Hoy Audubon Society
 is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc.
 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin



Baltimore Oriole (photo by Jennifer Wenzel)
Baltimore Oriole

by Jennifer Wenzel

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October - December Newsletter
(1.5 MB PDF Download)

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for Hoy Audubon Society.




Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

 Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count!
Racine CBC - Saturday, December 17 2016
Burlington CBC - December 19, 2016

Kenosha CBC - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

   The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in its 117th year nationwide, has become a valuable method to monitor the winter range and numbers of bird populations throughout the decades.  More information at www.christmasbirdcount.org.

    Join us in the field on foot and by vehicle, for part of or the whole day, as we count all birds we find in various habitats in the designated count areas within Racine and Kenosha counties. New field observers will be paired with more experienced birders where possible.  If you are at home watching your yard and feeders, you can participate too if you live within one of the designated count areas. View the count areas here to confirm if you are located within a count circle: http://goo.gl/maps/Ox3C5.

There are three count dates in our area...

Racine CBC - December 17:
    To sign up, contact Eric Howe at cbc@hoyaudubon.org.  To report your feeder results, please include your name, address, estimated time of watching your yard to: cbc@hoyaudubon.org.
    View the Racine CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/racine

Burlington CBC - December 19
     To sign up, contact Maureen Gross at cygnusbuccinator@centurytel.net or 262.363.4307.
View the Burlington CBC area at http://www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/burlington

Kenosha CBC - December 21:
     To sign up, contact Valerie Mann at naturalist@pringlenc.org or 262.857.8008.
View the Kenosha CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/kenosha

Feeder Watchers
   Email your count day results to the count coordinator along with your name, address and the estimated time that you actually spent observing your feeder/yard.

"Count Week"

   In addition to the specific count dates listed above, you may also report incidental observations of birds during the 'count week' for the respective count areas.  This provides an opportunity for bird watchers to still report birds (typically uncommon species) that are found within the count area even though they may not have been observed on the designated count day. If you observe a species that you believe might be missed on the count day, please email your observation (along with the date and location) to the respective count coordinator listed above.  For species reported during the count week, but not on the count day, there is no need to provide numbers.
The count week for Racine is December 14-20; Burlington is December 16-22; Kenosha is December 18 - 24.

Register Your Participation
   Soon in December, you have the opportunity to register your participation at no cost on National Audubon Society's website at christmasbirdcount.org.  On this site, you will have the option to sign-up for a CBC.  Use the count code "WIRC" for Racine, "WIBU" for Burlington, and "WIKC" for Kenosha.

Rare Bird Observations
   If you believe that you are observing a rare bird, write down several key descriptive details about the bird and contrast those field marks with other similar/more expected species for this time of year. TRY AND GET A PHOTO.

   A rare bird could be a species observed outside of its normal expected dates. http://wsobirds.org/images/pdfs/ArrivalDeparture2013Fall.pdf
   A rare bird could be a species that is not normally encountered in the state.  Check the WSO Review List: http://wsobirds.org/wso-review-list
   In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be required to submit a rare bird documentation form. http://wsobirds.org/rare-bird-documentation 
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.


Get Involved with eBird!

Quick Start Guide

Project FeederWatch

Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.

Thursday, January 5 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Bat Research
Location TBA

   Hoy Audubon Society welcomes back Professor Deanna Byrnes, Associate Professor of Biology at Carthage College. Professor Byrnes research continues to employ both field and laboratory methods to study the ecology and evolution of bats both local and tropical. Deanna will talk to us about her local long-term project in which her student's gather and share data with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as part of a citizen monitoring program to help define the ecological needs of Wisconsin's bat species.

   Professor Byrnes teaches courses in biodiversity, evolution and ecology. Professor Deanna Byrnes received her B.S. in biology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Thursday, February 2 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: The Eco-Justice Center
Location TBA

   Join us for an informative evening with Sister Rejane Cytacki the newly appointed Executive Director of the Eco-Justice Center in Racine. Sister Rejane holds a Master's Degree in Earth Literacy and has been an environmental educator for over 10 years. The Eco-Justice Center is a 15 acre farm containing woodland, wetland and pasture, where a variety of animals-honey bees, guinea fowl, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats and alpaca call their home. We will learn about environmental topics such as organic gardening, beekeeping, water conservation, renewable energy, farm animal care and more. The center is a mission of environmental education and care of the earth in the context of community, contemplation, creativity, and cultivation.

Thursday, March 3 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Wisconsin's Proud Bird Conservation Tradition - What's the Future?
Location TBA

   Michael John Jaeger provide an overview of the long tradition of bird conservation in Wisconsin, highlighting some of the remarkable individuals who contributed to that legacy. He will then encourage us to remember our past accomplishments as inspiration for the conservation challenges we face today.

   Michael John lives in his hometown of Madison. He studied environmental studies and ornithology at the University of Wisconsin, and had an early focus on marsh birds and shorebirds. Michael John recently retired as a utility policy analyst at the state Public Service Commission, where he occasionally got to use his birding background when reviewing construction proposals. Michael John served on the Scholarships and Grants Committee for approximately 10 years before joining the WSO Board as the chair of the committee in 2010. He is currently President of Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Michael John considers himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and explore the countryside."

Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine Counties
Curious of where to go look for birds? Check out these suggestions.



   The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend. 
For a listing of Field Trips, click here.

   Bring a bag lunch or cooler. For the WSO field trips, severe weather conditions may cancel the trip. In the event of cancellation, every attempt to notify participants via the WSO Hotline (call 262.784.4032 for recording) and WisBirdNet (recent postings at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/WISC.html )

Hoy Audubon Society Chapter Membership
July 2016 to June 2017

Annual renewals for Hoy Audubon Society “Chapter Supporter” memberships are due on July 1 of each calendar year.

Please make check payable to "Hoy Audubon Society" and send to:
Hoy Audubon Society

P. O. Box 044626
Racine, WI 53404

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Purchase a gift membership in Hoy Audubon

Enroll a friend or relative as a member of Hoy Audubon Society. Gift memberships are a wonderful way to help our club grow.  Plus, they introduce others to the benefits of belonging to Hoy, such as field trips-both local and distant, informative programs at the monthly meetings, and social events, including the annual picnic and Holiday party.

Wisconsin Bird Checklist 

   The club has a limited number of the new version of the checklist and of the checklist with migration charts. The migration charts show, on a week by week basis, what the likelihood is of seeing a particular species. These will be available free of charge to members at the monthly meetings.  

Hoy Audubon Society
 a Chapter of National Audubon Society
 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin


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