Field Trips

Our Field Trip chair is Siah St. Clair. If you have a suggestion for a field trip site or are interested in leading a field trip, please contact Siah by calling (763-234-6146) or e-mailing (stclairs@comcast.net).

Upcoming Field Trips

2018 Field Trip to Tiffany Bottoms NWA: Saturday, May 12

Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis is pleased to be sponsoring a field trip to Tiffany Bottoms National Wildlife Area in Wisconsin again this spring. The field trip includes a ride on a narrow-gauge train through the Bottoms with several stops to walk in the area and look for birds, both residents and spring migrants. This year’s field trip takes place on Saturday, May 12 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The train leaves at 1:00 pm so plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time. Tiffany Bottoms NWA is located about five miles south of Durand, WI about 90 miles from the Twin Cities and the driving time is approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Detailed directions are given below.

The train holds 70 – 75 passengers. Reservations are required. The trip has been popular in the past so we suggest you reserve your seat(s) early. The cost is $15 for Audubon members; $20 for non-members and $10 for chidren 12 and under.  Make out your check to Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and mail it to Susan Tertell, 2841 40th Ave. S, Minneapolis MN 55406-1852. F or questions about reservations, please contact Susan at stertell@gmail.com (preferred) or 612.729.1566. Sorry, we are not able to give refunds for this trip after May 1, 2018.

What to bring:  The train is open air and goes rain or shine, so bring what you need to protect yourself from the elements. Suggestions: a hat, rain gear, appropriate footwear for walking in muddy conditions, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Also bring water and a snack and binoculars and field guides. You may want to bring a spotting scope if you have one.

Helpful links:

Chippewa Valley Motor Car Association (the organization that operates the train):

http://chippewavalleymotorcarassociation.ellawisc.com/

Tiffany Wildlife Area (WI DNR site):

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/WildlifeAreas/tiffany.html

Directions to Tiffany Bottoms from the Twin Cities:

Alternative 1: Head east on I -94. Merge onto US-10 E/US-61 S via EXIT 244. Continue to follow US-10 E until you reach Durand, WI. In Durand, turn right on East Main Street, and take the first left onto 3rd Avenue E., then take the 3rd right onto E Prospect St. Prospect St turns into Wisconsin Highway 25. Stay on WI-25 for 3 miles. The parking area for the train will be on the left side of the road and there will be someone directing traffic.

Alternative 2: Head east on I-94. Take the WI-25 exit, EXIT 41, toward Menomonie/Barron. Take WI-25 for 20 miles to the intersection with US-10. Turn left onto US-10/US-61. Continue to follow US-10 until you reach Durand, WI. In Durand, turn right on East Main Street, and take the first left onto 3rd Avenue E., then take the 3rd right onto E Prospect St. Prospect St. turns into Wisconsin Highway 25. Stay on WI-25 for 3 miles. The parking area for the train will be on the left side of the road and there will be someone directing traffic.

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Eastern Bluebird; photo: allaboutbirds.org
Prairie Blazing Star; photo: greggsgardens.org
Black Swallowtail; photo: drn.state.il.us