Monday, April 25, 2011

Birds of Easter Weekend

I hope everyone had a happy Easter weekend. We've been busy this week, and I continually struggle to find enough time in the day. Michaela and Danielle visited Grandparents in Minnesota this past week, playing with cousins, hiding Easter eggs, and enjoying family.

I had many long nights working this past week, but Christine and I were able to attend my Spring department meetings in Fond du Lac on Friday and Saturday. On the way to the meetings we stopped at Mead Wildlife Area in hopes of finding Greater-Prairie Chickens for Christine. We were in luck.

While I enjoyed the meetings Christine bummed around town and took in a movie. Saturday afternoon we went for a walk at Horicon Marsh International Education Center and a drive on Dike Rd. It was our first trip to Horicon, and were able to find 60 species in a few hours of looking. A few pictures are below, with other pictures linked here for a Northern Harrier, Pied-billed Grebe, and American White Pelican

American Coot

Savannah Sparrow

American Bittern

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Sunday I finished the Red-shouldered Hawk survey, finding 34 species at 12 points during the morning observations. Eight new species from Thursday morning, but four that I did not find the second time around.

This Friday I'll be at an undergraduate research symposium with my environmental economics class. It should be a fun trip, but of course we have to finish the project yet!

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