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

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FIELD TRIP: Horicon Marsh Field Trip
Saturday, August 18 (Hoy Audubon)

   This is the tenth year that we'll be going as a group to Horicon, one of Wisconsin's premiere birding hotspots. In past years, the trip has included a stop along highway 49, where we've parked our cars and birded from the side of the road. People will set up their spotting scopes to look for shorebirds on the mudflats, Black Terns, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, American White Pelicans, coots, Pied-billed Grebes, a variety of ducks. You may get to see a Northern Harrier flying low over the marsh. Other stops have been Dike and Ledge Roads, where we have birded from alongside our cars. We have driven the Auto Tour Route, stopping for a walk on the boardwalk or along Old Marsh Road, where you may see Green Herons, Least Bittern, Belted Kingfishers, and Eastern Kingbirds.

   In addition to food and cold drinks, bring binoculars, a bird book, a spotting scope if you have one (don't worry if you don't!), sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat or a visor, and a rain jacket just in case.

   Horicon is an incredibly beautiful place, and it is really fun to look at birds, especially birds that we don't get to see everyday, with people who know what they're looking at!

   We will meet at the Auto Loop Trail parking area off of Hwy 49 at 9:00 a.m. If you have questions, need directions, or are interesting in carpooling, contactfor questions.

Field Trip Weather Advisory: 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

Samuel Myers Park Cleanup
Saturday, August 25: 9:00-12:00pm
Samuel Myers Park
111th St, Racine, WI 53403

Thursday, September 6
5:30 PM - Bird Walk
6:30 PM - Program:
All About Hummingbirds
River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N Green Bay Rd, Racine, WI

We'll start with a bird walk at 5:30 PM, followed by our meeting at 6:30 PM.

Our presenters will be Christina Ciano and Jeff Buss, wildlife enthusiasts and filmmakers of A Place in the Garden, a documentary about hummingbirds; Larry and Emily Scheunemann, retired schoolteachers and hummingbird enthusiasts; and Mickey O'Connor, hummingbird bander and Avian Zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo. We'll learn all about Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds: how they behave, the habitat they need, and why they are so important to our ecosystem.

Biographies/Program Descriptions

Christina Ciano and Jeff Buss
Christina Ciano is a filmmaker living in Madison, Wisconsin. Her passion for animals and filmmaking merged when she volunteered in the massive animal rescue operation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. During this time, she and her partner, Jeff Buss, collaborated on a series of documentary shorts about the animal rescue effort, focusing on the work of two animal welfare groups, who strived to reunite lost companion animals with their families, or adopt them into new homes. Ms. Ciano was an active wildlife rehabilitator for six years, volunteering at a wildlife rehab program created and supported by the Dane County Humane Society. During this period, she received certification in basic wildlife care by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). Professionally, she works on all manner of commercial, corporate and non-profit video projects. Creatively, her passion as a filmmaker centers on celebrating and protecting wildlife, in addition to educating the public about animal welfare and fostering respect and proper treatment for animals in the wild, on the farm and in one's home.

Jeff Buss is an award winning filmmaker. When not busy producing his documentaries he works as freelance editor focusing on commercials and shorts.

A Place in the Garden, is a film about backyard birders who have converted their properties into migratory rest stops for a variety of songbirds, including ruby-throated hummingbirds. The film chronicles two couples and a certified hummingbird bander, who work together to educate the public about the crucial role of pollinators in our Natural World. Through their curiosity and efforts to attract the tiny and brilliant, elusive birds, the couples develop a fascination with the hummingbird's unique movements and behavior. Their discoveries inspire them to advocate for the birds in a number of ways. They become citizen scientists, teaching the public about the migratory habits of ruby throated hummingbirds. Their infectious enthusiasm invites people to develop their own passion for wildlife. Ultimately, their work promotes the importance of conservation and the creation of desperately-needed food sources and resting stops for migratory birds struggling to survive in a world of dwindling wildlife habitat.

Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Larry and Emily are retired school teachers from Janesville, Wisconsin. Larry is an avid wildlife photographer. Emily is a naturalist and together they enjoy landscaping for wildlife, so they can enjoy watching and photographing wildlife at their home in southern Wisconsin. The home that Emily and Larry live in today was a homestead in 1839 in the kettle moraine area of southern Wisconsin. Larry has restored 18 acres of CRP land and they have created a Monarch Wayside and bird sanctuary sighting over 127 different species of birds. All of the pictures in the program were photographed on their property. A Wisconsin hummingbird bander, Mickey O'Connor, has been banding hummingbirds in the Scheunemann's yard.

Their program "All About Hummingbirds" is about the year in the life of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the only species of hummingbird that breeds in the eastern United States. The photos taken in their yard by Larry will tell the story of how hummingbirds behave interacting with each other and fulfilling their needs to survive. The process of building a nest and raising two chicks is all documented in photographs taken last summer in their yard. You will learn why they are not fragile, sweet or meek. Do not be fooled by their size or beauty. Find out at this program why hummingbirds are jewels of the bird world, as well as, necessary to many of our favorite plants.

Handouts will be available with lists of perennials and annuals that are irresistible to hummingbirds and other suggestions that will help you to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Websites will be listed that will help you gather further information about hummingbirds.

Mickey O'Connor
Avian Zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Working with captive and wild avifauna for over 25 years. Began mist-netting and banding with Andy Larsen at Riveredge in '97 and hummingbird banding started in 2013. Passionate avian conservationist, focusing on cats indoors and window strike issues. Thoroughly enjoy educating and sharing stories with other folks (young and old!) about birds and wildlife as well as traveling with nature enthusiasts who also appreciate the natural world. Lead conservation birding trips to Costa Rica.

FIELD TRIP: Wind Lake Sod Farms
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 a.m.
Meet at the Highway 20/ I-94 Park & Ride

   We'll carpool to the sod farms and, from the roadside, look for Buff-breasted Sandpipers, American Golden Plovers, Brewer's Blackbirds and other fall migrants. If not meeting for the carpool, we plan to begin near the intersection of North Britton and Olson Roads by 8:00 a.m. Bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and a bird book.

Thursday, September 13
FIELD TRIP: Bird Walk, Petrifying Springs Park
761 Green Bay Road
Kenosha, WI 53144
Click here for a map

   Meet at lot 3 at 5:30 p.m.; In search of fall migrants.

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Big Sit

Samuel Myers Park, Racine
(Take 11th Street east to the lake; southwest of Gateway Tech)

   Hoy's eighth Big Sit is a FREE EVENT and open to EVERYONE! It is an easy activity for those with limited mobility, as birders watch from a stationary location. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water, snacks, and a folding chair. Our experts will have spotting scopes set up for the public and will be happy to talk about birds with you and your family. We'll be meeting at Samuel Myers again this year. Join us to see!

Program: Thursday, October 4 - 7:00 P.M.
Climate Change
Speaker: Aszya Summers, Conservation Education Manager at the Racine Zoo

FIELD TRIP: Hawk Watch at Chiwaukee Prairie
Saturday, October 6, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
(backup date: October 13)

Meet at 121st St. and 2nd Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

   Hoy plans to meet at Chiwaukee to watch for migrating raptors. There is roadside parking in this area. Bring your binoculars, a chair, water, snacks, and layered clothing in case it's breezy. If migration conditions are poor (e.g. southerly winds), we will postpone the trip until October 13. Check back a day or so prior to October 6 and our Facebook page for details!

Program: Thursday, November 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Cactus Wren vs. Greater Roadrunner:
 Which Represents the American Southwest Better?
Plus dozens of other birds you're likely to find there!
Location: TBA

Speaker: John Krerowicz

FIELD TRIP: Kenosha Lakefront Birding
Saturday, November 17 and December 1 at 9:00 A.M.

   Join Hoy Audubon bird watch along the Kenosha Lakefront. We'll meet at the Southport Park parking area (just north of the Kenosha Sand Dunes).
7825 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143
Dress warmly!

Project FeederWatch

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

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 )

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Hoy Audubon Society

P. O. Box 044626
Racine, WI 53404

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