Hikers had Fun on the Animal Tracks Hike!

Charlie Frisk led the Animal Tracks Hike through Baird Creek on Saturday, January 17.   Charlie kept the kids engaged with questions and answers as the group walked through the woods to discover all of the exciting animal activity that takes place all winter long.  Many thanks to Charlie for leading the hike!

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Save the Date!

  • Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 1 p.m.-Heart Health Hike at Christa McAuliffe Park with Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Nathan Vandervest.

The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) hosts free guided hikes through the Baird Creek Greenway that are open to the public.  All Baird Creek hikes are child-friendly and begin at 1 p.m. at Christa McAuliffe Park unless otherwise noted.  Please remember to dress for the weather and be prepared to encounter a few hills and unpaved trails.  BCPF hikes are led by experts in the related area and are a great way to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors. For parties of 6 or more, please call ahead.

5K Run/Walk and Kids Run was Enjoyed by All!

Please go to www.bairdcreek.org/runforthehillofit2014 for links to the race results and pictures from the Baird Creek 5K Run/Walk Presented by Nicolet Bank and the Little Hill Racers Kids Run Presented by KI held on October 11, 2014!

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One Fish, Two Fish Hike was a Success!

Charlie Frisk, Baird Creek Preservation Foundation Board President, led the Fall Fish Hike on Saturday, September 27 at Christa McAuliffe Park with over 20 people in attendance.  Charlie and some volunteers used a large seine to temporarily capture some of the fish and other aquatic creatures to take a look at the biodiversity of the creek. It was a beautiful day and the kids (and adults) had fun learning about the creek!

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May at Baird Creek by Charlie Frisk

Yellow flower May at Baird Creek most certainly did not disappoint.  After a long, cold winter and a rather dreary March and April spring finally arrived.  The late spring delayed the warbler migration enough that on our May 10th bird survey we tallied the most species ever, 57 total.  The stars of the show were the warblers, 15 different species, some such as the Northern Parula, that I had never seen before.  At times there were as many as four species of warblers flitting around in front of our group of Birders.

Most of those warbler species will continue on to the Northwoods of northern Wisconsin, the U.P., or Canada before settling down to nest.  Small areas of native woods such as Baird Creek function as way stations for those species, places where they can stop and rest for a few days, and feed on insects, before continuing their migration.  As more woodland habitats are lost to development, the remaining areas such as Baird Creek become increasingly important for migratory birds.  A few species of warblers do remain at Baird Creek to nest.  The more common ones would be yellow-rumped warblers, ovenbirds, common yellowthroat, and yellow warblers.  Several species such as wood thrush, scarlet tanagers, and red eyed vireos that we would normally expect to tally had not yet arrived, or our count could have been even higher.

The spring flower show was particularly spectacular in May.  Some of the species that normally finish their bloom in April were still hanging on into May, and the May species were in blossom simultaneously.  It was possible to see blooming skunk cabbage, marsh marigolds, trilliums, bishop’s miter, wild ginger, spring beauty, jack in the pulpit, and a host of other species on the same hike.  Due to the late spring the first date I saw May apples blooming was June 1st, but I suspect a few were blooming in late May.

Early June is a great time to visit Baird Creek.  The spring ephemerals will still be blooming for a couple of weeks, courting birds fill the air with their beautiful notes, and the forest is a beautiful, emerald green.  The predictions of lots of mosquitoes appear to be accurate.  I recommend long sleeve shirts and pants as well as mosquito repellent, particularly in early morning and evening.  However, a hike at Baird Creek is always worth it, no matter how bad the bugs.

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The Bird Hike was a Success!

Thanks to all who braved the early morning call to join us on our annual Bird Hike through the Greenway on Saturday, May 10th.  We were able to find more species than we have ever found before and the rain held off so we consider this event a success!  Here is the list of bird species that we found in the Greenway: Canada Geese, Mallard Duck, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black and White Warbler, American Redstart Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Connecticut Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow,  Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Rose–breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Brown-headed Cowbird, and American Goldfinch.