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.
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.
April 5 - 7:00 P.M.
The Monarch butterfly, numbers of which the federal government warns have plummeted in the past 20 years, is the topic of the next monthly meeting of the Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine Counties.
The free program, open to the public, begins at 7
p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road,
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website has cautioned that habitat loss and pockets -- as opposed to parcels -- of welcoming land are contributing to the population loss. It also said pesticides and climate change are affecting the butterfly. The USFWS noted, however, that more groups are growing milkweed, which is the only plant that Monarchs lay eggs on. More information is available online at www.fws.gov/savethemonarch.
The loss of Monarch habitat has affected Kenosha and Racine counties, too. "We've got subdivisions that are built where prairies with milkweed used to grow wild, and land is taken to build and expand the interstate highway," Grasser said. "The good thing is that the Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa departments of transportation are planting milkweed in empty areas along those highways."
Residents can plant milkweed, too, to help
Monarchs, she said.
By 2015, Grasser was photographing Monarchs on
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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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.