Head to Crex Meadows this fall for an exciting bike tour, guided crane tours, and brand new...

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  1. By Northwest Region October 6, 2015

    Contact(s): Kristi Pupak, DNR Wildlife Conservation Educator, 715-463-2739

    GRANTSBURG, Wis. - With crane migration in full swing and autumn leaves becoming more beautiful each day, fall is a great time to head to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and take part in a brand new bird club and fall bike tour.

    Crex Bird Club

    Those interested in enjoying Wisconsin's many bird species are encouraged to join the Crex Bird Club. Members will learn about birds and bird habitats. Each session will begin at the Visitor Center and carpool around the property in search of rare and beautiful birds.

    The Crex Bird Club will meet from 8-10 a.m. on the following dates:

    • Oct. 9;
    • Oct. 23;
    • Nov. 6; and
    • Nov. 20.

    Refreshments will be provided. Participants should plan to bring a camera, water, bug spray, and rain gear. The Crex Bird Club is for adults only.

    Bike Tour and Walk

    Cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to head to Crex Friday, Oct. 16 for a guided 8-mile bike and walking tour along the Phantom Road. Registration begins at 4:45 p.m., and the ride will begin at 5 p.m.

    This is a free event, but pre-registration and helmets are required. Riders under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets are required. . Participants should plan to bring water, a camera, and bug spray.

    Sunset with the Sandhills

    Learn more about an annual fall visitor at Crex, the Sandhill Crane, and take a guided tour at dawn or dusk this October to get an up close look at cranes and their habitat.

    Tours will begin at the Visitor Center with an orientation, and later head outside to see cranes and listen to the sounds of fall. Participants can expect to see cranes as they travel from day-time feeding grounds to their nightly roosting grounds. Each year, over 10,000 cranes fly through the area during fall migration.

    Tours will be led by expert birder volunteers and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff. Reservations are required, and the first 10 callers may reserve a spot in the van. This event will be first come, first served.

    Admission will be $5 per person at the October 17 and 24 sunset events, while the Oct. 10 event will be free of charge to coincide with the Fall Crane Festival (the first 35 people may reserve space in vans Oct. 10).

    To make reservations or learn more about these events, contact Kristina Pupak, DNR Wildlife Conservation Educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, Wis. 54840.

    Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex, donations always appreciated. For more information, visit www.crexmeadows.org [EXIT DNR] or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

    Please report your Crex wildlife observations via email: [email protected]

    Last Revised: Tuesday, October 06, 2015