Educators Workshop April 17 2010
Contact: Jean Van Tatenhove, 320-629-2148
Educators Workshop on Saturday, April 17, 2010 Birdwatching Along the Riverway
Want to discover the tools used in identifying and studying birds? Interested in the diversity of birds along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway? Join the National Park Service for an engaging lesson about birds that live along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. This free workshop will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, Wisconsin.
The workshop will be conducted by Robin Maercklein, a National Park Service biologist. Robin will teach basic identification skills, share tools and methods used in studying birds, and suggest ways to contribute to research through "citizen science" projects. The workshop will also feature a short walk to demonstrate some of the skills while encouraging participation from the group.
Workshop participants should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them and be prepared for a short walk outside.
This workshop is the last in a series of six workshops on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway being held during the 2009-2010 school year. The workshops are designed to increase awareness of the Riverway as a teaching resource by providing experiences that focus on using the Riverway as a learning laboratory.
While the workshops were designed for classroom teachers, all educators at any level are welcome to attend.
Space is limited and registration for the workshop is required. Please call Park Ranger Jean Van Tatenhove (320) 629-2148 to register or for more information. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 15.
The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, a half mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wisconsin.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
Did You Know?
Water scorpions use their tails or siphons as a a "snorkel" thrusting it up through the surface film on the water to the air above. Their legs are not much use in swimming, so most water scorpions spend life near the shoreline.