Upcoming Programs / Field Trips
by Rick Fare
Saturday, November 15: 10:00 A.M. Hawthorn Hollow Nature Center (Somers)
Tuesday, November 18: 6:30 P.M. Wilmot High School (Wilmot)
FIELD TRIP: Shoop Park/Wind Point - Lake Michigan Birding
Saturdays at 9:00 A.M.
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Hoy Audubon will hold late-fall bird
walks at Wind Point. We’ll meet at the parking lot at Shoop Park
and walk northward along the lakeshore trail to the Wind Point Lighthouse. To get back to the parking lot, we’ll either retrace our steps or
walk along the edge of Shoop golf course.
Along the lake we’ll be looking for migrating ducks (the males in breeding
plumage will be looking good!), scoters, grebes, and other waterfowl. We might see a few
shorebirds at the lakefront as well as some late fall migrants like
Yellow-rumped Warblers and kinglets in the wooded areas.
In late October and November it's usually cold and windy at the lakeshore, so dress for the
weather (a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves) and wear sturdy walking shoes (0.6
Bring your bird book, binoculars, and a spotting scope if you have one (don't
worry if you don't!).
Shoop Park is located between the 3 and 4 Mile Roads, Racine Co.
Click here for a map:
Birds observed during the month of November (historical eBird sightings)
FIELD TRIP: Friday, November
Richard Bong State Recreation Area State Park (Kenosha Co.)
We will drive to various locations
around and within the park to listen for owls. Please meet promptly by 7:00pm at
the DNR parking lot that is located on the north side of BB, approximately 0.7
mile west of Hwy 75. A Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker will be
required if parking within the park.
Get Involved with
Quick Start Guide
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.
Holiday Potluck and Program
Thursday, December 4 - 6:00 P.M. (5:30 P.M. setup)
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map
Holiday Potluck. Bring a dish to pass along with your own dinnerware and
will provide coffee and napkins.
events (Field Trips, Christmas Bird Counts)
Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine
Curious of where to go look for birds? Check out these suggestions.
in the Christmas Bird Count!
Racine CBC - Sunday, December 14,
Burlington CBC - TBA
Kenosha CBC - Saturday,
December 20, 2014
The Christmas Bird
Count (CBC), in its 115th year nationwide, has become a valuable method to
monitor the winter range and numbers of bird populations throughout the decades.
More information at
Join us in the field on foot and by vehicle, for part of
or the whole day, as we count all birds we find in various habitats in the
designated count areas within
Racine and Kenosha counties. New field observers will be paired with more
experienced birders where possible. If you are at home watching your yard
and feeders, you can participate too if you live within one of the designated
count areas. View the count areas here to confirm if you are located within
a count circle:
There are three count dates in
Racine CBC - December 14:
To sign up, contact Eric Howe at
report your feeder results, please include your name, address, estimated time of
watching your yard to:
View the Racine CBC area at
Burlington CBC - December 15:
To sign up, contact Maureen
firstname.lastname@example.org or 262.363.4307.
View the Burlington CBC area at
Kenosha CBC - December 20:
To sign up, contact Valerie
email@example.com or 262.857.8008.
View the Kenosha CBC area at
Email your results to the count coordinator along with the
estimated time that you actually spent observing your feeder/yard.
In addition to the specific count dates listed above, you may also
report incidental observations of birds during the 'count week' for the
respective count areas. This provides an opportunity for bird watchers to
still report birds (typically uncommon species) that are found within the count
area even though they may not have been observed on the designated count day. If
you observe a species that you believe might be missed on the count day, please
email your observation (along with the date and location) to the respective
count coordinator listed above. For species reported during the count
week, but not on the count day, there is no need to provide numbers.
The count week for Racine is December 11-17; Burlington is TBA;
Kenosha is December 17 - 23.
Register Your Participation
You have the opportunity to register your participation at
no cost on National Audubon
Society's website at
christmasbirdcount.org. On this site, you
will have the option to sign-up for a CBC. Be sure to use the count code
"WIRC" for Racine. For the Kenosha CBC, use the
count code of "WIKC" for Kenosha.
Rare Bird Observations
If you believe that you are observing a rare bird,
write down several key descriptive details about the bird and contrast those
field marks with other similar/more expected species for this time of year. TRY
AND GET A PHOTO.
A rare bird could be
a species observed outside of its normal expected dates.
A rare bird could be a species that is not normally encountered in
the state. Check the WSO Review List:
In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be
required to submit a rare bird documentation form.
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.
WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR
The Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend.
For a listing of Field Trips,
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
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
Chapter Supporter Dues: $12 Total amount
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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
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covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties,
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