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



Black-throated Blue Warbler (photo by Rick Fare)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
by Rick Fare

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April - June Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

FIELD TRIP:  Morning Bird Walks at
River Bend Nature Center (Racine)
Fridays - April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 - 8:00 A.M.
3600 N Green Bay Rd, Racine, WI

   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.

FIELD TRIP:  Evening Warbler Walks at Colonial Park (Racine)
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27

   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.

Bird Walk: Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Thursdays - April 30, May 7, 14, 21: 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI

   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. 

Please note that this is an activity of the Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum.
(Click to Register)
No Fee: Complimentary!

Thursday, April 30
PROGRAM: Eco-Municipalities and the Natural Step: Lessons for Creating a More Sustainable Racine
Golden Rondelle Theatre (Racine)
Speaker: Karl van Lith
Sponsored by SC Johnson and Greening Greater Racine

   Presented by Karl van Lith, trainer and sustainable development officer for the City of Madison. Learn how governments, businesses, agencies, organizations, and faith communities can adopt sustainable principles and contribute together to the health and well-being of the Racine area. Sponsored by Greening Greater Racine, Racine Green Congregations, and the Eco-Justice Center. Thursday, April 30 from 7:00 to 8:30 (doors open at 6:30) at the S. C. Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater (on 14th Street at Howe). Reservations are limited. Call (262)-260-2154 now to reserve your seat.

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

   Dr. Joy Wolf, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Professor of biogeography, will describe her 12-month sabbatical in Port Orford, Oregon, ending last summer, and detail findings of her bird work, play bird songs she recorded and show her photographs of the winged subjects. She had visited the state a few decades ago and enjoyed the locale so much that she has returned annually the past several summers.

   Dr. Wolf said the goal of the study is to determine which birds are using which habitats and whether there have been shifts in that use. She also is studying bird dialects -- variations in a species' calls and songs from region to region -- and how songs differ among the major migratory paths, called flyways, of birds. Government agencies have established four such flyways in North America for administrative purposes: Atlantic; Central; Mississippi, which includes Wisconsin, and Pacific, which includes Oregon. Dr. Wolf plans on continuing her study to collect long-term data during repeated visits to the Pacific coastal state.

   Her interest in birds began when a student persisted in identifying the creatures during a class outing rather than concentrate on the subject being studied. "I then caught the bug," she said. "It's like meditation out there while birding." Since then she has monitored an osprey nest, become a board member of an Audubon Society branch in Oregon, attended bird conferences and led bird hikes for the local community to teach identification of birds and their songs, among other activities.

   Dr. Wolf spoke on April 23 at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Chicago about her sabbatical work. She said her Kenosha talk would be geared toward the general public. "I hope people who attend will gain an appreciation of Oregon and its landscape, its beauty and its bird communities," she said.

   Elections for the Hoy board of directors also will be held then.


Picnic with the Peregrines!
Thursday, June 11 and
Tuesday, June 16
12:00 - 1:00 PM.

Peregrine Falcon - by Ted Keyel

Peregrine Falcon - by Ted Keyel

Back by popular demand. Bring lunch and enjoy watching the young, newly-fledged Peregrine Falcons and their parents. The Racine County Courthouse, at 730 Wisconsin Avenue, hosts the most visible Peregrine Falcons in the state! Hoy will have spotting scopes set up near the picnic table on the southwest lawn. Binoculars - bring ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!

These falcons are formidable hunters that prey on other birds (and bats) in mid-flight. Peregrines hunt from above and, after sighting their prey, drop into a steep, swift dive that can top 200 miles an hour.

Peregrine falcons are among the world's most common birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica. They prefer wide-open spaces, and thrive near coasts where shorebirds are common, but they can be found everywhere from tundra to deserts.

Peregrine Falcons have nested successfully on the Racine Courthouse and Pleasant Prairie Power Plant for many years. You may view the Peregrine families in person or keep tabs on their progress at falconcam.goracine.org or http://we-energies.com/environmental/protect_wildlife.htm. The eggs normally hatch about May 5th.

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

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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
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 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin


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