Events

Program The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and Bird Conservation

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

The presentation provides an overview of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. It
describes the Funds history, how it works, and who has been able to use its funds.
Examples of how the Stewardship Fund has benefited bird conservation in Wisconsin
will be shared. The future of the Fund beyond June 2020, when it is currently set to
expire, will be explored. I’ll look at how birders, as beneficiaries of this exceptional
program, can participate in the upcoming state budget process to help extend Stewardship
past its current expiration date.
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 retired as a utility policy analyst at the state Public Service
Commission, where he occasionally got to use his birding background when reviewing
construction proposals. Michael John joined the WSO Board in 2010 and recently served
as WSO’s Vice Prsident and President, He currently is transitioning into the role as
Editor of The Passenger Pigeon. Michael John also is President, and serves as WSO’s
representative on the Board, of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. He considers
himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and
explore the countryside."

Program: Cavity Nesting Owls

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

January 17, 2019
Jack Bartholmai, local birder/photographer will present a program at the January
meeting of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club on cavity nesting owls commonly found in
Wisconsin – the Barred and the Screech Owls. Using photos taken in Dodge Co., Jack
will talk about the natural history of these owls including a physical description,
habitats preferred to live, hunt, and nest; observations of mating, nest site selection,
egg laying, incubation of eggs and hatching and fledging of young. The program
includes photos of the owl's prey as well as its predatory threats, and competitors for
nest sites. There will be helpful tips on how we can assist these owls by preserving
snags and natural cavities as well as providing man-made nest boxes, their placement
and design.

Field Trip : Owl Prowl

  • Saturday, February 2, 2019, 3:00pm–5:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Join Horicon Marsh Bird Club members on a search for winter owls. New this year we will be traveling by bus to avoid large amounts of car caravans. Pre-registration and $15 fee required for the 3-5:30pm bus trip. Registration at www.horiconmarshbirdclub.com starting December 2018. From 6:30-8pm the public is welcome to meet in the auditorium for a program and then hike to call for owls.

Field trip- Eagle Adventure

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:00pm–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Carpool to some areas that have held Bald Eagles in the past. Bring warm clothes and binoculars. Spotting scopes for all will be available. Eagle be a good time!

Program

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Nest Box Seminar

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:30am–1:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Program : Kenya

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Christine Zimmerman, a Sheboygan birder and former convention chair for the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, presents “Two Weeks in Africa That Changed My Life Forever.” Says Christine: “The beauty of the African landscape, people and birds made my trip to Kenya an unforgettable experience. I always tell people - everyone needs to go to Africa, it will change your life forever. We saw 500 bird species, 49 mammals (including the Big Five), plus lizards, crocs and some amazing insects.

Program : Natural Resources Foundation -Bird protection fund

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Natural Resources Foundation -Bird protection fund