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

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Earth Day
Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Campus
1520 30th Avenue, Kenosha

   Be sure to visit Hoy Audubon's table!

Saturday, April 29 - SAVE THE DATE
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas2
Workshop and Night Field Trip
Kenosha Public Library - Northside
Details and Registration

Saturday April 29, 2017 - 10:00 A.M.
Bluebird Program
Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI


   Rick Fare will present a program the Eastern Bluebird.

Nominations for Trees We Love 2017

Hoy is delighted to announce the second year of funding for Trees We Love! Our TWL program is a source of celebration, recognition and much-needed positive environmental news; it is a reiteration of the importance of our past; which has produced our present and, perhaps, act as encouragement to preserve our future. We believe it to be a high-impact conservation program with positive, long-term results. 2017 awardees will receive permanent recognition, promoting stewardship for, and appreciation of, our beautiful heritage trees.

Click here to download the nomination form (MS Word version)
Click here to download the nomination form (PDF version)

Such recognition occurred with one of our 2016 awardees, a 110 year old Sycamore owned by the City of Racine. A concrete slab was poured to ensure plaque permanence at the base of the tree, which is in close proximity to Park High School. Before the concrete had hardened, a picture of a heart and tree were carved into the wet base. We believe the artist may well have been a student who heartily approved.

Thursday, May 4 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Samuel Myers Park
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

Speaker: Adrian Koski

   Adrian Koski is the Research Assistant and Grant Coordinator for the City of Racine Public Health Department. He will bring us up to date on the development of Samuel Myers Park as a coastal wetlands sanctuary for recreation and education in downtown Racine. Last October, Racine earned a bronze rating and special mention for rehabilitating the Lake Michigan shore line at Samuel Myers Park at the Communities in Bloom symposium in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Field Trip Weather Advisory: Spring weather can be unpredictable, so jackets, gloves, and waterproof footwear are advised when birding. We post field trip cancellations on Hoy’s website and Hoy’s Facebook page/group whenever it is possible to do so ahead of time. If you are unsure whether a trip will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether to attend.

FIELD TRIP:  Morning Bird Walks at
River Bend Nature Center (Racine)
Fridays - April 28, May 5, 12, 19 - 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.

Bird Walk: Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Thursdays - April 27, May 4, 11, 18: 5:30 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. 

FIELD TRIP:  Evening Warbler Walks at Colonial Park (Racine)
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
May 3, 10, 17, 24

   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.

Saturday, May 6, 8:00 A.M.
Field Trip: Morning Bird Walk at Tabor Woods

Meet at entrance of McCalvy Tabor & Cameron Erlandsson Woods
5131 Tabor Road, Racine, WI 53402

Sponsored by Caledonia Conservancy. Rick Fare will lead the walk.

Thursday, June 1 - 7:00 P.M.
PROGRAM: Nest Box Treasures
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N Green Bay Road - Racine

Speaker: Jeff Bahls

   Jeff will share 'other things' found in nest boxes.  While we erect nest boxes hoping to provide a home to colorful Wood Ducks or beautiful bluebirds, there are many non-target species that take up occupancy in nest boxes, some welcome, some not so welcome. With the philosophy of you never really know what inside a nest box until you open it, surprises are always a possibility.

   Jeff Bahls is a lifelong resident of Dodge County, Wisconsin. He has vast knowledge of Horicon Marsh, where he works part time for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Jeff has been a Member of Horicon Marsh Bird Club for the past 20 years and is the current President. He sits on the board of the Wood Duck Society, a nationwide organization devoted to placement and care of wood duck boxes and wood duck habitat. Jeff was a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2007 search team searching for Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Arkansas. Jeff enjoys paddling small streams and birding in his kayak.

Thursday, July 13 - 5:30 P.M.
Hoy Audubon’s Annual Summer Picnic
Kenosha County Petrifying Springs Park

  We look forward to seeing you at our annual summer picnic! Bring your own beverage, a dish to pass, a plate, and flatware. We’ll meet at picnic area four; if four is unavailable, we’ll meet at area five or six further north.

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

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 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin


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Last updated - 04/21/2017