Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District hosted their annual winter walk Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area. Twenty-five hardy souls from the area participated in the walk.

Participants walked along the north ridge of Oak Ridge Lake through the crunchy snow amid the oak savanna while U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff talked about the prairie and oak savanna habitat restoration efforts, as well as research efforts on the federally endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.

Local Friends member Warren Irle also recounted a tale of a clash between the local Native American tribes. Walk highlights included such observations as a bald eagle alighting on its nest, Trumpeter swans flying overhead and animal tracks through the snow. Though the day started out at a brisk 10 degrees, the walk concluded at Warren and Missy Irle's property where folks were treated to hot cocoa, campfire and camaraderie.