Horicon Marsh Field Trip
This is the tenth year that we'll
be going as a group to Horicon, one of Wisconsin's premiere birding hotspots.
In past years, the trip has included a stop along highway 49, where we've
parked our cars and birded from the side of the road. People will set up their
spotting scopes to look for shorebirds on the mudflats, Black Terns, Great
Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, American White
Pelicans, coots, Pied-billed Grebes, a variety of ducks. You may get to see a
Northern Harrier flying low over the marsh. Other stops have been Dike and
Ledge Roads, where we have birded from alongside our cars. We have driven the
Auto Tour Route, stopping for a walk on the boardwalk or along Old Marsh Road,
where you may see Green Herons, Least Bittern, Belted Kingfishers, and Eastern
We will meet at the Auto Loop Trail parking area off of Hwy 49 at 9:00 a.m. If you have questions, need directions, or are interesting in carpooling, contactfor questions.
Field Trip 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
Samuel Myers Park Cleanup
We'll start with a bird walk at 5:30 PM, followed by our meeting at 6:30 PM.
Our presenters will be Christina Ciano and Jeff
Buss, wildlife enthusiasts and filmmakers of A Place in the Garden, a
documentary about hummingbirds; Larry and Emily Scheunemann, retired
schoolteachers and hummingbird enthusiasts; and Mickey O'Connor, hummingbird
bander and Avian Zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo. We'll learn all about
Christina Ciano and Jeff Buss
Jeff Buss is an award winning filmmaker. When not busy producing his documentaries he works as freelance editor focusing on commercials and shorts.
A Place in the Garden, is a film about backyard birders who have converted their properties into migratory rest stops for a variety of songbirds, including ruby-throated hummingbirds. The film chronicles two couples and a certified hummingbird bander, who work together to educate the public about the crucial role of pollinators in our Natural World. Through their curiosity and efforts to attract the tiny and brilliant, elusive birds, the couples develop a fascination with the hummingbird's unique movements and behavior. Their discoveries inspire them to advocate for the birds in a number of ways. They become citizen scientists, teaching the public about the migratory habits of ruby throated hummingbirds. Their infectious enthusiasm invites people to develop their own passion for wildlife. Ultimately, their work promotes the importance of conservation and the creation of desperately-needed food sources and resting stops for migratory birds struggling to survive in a world of dwindling wildlife habitat.
Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Handouts will be available with lists of perennials and annuals that are irresistible to hummingbirds and other suggestions that will help you to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Websites will be listed that will help you gather further information about hummingbirds.
Wind Lake Sod Farms
We'll carpool to the sod farms and, from the roadside, look for Buff-breasted Sandpipers, American Golden Plovers, Brewer's Blackbirds and other fall migrants. If not meeting for the carpool, we plan to begin near the intersection of North Britton and Olson Roads by 8:00 a.m. Bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and a bird book.
Thursday, September 13
Meet at lot 3 at 5:30 p.m.; In search of fall migrants.
Saturday, September 15, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hoy's eighth Big Sit is a FREE EVENT and open to EVERYONE! It is an easy activity for those with limited mobility, as birders watch from a stationary location. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water, snacks, and a folding chair. Our experts will have spotting scopes set up for the public and will be happy to talk about birds with you and your family. We'll be meeting at Samuel Myers again this year. Join us to see!
October 4 - 7:00 P.M.
FIELD TRIP: Hawk Watch
at Chiwaukee Prairie
Meet at 121st St. and 2nd Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
Hoy plans to meet at Chiwaukee to watch for migrating raptors. There is roadside parking in this area. Bring your binoculars, a chair, water, snacks, and layered clothing in case it's breezy. If migration conditions are poor (e.g. southerly winds), we will postpone the trip until October 13. Check back a day or so prior to October 6 and our Facebook page for details!
November 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Speaker: John Krerowicz
FIELD TRIP: Kenosha
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 )
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