Events

November Program Tom Prestby: Piping Plovers

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Endangered piping plover nests in Lower Green Bay for the first time in 75 years! 2016 was to be a groundbreaking year for endangered Great Lakes piping plovers in Lower Green Bay. For the first time in more than 75 years in Lower Green Bay, piping plovers successfully nested at the newly restored Cat Island Chain and fledged three chicks. Local UW-Green Bay Researcher Tom Prestby, will tell us about this exciting project.

December Program, Michael John Jaeger: Bird Conservation History

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

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 considers himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and explore the countryside."

January Program, Sheldon Cooper: How Small Birds Survive Wisconsin's Winters

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Jack Bartholmai

Sheldon Cooper has worked on projects involving songbirds, kestrels, and American marten. He is most interested in thermoregulation in songbirds. Most of his research deals with how small, nonmigratory songbirds can survive in winter in cold temperate regions. Winter birds undergo a possible suite of changes including physiological, morphological or physical, and behavioral adjustments that allow them to survive the short days and long nights of winter.

February Program . Renee Wahlen: Wisconsin's Raptors with Live Animals

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Join Renee Wahlen as she displays live raptors

March Program, Matthew Reetz: Climate Change & Bird Conservation

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Dr. Matthew Reetz
has served as the Executive Director of Madison Audubon
Society since September 2014. Matt received his B.S. in Biology with emphasis in
Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution from the University of Illinois where he worked
with birds in the swamps of Southern Illinois, post-doctorate research projects at UW-Madison focused on Sharp-tailed Grouse
in Wisconsin
Matt’s current favorite bird is the brainy American Crow. Matt will be speaking
about the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin’s birds
udy, with emphasis
on what the results are likely to mean for Wisconsin
and some of the species we all enjoy. Matt will also
lay out a roadmap for protecting our threatened
birds, including what we can do at personal, community and national levels.

April Program, Janet Eschenbauch: Wisconsin's American Kestrels

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

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.