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



Baltimore Oriole (photo by Jennifer Wenzel)
Baltimore Oriole

by Jennifer Wenzel

  Programs / Fieldtrips

Bird Sightings


Contact Information


2020 January-March Newsletter

Trees We Love

Join Hoy Audubon!




Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

CANCELED - Saturday, March 21
EcoFest Racine
Gateway Technical College
1001 S. Main Street, Racine, WI 53403

All college and community events and activities March 16 through April 13 have been canceled at Gateway Technical College

More information at https://www.gtc.edu/coronavirus-covid-19

CANCELED - Saturday, March 28
Hoy Field Trip: Eagle Lake Waterfowl

Event / Field Trip Cancellations due to COVID-19

Due to recent events surrounding COVID-19 and the public health emergency in the state of Wisconsin, we have decided to cancel our April membership meeting as well as our April field trips. Our primary concern is the desire to keep our membership and the public safe and healthy.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and the recommendations from the CDC, the health department, and the National Audubon Society and will keep our membership notified of any future cancellations, including our upcoming field trips.

For the time being, our upcoming May field trips will likely encourage "social distancing", keeping distance of at least six feet from others. Please check back by early May in the event field trips are canceled due to CDC advisories.

You can always go birding on your own, at home or elsewhere...
Information from National Audubon Society

"Birding Is the Perfect Activity While Practicing Social Distancing"

CANCELED - Thursday, April 2
We hope to reschedule our speaker later this year!

PROGRAM: Monitoring American Kestrel Boxes Speaker: Pat Ready

Over the past forty years American Kestrel numbers have dropped as much as 60% in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Madison Audubon has been mounting nest boxes on poles for over 25 years and now has 175 boxes in 5 different counties. Learn why these boxes are so very important and how they are monitored by volunteers. All data is reported to the American Kestrel Partnership, a nationwide program to track results from all states to track Kestrel numbers long term.

Patrick Ready is an artist and birder living on the west side of Madison. Four years ago he moved there to downsize but couldn’t resist landscaping his yard for birds, bees and butterflies. He is retired from Wild Birds Unlimited where he was a back yard nature specialist. A long-time member and volunteer for Madison Audubon he has been monitoring Kestrel boxes for almost 10 years now. Currently he has 23 boxes he manages between Oregon and Mount Horeb. His boxes fledged 31 Kestrel chicks in 2019. Patrick is the current president of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin and editor of their newsletter the Wisconsin Bluebird.

Monday, April 13, 7:00 PM
Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Annual Spring Meeting

This annual meeting allows the public to provide input on proposed changes to conservation regulations.
Visit dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html for more information.

Again this year, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will be providing an opportunity for the public to weigh-in on the Spring Hearing questions through an online option. The online input option will be provided through a link that will be posted on this page and will go live at 7:00 p.m. on April 13. The online version will remain open for three days (72 hours).

Tuesday, May 5, May 12, May 19 - 8:00 AM
Field Trip: Morning Warbler Walk at Cliffside Park
Picnic Area #2 at Cliffside Park, Racine County

Wednesday, May 6, May 13, and May 20 - 5:30 PM
Field Trip: Evening Warbler Walk at Colonial Park
Colonial Park, Racine, WI

Thursday, May 7, 14, 21 - 5:30 PM
Field Trip: Evening Bird Walk at Hawthorn Hollow
Meet at Nature Center, 880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI
Birdwatchers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and your bird book.

Friday, May 1, May 8, May 22 - 8:00 AM
Field Trip: Morning Bird Walk at River Bend
River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N Green Bay Rd, Racine, WI
Rick Fare will lead the bird walk. Birdwatchers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and your bird book.

Saturday, May 2, 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.

Saturday, May 9 - 9:30 AM
Field Trip: Morning Warbler Walk at Cliffside Park/Joint walk with Eco-Justice Center
Picnic Area #2 at Cliffside Park, Racine County

TENTATIVE - Thursday, May 7 - 7:00 P.M.
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

Speaker: TBA
Annual Hoy board and officers elections
Due to COVID-19, we will announce if our meeting/elections will be postponed.

Birds & Breakfast at Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
day - May 9, 7-11 AM
880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI

Hawthorn Hollow's annual spring fundraiser taking place during peak bird migration season. Birds walks led by Hoy Audubon Society members. Visit their annual plant sale too!

For details and pricing, go to:

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 2019 to June 2020

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: __________
Receive chapter newsletter by email only?
Yes, my email is: _________________________________
City_____________ State__________ZIP________

Join Hoy Audubon!

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.


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


Programs / Fieldtrips    Bird Sightings   History   Contact Information   Links

Past Newsletters

Join Audubon!
Please enter Z20 as the "Chapter Code"
for Hoy Audubon Society.

Hoy Audubon Society



Last updated - 03/22/2020