Three Lakes is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day on May 11, beginning at 8 a.m., with one of two bird walks led by Jack Werner and Les Anderson of the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area. Informational booths and sponsors, along with a live hawk, falcon and two owls from the Raptor Education Group Inc. of Antigo will be present at Three Lakes High School beginning at 10 a.m. Presentations given by noted wildlife photographers Jeff Richter and Kurt Krueger and a seminar by Mariette Nowak on “Backyard Birdscaping” will be held throughout the day.
Mariette Nowak has been involved in Wild Ones, which promotes native plants and natural landscaping. She is currently an active member of the Lakeland Audubon Society and was a director of the Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park before retiring. Jeff has won several awards including one from the International Regional Magazine Association for his photo essay about albino deer in 2001. His photos have appeared in books, magazines, posters and calendars. Kurt has received awards at the state and national level and has been issued honors by the Wisconsin and the National Newspaper Association.
International Migratory Bird Day is an annual event to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation. This year, the theme is “The Life Cycles of Migratory Birds”. Currently, students from TLHS are eradicating an infestation of buckthorn around the school grounds, while a local Master Gardener Volunteer is managing the removal of both buckthorn and honeysuckle at the Cy Williams Park.
For more information on International Migratory Bird Day, call Bill at (715) 891-5084.