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



Baltimore Oriole (photo by Jennifer Wenzel)
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Thursday, February 7 - 7:00 P.M.
m: Bears of North America
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 1st Street (County Road KR), Kenosha, WI 53144
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Randy (“RandyMan”) Hetzel, a career wildlife biologist and naturalist, will lead the discussion, including descriptions of the three species of bears found in North America -- black bear, grizzly/brown bear and polar bear. The habitat, biology, ecology, and natural history of bears will be discussed, including food habits, behavior and human interaction.

He will offer a slide presentation, a large black bear skin rug, skulls, claws and a partial mount for viewing.

Hetzel's experiences with bears include field studies of black bears in Wisconsin and grizzly bear studies in Wyoming. His work also included old growth field studies on the remote islands of Southeast Alaska, an area with some of the highest bear densities in the world. Being armed for bear protection was required for much of this work.

However, being killed or mauled by a bear is quite rare, Hetzel said. "The risk of encountering bears and the hazards of bear attacks are often sensationalized," he said. "You're more likely to be a homicide victim, or killed in a dog attack, lightning, or bee stings than by a bear attack. Most times when bears see or sense you, they'll move out of the way."

He will talk about how to avoid encounters with bears, and safety practices for traveling and camping in bear habitat.

Hetzel has been a birder since grade school and studied and worked with many species, including reptiles, birds and small and large mammals. "But bears are larger and more exciting," he said. "They're big, formidable animals, and it's captivating to watch them. They're predators at the top of the food chain. They're highly intelligent and impressive.

"However, I'm just as interested in small mammals and songbirds as I am with bears, but without the adrenaline rush."

Article by Randy (“RandyMan”) Hetzel and John Krerowicz

Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18
The Great Backyard Bird Count!

A world-wide, joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada—open to all. Visit gbbc.birdcount.org for more information.

Saturday, February 16 - 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!

Weather Advisory: Weather can be unpredictable, so jackets, gloves, and waterproof footwear are advised when birding. We post field trip cancellations on Hoy’s website and Hoy’s Facebook page/group whenever it is possible to do so ahead of time. If you are unsure whether a trip will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether to attend.

Thursday, March 7 - 7:00 P.M.
Wetland Monitoring: An Adventure in Citizen Science
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 1st Street (County Road KR), Kenosha, WI 53144
Click here for a map

   Rita Flores Wiskowski and Judith Huf are nature enthusiasts who volunteered for Milwaukee County Park’s citizen science Wetland Monitoring Project. The two partnered to monitor one vernal pond in southern Milwaukee County in the springs of 2017 and 2018. They are excited to share their findings, their learning process, and their adventures of this fascinating project. The data collected by volunteers like them is helping guide habitat management on and around public land. The duo documented a variety of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, plants, and more – some of which they had never observed before. This presentation will feature photos and videos of pond life – from the super cute to the downright beautiful to the very weird to the creepy crawly.

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
EcoFest Racine

Gateway Technical College, 1001 S. Main Street, Racine, WI 53403

Visit Hoy's table (and many other interesting tables!) at EcoFest!

Saturday, March 23 - 8:30 A.M.
FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl - Eagle Lake Area

Meet at Hwy 20 Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m. if you’re carpooling We'll arrive at Eagle Lake park (north side) at 9:00 a.m. We'll bird the lake then check the wetlands near the intersection of Hwy 11 and 75 on the way back.
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.

Project FeederWatch

Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.

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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 2017 to June 2018

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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