Warbler Weekend 2017

Date/Time
Sat, May 13 , 2017
6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Location
Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground
2500 U.S. Hwy 61,
Lake City, MN 55041

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Brief History

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

For the past 45 years, SPAS’ Warbler Weekend has welcomed all levels of Birders. The event centered at the Villa Maria Conference Center in Frontenac, MN. Unfortunately, the Villa closed June 30, 2016, initiating the adventure to find a new site. The 2017 Warbler Weekend Committee’s goal was to find a site which would continue the annual census of spring migrants keeping a similar design and familiar feel for all styles of birding.

Hok-Si-La Park is Hub

Hok-Si-La Park for many  years has welcomed SPAS birders Mother’s Day Weekend to its trails and shelters. Throughout Saturday May 13 SPAS activities will center in the large riverside Dining Hall close by Lake Pepin. Activities include registration, eating, recording sightings, gathering for organized walks, and more. Lake City Kiwanis Club is providing all food service; meals at 8, 12 and 6. The Count will follow the evening meal. Advance registration is required for all meals (see below). For Hok-Si-La Park information:  http://www.hoksilapark.org

Registration and meal reservations close April 20.

Saturday is the focus. There will be leader-led walks which may focus on particular habitats, basic birding skills, bird songs, walking distance, or a favorite place such as Sand Point, Frontenac town cemetery, Old Frontenac, or Frontenac State Park. A Bird Board to record species sighted, the Schedule, and other Notices will be posted in prominent places.

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Friday May 12, 2017 – Hok-Si-La Park

6:30 PM Social time

7:00 PM Announcements followed by the evening programs.

Two ~half hour presentations will highlight management of Lake Pepin’s diverse habitats: bluffland, prairie, floodplain forest and upland hardwood forest. Dan Dieterman, Mississippi River Habitat Specialist, will describe interagency efforts to protect and improve floodplain forest habitat and diversity.  Linda Wires, USFWS, National Project Coordinator IWMM, will introduce us to Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring (IWMM), a conservation program that enables managers to ensure that nonbreeding water birds have the right habitat, in the right place, at the right time.

NOTE: CHANGE FOR THE BETTER! The program will be held in the Dining Hall, a HEATED BUILDING. Sightings of the day in the area will be revealed and included in the Count. Optional activity following the program: OWLING with Clay Christensen; dress accordingly and wear walking shoes.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

6:00    Meet in Hok-Si-La parking lot to form leader-led birding groups

8:00   AM Full, hot Breakfast, announcements including super sightings and spots

9:15    AM Birding groups organize and disperse (expect to carpool to locations)

12:00 Lunch – Sandwiches with fruit and sweet dessert with announcements including super sightings and spots

1:15  PM Birding groups organize and disperse (expect to carpool to locations)

Time TBD by attendees – an additional mid afternoon time for organizing additional birding groups

6:00 PM robust spaghetti and salad supper followed by THE COUNT led by all time event leader Bill Stjern. (note:new Sunday sightings will be included in the Final tally)

Sunday May 14, 2017

6:15 AM Meet in Hok-Si-La parking lot to join a group or bird on your own. Report Additions to the Count to Bill Stjern. Breakfast on your own.

Helpful (we hope) information

Registration and meal reservations close April 20.

Always park efficiently.

Dress for the weather with supportive footwear.

Depending on the river level, you may need boots or spare footwear to bird part of the trail to Sand Point.

Questions and comments welcome. Contact the WW17 Committee at ccdavies@aol.com.