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

  Programs / Fieldtrips

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Contact Information


October - December Newsletter
(1.4 MB PDF Download)

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for Hoy Audubon Society.




Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

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 14, 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.

    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...

Burlington CBC - December 14:
     To sign up, contact Nick Mimier at nickmimier AT yahoo DOT com.
View the Burlington CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/burlington

Racine CBC - December 16:
    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

Kenosha CBC - December 21:
     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 13-19; Burlington is December 11-17; Kenosha is December 18-24.

Register Your Participation
   Contact the count circle coordinator to signup.

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/?page_id=3197
   In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be required to submit a rare bird documentation form. http://wsobirds.org/?page_id=3208 
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.

Project FeederWatch

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

Thursday, January 4 - 7:00 P.M.
To Be Announced
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

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

Speaker: Beth Goeppinger

Thursday, March 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Birds
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

Speaker: Dennis Miller, Volunteer Naturalist Wehr Nature Center.

Animals in general and birds in particular “see” the world in ways that are different from humans. Mr. Miller will explain the many characteristics of bird vision, as well as other animals, and contrasts them with the vision capabilities of humans. For example, birds process visual information about five times faster than humans. Miller will also touch on what methods can be used to illustrate non-human vision capabilities. Using cameras and software processing, what humans see and what birds see may be able to be recreated. While it’s not possible to actually ‘see’ through the eyes of birds, our technology can be used to at least get some understanding of what birds and other animals see that humans do not.

Thursday, April 5 - 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.

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.



   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 2017 to June 2018

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
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 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin


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Last updated - 12/03/2017