Bird Club Events

The California Condor : It's Life History, Decline, Recovery. and Hope For the Future

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

Eddie Feltes spent 13 years with The Peregrine Fund as a raptor biologist working with Gyrfalcons, Peregrine Falcons, Teita Falcons, Aplomado Falcons, Eurasian Sparrowhawks, and California Condors. In the greater Grand Canyon region of northern Arizona and southern Utah he worked on endangered California Condor recovery as a senior biologist and managed the program's field effort from 2007-2015.

Big Sit

  • Saturday, October 12, 2019, 6:00am–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Horicon Marsh Bird Club will hold their Big Sit October 12th at the Palmatory St Overlook. Contact Matt Herzmann for details. meherzmann@gmail.com
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 be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand.

Ducks, Geese and Cranes OH My! Bus Tour

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:00pm–6:00pm
  • Price: $15.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

October 19: Ducks, Geese, Cranes oh My! Bus Tour 3-6pm. Horicon is renowned for the annual fall migration of waterfowl. Join us on a guided bus tour of the Horicon area as we search for fall waterbirds. Some walking may take place so please dress to be outside. Bring binoculars, snacks, water. Spotting scopes will be provided by tour guides for the group but feel free to bring your own as well. Please register for each individual attending below and submit online payment here. Limit 30.
https://www.horiconmarsh.org/event/ducks-geese-and-cranes-oh-my-bus-tour/?fbclid=IwAR3MFKNRb7pP0FeRUUxAmw3a9uL-y8yobhe_-IDadmTuNw8eehh98sGDQ54

Passenger Pigeon

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Joint meeting with Rock River Archeology Society. History and Birds

Owl Prowl

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

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.

Winter Birds Bus tour

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

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

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

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

Matt Herzmann, the Dodge county Breeding Bird Atlas co-coordinator, will give us some

Jack Bartholmai

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 volunteer that contributed to this historic project.