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Touring Vernon Wildlife Area

August 30, 2018  |  Topics: Places


Wisconsin DNR staff members, Dianne and Nathan, led a guided tour of a small corner of Vernon Wildlife Area recently. It was one in a series that I’ve participated in over the course of the last year or so. Always a pleasure. Each tour has a stated theme. This time it was the fall migration and advertised for birders in particular. However, we learned as much about the plant life we passed as we did about the birds.

 

You too can join in the fun. Just click on this link to go to the Southeast Wisconsin Hiking Group at Meetup.com.

 

The only birds I managed to catch on camera were two sandhill cranes high overhead. But I got a few other shots to share. Enjoy!

 

Tour group overlooking prairie.

Tour group overlooking prairie.

 

Garden phlox.

Garden phlox.

 

Blueberry dogwood.

Blueberry dogwood.

 

Red osier dogwood.

Red osier dogwood.

 

The group heading into the woods.

The group heading into the woods.

 

Old growth trees

Old growth.

 

DNR wildlife biologist Diane Robinson with rare Blanding's turtle.

DNR wildlife biologist Dianne Robinson with rare Blanding’s turtle.

 

How to tell the sex of a turtle--the concavity of the bottom shell.

How to tell the sex of a turtle–the concavity of the bottom shell.

 

A second Blanding's turtle hiding in the grass.

A second Blanding’s turtle was hiding in the grass.

 

Fishing in the Fox River.

Fishing in the Fox River.

 

Two Sandhill cranes.

Sandhill cranes.

 

The birders

The birders spy an eagle (way off in the distance!)

 

You can see more photos of Vernon Wildlife Area on Flickr.

To go to the Vernon Wildlife Area page of this website, click here.

Eddee Daniel is a Preserve Our Parks board member and project director for A Wealth of Nature.