''We had a really fun day with the folks who came out to the park said Beverly Pozega, the park's visitor service associate.
''They made log peanut butter bird feeders to take home and had a chance to get some cross country skiing tips from a couple of long-time area skiers.
Tractor Supply Company, of Prairie du Chien, and Harvey Rock Company, of Mt. Hope, donated a number of bird feeders and a bag of thistle seed for door prizes. Ron Falch and Tim O'Brien shared their skiing skills and knowledge with the participants.
Participants hardy enough to brave the cold morning temperatures tried enticing curious chickadees to eat from their hands. There weren't any feathered "takers" reported but, according to Pozega, "Everyone enjoyed being just inches away from the birds as they worked up enough courage to land on the nearby feeders.''
After putting on a ski technique and ski waxing clinic, Falch and O'Brien led participants in an outing on the Prairie Trail, where they could put into practice what they'd earned.
''It was a really nice winter break with a chance to gain some knowledge and learn some new skills,'' Pozega said.
''Many of the folks who came out spent most of the day in the park, taking advantage of a really nice winter day."
For more information on Wyalusing State Park, go to dnr.wi.gov and search for Wyalusing.
Photo: from Left: Ronan O’Brian, Abigail Polodna, Park Superintendent Chad Breuer and his children Meghyn and Tyler
**Reprint- Courier Press, 3/4/15.
Photo: Randall Paske