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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January-March Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips

 Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count!
Burlington CBC - December 14, 2018
Racine CBC - Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kenosha CBC - Friday, December 21, 2018

   The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in its 119th year nationwide, has become a valuable method to monitor the winter range and numbers of bird populations throughout the decades.  More information at www.christmasbirdcount.org.

    Join us in the field on foot and by vehicle, for part of or the whole day, as we count all birds we find in various habitats in the designated count areas within Racine and Kenosha counties. New field observers will be paired with more experienced birders where possible.  If you are at home watching your yard and feeders, you can participate too if you live within one of the designated count areas. View the count areas here to confirm if you are located within a count circle: http://goo.gl/maps/Ox3C5.

There are three count dates in our area...

Burlington CBC - December 14:
     To sign up, contact Nick Mimier at nickmimier AT yahoo DOT com.
View the Burlington CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/burlington

Racine CBC - December 15:
    To sign up, contact Eric Howe at cbc@hoyaudubon.org.  To report your feeder results, please include your name, address, estimated time of watching your yard to: cbc@hoyaudubon.org.
    View the Racine CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/racine

Kenosha CBC - December 21:
     To sign up, contact Valerie Mann at kenoshacbc@gmail.com or naturalist@pringlenc.org or 262.857.8008.
View the Kenosha CBC area at www.hoyaudubon.org/cbc/kenosha

Feeder Watchers
   Email your results to the count coordinator along with the estimated time that you actually spent observing your feeder/yard.

"Count Week"

   In addition to the specific count dates listed above, you may also report incidental observations of birds during the 'count week' for the respective count areas.  This provides an opportunity for bird watchers to still report birds (typically uncommon species) that are found within the count area even though they may not have been observed on the designated count day. If you observe a species that you believe might be missed on the count day, please email your observation (along with the date and location) to the respective count coordinator listed above.  For species reported during the count week, but not on the count day, there is no need to provide numbers.
The count week for Racine is December 12-18; Burlington is December 11-17; Kenosha is December 18-24.

Register Your Participation
   Contact the specific count coordinator listed above. 

Rare Bird Observations
   If you believe that you are observing a rare bird, write down several key descriptive details about the bird and contrast those field marks with other similar/more expected species for this time of year. TRY AND GET A PHOTO.

   A rare bird could be a species observed outside of its normal expected dates. http://wsobirds.org/images/pdfs/ArrivalDeparture2013Fall.pdf
   A rare bird could be a species that is not normally encountered in the state.  Check the WSO Review List: https://wsobirds.org/wso-review-list
   In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be required to submit a rare bird documentation form.
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.

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
Click here for a map

Note, this meeting will be held on the second Thursday in January.

   A discussion of why we need reptiles and amphibians (HINT: it helps birds) will be part of the 6:30 P.M. Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting of Hoy Audubon Society at the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's Trefoil Oaks Program Center, 3901 First St., Kenosha. Julia Robson, Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use conservation biologist, also will talk about how to help such species even in your own backyard. Note: This meeting is a week later than the usual monthly meeting date.

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!

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
Click here for a map

   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.

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 )

Hoy Audubon Society Chapter Membership
July 2017 to June 2018

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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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