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Big Bird Day with the Citizen Science Center

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Last year the Citizen Science Center documented 68 bird species on their inaugural Big Bird Day. This year they will attempt to top their 2014 species total. Think they can do it? Want to one of a few people tag along? In the morning, we will bird the Beaver Creek Reserve property and in the afternoon we will bird the Henke Farm property. Pre-registration is required as there is only space for 4 lucky participants for each time slot. Bring binoculars, field guide, lunch and snacks, water and clothing appropriate for the weather. Sightings will be used to update the Reserve’s species list and to document species of special concern if encountered.
Registration and payment required by May 25.
Friends $75 Nonmembers $75


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Grassland Bird Monitoring in the Lower Chippewa River Training

Citizen Science Center Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Grassland bird populations have been declining across the country. Learn how to identify grassland birds and take part in surveys to determine the species and abundance of birds that live along the Lower Chippewa River. This is a great opportunity to spend time “in the field” with other birders learning the local grassland birds.
Registration and payment required by May 15.
Friends $5 Nonmembers $8


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Evening Bird Hikes at the Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
May is exciting time for birds at the Reserve as migrants are moving north and stop at the Reserve to rest and re-fuel. Join a Reserve Naturalist for an after-dinner walk to see who we can find on the trails. All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome. These hikes are designed for adults to upper elementary-aged children. Please note that these are two separate hikes, you may attend either one or both, but if attending both, you must register for both.
Registration and full payment required by May 4 and May 18.
Friends $3 (per hike) Nonmembers $5 (per hike)


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Evening Bird Hikes at the Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
May is exciting time for birds at the Reserve as migrants are moving north and stop at the Reserve to rest and re-fuel. Join a Reserve Naturalist for an after-dinner walk to see who we can find on the trails. All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome. These hikes are designed for adults to upper elementary-aged children. Please note that these are two separate hikes, you may attend either one or both, but if attending both, you must register for both.
Registration and full payment required by May 4 and May 18.
Friends $3 (per hike) Nonmembers $5 (per hike)


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Acoustic Bat Monitor Volunteer Training and Bat House Building Workshop

Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center
Wisconsin has seven species of bat, four of which are threatened and three are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. With the newly introduced White-nose Syndrome in the state, there is no better time to assist in this citizen science opportunity. Join us and DNR bat biologists to learn about Wisconsin’s bat species and how to conduct acoustic monitoring and bat roost monitoring surveys in the Chippewa Valley. The program will begin with a bat house building workshop where you will build a bat house for your own backyard, receive training on how to monitor your new bat house and how to report your data to the WNDR. Following the workshop we will step into the night and learn how to use the Citizen Science Center’s portable acoustic bat monitoring device to assist state bat biologists with collecting data about these misunderstood night flyers. Price includes bat house materials.
Registration and full payment required by April 24.
Friends $25 per group* Nonmembers $30 group*
*One group is up to 3 people, if you have more than 3 people you need to register for additional spots.


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Getting To Know Mosses

04/26/2015
Wisconsin is loaded with different kinds of moss and here’s our chance to learn about them. UWEC Professor, Dr. Joseph Rohrer, has spent years studying moss and he will describe what makes mosses different from other plants, how they reproduce and spread, where they grow, their value in the world, and how to identify common species. The workshop will include an indoor classroom period, followed by a trip outdoors to observe and identify local mosses around the Reserve. Register early as there will be space for only 16 attendees, allowing Dr. Rohrer time to help each participant with moss identification. The workshop will be based largely on the recently published field guide, Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians, which is for sale in the BCR Nature Center. Copies will be available for participant use.
Registration and full payment required by April 22.
Friends $5 Nonmembers $8


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Phenology Hike For Elder Explorers

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Led by BCR naturalist, Jim Schweibert, this 60-minute hike on Reserve trails will document the changes taking place in the woods at the Reserve. The hike will be capped off with coffee and a treat, and further discussion about the changes and things we’ve seen on the hike. Hikers should expect about a mile long hike with uneven terrain and stairs to negotiate. This program is targeted for adult nature lovers 55 and older. Participate monthly or register for one week at a time — the choice is yours.
Registration and full payment required by April 21, May 12 and June 2.
Friends $3 (per hike) Nonmembers $5 (per hike)


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Phenology Hike For Elder Explorers

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Led by BCR naturalist, Jim Schweibert, this 60-minute hike on Reserve trails will document the changes taking place in the woods at the Reserve. The hike will be capped off with coffee and a treat, and further discussion about the changes and things we’ve seen on the hike. Hikers should expect about a mile long hike with uneven terrain and stairs to negotiate. This program is targeted for adult nature lovers 55 and older. Participate monthly or register for one week at a time — the choice is yours.
Registration and full payment required by April 21, May 12 and June 2.
Friends $3 (per hike) Nonmembers $5 (per hike)


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Phenology Hike For Elder Explorers

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Led by BCR naturalist, Jim Schweibert, this 60-minute hike on Reserve trails will document the changes taking place in the woods at the Reserve. The hike will be capped off with coffee and a treat, and further discussion about the changes and things we’ve seen on the hike. Hikers should expect about a mile long hike with uneven terrain and stairs to negotiate. This program is targeted for adult nature lovers 55 and older. Participate monthly or register for one week at a time — the choice is yours.
Registration and full payment required by April 21, May 12 and June 2.
Friends $3 (per hike) Nonmembers $5 (per hike)


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Frog Fest

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Frog Fest 2015 is an annual event not only at Beaver Creek but also throughout Wisconsin each spring as the ponds begin to thaw. The Wisconsin Frog Fest circuit hosts 11 frog performers and 1 toad. Join Reserve Naturalist Ruth Forsgren as she helps you identify by sight and sound our local performers. Weather and trail conditions permitting, the evening will end with a hike down to Beaver Creek’s own frog chorus marsh. Dress appropriately for cool evening weather and possible muddy terrain. A flashlight may also prove helpful. (Walk-ins are permitted and is $10 Adult/$5 Child for both Friends and Nonmember.)
Registration and full payment required by April 17.
Friends $5 Adult/$3 Child Nonmembers $8 Adult/$4 Child


Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212


Aquatic Plants of Wisconsin

Beaver Creek Reserve, Wise Nature Center, S1 Cty Hwy K, Fall Creek, WI 54742, Exact meeting place TBA
Lakes are beautiful gems that hold many wonders including aquatic plants. These plants are often regarded as “seaweed” or “weeds” even though they play a vital role in the lake ecosystem. Learn about the diversity of these plants by exploring a secluded lake by canoe in the Chippewa County Forest. Participants will sample for the plants, identify them, and even learn how to press aquatic plants. Canoes and life jackets will be provided. Bring sun protection and wear clothing that can get wet. Your own transportation to the field site is necessary. More details upon signup.
Registration and payment required by July 25.
Friends $15 Nonmembers $20
Min 6/Max12


Angie Sommers
715-877-2212