Horicon Marsh Field Trip
This is the ninth year that we'll
be going as a group to Horicon, one of Wisconsin's premiere birding hotspots.
In past years, the trip has included a stop along highway 49, where we've
parked our cars and birded from the side of the road. People will set up their
spotting scopes to look for shorebirds on the mudflats, Black Terns, Great
Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, American White
Pelicans, coots, Pied-billed Grebes, a variety of ducks. You may get to see a
Northern Harrier flying low over the marsh. Other stops have been Dike and
Ledge Roads, where we have birded from alongside our cars. We have driven the
Auto Tour Route, stopping for a walk on the boardwalk or along Old Marsh Road,
where you may see Green Herons, Least Bittern, Belted Kingfishers, and Eastern
We will meet at the Auto Loop Trail parking area off of Hwy 49 at 9:00 a.m. If you have questions, need directions, or are interesting in carpooling, contactfor questions.
Field Trip 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
September 7 - 7:00 P.M.
Join us for a fun evening with Judy Grasser, who has a great passion for the Monarch Butterfly. She will share her wealth of information on the importance of preserving habitat for future generations to enjoy. Judy will talk about how to create a Monarch Butterfly Way Station. You will learn about host and nectar plants for your backyard habitat and how to attract Monarch Butterflies and aid in their great migration.
Judy Grasser became interested in butterflies & moths when she was 12 years old. Fast forward through marriage & raising children, she picked up the hobby again in 2010 when she saw a Black Swallowtail laying eggs in her garden... She was hooked! After chatting with a friend about her passion, her friend said she should get into raising Monarch butterflies. So with the help of the internet and several groups she became a proficient 'Citizen Scientist', raising & releasing several hundred to aid in their great fall migration. She loves sharing what she has learned with others.
Wind Lake Sod Farms
We’ll carpool to the sod farms and, from the roadside, look for Buff-breasted Sandpipers, American Golden Plovers, Brewer's Blackbirds and other fall migrants. If not meeting for the carpool, we plan to begin near the intersection of North Britton and Olson Roads by 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and a bird book.
Thursday, September 14
Meet at lot 3 at 5:30 p.m.; Rick Fare will lead, looking for fall migrants.
Saturday, September 16, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hoy’s seventh Big Sit is a FREE EVENT and open to EVERYONE! It is an easy activity for those with limited mobility, as birders watch from a stationary location. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water, snacks, and a folding chair. Our experts will have spotting scopes set up for the public and will be happy to talk about birds with you and your family. We’ll be meeting at Samuel Myers again this year—can we top our numbers from last year? Join us to see!
October 5 - 7:00 P.M.
Tim Fulton and his wife Lois have been small scale beekeepers for over 20 years. Tim enjoys sharing his fascination of honey bee husbandry with students of all ages. He is a member of the Racine/Kenosha Beekeepers club, Wisconsin Honey Producers Association and American Federation of Beekeepers.
He has found that beekeeping has opened the door to a broader interest in insect study including native bees and their value as pollinators in our environment. He will share the latest information about honey bees and introduce you to the elusive world of the native bees in our own back yards.
Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.
November 2 - 7:00 P.M.
Kevin Nolan is a Certified Arborist and holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Kevin will talk about what he does as an arborist and he will speak on our changing landscape due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Kevin will also talk about Hoy Audubon's program that we sponsor called the "Trees We Love".
FIELD TRIP: Shoop Park/Wind Point - Lake Michigan Birding
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.
Many species of birds can survive our Wisconsin winters. Hoy member Rick Fare will help you identify them and inform you about the physiological and behavioral adaptations they have evolved to cope with harsh winter conditions. Register here.
FIELD TRIP: Friday, November
We will drive to various locations near 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 (7th Street), approximately 0.7 mile west of Hwy 75. A Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker will be required if parking within the park.
FIELD TRIP: Kenosha
Holiday Potluck and Program
in the Christmas Bird Count!
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in its 118th 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.
Get Involved with eBird!
WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR ORNITHOLOGY
The Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend.
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
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“Chapter Supporter” memberships are due on July 1 of each calendar year.
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