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Tropical Wings hosts meeting with bird hike, presentation

Tropical Wings will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will begin at YMCA Camp St. Croix's River Center, 532 County Road F with a bird hike guided by Brian Collins, Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Project volunteer.

Participants will then move to The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St. for lunch, followed by a meeting.

The event will conclude with a program by world-renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock. The Blacklock presentation is organized by The Phipps in partnership with the Western Wisconsin Photography Club in conjunction with the exhibition, "Heart of the River: Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway."

To RSVP for the Tropical Wings annual meeting, contact Tropical Wings President Patty Mueller at

Tropical Wings is a gathering of concerned citizens in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The focus of this non-profit organization is the welfare of migratory birds shared between the Upper Midwest and Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.

As a shared resource, these birds play a vital role in the web of life and depend on quality habitat along and at both ends of their migration to thrive.

Tropical Wings is committed to engaging citizens in celebrating and sustaining this natural phenomenon through education and habitat preservation both in Costa Rica and the Upper Midwest.

The mission of Tropical Wings is to support the Sister Parks Agreement between the National Park Service in the Upper Midwest and national parks on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica (SINAC/ACOSA) by promoting an awareness of Neotropical migratory birds and supporting habitat conservation through building relationships within and between communities at both ends of the migration.

For more information about Tropical Wings, go to