Spring Bird Walks ready to take wing at Goose Island County Park in Stoddard

Prothonotary Warbler Grayson Smith Usfws
Prothonotary warbler (Grayson Smith USFWS photo)

STODDARD, Wis. (WKBT) — As spring springs, so do Spring Bird Walks on the Shady Maple Interpretive Trail in Goose Island County Park in Stoddard.

The walks will take place from 6 to 7:30 a.m. May 10 and 12 as thousands of songbirds return to the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

A refuge ranger and a Minnesota Audubon forest ecologist will lead the free, 1-mile walks through the floodplain forest at W6488 County Road GI. Birders of all experience levels are welcome to participate.

The birds travel hundreds of miles from their winterdigs in the southern United States and central Americas to their summer nesting grounds on the refuge and farther north.

The walks will take place rain or shine but will be cancelled if there’s a high probability of thunderstorms.

Participation is limited, and registration is required. Call Ranger Katie at (608) 779-2391 to sign up.

As a federal agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to follow federal policies on the COVID-19 pandemic. It is able to host programs but may need to cancel if COVID case levels rise, in which case registrants will be notified.

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