Signs of Spring are everywhere in the Mississippi River Valley: The ice is out and the tug boats are making their way through Lock and Dam #4. Perched on a bluff 500 feet above the Mississippi at Alma, Buena Vista Park is one of the best public viewing areas in Wisconsin for migrating raptors. Watch for Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons and Broad-winged Hawks (Aug-Sept). In fall, watch for Merlins, American Kestrels, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Coopers Hawks. Open water below Lock and Dam #4 makes this a great spot in the winter for watching Bald Eagles fishing in the river. The park also harbors Scarlet Tanagers, Wood Thrushes, Hairy Woodpeckers and Ruffed Grouse. During April and May, the Mississippi Flyway is home to wonderful numbers of warblers, buntings, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks.
Spring Ephemerals (Claytonia Virginica) Spring Beauty
Come and meet the co-authors of A Rural Alphabet, a book written locally for kids of all ages! Monica will give an informal demonstration of some of her drawing techniques; Joanne will share some of her poetry. Copies of A Rural Alphabet will be available.
MONICA T. JAGEL, Artist AND JOANNE ADRAGNA SHIRD, Poet
ABOUT A RURAL ALPHABET...
This is a collection of 26 illustrations from A - Z accompanied by 26 coordinating poems. The theme of this project captures the essence of bucolic life in The Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Every letter of the alphabet is represented in it’s own unique way. The drawings and poetry are designed to represent the soul of rural life: traditional food preparation, craftsmanship, animal husbandry, agriculture and nature. The drawings were rendered with colored pencil and water soluble colored pencil.
ABOUT THE ARTIST...
Monica is a certified Botanical Illustrator; her interest keeps expanding to include more of nature. If her artwork can encourage someone to pause and consider the importance of protecting our natural environment or the rural countryside - she has succeeded. Monica works in her home studio near Ontario, Wisconsin, all of her artwork is original from her own observations and imagination. She finds inspiration every day all around her!
ABOUT THE POET...
Joanne’s poetry truly enriches the Rural Alphabet images, her words can conjure a pleasant smell or evoke a memory. Joanne is solid in her love and understanding of rural life. Joanne is a writer as well as a Weaver/Craftsperson. She primarily writes poetry, but also writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives with her husband in what she considers to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world, rural Wisconsin.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
"WIND AND WATER'
Spring 2015 exhibit runs now through July 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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