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Naturalist News Station

It's the start of Spring! Stop into our Visitor Center and ask us what to look for on the trails!

Wehr Nature Center Naturalist

Wehr The Wild Things Are

There are plenty to meet at Wehr Nature Center. From furry friends to seasonal fauna, come explore Wehr the wild things are!

chickadee hanging from a tree

Birds

Checked the bird feeders at Wehr lately? This is the time of year when many species of birds are nesting. Nesting birds feed insects to their young and don’t often visit feeders during the summer months.

Did you know?

A single pair of breeding chickadees must find 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to rear one clutch of young. (Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware). Seeds are a nutritious winter staple, but insects are best for feeding growing fledglings.

louise the Wood Turtle

Wood Turtle

"Louise" the Wood Turtle arrived at Wehr in 1992, making her one of our longest residents. She’s an Animal Ambassador, enthralling visitors and going out into the community to teach about Wisconsin turtles and share why she’s a Threatened Species. Stop in to our Reptile Room and catch her snoozing under her heat lamp or submerged in her swim tank.

Did you know?

Wood turtles exhibit a behavior not observed in any other reptile: the worm stomp.

Bumblebee on a wild white indigo flower

Bees & Flowers

Native wildflowers such as wild blue indigo and wild white indigo that grow at Wehr Nature Center provide the best forage for our native bees like this yellow bumble bee.

Did you know?

Wehr Nature Center is home to around 10 species of bumble bees? Wehr Nature Center also provides critical habitat for the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee.

Mother turkey with her little ones

Turkeys

Checked the bird feeders at Wehr lately? This is the time of year when many species of birds are nesting. Nesting birds feed insects to their young and don’t often visit feeders during the summer months.

Did you know?

One bird’s mess is another bird's meal! Wehr’s Wild Turkeys will gladly clean up the stray seed thrown to the ground by busy birds at the feeders. It's quite a sight to find cardinals, doves, and sparrows eating right alongside these giant turkeys.