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

 
 

 

Baltimore Oriole (photo by Jennifer Wenzel)
Baltimore Oriole

by Jennifer Wenzel

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July - September Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips


FIELD TRIP: Horicon Marsh Field Trip
Saturday, August 19 (Hoy Audubon)

   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 Kingbirds.

   In addition to food and cold drinks, bring binoculars, a bird book, a spotting scope if you have one (don’t worry if you don’t!), sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat or a visor, and a rain jacket just in case.

   Horicon is an incredibly beautiful place, and it is really fun to look at birds, especially birds that we don’t get to see everyday, with people who know what they’re looking at!

   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


Thursday, September 7 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Monarch Butterfly Habitat
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   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.


FIELD TRIP: Wind Lake Sod Farms
Saturday, September 2, 7:00 a.m.
Meet at the Highway 20/ I-94 Park & Ride

   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
FIELD TRIP: Bird Walk, Petrifying Springs Park
761 Green Bay Road
Kenosha, WI 53144
Click here for a map

   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.
The Big Sit

Samuel Myers Park, Racine
(Take 11th Street east to the lake; southwest of Gateway Tech)

   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!


Thursday, October 5 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Beekeeping and Native Bee Pollinators
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   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.


Project FeederWatch
feederwatch.org

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


Thursday, November 2 - 7:00 P.M.
An Arborist's View of a Changing Landscape
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   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
Saturday, November 4, 11, 25 - 9:00 A.M.

   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 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 miles one-way, and the trail may be overgrown in sections). 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: http://www.hoyaudubon.org/racinebirding/windpoint


   Birds observed during the month of November (historical eBird sightings)


 Saturday, November 4
Hawthorn Hollow Bird Program: Winter Birds

880 Green Bay Road Kenosha, WI 53144
10:00 a.m. - noon
Fee: $4 (Hawthorn Hollow Members), $9 (Non-Members)

   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 17
Owl Prowl
Richard Bong State Recreation Area State Park (Kenosha Co.)

   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 Lakefront Birding
Saturday, November 18 and December 2 at 9:00 A.M.

   Join Hoy Audubon bird watch along the Kenosha Lakefront. We'll meet at the Southport Park parking area (just north of the Kenosha Sand Dunes).
7825 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143
Dress warmly!


Annual Holiday Potluck and Program
Thursday, December 7 - 6:00 P.M.
(5:30 P.M. setup)

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

  • Annual Holiday Potluck. Bring a dish to pass along with your own dinnerware and utensils.

  • Hoy Audubon will provide coffee and napkins.

  • Discuss recent sightings and upcoming events (Field Trips, Christmas Bird Counts)


 Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count!
Burlington CBC - December _TBA_, 2017
Racine CBC - Saturday, December 16 2017

Kenosha CBC - Thursday, December 21, 2017
 

   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!

Quick Start Guide


Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine Counties
Curious of where to go look for birds? Check out these suggestions.

hoyaudubon.org/kenoshabirding
hoyaudubon.org/racinebirding


WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR ORNITHOLOGY

   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 2016 to June 2017

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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Hoy Audubon Society
 a Chapter of National Audubon Society
 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin

 
     

Programs / Fieldtrips    Bird Sightings   History   Contact Information   Links

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Last updated - 08/18/2017