May 12, 2007
Programs begin at the visitor center, unless noted.
9a.m. 12p.m. North America Migration Day Count - Join veteran birders Andy and Joyce Buggs on Whitewater*s part of this national effort to document migratory birds. Participants will observe a great variety of birds, which will likely include white pelicans, sandhill cranes, hawks, shorebirds, and many colorful songbirds. Binoculars, scopes, and bird brochures will be available. Anyone interested in birds is invited to participate. Various parts of the Whitewater River Valley will be visited by car and/or on foot. Reservations are not required for this activity.
Morning Birding by Kayak or Canoe - How would you like to
experience the peak of bird migration along the Mississippi River from a canoe or kayak? This is your chance! Experienced birders will lead a small group among backwater islands near Winona. (We will meet near Winona.) No birding experience is needed but canoers and kayakers should not be beginners. Participants can bring their own boat, paddles and life jackets or rent them. Binoculars, birding brochures, coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Cost $15/person if you need a boat and $5/person if you have your own boat. Call (507) 932-3007, extension 0 for exact time, meeting location andreservations.
Afternoon Morel Mushrooms and Wildflowers in Abundance - Morels, Minnesota's state mushroom, are up and wildflowers are everywhere! On this easy walk, we*ll look for both. Given a good harvest, we'll saute and sample the mushrooms we find. Find out how to minimize the
negative impacts of mushroom hunting and wildflower observation. For the exact time, and to sign up for this activity call (507) 932 3007 extension 0, or stop at the visitor center.
Most of these programs are provided free of charge, but state park vehicle permits are required. In addition to attending programs, you are invited to use the park's self-guided interpretive services, including visitor center exhibits and self-guided trails. A number of history and nature related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.
The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of
Whitewater State Park!