Signs of Winter are everywhere in the Mississippi River Valley: The boating season is over, the leaves have fallen from the trees which provides Alma visitors with a better view of the water and the birds that inhabit it. There are thousands of beautiful green-headed Mallards and Canadian Geese swimming the river and Mississippi backwaters. With the first snowfall of the season, much of the vegetation that had turned brown in the Fall is now covered with a blanket of snow. Bald Eagles can be seen directly from the viewing deck of Wings Over Alma. As Winter sets in, and the river freezes, those Eagles tend to fish the open waters below Lock and Dam #4. During any given daylight hours, 50-75 Eagles can be seen diving for shads and white bass right from the rear windows of Wings Over Alma! Whether you are a photographer, a birder or just love the Upper Mississippi River and historic Alma, there are lots of nature viewing opportunities ... .Enjoy the season, and stop at Wings Over Alma for the latest wildlife and travel information, and to see the Bald Eagles from less than 100 yards away. The Tundra Swan migration seems to have taken on a change this Fall, possibly as a reaction to the rather sudden change in Alma's weather. The Tundras are normally here in early November, but there have been just small numbers sited so far. Migration experts tell us that weather patterns, the winds, and food supplies may have changed the usual habits of the Tundra Swans this year. Small flocks may be seen along County Rd II near Tell Church, while larger flocks can be found further south in Brownsville, Minnesota.
Larry Bennett will speak on "Raptors" What They Are, Their Names and Characteristics. He will be talking about the raptors found in our area and showing slides of each of the species
Larry was a school counselor or the Eau Claire School System for 34 years. As a retiree he is actively involved with the Beaver Creek Reserve and Nature Center of Eau Claire. He has been responsible for building approximately 35000 Bluebird houses. He is a licensed Bird Bander with the Reserve. Larry has been an advocate for birds for years
This event is free and open to the public. The event is March 15 from 1-3PM at Wings Over Alma.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
"SUNRISE - SUNSET"
Winter 2015 exhibit runs now through April 8th
NATURE TALK FEATURING
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 1-3 PM
Sunday March 15 1-3pm
NELSON TO WINONA
Informational talk hosted by
Rick Ahern and Dave Schams
APRIL 19 1-3 PM
Exhibitions are provided to the public free of charge. Events may have a minimal charge. As a non-profit organization, donations are welcomed to offset the cost of our facility and production of our events.
Eagles "Fishing" on the Ice near Wings Over Alma
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