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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April - June Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips



Saturday, March 25 (Cancelled Due To Weather)
NEW DATE:

Saturday, April 1 - 8:00 A.M.
FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl - Eagle Lake Area

   Hoy Audubon Society will meet at the Hwy 20/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 of the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (north of Hwy 11/Spring Street) and those 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. 
NOTE:
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.


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.

Click here to download the nomination form (MS Word version)
Click here to download the nomination form (PDF version)

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.


Wednesday March 29, 2017 - 4:30 P.M.
Bluebird Program
Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Campus
Center for Sustainable Living
1520 30th Avenue, Kenosha

   Rick Fare will present a program the Eastern Bluebird.


Wednesday, April 5
FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk
Cliffside Park (Racine Co.)
Meet at 7:30 P.M. (or 5:30 P.M.)

Listen to the peents and see the aerial dances of the twittering “Timberdoodle” at twilight.   

   Cliffside Park is located on the lakefront in northeast Racine County, north of 6 Mile Road and east off of Michna Road.  Click here for a map.
   Meet by 5:30 P.M. at Picnic Area #2 (near the yellow gate).  During the daylight, we’ll bird along the main trail north of the yellow gate for spring migrants and may go as far north as the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan to view waterfowl.
   Or, meet by 7:30 P.M. at Picnic Area #2 (near the yellow gate). We'll walk the trail to the north and await the display of the American Woodcock.

    The American Woodcock may begin to call around 7:45 P.M.  (depending if skies are overcast or clear) and will conclude after 8:30 P.M.  Some of the trails may be wet from recent rainfall, so it is advised to wear waterproof footwear.  A warm jacket, gloves and a flashlight are recommended.


Thursday, April 6 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Citizens' Climate Lobby
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

   The Citizens' Climate Lobby group is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Their consistent respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.

   By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering their supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities to work towards the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions.


Wednesday, April 12
FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk
Bong State Recreation Area
(Kenosha Co.)

Meet at the Visitor's Center at 5:30 p.m.

   Note: A state park sticker will be needed.


Wednesday, April 19
FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk
Pike River Pathway
(Mt. Pleasant, Racine Co.)

Meet at 6:00 P.M.

 Listen to the peents and see the aerial dances of the twittering “Timberdoodle” at twilight.   

   The parking lot for this section of the Pike River Pathway Park in Mount Pleasant is located east of Cottage Drive on the north of Hwy 11. 
   Meet by 6:00 P.M. We'll walk the trail north from the parking area, in search of early spring migrants. As dusk falls, we'll await the display of the American Woodcock.

    The American Woodcock may begin call around 7:45 P.M.  (depending if skies are overcast or clear) and will conclude around 8:30 P.M.  A warm jacket, gloves and a flashlight are recommended.


Saturday April 22, 2017 - 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Earth Day
Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Campus
1520 30th Avenue, Kenosha

   Be sure to visit Hoy Audubon's table!


Saturday, April 29 - SAVE THE DATE
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas2
Workshop and Night Field Trip
Kenosha Public Library - Northside
Details and Registration


Saturday April 29, 2017 - 10:00 A.M.
Bluebird Program
Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI

Map

   Rick Fare will present a program the Eastern Bluebird.


Thursday, May 4 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Samuel Myers Park
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

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:  Morning Bird Walks at
River Bend Nature Center (Racine)
Fridays - April 28, May 5, 12, 19 - 8:00 A.M.
3600 N Green Bay Rd, Racine, WI
Map

   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
Thursdays - April 27, May 4, 11, 18: 5:30 P.M.
880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI
Map

   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 Park (Racine)
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
May 3, 10, 17, 24

   Colonial Park 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 welcome.

   Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up! Spring evenings can cool at Colonial Park, so wear a warm jacket and gloves. If it's raining lightly, we'll still go on a hike. If it's a downpour, we won’t.

   Colonial Park is located along the Root River at the end of West High Street. We’ll meet in the parking lot at 5:30 P.M.  Map.


Saturday, May 6, 8:00 A.M.
Field Trip: Morning Bird Walk at Trout Ponds

Caledonia Conservancy's Trout Ponds/Prairie
(just west of Hwy 31and 4 Mile Rd, Caledonia)

Rick Fare will lead the walk.


Thursday, June 1 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Nest Box Treasures
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

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.


Thursday, July 6 - 5:30 P.M.
Summer Potluck
Details TBA


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

hoyaudubon.org/kenoshabirding
hoyaudubon.org/racinebirding


WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR ORNITHOLOGY

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

 
     

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Last updated - 03/24/2017