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.


  1. Thank you, Laura, for the enthusiasm you bring to the Discovery Center Birding Festival... we enjoy and appreciate your willingness to share with us your love for birds! We especially appreciate your spending time with us when so many other events are going on at this time. Congrats on your WSO award!