March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mercer Library
2648 Margaret St.
Wendy Thiede


Trumpeter Swans, Waterfowl & Shorebirds, an Fe University class

Fe University offers Trumpeter Swans, Waterfowl & Shorebirds.  The course will be held at the Mercer Public Library, 2648 W Margaret Street in Mercer from 1:00–3:00 pm on Saturday, March 28 and Monday, March 30, 2020.  A field trip at Little Turtle Flowage will be held on May 19th or 23rd, from  8:30–11:00 am.

Spring migration in the Northwoods is around the corner and with it brings an amazing diversity of water birds. This course will discuss the remarkable adaptations and life histories of these birds and their ecological role in our environment.  Students will gain the ability to identify a number of water bird species found on our Wisconsin lakes, rivers and wetlands.  Students will receive a broad understanding of the conservation issues facing our waterfowl and shorebirds as well as the remarkable recovery story of the Trumpeter Swan in Wisconsin.  The course will cover waterfowl and shorebird identification, life histories, ecology and conservation.

Following our classroom program, we will travel to the Little Turtle Flowage in May for a field trip to practice our water bird identification and ecology skills.

The instructor for this course is Annie McDonnell.  Annie is the Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator at North Lakeland Discovery Center.  She earned degrees in Biology and Wildlife Ecology and has spent 5 years researching grassland songbirds, waterfowl and owls throughout Montana, Idaho and North Dakota. Trumpeter Swans, waterfowl & Shorebirds will be Annie’s fourth Fe University class.

The fee for this course is $30. ($5 discount if registered by March 13)  Class size is limited to 15 students, so register early. For more details about this class and for registration information, go to www.feuniversity.org  or call 715-476-2881 or 715-561-3098.  Pay with Paypal on the website or download  or pick up registration forms at the Mercer Library or the Iron County UW Extension Office in the Hurley courthouse.  Completed forms may be dropped off at those locations or mailed to Fe University, PO Box 63, Hurley, WI   54534.

Fe University is a non-profit, non-accredited “college” for seniors based in Iron County. Other courses offered this spring include Nurturing the Creative Spirit, The Legacy of CCC Camp Mercer, Native American Literature, Identification of Migratory Song Birds, Big Day Bird Count co-sponsored with ICORE, Local Archeology and Walking Tour.