Bird Festival Event Registration

Habitat Birding Bus and Boat Tour-Friday

  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $85.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 23

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.

Registration with payment required.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Friday

  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 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 8, 2015, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 32

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 9, 2015, 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.

First Light Birding Bus Tour—Saturday

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Trip leaders are Darryl Tessen, Dennis Gustafson & 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 entrance on the south side of the building. Bus departs at 6:00 AM SHARP. Bring your own snacks. This event will be held again on Sunday

Registration with payment required. 

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

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 34

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. The same locations may be covered on the Sunday event.

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Festival Information

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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, traveling exhibit area, gift shop and a tremendous view of Horicon Marsh. Brand new exhibits will be completed this summer and the grand opening will be in August of 2015. We hope you come back to see 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.
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Bird Banding Demonstration , NEW for 2015 Hummingbirds

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:30am–12:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

"Palmatory Street Overlook" to match the map and since the office is no longer there.
Join Mickey O'Connor, Wisconsin's only licensed Hummingbird bander, 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 and sparrows. 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.

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00am–9:15am
  • 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 Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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.

 

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 15

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 9, 2015, 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 9, 2015, 9:00am–6:00pm
  • 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.

Crafter Bird Houses and Feeders

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

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NEW Bird Lab -- Kids Bird area

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

NEW! Bird Lab (NEW Bird Kids Area)

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00am-4pm

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Bring the whole family and explore the amazing world of birds. From helping to build a true to size eagle nest, 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.

Crafter Bird Houses and Feeders

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10 - Crafter Bird Houses and Feeders 9 am to 5 pm. Bill Amidon of Into the Woods Woodcraft will be displaying his beautiful selection of cedar bird houses and bird feeders, along with sharing his birding knowledge and experience. A skilled wood worker from Campbellsport, Mr. Amidon will feature his finely crafted bluebird, kestrel, owl, wren and bat houses. In addition, he will also have on display his suet, oriole and tray feeders—all at Marsh Haven on Saturday and Sunday

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:30am–11:45am
  • 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.

Birdy Scavenger Hunt

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
  • 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 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!

BIRDcamp at Marsh Haven Nature Center

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Saturday, May 9 - BIRDcamp 10 am to 3 pm. Youth ages 6-12 are invited to join us for our fourth 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/day. Pre-registration required or call 920-318-9518. Registration deadline May 1, 2015.

Wetland Water Bugs

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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 9, 2015, 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.

 

Wild Birds of Prey

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:00pm–2:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10 - Wild Birds of Prey 1 pm. Have you ever wondered what it takes to work with injured birds of prey? Have you ever wanted to see them close up? Come and listen to the popular Barbara Harvey as she gives an introduction to Wisconsin's hawks and owls. She uses slides, mounted specimens and LIVE birds in her presentation. The particular live birds may vary each day but have included a Red-tailed Hawk, Snowy Owl, Kestrels, Great Horned Owl and others.

Featured Speaker - BirdChick- Smart phone Birding

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:00pm–2:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Join Sharon Stiteler the Birdchick at 1PM May 9 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center as she presents Smartphone Birding – Just about everything you need in the field apart from binoculars and a bottle of water can be on an smartphone. This covers the many ways a birder might use a smartphone in the field from maps, to field guides, to submitting sightings to eBird and alerting others to rare birds to taking fantastic photos.
Sharon Stiteler was given a Peterson Field Guide to Birds when she was seven years old and snapped, she loves birds. Since 1997, she has made it her goal to get paid to go birding. She runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations. She’s an international professional speaker and storyteller and her writing can has been found in several publications including WildBird Magazine, Outdoor News, Birds & Blooms, 10,000 Birds and Birding Business. She wrote the books City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know and is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s an award-winning beekeeper. Follow her on Twitter @Birdchick.

Beginning Birding Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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 for the beginning birder. 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 how to bird. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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 9, 2015, 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 9, 2015, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 34

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 we can 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 9, 2015, 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 9, 2015, 7:00pm–9:30pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

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.

Screeches, Squawks and Squeals of the Marsh

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00pm–9:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Screeches, Squawks, and Squeals of the Marsh

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00pm–9:30pm

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.

First Light Birding Bus Tour- BirdChick—Sunday

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Trip leader is Brad Webb,along with Birdchick Sharon Stiteler /p>
The Sunday Tour is designed for beginning and intermediate birders who want to see as many species as possible. Emphasis will be on ensuring everyone has an opportunity to see the birds we encounter. We will be traveling from birding hot spot to hot spot. throughout the tour in search of migratory and resident species . There will be some walking but it will be rated easy. Wear good walking shoes. Binoculars will be necessary to see most of the birds. Bring your spotting scope if you have one.

Registration with payment required. 

Horicon NWR "Loop the Refuge" Bus Tour and Hike—Sunday

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Guides will be Marty Evenson 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.  The same locations may be covered on the Saturday event.

Bird Banding Demonstration - NEW for 2015 Hummingbirds.

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6:30am–12:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Join Mickey O'Connor, Wisconsin's only licensed Hummingbird bander, 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 and sparrows. 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

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Festival Information

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6:30am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Most of the Bird Festival events will begin at the new Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This center is a $4.8 million project made possible largely due to tremendous local support. Construction began in November 2007 and required more than one year to complete. The center features an auditorium, two classrooms, traveling exhibit area, gift shop and a tremendous view of Horicon Marsh. The exhibit hall is yet to be completed, as are a few other components of the project. 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.

 

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 7:00am–9:15am
  • 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 10, 2015, 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

 

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 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 10, 2015, 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.

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 9:30am–11:45am
  • 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.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Sunday

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 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

 

Wild Birds of Prey

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 1:00pm–2:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10 - Wild Birds of Prey 1 pm. Have you ever wondered what it takes to work with injured birds of prey? Have you ever wanted to see them close up? Come and listen to the popular Barbara Harvey as she gives an introduction to Wisconsin's hawks and owls. She uses slides, mounted specimens and LIVE birds in her presentation. The particular live birds may vary each day but have included a Red-tailed Hawk, Snowy Owl, Kestrels, Great Horned Owl and others.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 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

 

Tune In ... Birding by Ear

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:45pm–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Birding by ear

Mom and Me, Birding together

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:45pm–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Mom and Me: Birding Together

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:45pm–4:00pm

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Your leader will be Liz Herzmann. 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 10, 2015, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

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 we can 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 11, 2015, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $85.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours
  • Available Spaces: 28

This is an all-day two-part tour by pontoon boat and bus. Monday trip we will start with a pontoon boat tour, at 6 AM SHARP 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. After the boat tour we will gather at the Horicon Marsh Education Center (Location A) and board a 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 Trick and 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 & drink are included in the cost of this tour.

Registration with payment required.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat—Monday

  • Monday, May 11, 2015, 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