Beginning Ducks at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

October 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
34270 Co Rd 652
Mattawan, MI 49071
Russ Schipper

Meet at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitors’ Center. The hatchery is six miles west of US-131 on the southwest corner of M-43 and Fish Hatchery Road. The parking lot is on Fish Hatchery Road a tenth of a mile to the south of M-43.
We will walk the dikes of the hatchery with our focus being on the ponds and ducks. Because they are large and are found in the open, ducks are generally excellent candidates for beginners. We will go over the process of identifying birds and using field guides and binoculars. This program is open to everyone, no experience necessary; some binoculars and field guides will be available for those who don’t have them. Some of the species we might see are Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, and Gadwall. The trip will be about 1.5 hours, and we will walk about a mile or so. Important, please be sure to dress warmer than you think you should and wear a windproof outer layer. We will be doing as much standing as walking, and standing around in the wind can be cold, if one is not dressed properly. Birding is a lot more fun when one is warm, and we want to enjoy ourselves.