Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Monday, May 21, 2007

Nesting loons and more!

I spent this weekend in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, at one of my favorite birding festivals of all, hosted by the North Lakeland Discovery Center. This year there was a lovely reception on Friday night, and then a VERY full day on Saturday--I led two field trips, gave a breakfast keynote talk about climate change and birds, and then presented two talks about Whooping Cranes. After all that, I was exhausted--fortunately, I got to spend both nights at the wonderful Timberline Inn. The owner, Rich, came out before I was even out of my car with my key--he remembered me from the past two years, and that's the friendly kind of place this is. Each room has a balcony looking out into feeders and forest where a bazillion birds were singing. I love staying here!

Sunday morning it was only 34 degrees, and I drove home in snow flurries. In a couple of places I didn't know if I was looking at trees covered with apple blossoms or snow! Spring weather, like spring birds, is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.

Anyway, I didn't take a lot of photos, but posted the ones I have on my 2007 Discovery Center bird festival photo gallery.