Upcoming Events in Baird Creek

Sept. 11th-Volunteer Planting Day

We received hundreds of plant plugs (donated from Prairie Nursery) over the summer and we need to get them in the ground before winter!  Please come out and help us give these plants a permanent home in the Baird Creek Greenway on Thursday, September 11th.  We will meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Prairie Restoration area on McKenzie Lane.  Click on the following link for directions- McKenzie Lane Google Map.  Please do NOT park in the apartments’ parking lot.  There should be plenty of space to park on the street.

Make sure to dress for a walk in the woods (we suggest you do not wear flip-flops) and if you have work gloves and small gardening tools please bring them along.  If not, we have some tools and gloves you can borrow.

Sept. 27th at 1 p.m.- One Fish, Two Fish Hike

Join Charlie Frisk, Baird Creek Preservation Foundation Board President, on Saturday, September 27 at 1pm at Christa McAuliffe Park (3100 Sitka Street) for the One Fish, Two Fish Hike.  Charlie will lead us to some of the best places to find the largest number of fish in Baird Creek.  He will use a large seine to temporarily capture some of the fish (and other aquatic creatures) to take a look at the biodiversity of the creek.

This hike is a “kid focused” event, so bring the whole family!  Remember to dress for the weather, and be prepared to encounter a few hills and non-paved trails. The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) hosts free guided hikes through the Baird Creek Greenway that are open to the public.  The hikes are led by experts in the related area and are a great way to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors.  This year, all hikes are co-sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Audubon Society

 

Baird Creek Run/Walk Registration

We are excited to announce that registration is open for the following events:

  •  2nd ANNUAL Run For the Hill Of It 5K Trail Run/Walk Presented by Nicolet Bank on October 11, 2014 at 8 a.m.

  • NEW THIS YEAR!  Little Hill Racers Kids Run Presented by KI on October 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Please go to www.bairdcreek.org/runforthehillofit2014 and follow instructions to register for both or either of these events.  Space is limited, so register now!

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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.

Earth Day Cleanup Leaves the Greenway Pristine

We would like to thank the 100+ volunteers that participated in the Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 26th!  Although it was a cold day, volunteers showed up and cleaned the greenway of garbage from end to end. We also had a large group  of UWGB students plant an area of the park with prairie grass seeds.  The BCPF would also like to thank Lox, Stock ‘n Bagel for donating bagels for the event and Fleet Farm for donating garbage bags!

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