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

 Thursday, August 7
PROGRAM: Science of Bird Migration & Ask a Naturalist
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

   Speaker: Beth Goeppinger, naturalist at Bong State Recreational Area. Hear about the science of bird migration. Also, bring your questions and, if you would like, bring a non-bird-related natural item (rock, leaf, etc.) to be identified. (Note: Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal to
possess items such as feathers and nests without a permit.

FIELD TRIP: Swift Night Out!
Friday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Corner of Water St. and Park Ave. in Racine

Join us to help count Chimney Swifts! We’ll watch them choose a
chimney and count them as they drop inside to roost.

Falling Flyers

   Unlike most birds, chimney swifts cannot take off from horizontal surfaces; instead they drop from their perch or nest to take flight. They find chimneys a very suitable place to build their nests in the Spring-Summer months. It provides shelter from the wind, and gives them a nice vertical drop to take flight. At the end of summer they begin their migration back to Peru and Chile....During migration, they roost at night in groups in chimneys..

   The only Swift we have in our area is the Chimney Swift. They are distinctive aerialists that are often referred to as a “flying cigar”. Their rapid wingbeats and erratic flight are reminiscent of bats. During their migrations, they roost at night in groups in chimneys.

   Swift Night Out is a national gathering of data on Swifts. That’s where you come in! Try to locate one of their roosts! Begin about half an hour before sunset looking for swifts. Watch to see if they swoop by a particular chimney; they may check out several in an area. Then watch the chimney and count the number of Swifts that drop into it! Further information is available at www.chimneyswifts.org

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FIELD TRIP: Horicon Marsh Field Trip
Saturday, August 16 (Hoy Audubon)
- overnight stay -
Sunday, August 17 (WSO)

   This is the sixth year that we’ll be going as a group to Horicon, one of Wisconsin’s premiere birding hotspots. The past three years, the trip has included a stop on the Dike Road, where we’ve parked our cars and birded from the side of the road. People will set up their spotting scopes to look for shorebirds on the mudflats. You may get to see a Northern Harrier flying low over the marsh. Our next stop has been Highway 49, where we have birded from alongside our cars. Here you can expect to see Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, American White Pelicans, coots, Pied-billed Grebes, a variety of ducks, and more shorebirds. Then we have driven the Auto Tour Route, stopping for a walk on the boardwalk, where you may see Green Herons, Belted Kingfishers, and Eastern Kingbirds.

   In addition to food and cold drinks, bring binoculars, a bird book, a spotting scope if you have one (don’t worry if you don’t!), sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat or a visor, and a rain jacket just in case.

   Horicon is an incredibly beautiful place, and it is really fun to look at birds, especially birds that we don’t get to see everyday, with people who know what they’re looking at!

   We will meet at the Auto Loop Trail parking area off of Hwy 49 at 9:00 a.m. If there is interest for carpooling, some in the group may wish to meet at the Highway 20/I-94 Park and Ride by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16. Please contact for questions.

   Some members may be interested in spending the night at a local hotel, such as the Audubon Inn in Mayville, and meet up with the WSO (Wisconsin Society of Ornithology) Horicon field trip Sunday morning at 8:00 A.M. along Hwy. 49.

 Thursday, September 4
PROGRAM: Words from a Warden
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

   Jennifer Niemeyer, WI DNR Field Warden, will discuss land management, what a warden encounters from day to day, and how if affects us. Q&A session to follow.

FIELD TRIP: Wind Lake Sod Farms
Saturday, September 6, 7:00 a.m.
Meet at the Highway 20/ I-94 Park & Ride

   We’ll carpool to the sod farms and, from the roadside, look for Buff-breasted Sandpipers, American Golden Plovers, Brewer's Blackbirds and other fall migrants. If not meeting for the carpool, we plan to begin near the intersection of North Britton and Olson Roads by 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and a bird book.

FIELD TRIP: Swift Night Out!
Friday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.
Corner of Water St. and Park Ave. in Racine

Join us to help count Chimney Swifts! We’ll watch them choose a
chimney and count them as they drop inside to roost.

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

Wind Point Lighthouse

Hoy’s fourth Big Sit is a FREE EVENT and OPEN to everyone! It is an easy activity for those with limited mobility, as birders watch from a stationary location. Bring binoculars and a folding chair. Our experts will have spotting scopes set up for the public and will be happy to talk about birds with you and your family.


   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

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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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