Nominations for Trees We Love 2018
Hoy is delighted to announce the third 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. 2018 awardees will
receive permanent recognition, promoting stewardship for, and appreciation of,
our beautiful heritage trees.
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.
January 20, 9:00 A.M.
February 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Beth Goeppinger, Naturalist at Bong State Recreational Area, will talk about owls, with emphasis on the Short-eared Owl. Hoy will follow up with a field trip to Bong on February 3!
Saturday, February 3 - 4:30
Meet at the Visitor's Center. We'll then head out to watch for Short-eared Owls as the sun sets, then we'll listen for other owl species. WI State Parks vehicle admission sticker required to park within Bong.
Friday, February 16 through
Monday, February 19
A world-wide, joint
effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,
Saturday, February 17, 9:00
We'll begin at Myers Park then make our way northward to the Racine Harbor. Bring your binoculars (and spotting scope if possible) and dress for the weather!
March 1 - 7:00 P.M.
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.
Saturday, March 24, 8:30
We'll meet at Eagle Lake Park (north side of the lake, south of Church Rd.) to bird the lake, then we'll check the wetlands west and north of 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.
April 5 - 7:00 P.M.
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.
Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.
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WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR ORNITHOLOGY
The Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend.
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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