The Great Backyard Bird
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20, 2017. The GBBC 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
FIELD TRIP: 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) then make our way northward to the Racine Harbor. Bring your binoculars (and a spotting scope if possible) and dress for the weather!
March 2 - 7:00 P.M.
Michael John Jaeger provide an overview of the long tradition of bird conservation in Wisconsin, highlighting some of the remarkable individuals who contributed to that legacy. He will then encourage us to remember our past accomplishments as inspiration for the conservation challenges we face today.
Michael John lives in his hometown of Madison. He studied environmental studies and ornithology at the University of Wisconsin, and had an early focus on marsh birds and shorebirds. Michael John recently retired as a utility policy analyst at the state Public Service Commission, where he occasionally got to use his birding background when reviewing construction proposals. Michael John served on the Scholarships and Grants Committee for approximately 10 years before joining the WSO Board as the chair of the committee in 2010. He is currently President of Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Michael John considers himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and explore the countryside."
Saturday, March 25 - 8:00 A.M.
Hoy Audubon Society will meet at the Hwy
and ride at 8:00 A.M. to carpool out to Eagle Lake. Prior to birding at Eagle
Lake, we’ll check the wetlands west of the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial
Cemetery (north of Hwy 11/Spring Street) and those west and north of the intersection of Hwy 11 and
75. We'll then meet at Eagle Lake Park (north side of the lake, south of
Church Rd.) sometime after 9:00 A.M.
Saturday, April 29 - SAVE THE DATE
Get Involved with eBird!
Counting for the FeederWatch season runs November through April. Visit feederwatch.org for information.
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.
Wisconsin Bird ChecklistThe club has a limited number of the new version of the checklist and of the checklist with migration charts. The migration charts show, on a week by week basis, what the likelihood is of seeing a particular species. These will be available free of charge to members at the monthly meetings.