Saturday, May 24th, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Spring Bird Migration on Madeline
Annual bird hike with Victoria Erhart, MIWP Board member and long-term birder. Bring your binoculars; see and hear warblers and other spring migrants. Location: New Pavilion at the Town Park.
Saturday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. MIWP’s 25th Annual Spring Meeting & Reception: Out on The Ice
A history of the people of the Chequamegon region traveling, working and playing on the ice of Lake Superior – as told by Bob Mackreth, Apostle Islands Historian. At the Madeline Island Museum.
Saturday, June 21st, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Explore the North End Trails on Madeline
Steve Mueller, MIWP board member, will guide hikers through old logging trails and stands of 100-year-old hemlock trees. Start: Burroughs trail head, 2.5 miles north of Benjamin Blvd on North Shore Road.
Wednesday, July 16th, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Loon Watch
Speaker: Erica LeMoine, Loon Watch Coordinator, Sigurd Olson Institute. Learn about loons, their calls and their ecology, and hear stories that teach us how to protect them; for adults and kids alike – with time for questions. At the Madeline Island Museum, co-sponsor.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Somebody Lived Here
Dramatic stories of men and women of Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands: lighthouse keepers, pioneer farmers and fishermen, and the Ojibwa people who were there first – as told by Bob Mackreth, Park Historian (Ret.), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. At the Madeline Island Museum, co-sponsor.
Wednesday, July 30th, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Mushrooms of Madeline Island
Speaker: Travis Lynch, mushroom farmer and commercial mushroom forager, instructor at the University of Wisconsin and WITC. Hear about local mushrooms and their seasons, along with the specific trees that these mushrooms share. Take home a few mushroom-picking rules you can rely on. At the Madeline Island Museum, co-sponsor.
Saturday, August 9th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Layers of the Forest
Join Pastor Marina Lachecki, St. John’s UCC, and learn about ecological relationships and balance in the forest, from giant white pines down to the mosses and understory. Meet at the Capser trailhead and then to the Nucy Meech trail.
Friday, August 15th, 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Animal Adaptations at Night: Sight, Sound and Chemical Stuff
Guide: Kelsey Olson, Naturalist, Gooseberry Falls State Park. Humans tend to flock indoors and turn the lights on at night. Come and experience night like the animals do on a night time stroll in the dark. Discover the secrets of how some animals thrive during the night and how others survive. Location: New Pavilion at the Town Park (note time!)
Saturday, August 16th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Bats’ Bad Rap: Bats of Madeline Island
Speaker: Kelsey Olson, Naturalist, Gooseberry Falls State Park. Join us for an interactive bat experience and discover the secret lives of these little mammals from how many mosquitoes they can eat per night to how they manage to survive the chilly Wisconsin winters. At the Madeline Island Museum, co-sponsor.
Wednesday, August 20th, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Bears: Dispelling Myths for a Peaceful Coexistence
Speaker: Carl Anderson, North American Bear Center. Replace your myths with scientific knowledge: discover the facts about black bear family life, social organization, travel, diet, hibernation, intelligence, scat tracks and signs, and observational methods. At the Madeline Island Museum, co-sponsor.
Saturday, August 30th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Explore Madeline’s North End Trails
Keith Sowl, Island resident and trail expert, will guide us through old logging trails and 100-year-old stands of hemlocks. Start: Burroughs trailhead, 2.5 miles north of Benjamin Blvd on North Shore Road.
Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Explore Madeline’s North End Trails
Fred Koerschner, MIWP Board member, will guide us through old logging trails and 100-year-old stands of hemlocks. Start: Burroughs trailhead, 2.5 miles north of Benjamin Blvd on North Shore Road.