The December program in the Evening with Nature Series at the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit is “Winter Birds and How to Attract Them.” The program will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ice Age Visitor Center.
The Ice Age Visitor Center is located off Highway 67, a half mile west of Dundee. The program is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted. As the cold weather settles over the Wisconsin landscape, many birds head to warmer, even tropical climates.
But, there are numerous species that remain to tough out rigorous weather and some that even migrate from the North to enjoy our balmy winters. For a lot of people, it’s a special treat on a dull gray day of winter to catch a glimpse of a bright red cardinal or hear the cheery notes of a chickadee.
Bill Mueller, director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, will explain what birds remain through the cold and snow of a Wisconsin winter and which ones are most likely to be seen in our area. He will provide tips and techniques of attracting these hardy feathered friends to your yard by meeting their basic needs of survival.
He will also cover how to keep your bird feeding area free from disease and unhealthy practices. Make sure to join us for an evening with the birds. For further information or directions to the Ice Age Visitor Center, please contact a staff member at (920) 533-8322. The Center’s December hours are Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center will be closed December 24 and 31.