Bird Festival Event Registration

Habitat Birding Bus and Boat Tour-Friday

  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $75.00
  • 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. Friday trip 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. 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.

Sounds & Dances- Dusk into Dark—Friday

  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 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. 

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: 8

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. 

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 Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Festival Information

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:30am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Most 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. 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.

 

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 7

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

 

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.

Tune In ... Birding by Ear

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

Birding by ear