DNR Northwest Region – GRANTSBURG, Wis. – Take advantage of beautiful spring weather and attend wildlife education programs and events at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area throughout May.

Wild Edibles Luncheon – Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn tips to safely and sustainably harvest wild edibles right in your own back yard with NPS Interpretive Park Ranger, Joan Jacobowski. Then take a short hike and see what tasty treats we can find! Return to the Visitor Center and prepare a paleo mini-feast! Pre-registration required. Adults only.

Crex Meadows Bird Festival – Saturday, May 19, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This festival is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders at one of the largest state owned wildlife areas in the state of Wisconsin! Enjoy guided bird tours through the property, songbird banding, presentations, and bird activities for kids. Also join area birders in documenting any birds seen on May 19th on our 270 bird species checklist! Some events require pre-registration; call for more information.

Wildlife Painting Workshop – Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn painting techniques from volunteer Wildlife Artist, Jim Springett during this one day workshop. Participants will sketch, under paint, and paint a drake Mallard with oil paints. Pre-registration required, space limited to 10 adults. Materials supplied, all leftover materials except easel go home with you. Cost: $60 per person. Proceeds will be donated to the Mess Hall Fund. Bring your own lunch!

For more information, contact Lauren Finch, DNR Natural Resources Educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis.

Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex. For more information, visit www.crexmeadows.org [EXIT DNR]. Please report your Crex wildlife observations via email: information@crexmeadows.org.