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



Eastern Bluebird (photo by Keith Kennedy)
Eastern Bluebird
Keith Kennedy

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July - September Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

Saturday, September 20, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Wind Point Big Sit

Wind Point Lighthouse, Racine County

Hoy Audubon will host its fourth “Big Sit!” on September 20 at the Wind Point Lighthouse. THIS EVENT is FREE and OPEN to everyone! It is an easy activity for those with limited mobility.

The Big Sit! is like a Big Day, or a bird-a-thon in that the goal is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you can observe.

Some people have called it a "tailgate party for birders." Today there are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand.

The simplicity of the concept makes The Big Sit! so appealing. Find a good spot for bird watching -- preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next you create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That's it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun.

Wind Point is along a well-known migratory pathway. We expect to see northern birds heading south. Among these will be waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.

Bring binoculars if you have them and a folding chair. Our experts will be happy to talk about birds with you and your family at anytime from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Saturday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fall Fun Fest: Birds & Butterflies
In Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day
"Why Birds Matter"

Pringle Nature Center
9800 160th Avenue
Bristol, Kenosha County

Click here to download the flyer.

 Thursday, October 2
PROGRAM: Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas 2
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   The first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas (WBBA) was conducted from 1995-2000 to collect data on the distribution, abundance and habitat of breeding bird species throughout the state. The comprehensive data now serves as baseline data for current and future monitoring programs and to assist in avian conservation.

The WBBA2 is set to begin field work in early 2015. A Planning Committee and 4 other committees composed of members from agencies, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory, and other nonprofit organizations have been at work for 2 years on developing protocols, starting fundraising, and setting this 2nd version of the atlas in motion. Learn about the history of Atlas 1, how Atlas 2 will be different, and how you can participate in this important 6-7 year-long citizen science effort. Mike Reese is Director of Volunteers for Atlas 2, and Bill Mueller is Director of the WGLBBO. They will share the latest atlas news, and answer questions about what to expect this time.

Saturday, October 4
Hawk Watch
Illinois Beach State Park (North Unit)
Zion, Illinois

   Hawk counters identify and count migrating raptors and Turkey Vultures annually from the last weekend of August until the end of November. Weather permitting, the site is staffed for at least 4 hours every day between 6:00 AM and sunset.

   The entry to the North Unit is located on Sheridan Road and 17th Street, two miles south of the Illinois/Wisconsin border. Take 17th Street in to enter the park. As you drive in, you will see Sand Lake to your right. The pavilion just east of Sand Lake is where the Hawk Watch is conducted. We'll meet at the park by 9:00 A.M. but you may arrive earlier if you'd like.

  Raptor migration is always weather dependent, so if winds are not favorable for migration, we'll still enjoy other areas of the park. Be sure to wear warm clothing and bring binoculars.

  For recent observations from the park, click here.

 Tuesday, October 21 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Passenger Pigeon
The Golden Rondelle Theater
525 Howe St, Racine, WI 53403
Click here for a map

Speaker: Stanley A. Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation,
Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW Madison

   Stan Temple’s presentation explores the ecology and life history of the passenger pigeon and other extinct and endangered birds, current extinction crises, endangered species recovery, human relationship with wildlife, and sustainable use of biological resources.

   For 32 years, Stan occupied the faculty position once held by Aldo Leopold and while in that position earned every teaching award for which he was eligible. He and his students have worked on endangered species problems in 21 different countries, and have helped save some of the world's rarest and most endangered species, especially birds. Stan has received recognition for his work in conservation from numerous organizations, and has authored over 330 publications. He has long been interested in passenger pigeons, having analyzed historical records of the species that were first assembled by A. W. Schorger for his 1955 book on the life history and ecology of the species

Reservations required. Phone: (262) 260-2154

FIELD TRIP: Shoop Park/Wind Point - Lake Michigan Birding
Saturdays at 9:00 A.M.
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

   Hoy Audubon will hold late-fall bird walks at Wind Point. We’ll meet at the parking lot at Shoop Park and walk northward along the lakeshore trail to the Wind Point Lighthouse. To get back to the parking lot, we’ll either retrace our steps or walk along the edge of Shoop golf course.

   Along the lake we’ll be looking for migrating ducks (the males in breeding plumage will be looking good!), scoters, grebes, and other waterfowl. We might see a few shorebirds at the lakefront as well as some late fall migrants like Yellow-rumped Warblers and kinglets in the wooded areas.

   In late October and November it's usually cold and windy at the lakeshore, so dress for the weather (a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves) and wear sturdy walking shoes (0.6 miles one-way). Bring your bird book, binoculars, and a spotting scope if you have one (don't worry if you don't!).

   Shoop Park is located between the 3 and 4 Mile Roads, Racine Co.
   Click here for a map: hoyaudubon.org/racinebirding/windpoint

   Birds observed during the month of November (historical eBird sightings)

 Thursday, November 6
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

    eBird is an online database initiated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. It has allowed anyone in the birding community to report their bird sightings. eBird shares observations with a global network of land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists for a better understanding of abundance and distribution of bird species across the world.

   At our meeting we'll provide an introduction of eBird and how to enter and manage your own bird sightings online.

Get Involved with eBird!

Quick Start Guide

FIELD TRIP: Friday, November 14
Owl Prowl
Richard Bong State Recreation Area State Park (Kenosha Co.)

   We will drive to various locations around and within the park to listen for owls. Please meet promptly by 7:00pm at the DNR parking lot that is located on the north side of BB, approximately 0.7 mile west of Hwy 75. A Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker will be required if parking within the park.

Project FeederWatch

Counting for the 2014-15 FeederWatch season begins on November 8 and runs through April 3. Online data entry will be open soon for participants to log in and update count site information.

Annual Holiday Potluck and Program
Thursday, December 4 - 6:00 P.M.
(5:30 P.M. setup)

Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

  • Annual Holiday Potluck. Bring a dish to pass along with your own dinnerware and utensils.

  • Hoy Audubon will provide coffee and napkins.

  • Upcoming events (Field Trips, Christmas Bird Counts)

  • Holiday Songs

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


 Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count!
Racine CBC - Sunday, December 14, 2014
Burlington CBC - TBA
Kenosha CBC - Saturday, December 20, 2014

   The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in its 115th 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 14:
    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

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

Kenosha CBC - December 20:
     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 results to the count coordinator along with 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 11-17; Burlington is TBA; Kenosha is December 17 - 23.

Register Your Participation
   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.  Be sure to use the count code "WIRC" for Racine.  For the Kenosha CBC, use the count code of "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/files/Records/ArrivalDeparture2012Fall.pdf
   A rare bird could be a species that is not normally encountered in the state.  Check the WSO Review List: http://wsobirds.org/?page_id=3197
   In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be required to submit a rare bird documentation form. http://wsobirds.org/?page_id=3208 
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.


   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 2014 to June 2015

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

Chapter Supporter Dues: $12       Total amount enclosed: __________
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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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