Hone your waterfowl identification skills as you explore this magnificent wetland restoration. In 2001, the drainage pumps were turned off and the floodplain was allowed to re-establish. Today, the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper lakes is a mosaic of lakes, marshes, seeps, savannas, and prairies supports an impressive array of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, as well as emergent aquatic plants and prairie-dwelling grasses and flowers. Wonderful birding opportunities occur year round, peaking during both the Spring and Fall migration periods when tens of thousands of ducks and other species can be viewed on a daily basis from the observation tower. We’ll meet at the Arboretum on Thursday to review the checklist of birds we might expect at this biodiversity hotspot and then explore the site in person on Saturday morning.
Instructor: Jody and Jerry Zamirowski, founders, Arboretum bird monitoring program
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes for light hiking. Limit 20.
Supplies: Bring binoculars and field guides; spotting scopes and cameras will be useful if you have them.
Driving Directions: Directions to the Dixon Wildlife Refuge will be provided in class
Certificate information: Naturalist Certificate and WSP Elective (5 hours)
Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.
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