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.
club as they lead a night hike on the Horicon Marsh Federal Refuge listening for owls, rails, bitterns, and other marshbirds. Hopefully we will see the display flights of the American Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe. This is an excellent way to learn how to collect nocturnal data for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II and unique way to explore the Horicon Marsh. Special permission was granted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for this nocturnal hike since the trails close at sundown. Meet at 7 pm at the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge Office off of Highway Z. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to experience the Horicon Marsh Federal Refuge after dark. Bring a flashlight.
Join members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club "Navy" as we paddle along the Rock River starting at Harnischfeger Park . W3048 Crawfish Road - Ixonia, WI this is just west of Ashippun Wi in SE Dodge county. We launch at 8 AM so be there and have your canoe or kayak in the water and ready to go at 8 AM. Target birds will be Prothonotary Warbler, Baltimore Orioles and many other along the Rock river. The park rents boats if you need one. We will paddle until noonish then have a picnic lunch at the park.
You are invited to join the Horicon Marsh Bird Club as we lead a field trip at the Horicon Marsh Bowmen Club and document breeding bird activity. We plan on meeting at 7:00 am on Saturday June 30th at the Horicon Marsh Bowmen Club located at N4720 County Rd V. The Bowmen’s Club offers a wooded lot with mown trails that will allow easy hiking. Target nesting birds are Baltimore Orioles, Vireos, and Flycatchers. It’s location and elevated platforms on the property offer the possibility of finding a nesting Turkey Vulture. Please join us to help atlas a block that needs effort.
When: June 30 7am
Where: Horicon Marsh Bowmen Club, N7420 Co Rd V, Horicon, WI 53032
Contact: Matt Herzmann, firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to join the Horicon Marsh Bird Club as we lead a field trip by bicycle to observe and document breeding bird activity on the Horicon Marsh. We plan on meeting at 7:00 am on Saturday July 14th at the west end of Dike Road just off of Highway 26. Parking for this event will be at N 43°31'28.9" W 88°42'20.2", see link for map of the parking lot.
We will travel by bicycle along Dike Road to cover more ground and look for nesting grassland birds like Bobolinks, Sedge Wrens, and Eastern Meadowlarks. Then travel to lowland wooded areas of the Marsh that have historically hosted nesting Veery and Ovenbirds. We will also answer any questions you might have about how to classify bird behavior and about the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.
Situated on the shores of Rock Lake, Korth Park offers visitors a sweeping view of Rock Lake from the top of a glacial drumlin dominating the center of the property. Korth Park was purchased in 2000 to protect the water quality and fish habitat of Rock Lake. This park is also home to an 8-acre restored oak savanna and 60+ acres of tall grass prairies.
The park has two entrances; W8282 Elm Point Road and W8930 Korth Lane.
Both entrances are just off of County Highway S, on the West side of Lake Mills, WI.
Meet at 9:00 A.M. in the parking lot of the visitor center. We will carpool from there. Please come prepared to share a ride, we will want to limit the number of cars in the caravan! The tour will last from 9:00 to approximately noon. We may go longer if circumstances require it. You may wish to bring a picnic lunch as restaurants are few in the village of Necedah. Binoculars, spotting scopes, and a camera with a long lens are good to have along. There will be very little hiking though we will be getting out of the vehicles for better views. We will have a family channel walkie-talkie in use during the tour so you may wish to bring one if you have one.
The itinerary may change depending on weather and scouting but is planned as follows: We will begin with a visit to the large area managed for Red-headed Woodpeckers. Seeing these beautiful birds is virtually guaranteed in this section of the refuge. We should be able to see them flying, visiting nests, and interacting. There should be juvenile birds at this time as well as adults.
Next stop will be at the Sprague-Mather Flowage. We will check the Goose and Sprague pool for waterfowl. Various duck species, Trumpeter Swans, Great Blue Herons and Canada Geese are frequent here. It is also possible to find Whooping Cranes in the area. It’s a fairly long drive to the flowage so we may stop along the way depending on what we see.
Our third planned stop takes us back south to the observation tower. This overlooks a wide, open area of the refuge. Wetlands and waterways are in view. From here we have frequently seen large flocks of Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes, Bald Eagles, other raptors and most late summer / early autumn waterfowl. We have even – very rarely! - spotted the resident wolves.
As we travel about, we will keep a watch out for other birds. We have spotted Ruffed Grouse and other less often seen birds while traveling.
We will return to the Visitor Center after the tour. Necedah features a beautiful new Visitor Center that you may wish to visit when the tour is over.
If making a day of it, there are many other roads to explore in the refuge. There is also the Sandhill Wildlife Refuge several miles north of Necedah. It features a self-guided road tour, hiking trails, and a variety of habitats. There is a fee, on the honor system, to use the refuge. A wide variety of birds can be seen at this location and just possibly a herd of bison.
The Necedah Wildlife Refuge and environs are a true treasure of Wisconsin birding. We hope you will be able to join us in exploring it!
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.
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.