Events

Michael Edmonds will discuss his new book, Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America.

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

In this illustrated talk, author Michael Edmonds will discuss his new book, Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America.

Edmonds, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society and a long-time birder, will explain how and why people in the nation’s heartland worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, ate, and protected the birds that surrounded them over the last 12,000 years. From ancient American Indian shamans to modern conservationists, our predecessors thought about and acted toward birds differently than we do. Edmonds will share stories from his 30 years of research among unpublished manuscripts, rare books, archaeological reports, and historic places that led to Taking Flight. Whether you’re a casual bird-watcher, a hard-core life-lister, or simply someone who loves the outdoors, you'll encounter new ways of thinking about birds, people, and the extraordinary history that connects them.
Michael Edmonds is Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the author of several books on Wisconsin history including Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America; Warriors, Saints and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin; The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People; Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader; and Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan. He is a 1976 graduate of Harvard University and has taught part-time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1986 in addition to his work at the Historical Society. For more than a decade he wrote the weekly column, “Odd Wisconsin,” which was syndicated in newspapers around the state. His work has won national awards from the American Folklore Society and the American Association for State and Local History.

Field trip Big Sit

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:00am–4:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Big Sit
October 14
5AM - late afternoon
Palmatory St Observation deck, Horicon.
Anyone one can join!
The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.
Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings.
Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

Field Trip Horicon Marsh -Waterfowl

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Jeff Bahls

Meet at 8AM at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. From there we will car pool to various spots around the marsh to see ducks, geese, swans and who knows what else.