current blind availability at that time.

This trip will include a walk of up to 1/4 mile to reach the blind. If anyone prefers to travel the night before, we can make arrangements to meet at the viewing location.

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Mississippi River Waterfowl Viewing

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 La Crosse.

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.

Thanks,

Dan Jackson, President
Coulee Region Audubon Society
La Crosse, Wisconsin
DanJackson@LBWhite.com

From: Eileen Hanson [mailto:eileen@nationaleaglecenter.org]
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.

Thanks,
Dan

 



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 DanJackson@LBWhite.com.

 



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, Iowa.

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 2-3 days.

 



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 LaCrosse, you 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. (Look for 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 River. 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.

Fred Lesher
Trip Leader
1-608-783-1149

 



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 DanJackson@LBWhite.com.

 



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.

Fred 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 Mississippi River.

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.

Thanks,

Dan Jackson, President
Coulee Region Audubon Society
(608) 483-2271

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 brunch.

 



Highway Cleanup

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

April 29 to May 13, 2008

Tuesdays, April 29 and May 6 and 13 in the La Crosse River Marsh, Meet at the RABBIT Trail parking lot in Myrick Park just east of the old zoo. Leaders Bobbie Wilson and Dan Jackson

Thursdays, May 1, 8 and 15 in Hixon Forest. Meet at the Hixon Forest trail parking lot just east off of Hwy. 16 on Bluff Pass Road. Leaders Bobbie and Pat Wilson

Start your day by checking out the spring migration. Bird walks start at 6:30 a.m. and last until about 8 a.m. You’re welcome to leave early or stay later. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them.

 



May Wyalusing Trip

May 17, 2008

On Saturday, May 17th, Fred Lesher and Dan Jackson will lead a birding field trip to Wyalusing state park. We will meet at 6:30 am at the entrance to the park and will bird until 11:00 – noon depending on the weather and bird activity.

Wyalusing State Park is one of the birding gems of Southwestern Wisconsin. Park specialties include Cerulean, Kentucky, Yellow-Throated, Prothonotary and possibly Worm-eating Warblers, Acadian Flycatcher, Henslow’s Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Winter Wren in addition to many normal spring migrants.

If you are interested in car pooling to the park, call or e-mail Dan Jackson (483-2271 or DanJackson@LBWhite.com).





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