Speakers: William Mueller and Mike Reese
Mike Reese and Bill Mueller will tell us about the results of the first year of WBBAII (The Breeding Bird Atlas), and new things coming up next in year 2. We'll also answer questions from your experiences in the field and working with data in Year 1, share some information about eBird data entry for the atlas, and talk about working in blocks a little farther away from home.
Election of the Hoy Audubon Society officers and board members will take place this evening.
Heritage Trees/Trees We Love
Audubon Society is perhaps one of Racine’s first nature clubs. Created in 1964
Hoy was renamed Hoy Nature Club to recognize the broader interests of its
members and in 1999 the club became affiliated with the National Audubon
Society, thus Hoy Audubon Society, Inc.
Specifically, this program will set forth a community invitation to share our appreciation and love for a cherished, unique or landmark tree in our community. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of Hoy Audubon volunteers and, upon mutual consensus; the awarded legacy tree will receive public recognition. The winning entries will be published, photographed and acknowledged via permanent descriptive plaque/monument as well as a professionally researched and written short, historical narrative recounting the tree's life and/or its environment/neighborwood/dominion.
Kevin Nolan of Cassity Tree Service wrote a newsletter article. Included is this
excerpt from such article: "This Burr Oak, emerging in what is now Deane
Blvd. in Racine, Wisconsin was still in exceptional health when I first observed
it. The trunk was straight and free of structural defects, the root system
tapered wonderfully into the ground, and the branch unions had a textbook
arrangement. Branch ends were fully leafed out with only a small amount of
average deadwood visible in the canopy. The tree had a diameter of 56 inches at
breast height. After all these years of observing and caring for trees, it's
nice to know that there are a few remaining gems that make the most jaded of
arborists stand back in awe. I was therefore dismayed to find my estimate notes
read "backyard tree, give cost for removal".
FIELD TRIP: Morning Bird Walks at
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
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
Bird Walk: Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
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.
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 A.M.
Rick Fare will lead the walk.
Join us for an informative update on the restoration of Racine’s Samuel Myers Park. Adrian Koski from the Racine Public Health Department will speak about the different project phases and volunteer opportunities that are available to support this local park.
August 4 - 7:00 P.M.
September 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Get Involved with eBird!
Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.
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
Annual renewals for Hoy Audubon Society
“Chapter Supporter” memberships are due on July 1 of each calendar year.
Are You Joining
Audubon For The First Time?
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 ChecklistThe 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.