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Date: March 15, 2012
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Free Presentation:Protecting Tropical Forests for Migratory Birds

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Look skyward! The St. Croix Valley's migratory birds are beginning to return. As we enjoy the arrival of these annual visitors to Minnesota and Wisconsin, take some time to learn about their remarkable journeys, threats to their survival, and efforts to protect their winter habitat.

Craig Thompson of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present "Knee Deep in Monkeys: Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds" on Saturday, April 14 at the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

More than one-half of the Midwest's breeding birds spend the winter in Latin America's spectacular, diminishing forests. Learn about an exciting partnership forged to protect Costa Rica's rainforests on behalf of our Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, Wood Thrushes and a host of others. Vaccinations and passports not required!

Thompson coordinates the International Migratory Bird Conservation Program for the Wisconsin DNR. He has led birding trips to Central and South America for more than 20 years.

"Knee Deep in Monkeys:Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds" will be presented at 10:00 a.m. and then repeated at 1:00 p.m. Presentations are free and open to the public and take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls.

Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274. Callers can reserve up to 4 seats.

This presentation is the last session of the 2012 St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Speaker Series, an annual offering of programs focused on the St. Croix Valley's national park. The Speaker Series is generously supported by the St. Croix River Fund, http://www.stcroixriverassociation.org/river-fund.

Did You Know?

Blackand white old photo of three men standing on logs loaded on a wagon with horses attached

In 1872 3,500 men, 1,600 horses and 250 oxen logged off 35,000 acres cutting some 200 million board feet of logs. "Taylors Falls Reporter". In 1883 the Boom in Stillwater, Minnesota, which collected logs coming down the St. Croix River, reported 1,397,417 logs for 217,045,647 board feet.