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Looking and Learning: Birding Festival This Weekend

Alan Huett

A birding festival this weekend gets people out and about to Northwoods birding spots.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters hosts the Northwoods Birding Festival this weekend.

Discovery Center Research and Monitoring Coordinator Heather Lumpkin says it aims to engage birders of all levels. 

“Some of the field trips are aimed a little bit more at beginner birders, but overall it’s just a chance to experience birding at whatever level you’re at.”

The Discovery Center has an active bird club that helps organize the event. 

Lumpkin says the bird fest will kick off tomorrow night with an Owl Prowl…where they’ll try to listen for species like barred and saw-whet owls.

“The fun thing about that, is that during the program beforehand we’ll get participants hooting like owls and learning the calls, and then we’ll go out and see if any respond to our calls.”

Satruday’s events include guided field trips to the Powell Marsh and other birding locations.  There are also several different speakers and activities like bird banding.    

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