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



Snowy Owl (photo by Eric Howe)
2005 Snowy Owl
by Eric Howe

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January - March Newsletter
(1.0 MB PDF Download)

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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

 Thursday, February 5
PROGRAM: Wisconsin's Greater Prairie Chickens

Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   Hoy Audubon welcomes Professor Peter O. Dunn - Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He will speak on the history of Prairie Chickens in Wisconsin and what their future may hold.

The Great Backyard Bird Count!
Friday, February 13 - Monday, February 16

   The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be Friday, February 13, through Monday, February 16, 2014. This event, open to everyone, provides a wonderful opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels to observe birds and provide valuable scientific data.

   Participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC, then report their sightings via eBird. You’re encouraged to count for as long as you’d like at as many locations as you’d like. (You don't have to stay in your backyard!) Traveling, stationary, and incidental counts are acceptable. Every bit of data helps!

More information at www.birdcount.org.

Here's a great review of some tricky bird identifications that you might encounter.

If you need help identifying a bird, please email hoyinfo@hoyaudubon.org.
Please email a photo if you can.


Preliminary Christmas Bird Count Results
Racine CBC - Sunday, December 14, 2014
Preliminary Summary, 67 species on the count day)

Preliminary Results TBA
Burlington CBC - December 15, 2014
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.

Saturday, February 21 - 9:00 A.M. 
Waterfowl and Gulls on the Racine Lakefront

   Hoy Audubon Society will begin at Myers Park (take 11th Street east to the lake; southwest of Gateway Tech) and make our way northward to the Racine Harbor. Bring your binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one) and dress for the weather!

 Thursday, March 5
Red Hot Chile Peepers
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   The Hoy Audubon Society invites you to attend a slide-show presentation by Milwaukee birding enthusiast Mike Wanger, as he describes his first-time visit to his brother’s home in Chile. Come spend an hour with Mike as he shares his bird photographs, adventures, and misadventures in the idyllic setting in which his world-traveling brother chose to retire. Among other items, Mike will relate his pre-trip research methods which allowed him to confidently identify and photograph over seventy species without local assistance. He will also provide a window into the local Chilean culture: its people, environment, and adaptations. He’ll demonstrate that it is possible to satisfy a birding addiction without one’s siblings calling for an intervention. But mostly, he’ll show you some beautiful birds.

Saturday, March 28 - 8:00 A.M.
FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl - Eagle Lake Area

   Hoy Audubon Society will meet at the Hwy 11/I-94 park and ride at 8:00 A.M. to carpool out to Eagle Lake. Prior to birding at Eagle Lake, we’ll check the wetlands west and north of the intersection of Hwy 11 and 75.  We’ll then meet at Eagle Lake Park (north side of the lake, south of Church Rd.) sometime after 9:00 A.M. 
Check our website prior to the field trip. In the event that Eagle Lake is still frozen by late March, we may go birding elsewhere.

 Thursday, April 2
PROGRAM: From Warblers to Sparrows:
the Life History, Beauty and 'Jizz' of Those 'LBJs'

Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   Hoy Audubon welcomes Wayne Rohde as our speaker. The focus of the program will include tips for identification (the 'Jizz'), a little biology ... plus the general beauty of warblers and sparrows and the environment in which we find them.

Get Involved with eBird!

Quick Start Guide

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.

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 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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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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