Bird Club Events

Passenger Pigeon

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Horicon Marsh Bird Club and Rock River Archaeological Society Joint Meeting

The Horicon Marsh Bird Club and the Rock River Archaeological Society will be having a joint meeting on Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:30 PM at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, WI, 53032. This is a slight change for the Bird Club as the meeting is usually on a Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.
The topic of the joint meeting will be the Passenger Pigeon, which is now extinct. Kelly Bleich of Randolph, WI, will be giving the program and an actual mounted Passenger Pigeon will be on display. He will relate to the audience how the sky used to be darkened when a flock went overhead, such as the flock that flew over this area between March 11th and 20th in 1871. That flock was 72 miles long and 12 miles wide and contained an estimate of 136 million birds. It took 12 hours to go over head. Everyone thought that you could never kill all of them, however everyone was wrong.
Kelly will tell about a book that ignited the spark about the Passenger Pigeon. He will share the story of “Martha” who was the last Passenger Pigeon, where she lived and when she died.
The public is invited to this program. The upper doors of the Visitor Center open at 6:00 PM so one may park in the upper parking lot to attend. The doors are locked at 6:30 PM but late comers may enter through the doors at the lower level. Refreshments are served after the program and all are invited to stay. Free and open to the public. Call 920-210-7865 for more information.

Owl Prowl

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Jack Bartholmai

December 14: Owl Prowl 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for a presentation featuring LIVE owls in the auditorium and then don your warm layers as we walk out to Indermuehle Island to call for owls. It will be a HOOT!
The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.

Alaska : Birding the Last Frontier

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Alaska: Birding the Last Frontier

From Anchorage to Attu and many places above, below, and in between, join John O’Donnell as he shares the highlights and ecological issues of ten birding trips to Alaska. Special emphasis will be placed on rarities and on the nesting and courtship habits of many of the shorebirds which visit the Horicon marsh during migration.
John O'Donnell is an active member of the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club in Newburg, Wisconsin. He has conducted longitudinal studies of both migratory and breeding birds in the Cedarburg Bog over the last ten years and recently co-authored an article published in the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology periodical, the Passenger Pigeon, on the importance of conserving and enhancing stopover sites for migratory birds in Wisconsin. Over the last five years, John has been actively involved state-wide in the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II and served as a "block captain" for priority blocks in Adams, Ozaukee, and Dodge Counties. He covered two atlas blocks within the Horicon Marsh. A former a Sierra Club trip leader specializing in birds, one of his favorite destinations was Alaska where he made a dozen separate trips covering almost all of the prime Alaskan birding hotspots.

Chequamegon Bay Birds with Ryan Brady

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Please join us as we break in new technology, Same great program, great speaker using internet capabilities, Ryan will direct his program from Bayfield county, Wisconsin and tell us about the wonderful birding opportunities in the Chequamegon Bay area. Chequamegon Bay is located in Lake Superior as the furthest northern point in Wisconsin.

Winter Birds Bus tour

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020, 3:00pm–5:30pm
  • Price: $15.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Jack Bartholmai

February 1: Winter Birds Bus Tour 3-5:30pm. Join members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club as we search for cold weather visitors including rough-legged hawks, snow bunting and the ever-popular snowy owl! Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center to board the bus and travel around the marsh. Bring warm clothes as we may disembark for short periods of time to get better views of the birds we may find. Please register below and submit online payment here. https://www.horiconmarsh.org/product/winter-birdsbus-tour/. You must do both to secure your reservation.
We hope to see you at many of the events that the education center has to offer. All events are subject to change, for detailed or additional information on any event please visit www.horiconmarsh.org. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.

Eagle Adventure

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, 1:00pm–4:00pm
  • Price: $15.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
Bald Eagle

Jack Bartholmai

February 15: Eagle Adventure Bus Tour 1-4pm. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Guided bus tour will take you to 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! Limit 30. Please register below and submit online payment here. You must submit both to secure your reservaton. https://www.horiconmarsh.org/product/eagle-adventure-bus-tour/
We hope to see you at many of the events that the education center has to offer. All events are subject to change, for detailed or additional information on any event please visit www.horiconmarsh.org. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.

Nest Box Seminar

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00am–1:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Jack Bartholmai

February 29: Nestbox Seminar 9am-1pm. Take a flying leap on leap day and learn about cavity nesting animals and how you can help. More information to come!
We hope to see you at many of the events that the education center has to offer. All events are subject to change, for detailed or additional information on any event please visit www.horiconmarsh.org. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.

Results of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Jack Bartholmai

Matt Herzmann, the Dodge county Breeding Bird Atlas co-coordinator, will give us some results of the 5 year breeding bird atlas that was just completed. Approximately 130 species of birds were confirmed to be breeding in Dodge county. We will learn about the effort of over 250 volunteers that contributed to this historic project.