John Kelly-La Crosse River Marsh (Myrick Park), Wisconsin, USA
La Crosse River Marsh (Myrick Park), Wisconsin, USA
Myrick Park marshlands, at the edge of the city of La Crosse
The La Crosse River is an 80-mile-long stream that flows into the mighty Mississippi River at the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin (population: about 50,000). This part of the state is called the Driftless Region, because it was never glaciated, so it has bluffs, steep-sided valleys, and wooded streams while most of the Upper Midwest is more flat and more purely agricultural. In early May, birds include residents like the Sandhill Crane, Black-capped Chickadee, and Bald Eagle, as well as summer visitors like warblers, Blue-winged Teal, and American Woodcock. Myrick Park is popular with children, college students, and local residents, and is the site of WisCorps, a sustainable land management and environmental education group.