August 28, Saturday
7:00 AM–9:00 AM
Hungry Turtle Farm • 410 125th Street, Amery, WI 54001
Join us for a walk with two local bird experts through the diverse landscapes at Hungry Turtle Farm! The farm is situated on the Apple River and features a variety of habitats—riparian, forest, pasture—so the diversity of birds is quite extraordinary. Our walk will last 1.5 to 2 hours. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside to learn about the neotropical migrant birds that call our area home for part of the year.
We are gathering early because that’s when the birding is at its best (the early bird gets the bird!). By being quiet, patient, and avoiding bright clothing, you just might see some birds you've never seen before!
Limited number of tickets available: we're keeping the class size small, so make sure to sign up now.
See you there!
Brian Collins has been a birdwatcher since the age of three! He first started identifying birds with field guides in Kindergarten, and, by the eighth grade, was able to identify all of the common birds of the Great Lakes states. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries from the University of Minnesota, with emphasis in nongame bird conservation, and a Master of Science in Biology Education. After a few years as a biotech for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, he went into education has been teaching Biology, including AP Biology and Zoology, at Unity High School in Balsam Lake for 20 years. For the last 14 summers he has worked as a field ornithologist and bird surveyor for the Wisconsin DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau and he recently picked up a bird survey route for the National Park Service along 150 miles of the Saint Croix and Namekagon Rivers. Brian is a proud Dad, a bird photographer, a wilderness enthusiast, a hunter, a sustainable foods fanatic, a writer, and an extroverted introvert.
Matt Berg has taught high school biology since 1995—the last 21 years at Grantsburg High School. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where his thesis studied the impacts of using prescribed fire on breeding bird communities. When not teaching, Matt works as the lead biologist at Endangered Resource Services, LLC, a private company providing contract biology services for the National Park Service, Wisconsin and Minnesota DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a host of other public and private entities. They specialize in endangered species mitigation, exotic species prevention and management, and basic inventory surveys of breeding birds, aquatic plants, dragonflies, freshwater mussels, butterflies, and forests. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and two grown sons Mitchel and Noah.
Farm Table Foundation
Farm Table Foundation is a nonprofit with a mission to grow local food culture through education, research, and training. Our ticket prices for our programs reflect living wages for our staff, supporting knowledgeable and qualified instructors, and paying local farmers a fair price for the produce and proteins we source from them.
[Event sponsored by Hungry Turtle Farm and Farm Table Foundation.]
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