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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April - June Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

Saturday, April 12 - 8:00 A.M.
Bird Watching at the Nicholson Wildlife Refuge

   Meet at 8:00 A.M. at the parking area (south of 5 Mile Rd, between H and Nicholson Rd, Racine Co.) NOTE: Knee high boots are highly recommended as the trail will likely be flooded in portions. Depending on conditions, we may visit other nearby birding areas afterwards.

Wednesday, April 16 & 23
FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk
Pike River Pathway (Mt. Pleasant, 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.   

   This section of the Pike River Pathway Park in Mount Pleasant is located south of Old Spring Street.  From the Airline Road and Old Spring Street, go east 0.2 miles, turn right (south) onto Timmer Lane.  Continue 0.25 mi. and turn west onto Wendi Ct. Proceed to the end to the parking lot For overflow parking, park at the parking area south of Old Spring Street and then walk south along the trail 0.3 miles where there is a fork in the trail.
   Meet by 5:30 P.M. We'll walk the paved loop trail south from the parking area, approximately 1.6 miles, in search of early spring migrants.
   Or, meet by 7:30 P.M. at parking area at the end of Wendi Ct. We'll walk a portion of the pathway and 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 26 : 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Earth Day Celebration
Gateway Technical College – Kenosha Campus

   Displays, workshops, hands-on activities for people of all ages. Rick Fare will be leading bird walks from the Sustainable Living Center.

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon
and the “Long Walk for Birds”

   The Great Wisconsin Birdathon, a fundraising event held throughout the month of May, aims to raise $75,000 for eight statewide bird conservation projects.

   The “Long Walk for Birds” is one of the efforts led by Bill Mueller of Milwaukee. Last year, Bill walked 246 miles from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River and raised $10,000. This year, Bill has doubled his goal to $20,000 and he needs a hand (or foot!) in completing sections of the route from Kenosha County to Marinette County/Northern Green Bay.

   Hoy Audubon Society is eager to support Bill and birds that will benefit from his efforts. During the month of May, our members will be birding an approximately 25-mile stretch of Bill’s route in
Racine and Kenosha Counties, hoping to spot and identify 125 species of birds and raise at least $1,000 for bird conservation. You can view our route here: hoyaudubon.org/birdathon/map

To sign up: Volunteers can sign up to walk any part of a route by contacting WPMueller1947@gmail.com. Walk any time during the month of May, alone or with friends. Participants are urged to have their family and friends donate or pledge toward the number of
birds they see during their walk.

To make a pledge: Go to hoyaudubon.org/birdathon to view Hoy’s team webpage. Donors can pledge per species or donate a set amount. Your pledge will support the following bird protection projects:

  • The 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas

  • Bird City Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin Bird Monitoring Program

  • Kirtland’s Warbler Monitoring and Management

  • Important Bird Areas Program: Southern Forests Initiative

  • Wisconsin Stopover Initiative

  • Reforesting the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica (where many of our birds overwinter)

  • Whooping Crane Reintroduction Program

FIELD TRIP:  Evening Warbler Walks at Colonial Park (Racine)
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

   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 3: 8:00 A.M.
Field Trip : Bird Walk at the Trout Ponds
(Racine Co.)

   Parking area is located just west of 4 Mile Road & Hwy 31 (Caledonia Conservancy property)

FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk at Chiwaukee Prairie
(southeast Kenosha Co.)

Sunday, May 4

   RSVP with Stan Rosenstiel in advance to sign up (262.694.2206). Walk begins at approximately 6:30 P.M.; meet at the kiosk north of 121st Street & Second Avenue A warm jacket and gloves are recommended.

FIELD TRIP: Bird Walks at Hawthorn Hollow,
 Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Tuesday mornings - 8:00 A.M.
May 6, 13
880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI

   Meet Stan Rosenstiel outside the nature center. 

FIELD TRIP:  Morning Bird Walks at
River Bend Nature Center (Racine)
Fridays - May 9, 16, 23 - 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.

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Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine Counties
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 Thursday, May 1 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM (Film): Gulf Crossing: Story of Spring. Bird migration across the Gulf of Mexico
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

Gulf Crossing - Story of Spring - produced by Jackson Childs (Harvard)

Quoted with permission from the website:

In the spring hundreds of bird species move from the tropics into North America. As they make their way they eventually face the great barrier of the Gulf of Mexico. This arm of the Atlantic Ocean is more than 900 miles wide, and more than 600 miles across from north to south.

While some birds skirt the edge of the water, the overwhelming majority-more than 200 species, and hundreds of millions of individuals-cross the unbroken plain of the gulf in a single flight of 20 or more hours.

Gulf Crossing is a record of trans-gulf migration on America’s southern coast: the expectation of arrival, the surprise each day of what birds appear, and the habitats they are found in. The experience is expanded by a scientific perspective on the phenomenon of migration, describing it's geographic shape, the coastal habitats birds rely on, physiological cycles in birds, and the effect of weather patterns on bird flight.

Bird migration along the gulf coast is one of the most exciting and powerful natural experiences you can have. Millions of birds from hundreds of species are passing overhead each day, and you never know what’s going to show up. But despite the hundreds of nature documentaries that are made each year, the story of trans-gulf migration has never really been told before.

Gulf Crossing is an attempt to document this remarkable and moving natural phenomenon. The six episodes provide a comprehensive exploration of the Gulf crossing, from Spring to Fall, covering migration along the Upper Texas Coast, the arrival and breeding of birds in the north, and Fall migration in north Florida.

Hoy Annual Elections
   Our annual elections will again occur during our May 1meeting. We have a few open positions and are always interested in having more members help on the board, so if you can join us to help with any of these positions, let any board member know! The slate for elections is as follows:

  Officers Directors
  President: Jenny Wenzel John Dixon
  Vice President: John Krerowicz Rick Fare
  Treasurer: Jim Veltman Eric Howe
  Secretary: Karen Gavahan Helen Pugh
    Sue Schuitt
    Wendy Sorenson
    Kristin Wegner
    Elizabeth Wheeler

Hoy Committees Need Your Help!
We have a few open positions for Committee Chairs, and we’re always interested in having more members help on the board, so if you can join us to help with any of these positions, let any board member know!

Committees & Committee Chairs

  Conservation: Helen Pugh Field Trips: Open position
  Education: Rick Fare Membership: Open position
  Newsletter: Kristin Wegner Programs: Open position
  Publicity: John Krerowicz  


   Hoy Board members formed a sub-committee last year to work on revising our by-laws. This process is now complete and the by-laws are available for members to review. We will be voting these by-laws into effect at our annual elections meeting. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Wenzel with any questions at cell 262-488-8077 or at jenny.wenzel AT hoyaudubon.org. There will be a few paper copies available at the next monthly, but everyone is encouraged to read them online as much as possible to save paper.

Click here to view by-laws.

 Thursday, June 5 - 7:00 P.M.
Critters & Creepy Crawlers
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

   Jerry DeBoer will talk to us about the various mammals and other living creatures we can encounter in Southeast Wisconsin: Moths, dragonflies, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, grasshoppers, and more!

Picnic with the Peregrines!
Thursday, June 5 and
Tuesday, June 10
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 we-energies.com/environmental/protect_wildlife.htm . The eggs normally hatch about May 5th.   

 Thursday, August 7
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

 Thursday, September 4
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

Preliminary Christmas Bird Count Results
Racine CBC - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Preliminary Summary, 62 species on the count day)

Preliminary Results Coming Soon
Burlington CBC - December 19, 2013
Kenosha CBC - Saturday, December 21, 2013


   The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in its 114th 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.


   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 2013 to June 2014

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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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.  

   .2012 Cooper's Hawk Family - Video
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Cooper's Hawk by Eric Howe
Cooper's Hawk
by Eric Howe


Hoy Audubon Society
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 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin


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