New bird trail opens Father's Day
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 9:14 AM
Thurman Tucker will cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the official opening of the Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trails in Spring Grove on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, at 1 p.m.
Volunteers Barb and Larry Wolfs help prepare the trail for bird enthusiasts by placing signage, marking trails and putting up birdhouses.
All are invited to this exciting opportunity that will be of interest to birders, naturalists and eco-tourists.
The trail is part of a public trail system that includes Trollskogen and Roverud Parks both within the city boundaries, and it is designed to showcase birds and spectacular scenery for local residents and visitors.
The trailhead is just on the south side of Red's Hometown Market that is located along State Highway 44 on the east edge of Spring Grove.
It is marked by a hand-carved sign made by Larry Wolfs, a member of the taskforce.
For the past several months a taskforce of volunteers has met often to create and develop a two-mile trail called Gå På Tur, the third link in the trail system that also has a one-mile option.
There are 56 signs that identify birds one might see while on the trail. Each sign shows the male and female, tells approximate size, and gives the scientific name, the common name and the Norwegian translation of the name.
In addition, the signs list nesting habits, eating preferences and whether or not the bird migrates.
Each sign shows a QR Code for smartphone users to access the bird's song as well as additional information.
There are three geo-cached sites along the trail as well and a picnic area at the half-way point of the two-mile trail. The trail will be open year-round, and there is no admission charge.
On Father's Day, the first 50 walkers who show up at the trailhead will receive a free water bottle with the trail logo on it.
In addition a special T-shirt will be awarded to the oldest and youngest walkers who finish the trail, and to the walker who traveled the greatest distance on opening day.
A free movie, "The Big Year" will be shown at 5:15 p.m. that day at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, 165 W. Main St.
Share a memory or photo on the trail's Facebook or visit online at www.sgbirdwalk.org.