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



Purple Martin (photo by Keith Kennedy)
Purple Martin
Keith Kennedy

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October - December Newsletter
(2.5 MB PDF Download)

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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

 Thursday, October 1
PROGRAM: Racine Zoo
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   Meet the new Executive Director of the Racine Zoo. Beth Heidorn
will speak on her newly appointed position. She will talk with us on topics such as conservation, up coming zoo programs and more.

 Tuesday, October 27
7:00pm - 8:00pm
: Northern Mockingbird, The Great Mimicker
Kenosha Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53141-1414

    Rick Fare of the Hoy Audubon Society presents a program on real mockingbirds! The Northern Mockingbird is well known for its musical qualities and its ability to vocally mimic other birds. Learn about the mockingbird's annual life cycle, along with its behavior, range, and ecology. Learn about its influence on literature, music, and folklore.

 Thursday, November 5
PROGRAM: Backyard Bird Feeding
Kenosha Public Library - Southwest Neighborhood Library
7979 38th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   Brian Nett of the local Bird Nest store. He will talk on the variety of bird seed and feeders for the up coming winter months. He will also have on display the some the newest feeder designs.

FIELD TRIP: Friday, November 13
Owl Prowl
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.

FIELD TRIP: Shoop Park/Wind Point - Lake Michigan Birding
Saturdays at 9:00 A.M.
November 7, 14, 21, 28

   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 miles one-way). 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: hoyaudubon.org/racinebirding/windpoint

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

Annual Holiday Potluck and Program
Thursday, December 3 - 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.

  • Upcoming events (Field Trips, Christmas Bird Counts)

FIELD TRIP: Kenosha Lakefront Birding
Saturday, December 5 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

 Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count!
Racine CBC - Saturday, December 19 2015
Burlington CBC - TBA
Kenosha CBC - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

   The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in its 116th 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.

    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: http://goo.gl/maps/Ox3C5.

There are three count dates in our area...

Racine CBC - December 19:
    To sign up, contact Eric Howe at cbc@hoyaudubon.org.  To report your feeder results, please include your name, address, estimated time of watching your yard to: cbc@hoyaudubon.org.
    View the Racine CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/racine

CBC - Date TBA:
     To sign up, contact Maureen Gross at cygnusbuccinator@centurytel.net or 262.363.4307.
View the Burlington CBC area at http://www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/burlington

Kenosha CBC - December 22:
     To sign up, contact Valerie Mann at naturalist@pringlenc.org or 262.857.8008.
View the Kenosha CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/kenosha

Feeder Watchers
   Email your results to the count coordinator along with the estimated time that you actually spent observing your feeder/yard.

"Count Week"

   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 16-22; Burlington is December TBA; Kenosha is December 19 - 25.

Register Your Participation
   In December, 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.  Use the count code "WIRC" for Racine, "WIBU" for Burlington, and "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. http://wsobirds.org/images/pdfs/ArrivalDeparture2013Fall.pdf
   A rare bird could be a species that is not normally encountered in the state.  Check the WSO Review List: http://wsobirds.org/wso-review-list
   In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be required to submit a rare bird documentation form. http://wsobirds.org/rare-bird-documentation 
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.

Get Involved with eBird!

Quick Start Guide

Project FeederWatch

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 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 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 enclosed: __________
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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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