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



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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

Thursday, January 10 - 7:00 P.M.
Program: Reptiles and Amphibians of Wisconsin

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 1st Street (County Road KR), Kenosha, WI 53144
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Note, this meeting will be held on the second Thursday in January.


Sometimes snakes, reptiles and amphibians need positive public relations, and Julia Robson is just the person to help with that.

"No, they're not the cuter, fuzzy, feathered birds we often enjoy," said Robson, who will talk about those animals at the January 10 meeting of the Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine Counties. "I want to dispel some of the irrational fears or myths about them."

Robson's presentation, titled "Reptiles and Amphibians of Wisconsin," will be part of the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center, 3901 First St., Kenosha. The meeting is free and open to the public. Note: This meeting is a week later than the usual monthly meeting date for Hoy.

Julia Robson, the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use conservation biologist, plans on bringing a live snake, salamander, turtle and frog -- and talking about their importance

Robson, the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use conservation biologist, plans on bringing a live snake, salamander, turtle and frog to the gathering. The species are all native to our state, she said.
Robson said she hopes people who attend her talk "will leave with a new-found appreciation for the species we live with and a better understanding of how we can all help to conserve them."

"Snakes in particular get a bad rap," she added, noting that the most common myth about them is that they are all dangerous or venomous. The truth is that out of Wisconsin's 21 species of snakes, two are venomous and are extremely rare in the state.

"They're not out to get you," she said. "They probably do you more favors than anything that's negative." Like what? "They eat rodents such as those that carry the Lyme disease bacterium, and they eat and help control insects."

Reptiles and amphibians have a "big time" connection with birds, said Robson, in that birds eat them. Also, reptiles and amphibians -- which cannot move to a new home so easily – make for great indicators of water quality and overall environmental health, which also directly impact birds and other wildlife living in an area.

Because of that, homeowners can help these animals by limiting or not using pesticides, which can wash off into wetlands and harm their inhabitants, she said. They also can create wetlands on their properties to offer new habitat to these vital species.

Saturday, January 19 - 9:00 A.M. 
Kenosha Lakefront Birding

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

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.

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

   Randy (Randyman) Hetzel is a wildlife biologist and naturalist with experience in working with grizzly bear research in Wyoming and black bears in Wisconsin. He has also worked in bear habitat in Alaska and other states. The program covers black, grizzly (brown), and polar bear. Learn about their biology, ecology, and his stories about working with these amazing animals.

Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18
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 16 - 9:00 A.M. 
Waterfowl and Gulls on the Racine Lakefront

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

Thursday, March 7 - 7:00 P.M.
Wetland Monitoring: An Adventure in Citizen Science
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 1st Street (County Road KR), Kenosha, WI 53144
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   Rita Flores Wiskowski and Judith Huf are nature enthusiasts who volunteered for Milwaukee County Park’s citizen science Wetland Monitoring Project. The two partnered to monitor one vernal pond in southern Milwaukee County in the springs of 2017 and 2018. They are excited to share their findings, their learning process, and their adventures of this fascinating project. The data collected by volunteers like them is helping guide habitat management on and around public land. The duo documented a variety of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, plants, and more – some of which they had never observed before. This presentation will feature photos and videos of pond life – from the super cute to the downright beautiful to the very weird to the creepy crawly.

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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 23 - 8:30 A.M.
FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl - Eagle Lake Area

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 field trip. In the event that Eagle Lake is still frozen by late March, we may go birding elsewhere.

Project FeederWatch

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

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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
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Hoy Audubon Society

P. O. Box 044626
Racine, WI 53404

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