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,
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
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
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
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.
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.
No Fee: Complimentary!
Thursday, April 30
PROGRAM: Eco-Municipalities and the Natural Step: Lessons for Creating a More
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
PROGRAM: Oregon Adventures
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
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
Thursday, June 11 and
Tuesday, June 16
12:00 - 1:00 PM.
Peregrine Falcon - by
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
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
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
http://we-energies.com/environmental/protect_wildlife.htm. The eggs normally
hatch about May 5th.
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.
Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine
Curious of where to go look for birds? Check out these suggestions.
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
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Wisconsin Bird Checklist
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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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