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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April - June Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

Heritage Trees/Trees We Love

Hoy 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.
Hoy Audubon’s mission statement is: To initiate, encourage, coordinate, stimulate, and assist civic and community organizations, business, professional and educational interests and appropriate units of government in the study and appreciation of ornithology; to preserve and protect wildlife habitats; to support all reasonable programs of air and water pollution abatement and control; to support the principles of conservation of natural resources at local, state and national levels; to encourage and enlist the active cooperation of all citizens in the Racine and Kenosha County areas in support of these aims.
With our mission statement in hand, Hoy has written several grants and was recently awarded such from the WE Energies Foundation. And the seed is sown!

Heritage Trees/Trees We Love
Trees We Love is a pilot program which aim is to recognize and award, preservation, protection, appreciation, love and knowledge of the natural world and its vital importance to our sense of place, our sense of history and our sense of wonder. We believe this to be a creative, unique opportunity which will nurture and recognize our traditional closeness to nature. A back to tradition, back to nature theme we believe will inspire cultural learning, respect and growth.

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.

Recently, 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".
I immediately called the homeowner and asked why the tree was to be removed. The house was for sale, the only offer they received demanded that the tree be removed prior to closing. I felt, and the current occupant agreed, that this tree was a part of Racine's history and should be preserved at all costs. Unfortunately, all attempts to convince the new owners fell short and they were dead set on removal. Not one to give up easily, I searched for additional options. I was disappointed to find that the City of Racine, Racine County, and the State of Wisconsin do not have any ordinances that could have helped protect this tree. Despite my best efforts, this stately tree was removed in the summer of 2014

And here we are. Nominations for Trees We Love 2016 please!
Click here to download the nomination form (MS Word version)
Click here to download the nomination form (PDF version)

FIELD TRIP:  Morning Bird Walks at
River Bend Nature Center (Racine)
Fridays -
April 29, May 6, 13, 20 - 8:00 A.M.
3600 N Green Bay Rd, Racine, WI

   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 Park (Racine)
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
May 4, 11, 18, 25

   Colonial Park 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 welcome.

   Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up! Spring evenings can cool at Colonial Park, so wear a warm jacket and gloves. If it's raining lightly, we'll still go on a hike. If it's a downpour, we won’t.

   Colonial Park is located along the Root River at the end of West High Street. We’ll meet in the parking lot at 5:30 P.M.  Map.

Bird Walk: Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Thursdays - May 5, 12, 19, 26: 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI

   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.
Field Trip: Morning Bird Walk at Trout Ponds

Caledonia Conservancy's Trout Ponds/Prairie
(just west of Hwy 31and 4 Mile Rd, Caledonia)

Rick Fare will lead the walk.

Thursday, June 2 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Samuel Myers Park

River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

   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.

Thursday, July 7
Annual Picnic

Thursday, August 4 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: TBA
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map

Thursday, September 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: TBA
Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406
Click here for a map


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 - 05/21/2016