5AM - late afternoon
Palmatory St Observation deck, Horicon.
Anyone one can join!
The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.
Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings.
Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours.
"Every spring and fall, tens of millions of migrating birds sweep through the Great Lakes region on their way to breeding grounds, relying on stopover sites in the state for critical food and shelter," said Kim Grveles, Wisconsin stopover initiative coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. "Loss of stopover habitats poses an ongoing threat to the health and stability of migratory bird populations in the Great Lakes region, including the Lake Michigan basin of Wisconsin."
The program will teach us about Great Lakes stopover sites, what birds migrate through the Lake Michigan basin, how to create or enhance stopover habitat and other important information for management consideration.
Endangered piping plover nests in Lower Green Bay for the first time in 75 years! 2016 was to be a groundbreaking year for endangered Great Lakes piping plovers in Lower Green Bay. For the first time in more than 75 years in Lower Green Bay, piping plovers successfully nested at the newly restored Cat Island Chain and fledged three chicks. Local UW-Green Bay Researcher Tom Prestby, will tell us about this exciting project.
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 considers himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and explore the countryside."
Sheldon Cooper has worked on projects involving songbirds, kestrels, and American marten. He is most interested in thermoregulation in songbirds. Most of his research deals with how small, nonmigratory songbirds can survive in winter in cold temperate regions. Winter birds undergo a possible suite of changes including physiological, morphological or physical, and behavioral adjustments that allow them to survive the short days and long nights of winter.
Dr. Matthew Reetz
has served as the Executive Director of Madison Audubon
Society since September 2014. Matt received his B.S. in Biology with emphasis in
Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution from the University of Illinois where he worked
with birds in the swamps of Southern Illinois, post-doctorate research projects at UW-Madison focused on Sharp-tailed Grouse
Matt’s current favorite bird is the brainy American Crow. Matt will be speaking
about the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin’s birds
udy, with emphasis
on what the results are likely to mean for Wisconsin
and some of the species we all enjoy. Matt will also
lay out a roadmap for protecting our threatened
birds, including what we can do at personal, community and national levels.
Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research is dedicated to the quest for knowledge about American Kestrels, while providing educational programs to the public. The program is run by Janet Eschenbauch and Amber Eschenbauch. Both are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology. Janet and Amber speak to the public about the American Kestrel and lead field trips.
Located on Wisconsin Highway 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville and within an hour of Madison and Milwaukee, Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is waiting for you to come and explore. Come and see our large viewing area with spectacular views of the marsh. We also offer a Children's Discovery Area with hands-on displays, Marsh Exhibits, Art Exhibits featuring Wisconsin Artists, a gift shop, and a large patio area with picnic tables and great view of the marsh.