Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00 A.M. to 2:00
Be sure to visit Hoy Audubon's table!
Saturday, April 29 - SAVE THE DATE
Saturday April 29, 2017 - 10:00 A.M.
Rick Fare will present a program the Eastern Bluebird.
Nominations for Trees We Love 2017
Hoy is delighted to announce the second year of
funding for Trees We Love! Our TWL program is a source of celebration,
recognition and much-needed positive environmental news; it is a reiteration of
the importance of our past; which has produced our present and, perhaps, act as
encouragement to preserve our future. We believe it to be a high-impact
conservation program with positive, long-term results. 2017 awardees will
receive permanent recognition, promoting stewardship for, and appreciation of,
our beautiful heritage trees.
Such recognition occurred with one of our 2016 awardees, a 110 year old Sycamore owned by the City of Racine. A concrete slab was poured to ensure plaque permanence at the base of the tree, which is in close proximity to Park High School. Before the concrete had hardened, a picture of a heart and tree were carved into the wet base. We believe the artist may well have been a student who heartily approved.
Speaker: Adrian Koski
Adrian Koski is the Research Assistant and Grant Coordinator for the City of Racine Public Health Department. He will bring us up to date on the development of Samuel Myers Park as a coastal wetlands sanctuary for recreation and education in downtown Racine. Last October, Racine earned a bronze rating and special mention for rehabilitating the Lake Michigan shore line at Samuel Myers Park at the Communities in Bloom symposium in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Field Trip Weather Advisory: Spring weather can be unpredictable, so jackets, gloves, and waterproof footwear are advised when birding. We post field trip cancellations on Hoy’s website and Hoy’s Facebook page/group whenever it is possible to do so ahead of time. If you are unsure whether a trip will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether to attend.
FIELD TRIP: Morning Bird Walks at
Rick Fare will lead the bird walk. Birdwatchers at all levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome. Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up for the spring mornings.
Bird Walk: Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Rick Fare will lead the bird walk. The month of May is an exciting time to see birds. It is a period of maximum migration. Warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, orioles, hummingbirds, and tanagers to name a few will be arriving in our area. Hawthorn Hollow, with its prairie, woods, and Pike River is a great place to see these colorful wonders. Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up for the spring evenings. Meet outside the nature center.
FIELD TRIP: Evening Warbler Walks at Colonial
is one of the best places in the area to see migratory birds like warblers,
Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, and Scarlet
Tanagers. Our Wednesday evening hikes are a great way to experience the
progression of spring migrants that will pass through here on their way from their southern wintering grounds to their northern
breeding grounds as well as those birds that summer here. Birdwatchers at all levels, from beginner to advanced, are
Saturday, May 6, 8:00 A.M.
Meet at entrance of McCalvy Tabor & Cameron
Speaker: Jeff Bahls
Jeff will share 'other things' found in nest boxes. While we erect nest boxes hoping to provide a home to colorful Wood Ducks or beautiful bluebirds, there are many non-target species that take up occupancy in nest boxes, some welcome, some not so welcome. With the philosophy of you never really know what inside a nest box until you open it, surprises are always a possibility.
Jeff Bahls is a lifelong resident of Dodge County, Wisconsin. He has vast knowledge of Horicon Marsh, where he works part time for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Jeff has been a Member of Horicon Marsh Bird Club for the past 20 years and is the current President. He sits on the board of the Wood Duck Society, a nationwide organization devoted to placement and care of wood duck boxes and wood duck habitat. Jeff was a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2007 search team searching for Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Arkansas. Jeff enjoys paddling small streams and birding in his kayak.
July 13 - 5:30 P.M.
We look forward to seeing you at our annual summer picnic! Bring your own beverage, a dish to pass, a plate, and flatware. We’ll meet at picnic area four; if four is unavailable, we’ll meet at area five or six further north.
Get Involved with eBird!
Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.
WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR ORNITHOLOGY
The Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend.
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
Annual renewals for Hoy Audubon Society
“Chapter Supporter” memberships are due on July 1 of each calendar year.
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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.