May 28: Morning Bird Hike 7-10am. Grab your binoculars and meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for a birding hike led by Jeff Bahls. Excellent for beginning and experienced birders! Please arrive early if you need to check out free binoculars from the front desk.
June 11: Morning Birding Hike 7-10am. Grab your binoculars and discover Mud Lake Wildlife Area in Dodge County. Depending on water levels, we will cross over the Beaver Dam river to bird at Waterloo Quartzite Outcrop State Natural Area. We will explore many habitats, including riverine floodplain marsh and old growth oak-hickory forests, working together to build a checklist for this SNA. DNR Staff Jeff Bahls will lead a hike that is excellent for birders of all levels.
Meeting spot for Mud Lake birding trip. Take Hwy “G” south of Reeseville 1.25 miles to Mud Lake Rd. Follow Mud Lake Rd 1 mile to parking lot. GPS 43.275018, -88.838251
June 25: Morning Bird Hike 7-10am Grab your binoculars and meet at Dodge County Ledge Park for a birding hike led by Jeff Bahls. Excellent for beginning and experienced birders! This area is a mature hard wood forest along the Niagara Escarpment. DNR staff Jeff Bahls will lead a hike that is excellent for birders of all levels. Binoculars will be available for loan.
Ledge Park (82 acres) lies along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper and lower areas and provides a breathtaking overlook of the famous Horicon Marsh and surrounding countryside. Hiking trails wind along the ledge, between interesting and unique rock formations and through heavily wooded areas. Ledge Park is located in the north central part of Dodge County, between Horicon and Mayville, just off of Hwy TW. N7403 Park Road - Horicon, WI Latitude: 43.461764/Longitude: -88.581242.
July 9: Morning Birding Hike 7-10am Grab your binoculars and meet at Dodge county Harnischfeger Park. A birding hike led by Jeff Bahls. Excellent for beginning and experienced birders! Meet W3048 Crawfish Road - Ixonia, WI Latitude: 43.210988/Longitude: -88.546100.
Harnischfeger Park (132 acres) is the largest Dodge County Park. The park is in southeastern Dodge County along the Rock River in the Town of Lebanon about one mile west of the unincorporated community of Ashippun and eight miles east of Watertown. A variety of terrain, vegetation and facilities provide park visitors with a multitude of recreational opportunities in a scenic setting. An 800 foot boardwalk provides additional shoreline fishing, wildlife and wetland viewing opportunities.
July 23: Morning Birding Hike 7-10am. Grab your binoculars and explore the Mieske Ponds area of Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area with DNR Staff Jeff Bahls. We will walk a 1.5-mile loop across grasslands, along dikes, and through small woodlots. Directions: Take W. Lake Street/County Rd. E west out of Horicon for a little over 2 miles. Turn north onto Swan Rd., continuing for 1.7 miles before turning right onto Mieske Ditch Rd. Continue for 0.2 miles, and park by gate on east side of the road, where we will meet. If using GPS, coordinates: 43.490333, -88.673223