Wow everything is bustling around Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center these past few weeks.
Split Rock studios came up and did the installation of the new displays in the Nature Center, Bob & Sharon Baker were up putting the second coat of stain on both of the new buildings (when the weather was warm enough). Mjolnir Construction crew have been up putting some finishing touches on the Nature Center, the heating & cooling person was installing the units, along with the electricians finishing up some odds and ends, whew!
The Nature Center and the Administrative Building are getting closer to being completed for the opening on May 28.
The beginning of May we had a great group of students come from Appleton, Wisconsin. Travis Charlow, who is a sophomore at Lawrence University works in his universities volunteer center on environmental issues gathered a group of 5 other students to come up for the weekend and help out at Chik-Wauk. Earlier in the week Bob Baker had the work crew at the Seagull Guard Station come over and cut down the necessary trees to make the space for the 1950 circa style cabin that will be constructed during this season. The wonderful volunteers from Lawrence University carried all those downed trees from up past the Museum all the way down to the main parking lot for Dave Tuttle to clear them away with his excavating equipment. These students worked from 9 am to 2 pm they were so energetic and had such a great attitude. After they were done clearing all the trees they then went on a 2 mile hike to the top of Blueberry Hill. Thank you Travis and the rest of your group!!
More exciting news the nesting pair of loons has returned for another year. Kathy Lande noticed they were sitting on their nest full time starting on May 8; incubation period is roughly around 28 days. The loon camera should be up and running by the end of this week.
Even though the Museum is still not open until May 28 you can still come up and see the progress that has been going on this past year or take a nice hike on one of our many trails we have on property.