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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January - March Newsletter
(1.5 MB PDF Download)

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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

The Great Backyard Bird Count!
Friday, February 17 - Monday, February 20

   The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20, 2017. The GBBC is a world-wide, joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada. This event, open to everyone, provides a wonderful opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels to observe birds and provide valuable scientific data.

   Participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC, then report their sightings via eBird. You’re encouraged to count for as long as you’d like at as many locations as you'd like. (You don't have to stay in your backyard!) Traveling, stationary, and incidental counts are acceptable. Every bit of data helps!

More information at www.birdcount.org.

Here's a good review of some tricky bird identifications that you might encounter.

If you need help identifying a bird, please email hoyinfo@hoyaudubon.org.
Please email a photo if you can.

FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl and Gulls on the Racine Lakefront
Saturday, February 18 at 9:00 A.M.

   Hoy Audubon Society will begin at Myers Park (take 11th Street east to the lake; southwest of Gateway Tech) then make our way northward to the Racine Harbor. Bring your binoculars (and a spotting scope if possible) and dress for the weather!

Thursday, March 2 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Wisconsin's Proud Bird Conservation Tradition - What's the Future?
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

   Michael John Jaeger provide an overview of the long tradition of bird conservation in Wisconsin, highlighting some of the remarkable individuals who contributed to that legacy. He will then encourage us to remember our past accomplishments as inspiration for the conservation challenges we face today.

   Michael John lives in his hometown of Madison. He studied environmental studies and ornithology at the University of Wisconsin, and had an early focus on marsh birds and shorebirds. Michael John recently retired as a utility policy analyst at the state Public Service Commission, where he occasionally got to use his birding background when reviewing construction proposals. Michael John served on the Scholarships and Grants Committee for approximately 10 years before joining the WSO Board as the chair of the committee in 2010. He is currently President of Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Michael John considers himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and explore the countryside."

Saturday, March 25 - 8:00 A.M.
FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl - Eagle Lake Area

   Hoy Audubon Society will meet at the Hwy 20/I-94 park and ride at 8:00 A.M. to carpool out to Eagle Lake. Prior to birding at Eagle Lake, we’ll check the wetlands west of the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (north of Hwy 11/Spring Street) and those west and north of the intersection of Hwy 11 and 75.  We'll then meet at Eagle Lake Park (north side of the lake, south of Church Rd.) sometime after 9:00 A.M. 
Check our website prior to the field trip. In the event that Eagle Lake is still frozen by late March, we may go birding elsewhere.

Saturday, April 29 - SAVE THE DATE
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas2
Workshop and Night Field Trip
Kenosha Public Library - Northside
Details and Registration

Get Involved with eBird!

Quick Start Guide

Project FeederWatch

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

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



   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

Chapter Supporter Dues: $15       Total amount enclosed: __________
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Purchase a gift membership in Hoy Audubon

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.  

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


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Last updated - 02/15/2017