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Habitat Birding Bus and Boat Tour: Friday

  • Friday, May 12, 2017, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Price: $85.00
  • 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 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.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Friday

  • Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

Join Jack and Holly Bartholmai, and John Krapfl, 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 wildlife you are likely to see and/or hear.  With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will then take a bus on the Auto Tour loop at dusk and stay AFTER DARK.  The bus will make stops to get out to hear and see the Woodcock dance and to listen to songs and calls of the marsh's nocturnal birds and amphibians.  Conditions permitting we will take a short walk down Old Marsh Road and the Boardwalk 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 at Marsh Haven Nature Center's theater at 7pm.

Location: E – Marsh Haven Nature Center

Register online

 

Horicon NWR "Loop of the Refuge" Bus Tour and Hike

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 18

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.

First Light Birding Bus Tour: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

Trip leaders are Mary Evanson & 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 lower entrance on the south side of the building. Bus departs at 6:00 AM SHARP. Bring your own snacks.
Registration with payment required.

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 11

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

Hot Spot Birding: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 1

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 possible 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.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 7

Join Jack and Holly Bartholmai, and John Krapfl, 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 wildlife you are likely to see and/or hear.  With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will then take a bus on the Auto Tour loop at dusk and stay AFTER DARK.  The bus will make stops to get out to hear and see the Woodcock dance and to listen to songs and calls of the marsh's nocturnal birds and amphibians.  Conditions permitting we will take a short walk down Old Marsh Road and the Boardwalk 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 at Marsh Haven Nature Center's theater at 7P.M.

Location: E – Marsh Haven Nature Center

Register online

Birding With Al Batt

  • Sunday, May 14, 2017, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 1

PLEASE NOTE Due to unforeseen health issues Al Batt will not be able to join us . The birds will miss Al but the trip will still go on with knowledgeable local guides.... Join Al Batt, birder and humorist, and this year's keynote speaker, along with local guides, on a bus trip to various spots around Horicon Marsh. We will look for the greatest variety of birds possible, exploring grasslands, woodlands, and marshes.

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. Registration with payment required.