2022 Summer Program


Class #86

Fall Rambles: Bird Migration & More

Nancy Stevenson & Gerry Janz

September 11 - September 17, 2022

instructor imageFall birding can be a challenge for beginning and seasoned birders alike. Many birds have exchanged the bright plumage of spring for the more subdued colors of fall and winter. Young of the year in juvenile plumage are drabber still, and most birds have stopped singing. Migration has already begun for some species; others rest and feed in preparation for the arduous journey and the rigors of winter.

This class will focus on birds in fall plumage, identification aids, confusing molts, changes in behavior and the wonder of migration. The class will visit a variety of habitats on daily walks, surrounded by the beauty of early autumn. While looking for birds, other migrants may be found as well, and many signs of the changing season.

If weather permits, there may be an evening for night sounds and star-gazing in the meadow.

As most class time will be outside, bring clothes for warm or cold, wet or dry weather, sturdy footwear and binoculars. There will be considerable walking bur no strenuous hiking. Field guides, a water bottle and a light day pack will also be helpful.

Come for a refreshing week of exploration, discovery and leisurely fall birding.

Nancy Stevenson is a naturalist with a lifelong love of birds. She is the former Director of Children’s Programs and Summer Naturalist at Jordan Park Nature Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has conducted breeding bird surveys in central Wisconsin for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for over 25 years, has surveyed breeding birds on Isle Royale National Park for the U.S. Forest Service and has assisted with private research on nesting birds and vegetation in the Quetico-Superior Wilderness. Nancy studied biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has taught Elderhostel classes in birding and nature study and was a licensed bird bander for 30 years. She formerly owned and operated the Birdhouse, a bed and breakfast for birders, at her rural home near Stevens Point. Nancy has been an instructor at The Clearing for many years.

Gerry Janz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, with degrees in biology and outdoor education. He has a lifelong passion for birds and birding and leads field trips for central Wisconsin's Aldo Leopold Audubon Society and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.

Note: Students may call Nancy or Gerry for advice on purchasing binoculars. (Call The Clearing for contact information.)
Car pooling is needed for this class.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $5 to $10 for state park entrance fees, payable at the venues when needed

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


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