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Birds of a Feather Paddle

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Date: April 25, 2012
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272

 ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Celebrate the spring migration with a paddle on the St. Croix River! On Saturday, May 12, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the public can join a National Park Service Ranger in paddling from Minnesota Interstate State Park to Osceola Landing.  

Robin Maercklein, a biologist with the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, will lead the guided kayak program to see the migratory birds of spring and learn about how the Riverway serves as a corridor for their travel.

Kayaks and related equipment, including a personal flotation device, will be provided. A 30-minute paddling instruction and safety session will occur prior to departure and must be attended by all participants. Participants should have previous paddling experience and must be 18 years of age or older. Paddling time for the 6 ½ mile trip is approximately 3 1/2 hours. Shuttle is included.

This program is co-sponsored by the St. Croix River Association. The cost is $25.00 per person. Space is limited to 8 participants. To register, contact the River Association at (715) 483-3300 or www.stcroixriverassociation.org.or http://scrapaddle.org/2012-paddles/birds-of-a-feather-512/  Registration deadline is May 4.

This is the first paddle in the 2012 Watershed Moments Paddle Series which will explore the unique nature, history, and stories of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway by kayak.

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.