By Kristie Sitar

What is that noise in the dark, you ask? You hear it every spring in the opening behind your house just as it gets dark, and you think it could be some kind of bird. Could it be an American Woodcock? Or a Snipe winnowing? Or maybe a Whip-poor-will?

Come find out by joining the DNR Wildlife division staff for an American Woodcock walk this Friday, May 17, at 7:45 p.m. at the corner of M-123 and County Road 500 (Approximately 18.4 miles north of the railroad tracks by Timber Charlie’s, or if coming from Paradise, west of the light on M-123, approximately 19 miles). We will learn a bit about American Woodcock and with luck, enjoy their early spring mating displays and witness their calls and dance as they seek their companions.

All ages are welcome! Bring binoculars and a headlamp or flashlight if you have them. For more information, call 906-293-5131 extension 0. Rain date for this event is Saturday, May 18.