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

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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

Thursday, February 6 - 7:00 P.M.
Dragonflies & Damselflies
Sealed Air YMCA, 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406

Come experience an image-intensive, up close and personal presentation of the insect order Odonata, a visually splendid group of insects with ancestors dating back over 300 million years to a time when dragonfly-like creatures with two and a half foot wingspans ruled the air. Through macro and micro photography, Marla Garrison, instructor of biology at McHenry County College, will present the captivating Lilliputian world of local dragonfly and damselfly fauna including their anatomy, life history, behaviors and diversity.

Marla Garrison is an instructor of biology at McHenry County College. She is the author of Damselflies of Chicagoland published online by the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History (https://fieldguides.fieldmuseum.org/guides/guide/388). She sat on the Executive Council of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas for many years. She has worked with the US Fish & Wildlife Service on the federally endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly project and conducts dragonfly research and surveys throughout the state of Illinois and around the country. She is currently completing her second field guide entitled Dragonfly Nymphs of Northern Illinois.

Friday, February 14 - Monday, February 17
The Great Backyard Bird Count!

A world-wide, joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada—open to all. Visit gbbc.birdcount.org for more information.

Saturday, February 15, 9:00 AM
Hoy Field Trip: Waterfowl and Gulls on the Racine Lakefront
Myers Park, Racine

We'll begin at Myers Park (take 11th Street east to the lake; southwest of Gateway Tech) and then make our way northward to the Racine Harbor. Bring your binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one) and dress for the weather!

Advice for Winter Birding / Field Trips

What to Wear: Weather can be unpredictable, so warm layers are advised. Comfortable, waterproof footwear is a must, as are a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Hand warmers are highly recommended.
Finding Your Field Trip: Visit Hoy’s website for driving directions and maps (when available).

Watch the Weather: Heavy snow, icy roadways, poor visibility, or other potentially hazardous conditions may cause a field trip to be cancelled. We post cancellations on Hoy’s website and the Hoy Facebook page/group whenever it is possible to do so ahead of time. If you are unsure whether a field trip will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether to attend.

Thursday, March 5 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Chiwaukee Prairie
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 1st Street (County Road KR), Kenosha, WI 53144
Click here for a map

Pam Holy, President of the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund, will highlight the history as well as recent preservation and restoration efforts at this southeast Wisconsin "Wetland Gem". The Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain has been recognized as a Wetland of International Importance.

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
EcoFest Racine
Gateway Technical College
1001 S. Main Street, Racine, WI 53403

Visit Hoy’s table (and many other interesting tables!) at EcoFest!

Saturday, March 28, 8:30 AM (or 9:00 AM at Eagle Lake)
Hoy Field Trip: Eagle Lake Waterfowl

Meet at Hwy 20 Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m. if you’re carpooling
We’ll arrive at Eagle Lake park (north side) at 9:00 a.m. We’ll bird the lake then check the wetlands near the intersection of Hwy 11 and 75 on the way back. Check our website prior to the trip; if the lake is still frozen by late March, we may go birding elsewhere.

Thursday, April 2  - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: American Kestrels
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 1st Street (County Road KR), Kenosha, WI 53144
Click here for a map

Speaker: Pat Ready

Get Involved with eBird!

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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

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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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