Bird Festival Event Registration

Online event registrations are now closed.

Remaining seats (if any) will be listed under each event online and will be filled on a first come first serve bases the day/time of the event.

Payment for walk-ons – cash only.

Thanks for your interest in the festival – looking forward to another great event!

Habitat Birding Bus and Boat Tour: Friday

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $85.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

This is an all-day, two-part tour by bus and pontoon boat. Trip leaders are Dennis Gustafson, Darryl Tessen and Jeff Bahls. We will start at the south entrance of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center (Location A) and board a bus at 6 AM SHARP where we will bird some of the better habitat locations in and around Horicon Marsh. In the afternoon, we will "walk the plank" boarding at Blue Heron Landing (Location C), Hwy 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Captains Marc Zuelsdorf and Jerry Genzmer will be your guides for this part of the tour. The boat departs at 3:00 PM SHARP from Blue Heron Landing. Our main objective is to ID as many bird species as possible. Short hikes will provide easy walking and we will "try" to stay on dry ground. A box lunch & drink are included in the cost of this tour.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00am–11:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Friday

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm
  • Price: $12.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

A 1 hour narrated pontoon boat tour of the inner Horicon Marsh, observing the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $12.00, Ages 4-13 $6.25

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Friday

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

Join Jack and Holly Bartholmai, Erin Railsback, Jon Krapfl and Marc Zuelsdorf for this unique dusk into dark tour of critters that sing, call and dance as the sun sets and night falls on Horicon Marsh. The tour begins in the Marsh Haven Nature Center's Theater with a multi-media introduction to the critters that call and dance in the night. With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will be on the Auto Tour loop and boardwalk at dusk and stay AFTER DARK. The bus will stop to hear and see the Woodcock dance and to listen to songs and calls of our marsh's nocturnal birds and amphibians. Conditions permitting we will take a short walk down Old Marsh Road to enjoy the night sky and experience a new perspective of the marsh at night. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as well as closed toed shoes. Bring a flashlight if you wish. Meet in Marsh Haven Nature Center's theater at 7 PM. Registration with payment required.

The Big Sit at the Festival

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00am–6:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Join Horicon Marsh Bird Club members for a unique way to bird watch!

From 4 AM to 6:30 PM we will identify as many bird species as possible from a 17-foot circle on the Observation Deck at the Palmatory Street Overlook. Come and join us for all or part of this annual event as we try to ID every bird seen and or heard from this location.

The Observation Deck has great views of the cattail marsh, open water, grassland, shrubbery and trees and give this location a high mark for species potential. We will have the species ID list posted and are looking for all the help that we can get into the 17 ft. circle. We've averaged 79 bird species during previous Big Sits and have a total species list of 112 from this Observation Deck over the last 4 Festivals. Feel free to check-in throughout the day to see where our count stands.

This year will be a green birding challenge: Big Sit vs Bigby Bikers. Which group will get the most species of birds?

Donations are greatly appreciated; as this is our main funding source for Club projects and the fun and educational Bird Festival. There will be a donation box located on the observation deck during the Big Sit. Donations can also be made on our website.

So we thank you in advance for your donation. Your generosity will go a long ways in helping support our Bird Feeding/Landscaping Complex project slated for the newly remodeled Horicon Marsh International Education Center. We are hoping to provide both outdoor and indoor bird observations into this area. So come join us at the Big Sit and who knows, you might be able to add a bird species or two to our list of birds.

Please note: All or parts of the event will be canceled if there is bad weather.

Horicon NWR "Loop of the refuge" Bus Tour and Hike

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 14

Guides will be Greg Seegert and Jeff Bahls along with USFWS staff.
We will start at Horicon NWR headquaters, head out to Dike Rd, travel all the way across Dike Rd to the west side of the marsh. Hitting some grassland, marsh and forested sections along the way. A stroll along the Wild Goose trail at Chester Bridge and stops along Hwy. 49 are possible. Wear good walking shoes. Meet at Horicon NWR headquarters.

Dike Road, for those who are unfamiliar with Horicon Marsh is near the dividing line or border between the southern 1/3 of the marsh that is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the northern 2/3, which is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. With the cooperation of the USFWS, a portion of each registration fee is being donated to the Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. While the eastern half is made up of mostly cattail marsh and open water, the western part is primarily a mixture of trees/shrub & edge habitat. Meet at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, W4279 Headquarters Rd. off Cty. Rd. Z on the east side of the marsh. The bus will depart at 6:00 AM SHARP. Bring your own snacks.

First Light Birding Bus Tour: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

Trip leaders are Mary Evanson & Brad Webb. This is a field trip designed for birders who want to add as many species as possible to their bird lists. Be prepared to move by bus from location to location in search of migratory hot spots. There will be some walking but it is rated easy. We try our best to finish on time, but in the world of birding, bird activity is the deciding factor. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon. Please use the lower entrance on the south side of the building. Bus departs at 6:00 AM SHARP. Bring your own snacks.
Registration with payment required.

Bird Banding Demonstration - Hummingbirds

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:30am–11:00am
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Join Mickey O'Connor, one of  the few licensed Hummingbird banders in Wisconsin, and her banding volunteers to see our migrating songbirds close up and in the hand as they are captured, banded and released for study. Our festival is at the very leading edge of the Hummingbird migration so it's up to the birds if any are caught but Mickey and crew will be ready. Meanwhile enjoy warblers, catbirds, sparrows and more! This is a public demonstration where visitors will be able to see how and why bird banding is conducted. It also provides one of the best opportunities to observe these amazing migrants up close. Meet at the Palmatory Street Overlook, North Palmatory St. in Horicon.

Festival Information

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:30am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Many of the Bird Festival events will begin at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This center is a $4.8 million project made possible largely due to tremendous local support. The center features an auditorium, two classrooms, gift shop and a tremendous view of Horicon Marsh. Brand new exhibits called the Explorium opened in August of 2015. We hope you enjoy the exciting, interactive displays!

Volunteers will be on hand to provide information and direct visitors to the many events. Maps, Festival Booklets and other handouts will be available. Bird Festival pins, hats and shirts will be on sale and the gift shop will be open for those interested in purchasing something to remind them of their experience. We have a few festival pins available from previous years for those who forgot to purchase one at the time or for collectors. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00am–9:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00am–9:00am
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Join leaders for a hike that will focus on bird species along our newest addition to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center trail system; a new boardwalk reaching out to Indermuhle Island through the marsh and covering a variety of habitats. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 8

Bigby (Big, green, bird year)

Green birding is birding done without the use of fossil fuels and/or the internal combustion engine. Green birders are self-propelled birders, e.g., walking, riding a bicycle, paddling a canoe or kayak, or using skis or snowshoes.

Join Wisconsin's reigning Bigby record holder Dan Scheinder on a bike ride of about 10-15 leisurely miles to some local birding spots around Horicon.

Bring your bike, biking stuff, (helmet, gloves, water bottles, etc.) and binoculars.

Dan will cover basic rules of the road, then set-off on a ride to several spots around Horicon.

We'll start at 8 AM and end about noon.

Leave from Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, Hwy. 28

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00am–11:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Watch a Refuge video, view interactive displays, observe the marsh from the viewing deck with spotting scopes and visit the Refuge gift shop. Opportunity to view the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit. No charge for programs or activities. The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, is located at: W4279 Headquarters Rd. off Cty. Rd. Z on the east side of the marsh.

Bird Lab

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Bring the whole family and explore the amazing world of birds. From learning about what makes a bird a bird, to seeing how you would measure up if you were a bird, there will be something for everyone. But before you leave make sure you get banded! Held on the outdoor patio of the education center or the lower lobby if inclement weather.

Marsh Haven Nature Center

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Walk through the museum displays depicting the history and wildlife of Horicon Marsh. Walk the trails, visit the observation tower, browse the gift shop, and enjoy an opportunity to see Marsh Haven’s purple martin colony. Marsh Haven Nature Center is located at: W10145 Highway 49, on the north end of the marsh, just three miles east of Waupun.

Daily Admission: $3/adults, $2/children

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:30am–11:30am
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Kid & Family Event

Join leaders for a hike that will focus on bird species along the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center trail system; a boardwalk reaching out to Indermuhle Island through the marsh and covering a variety of habitats. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

BIRDcamp at Marsh Haven Nature Center—Saturday

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Price: $25.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Youth ages 6-12 are invited to join us for our annual BIRDcamp. This unique environmental, bird-themed day camp strives to foster a love and respect for the earth that lasts a lifetime. In conjunction with the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, BIRDcamp offers science, games, art, drama and music all with a bird-themed focus. This curriculum is designed to inspire care and concern for the earth, in addition to helping campers learn more about our feathered friends. BIRDcamp is presented in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. $25 Registration fee includes “Birds For Kids” book. Limit 20 children. Pre-registration required or call 920-318-9518. Registration deadline May 1, 2016. Visit www.marshhaven.com for registration form.

Birdy Scavenger Hunt

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00am–1:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Kid & Family Event

Pick up your scavenger hunt in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and let your birdy adventure begin! Travel through the center and its surrounding trails to learn about extinct birds, where to look for birds, and how you can make a difference for birds. Once finished, return your paper and receive a cool bird prize!

Wetland Water Bugs

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00am–12:00pm
  • Free Event
  • NWR Boardwalk

For young explorers of all ages. Join us to collect aquatic creatures from the marsh and learn how they adapt to survive. Meet at the boardwalk at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge auto tour route, off of Hwy. 49. For more information, call 920-387-2658.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Saturday

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm
  • Price: $12.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

A 1 hour narrated pontoon boat tour of the inner Horicon Marsh, observing the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $12.00, Ages 4-13 $6.25

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Featured Speaker: Sandy Komito

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00pm–2:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

During the 1980's and 1990's, Sandy Komito was the most traveled birder in North America and would often chase after any report of a bird he hadn't yet seen. Sandy thought nothing of rushing to the airport within twenty minutes of a reported rarity, thoroughly enjoying the thrill and excitement of the chase. By reacting quickly, he was able to be successful in more than 60% of the chases. In North America, during this two-decade period, Sandy regularly recorded more than 500 species per year, with two of the years seeing over 600 species and in two others, seeing more than 700! In 1987, He set the ABA record for the most birds seen in a single year with 722.

Eleven years later, in 1998 in an attempt to break his own record Sandy spent 270 days away from home in the pursuit of all the birds to be found in North America. He also logged nearly 275,000 miles, (nearly 80% of which was by air). By year's end, Sandy had totaled the incredible number of 745 birds plus four that weren't yet on the ABA list. It took several years before three of the four sightings were accepted by the various State Rare Bird Committees and finally, the ABA Checklist Committee. This brought the official total to 748. Sandy has also written two books detailing each of his two Big Years. His book on the 1998 record year inspired the book and movie, "The Big Year" by Twentieth Century Fox.

Birding: Beyond the Backyard

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:45pm–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Your hike leader will be Liz Herzmann. This program will introduce binocular and field guide use and bird identification. A short bird hike will accompany the program. The hike may be on uneven trails but they are rated easy. This is for ALL ages that want to learn more about birding. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00pm–5:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest Reception

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:15pm–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

This is a recognition reception for local K-12th grade winners and their families. This reception is open to the public and you will have the opportunity to view the Junior Duck Stamp Contest exhibit. Meet at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, W4279 Headquarters Rd. off Cty. Rd. Z on the east side of the marsh.Sponsored by Friends of Horicon NWR.

Hot Spot Birding: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 1

Trip leader Jeff Bahls will be using the knowledge obtained from other festival field trips in finding various birding locations (Hot Spots) in hopes of adding as many species as possible in the time allotted. We may even strike out on our own to a new birding spot not included in this year's festival! Walking on uneven trails is possible. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon. Please use the entrance on the south side of the building. Bus departs at 4:30 PM SHARP. This event will be held again on Sunday.

Registration with payment required.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

Join Jack and Holly Bartholmai, Erin Railsback, Jon Krapfl and Marc Zuelsdorf for this unique dusk into dark tour of critters that sing, call and dance as the sun sets and night falls on Horicon Marsh. The tour begins in the Marsh Haven Nature Center's Theater with a multi-media introduction to the critters that call and dance in the night. With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will be on the Auto Tour loop and boardwalk at dusk and stay AFTER DARK. The bus will stop to hear and see the Woodcock dance and to listen to songs and calls of our marsh's nocturnal birds and amphibians. Conditions permitting we will take a short walk down Old Marsh Road to enjoy the night sky and experience a new perspective of the marsh at night. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as well as closed toed shoes. Bring a flashlight if you wish Meet in Marsh Haven Nature Center's theater at 7 PM. Registration with payment required.

Birds and Beers

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Rock River Tap

Join your fellow festival goers and bird buddies at "The Rock".

Compare sightings and celebrate life birds.

Rock River tap has been a local hangout for decades. It features a nice deck along the shores of the Rock river, 6 beers on tap and a great food menu. Visit www.rockrivertap.com.

Screeches, Squawks and, Squeals of the Marsh

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00pm–9:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

During the day, Horicon Marsh is a relaxing and tranquil place to enjoy nature. But the dark mysteries of the marsh at night can be "chilling" to those not accustomed to the sounds of nocturnal creatures. Hike leader Liz Herzmann will dispel the myths of the night as she helps you identify the many nocturnal sounds that come from within the cattails. This program will be conducted outside with easy walking but possible uneven terrain so remember to dress warm and bring a low powered flashlight. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon. Please use the lower entrance on the south side of the building.

Bus Tour: Birding Horicon Marsh with Sandy Komito

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

Here is a chance to bird with one of the country’s top birders! Sandy Komito will be a guest guide on this trip. Along with local guides Jeff Bahls and Brad Webb, we will search out birding spots around Horicon Marsh.

Bird Banding Demonstration - Hummingbirds

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 6:30am–11:00am
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Join Mickey O'Connor, one of the few licensed Hummingbird banders in Wisconsin, and her banding volunteers to see our migrating songbirds close up and in the hand as they are captured, banded and released for study. Our festival is at the very leading edge of the Hummingbird migration so it's up to the birds if any are caught but Mickey and crew will be ready. Meanwhile enjoy warblers, catbirds, sparrows and more! This is a public demonstration where visitors will be able to see how and why bird banding is conducted. It also provides one of the best opportunities to observe these amazing migrants up close. Meet at the Palmatory Street Overlook, North Palmatory St. in Horicon.

Festival Information

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 6:30am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Many of the Bird Festival events will begin at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This center is a $4.8 million project made possible largely due to tremendous local support. The center features an auditorium, two classrooms, gift shop and a tremendous view of Horicon Marsh. Brand new exhibits called the Explorium opened in August of 2015. We hope you enjoy the exciting, interactive displays!

Volunteers will be on hand to provide information and direct visitors to the many events. Maps, Festival Booklets and other handouts will be available. Bird Festival pins, hats and shirts will be on sale and the gift shop will be open for those interested in purchasing something to remind them of their experience. We have a few festival pins available from previous years for those who forgot to purchase one at the time or for collectors. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 7:00am–9:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 to register

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 7:00am–9:00am
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Kid & Family Event

Join leaders for a hike that will focus on bird species along our newest addition to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center trail system; a new boardwalk reaching out to Indermuhle Island through the marsh and covering a variety of habitats. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:00am–11:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 to register

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Watch a Refuge video, view interactive displays, observe the marsh from the viewing deck with spotting scopes and visit the Refuge gift shop. Opportunity to view the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit. No charge for programs or activities. The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, is located at: W4279 Headquarters Rd. off Cty. Rd. Z on the east side of the marsh.

Marsh Haven Nature Center

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Walk through the museum displays depicting the history and wildlife of Horicon Marsh. Walk the trails, visit the observation tower, browse the gift shop, and enjoy an opportunity to see Marsh Haven’s purple martin colony. Marsh Haven Nature Center is located at: W10145 Highway 49, on the north end of the marsh, just three miles east of Waupun.

Daily Admission: $3/adults, $2/children

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:30am–11:30am
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Join leaders for a hike that will focus on bird species along our newest addition to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center trail system; a new boardwalk reaching out to Indermuhle Island through the marsh and covering a variety of habitats. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birds, Butterflies, and Your Backyard

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 11:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

As the Monarch Butterfly faces declining numbers, we will discover more about these beautiful winged creatures, and discuss the monarch population at Marsh Haven Nature Center with director, Renee Wahlen. We will look at what makes a bird and butterfly friendly backyard and send you home with resources and seed to create your own backyard bird, butterfly, and pollinator-friendly garden. Also as part of this family-friendly program, create a flowering gift for that special mom on Mother's Day.

Daily Admission: $3/adults, $2/children

 

Purple Martin 101: Hints & Help

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Join Dick Nikolai, a retired wildlife biologist and master bird bander, as he discusses the basics on Purple Martins. Dick has been conducting ongoing research since 1985 on purple martins in Wisconsin, looking at site fidelity, cavity fidelity, longevity, pair fidelity, reproduction, weight, physical traits, types of housing success, and impacts of weather on weight. He will discuss the status of purple martins in Wisconsin, talk about failures of colonies, needs to be successful for attracting martins, and research with the use of banding. Weather permitting, Dick will capture some adult purple martins to discuss the physiology of these birds, and we will take a close-up look at Marsh Haven Nature Center’s purple martin colony.

Daily Admission: $3/adults, $2/children

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Sunday

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm
  • Price: $12.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

A 1 hour narrated pontoon boat tour of the inner Horicon Marsh, observing the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $12.00, Ages 4-13 $6.25

Call 920-485-4663 to register

Tune In ... Birding by Ear, Warblers

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:00pm–2:45pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Just as it sounds...pun intended. Join educator Liz Herzmann to practice identifying birds by their song. All skill levels are welcome.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $20.00, Ages 5-13 $10.50

Call 920-485-4663 to register

Mom and Me, Birding Together

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:45pm–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Discover the joys of bird watching as a family. Learn basic birding skills, how to set up your backyard as a birding hotspot, and work together to make a bird feeder. This is a great activity to get the whole family hooked on bird watching. A short bird hike will accompany the program. The hike may be on uneven trails but rated easy. This is for ALL ages that want to learn how to bird. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Hot Spot Birding: Sunday

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 22

Trip leader Jeff Bahls will be using the knowledge obtained from other festival field trips in finding various birding locations (Hot Spots) in hopes of adding as many species as possible in the time allotted. We may even strike out on our own to a new birding spot not included in this year's festival! Walking on uneven trails is possible. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon. Please use the entrance on the south side of the building. Bus departs at 4:30 PM SHARP. This event is also held on Saturday.

Registration with payment required.

Habitat Birding Bus and Boat Tour: Monday

  • Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $85.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours
  • Available Spaces: 14

This is an all-day two part tour by pontoon boat and bus. We will start with a pontoon boat tour at 6am SHARP, we will “walk the plank” boarding at Blue Heron Landing (Location C) Hwy 33 by the bridge in downtown Horicon. Captains Marc Zuelsdorf and Jerry Genzmer will be your guides for this part of the tour. After the boat tour we will gather at the Horicon Marsh Education Center (Location A) and board the bus for the rest of our tour, we will bird some of the better habitat locations in and around Horicon Marsh. Trip leaders will be Joel and Patti Trick along with Jeff Bahls. Our main objective is to ID as many bird species as possible. Short hikes will provide easy walking and we will try to stay on dry ground. A box lunch and drink are included in the cost of this tour.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Monday

  • Monday, May 9, 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm
  • Price: $12.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

A 1 hour narrated pontoon boat tour of the inner Horicon Marsh, observing the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $12.00, Ages 4-13 $6.25

Call 920-485-4663 to register