The Great Backyard Bird
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018 is a world-wide, joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada. This event, open to everyone, provides a wonderful opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels to observe birds and provide valuable scientific data.
Participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC, then report their sightings via eBird. You’re encouraged to count for as long as you’d like at as many locations as you'd like. (You don't have to stay in your backyard!) Traveling, stationary, and incidental counts are acceptable. Every bit of data helps!
More information at www.birdcount.org.
Here's a good review of some tricky bird
identifications that you might encounter.
If you need help identifying a
bird, please email
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!
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.
February 28 - 4:30 P.M.
Well-known area birding expert and Hoy Audubon Society member Rick Fare will
deliver a presentation on the physiological and behavioral adaptations birds
have developed to survive Wisconsin winters, as well as ways to better identify
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.
Sunday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m.
On numerous occasions, River Bend has graciously allowed Hoy the use of their facilities as a meeting space. You may also be aware of their Sugarin' Off Pancake Breakfasts, open to the public on Sundays throughout March. In appreciation, Hoy has offered our services to work one of the breakfasts. Hoy's president, Frank Sharkozy, is enthusiastic about this opportunity, "In the past my daughter and I have enjoyed volunteering at many of the breakfasts and thought of them as one of the harbingers of spring. I look forward to volunteering again, and I hope you will consider joining me and other fellow birders in showing River Bend our appreciation."
If you're available to volunteer for an hour or two (or more), please contact Frank Sharkozy at or 26.770.2481.
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 )
Hoy Audubon Society Chapter Membership
Annual renewals for Hoy Audubon Society
“Chapter Supporter” memberships are due on July 1 of each calendar year.
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Purchase a gift membership in Hoy Audubon
Enroll a friend or relative as a member of Hoy Audubon Society. Gift memberships are a wonderful way to help our club grow. Plus, they introduce others to the benefits of belonging to Hoy, such as field trips-both local and distant, informative programs at the monthly meetings, and social events, including the annual picnic and Holiday party.