Events

Owl Prowl

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019, 12:30am–2:30am
  • 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, 1:00am–3:00am
  • 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.

Up North: Birding Bayfield County & the South Shore of Lake Superior

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, 1:00am–3:00am
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Many birders recognize the Ashland-Bayfield area as one of the best birding locations in Wisconsin. Situated along the Lake Superior shoreline, the region hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small area and has had an active birding community since at least the early 1970s. As a result, more than 330 species have been recorded there, including high numbers of migratory birds, winter specialties, dozens of breeding warblers, and numerous rarities. In this presentation, local birder and DNR conservation biologist Ryan Brady will introduce you to the birds, places, and events that make the Chequamegon Bay area special – and worth the drive up north!

Ryan Brady is a Conservation Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, where he serves as Bird Monitoring Coordinator for WDNR and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. Based out of Ashland, Ryan oversees a variety of statewide bird monitoring and conservation projects focusing on owls, marshbirds, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, forest songbirds, and more. He is also Science Coordinator for the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, an ambitious citizen-based bird survey taking place across Wisconsin from 2015-2019; former chair of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s Rare Birds Records Committee; and an active member of the Wisconsin eBird team. His voice can be regularly heard discussing Snowy Owls, recent bird sightings, and other bird conservation news on Wisconsin Public Radio and other regional outlets.

He resides on the shores of Lake Superior in Washburn with his wife and two sons.

Winter Birds Bus tour

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00pm–11:30pm
  • 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, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • 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, 3:00pm–7:00pm
  • 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, 1:00am–3:00am
  • 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.

Primitive Camping

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:00am–5:59am
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Tenting area or camper parking is available at Marsh Haven Nature Center, located on the northwest corner of the Horicon Marsh (Highway 49), during the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival. Facilities include: Pit toilets, potable water, and shared campfire area/picnic shelter. $10/night for tents, $15/night for campers.

Call (920) 324-5818 or email director@marshhaven.org for more information or to make reservations or visit www.marshhaven.org/birdfest for online reservations.

NEW! Mud Lake Bus Tour

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 2:00pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $45.00
  • Reeseville Community Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Join us, as we branch out into new territory! Join Jeff Bahls and DNR Wildlife Supervisor, Andy Paulios, to explore one of Dodge County’s other marshes.  Mud Lake Wildlife Area is approximately 4,500-acres that is in public ownership and over 8,000 acres in total. You will find a diversity of habitat types at Mud Lake Wildlife Area. The Beaver Dam River runs through the heart of the property where it joins the Crawfish River at the southern portion. There are two large lakes, Mud and Chub Lakes. There is a mixture of forested bottomland hardwoods, forested upland hardwoods, grasslands and marsh. 

Possible birds include American bittern, sora, pelicans, black and Forsters terns, bald eagle and a variety of warblers.  We will start our tour boarding a bus at the Reeseville Community Center at 406 N. Main Street, in Reeseville, WI located in SW Dodge county.

Bus departs at 8 AM SHARP. We will bird several habitats around the marsh and return to the Reeseville Community center at 1 PM.

Bring your usual birding things. NO lunch provided on this trip.  Snack will be included. Bathrooms will be a single port-a-potty stop along the way. Tour could be heavy walking with up to a ½ mile of walking at a time along multiple DNR service trails.

This hidden gem is waiting to be discovered!

Registration with payment required.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:30pm–5:30pm
  • Price: $22.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $22.00, Ages 5-13 $11.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Sightseeing Tour by Boat

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:30pm–8:00pm
  • Price: $14.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Observe the birds and animals of Horicon Marsh in their natural habitat as we explore the inner marsh by pontoon boat. This event kicks off with a 30-minute video followed by an hour-long narrated boat tour through Horicon Marsh's interior. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $14.00, Ages 4-11 $7.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Early Bird Bus Tour

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 9:30pm–12:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Your trip leaders will be DNR Wildlife Educator, Liz Herzmann and Dodge County Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas coordinator, Matt Herzmann. We will start at the south entrance of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center (Location A) and board a bus at 3:30 PM SHARP.  We will bird some of the better habitat locations in and around Horicon Marsh and do some early scouting for the festival. This will be a fantastic opportunity to explore areas of the marsh before the festival and hopefully catch an early rarity or two! Registration with payment required.

Primitive Camping

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 6:00am–5:59am
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Tenting area or camper parking is available at Marsh Haven Nature Center, located on the northwest corner of the Horicon Marsh (Highway 49), during the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival. Facilities include: Pit toilets, potable water, and shared campfire area/picnic shelter. $10/night for tents, $15/night for campers.

Call (920) 324-5818 or email director@marshhaven.org for more information or to make reservations or visit www.marshhaven.org/birdfest for online reservations.

Habitat Birding Bus and Boat Tour: Friday

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 12:00pm–11:00pm
  • Price: $85.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

This is an all-day, two-part tour by bus and pontoon boat. Your tour guides will be Daryl Tessen, Pat Horn, 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. Registration with payment required.

NEW! Dodge County Ledge Park Bird Hike

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Dodge County Ledge Park

Your trip leader will be Matt Herzmann.  Enjoy a hike through one of Dodge County’s most beautiful parks.  While walking along the top of the Niagara Escarpment, look down into hardwood forests for a multitude of songbirds.  Possible birds include many warbler species like the black-throated blue as well as, scarlet tanager, red-breasted nuthatch, pileated and red-headed woodpeckers. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at Dodge County Ledge Park at N7403 Park Rd, Horicon, WI 53032.  Turn right into the upper portion of the park and meet at the first set of parking stalls.

Bird Walk in Waupun

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 1:30pm–3:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Join local birder/photographer, Rick Vant Hoff, on a walk along Waupun’s Rock River Boardwalk. This lovely nature trail walk may reward you with the sighting of thrushes, thrashers, woodpeckers, and a variety of warblers. The Rock River may also provide opportunity to see egrets and herons.

Meet at Marsh Haven at 7:30am to carpool/caravan into Waupun.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 3:00pm–10:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Watch a Refuge video, view interactive displays, observe the marsh from the viewing deck with spotting scopes and visit the Refuge gift shop. Opportunity to view the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit. No charge for programs or activities. The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, is located at: W4279 Headquarters Rd. off Cty. Rd. Z on the east side of the marsh.

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Festival Information

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 3:00pm–11:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Many of the Bird Festival events will begin at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This center is a $4.8 million project made possible largely due to tremendous local support. The center features an auditorium, two classrooms, gift shop and a spectacular view of Horicon Marsh. Brand new exhibits called the Explorium opened in August of 2015. We hope you enjoy these exciting, interactive displays!

Volunteers will be on hand to provide information and direct visitors to the many events. Maps, festival schedules and other handouts will be available. Bird Festival pins, hats and shirts will be on sale and the gift shop will be open for those interested in purchasing something to remind them of their experience. We have a few festival pins available from previous years for those who forgot to purchase one at the time or for collectors. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 3:30pm–5:30pm
  • Price: $22.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $22.00, Ages 5-13 $11.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Marsh Haven Nature Center

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 6:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Walk through the museum displays depicting the history and wildlife of the Horicon Marsh area. Walk the trails, visit the observation tower, browse the gift shop, and enjoy an opportunity to observe Marsh Haven’s purple martin colony. Marsh Haven Nature Center is located at: W10145 Highway 49, on the north end of the marsh, just east of Waupun. Open 12:00 to 4:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 5 pm weekends.

Daily Admission $3.00/adults, $2.00/children

Sightseeing Tour by Boat

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 6:30pm–8:00pm
  • Price: $14.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Observe the birds and animals of Horicon Marsh in their natural habitat as we explore the inner marsh by pontoon boat. This event kicks off with a 30-minute video followed by an hour-long narrated boat tour through Horicon Marsh's interior. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $14.00, Ages 4-11 $7.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Beginning Birding

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 8:00pm–9:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Your hike leader will be Liz Herzmann. This program will introduce binocular and field guide use and bird identification. A short bird hike will accompany the program. The hike may be on uneven trails, but they are rated easy. This is for ALL ages that want to learn more about birding. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Nest Box Hike

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 10:00pm–11:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Join Marsh Haven Nature Center director, Renee Wahlen, as we hike the nest box trail. This easy hike will include frequent stops to monitor some of the 40+ nest boxes at Marsh Haven. We will record our discoveries and learn more about what birds are building nests and raising their young at the nature center.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Friday

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 1:00am–4:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Your tour guide will be USFWS staff 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 at Marsh Haven Nature Center. With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will 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 at 7pm.

Primitive Camping

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 6:00am–5:59am
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Tenting area or camper parking is available at Marsh Haven Nature Center, located on the northwest corner of the Horicon Marsh (Highway 49), during the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival. Facilities include: Pit toilets, potable water, and shared campfire area/picnic shelter. $10/night for tents, $15/night for campers.

Call (920) 324-5818 or email director@marshhaven.org for more information or to make reservations or visit www.marshhaven.org/birdfest for online reservations.

The Big Sit at the Festival

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11:30am–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Join Horicon Marsh Bird Club members for a unique way to bird watch!

From 5:30 AM to 3:00 PM we will identify as many bird species as possible from a 17-foot circle on the Observation Deck at the Palmatory Street Overlook. Come and join us for all or part of this annual event as we try to ID every bird seen and/or heard from this location.

The Observation Deck has great views of the cattail marsh, open water, grassland, shrubbery and trees and give this location a high mark for species potential. We've averaged 79 bird species during previous Big Sits and have a total species list of 112 from this Observation Deck over the last 4 Festivals. Feel free to check-in throughout the day to see where our count stands.

Donations are greatly appreciated; as this is our main funding source for Club projects and the fun and educational Bird Festival. There will be a donation box located on the observation deck during the Big Sit. Donations can also be made on our website.

Please note: All or parts of the event will be canceled if there is bad weather.

First Light Birding Bus Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:00pm–6:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

This is a field trip designed for birders who want to add as many species as possible to their bird lists. Field trip leaders are Brad Webb and Marty Evanson.  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 Old Marsh Road - Bus Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:00pm–6:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

Join Jeff Bahls and Greg Seegert on a guided birding bus tour across 3+ miles of the interior of the refuge via Old Marsh Road. A reconfigured route this year visits many of the normal hotspots that have been your favorites for so long, but this year we will be able to travel Old Marsh Road by bus. We will start at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge headquarters and begin with some grassland, marsh and forested sections along the way to Old Marsh Road.  

This is a unique opportunity to travel an area of the marsh that is closed to public access during this time of the year.  Viewing highlights include many species of water birds, spring warblers etc. Wear good walking shoes. 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. Registration with payment required.

With the cooperation of the USFWS, a portion of each registration fee is being donated to the Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Festival Information

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:30pm–11:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Many of the Bird Festival events will begin at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This center is a $4.8 million project made possible largely due to tremendous local support. The center features an auditorium, two classrooms, gift shop and a spectacular view of Horicon Marsh. Brand new exhibits called the Explorium opened in August of 2015. We hope you enjoy these exciting, interactive displays!

Volunteers will be on hand to provide information and direct visitors to the many events. Maps, festival schedules and other handouts will be available. Bird Festival pins, hats and shirts will be on sale and the gift shop will be open for those interested in purchasing something to remind them of their experience. We have a few festival pins available from previous years for those who forgot to purchase one at the time or for collectors. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Bird Banding Demonstration

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:30pm–5:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Palmatory Street Overlook

Join UW-Oshkosh professor, Sheldon Cooper, to see our migrating songbirds close up and in the hand as they are captured, banded and released for study. Enjoy warblers, catbirds, sparrows and more! This is a public demonstration where visitors will be able to see how and why bird banding is conducted. It also provides one of the best opportunities to observe these amazing migrants up close.

Dr. Cooper’s interests are in thermoregulation and ecological energetics of songbirds, particularly chickadees and titmice. He has published many articles related to physiological changes in nonmigratory songbirds that are important for overwinter survival. Dr. Cooper served as the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Research Chair from 2006-2009.

Meet at the Palmatory Street Overlook, North Palmatory St. in Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Price: $22.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $22.00, Ages 5-13 $11.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Kid & Family Event. Join leaders for a hike that will focus on bird species along the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center trail system; a boardwalk reaching out to Indermuhle Island through the marsh and covering a variety of habitats. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

 

 

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 2:00pm–6:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 15

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 Dodge County’s Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, Matt Herzmann for 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. Matt 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. Payment and registration required.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3:00pm–5:00pm
  • Price: $22.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $22.00, Ages 5-13 $11.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3:00pm–12:00am
  • Free Event
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Watch a Refuge video, view interactive displays, observe the marsh from the viewing deck with spotting scopes and visit the Refuge gift shop. Opportunity to view the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit. No charge for programs or activities. The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, is located at: W4279 Headquarters Rd. off Cty. Rd. Z on the east side of the marsh.

Marsh Haven Nature Center

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3:00pm–11:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Walk through the museum displays depicting the history and wildlife of the Horicon Marsh area. Walk the trails, visit the observation tower, browse the gift shop, and enjoy an opportunity to observe Marsh Haven’s purple martin colony. Marsh Haven Nature Center is located at: W10145 Highway 49, on the north end of the marsh, just east of Waupun. Open 12:00 to 4:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 5 pm weekends.

Daily Admission $3.00/adults, $2.00/children

Crafter Bird Houses and Feeders

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3:00pm–11:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Bill Amidon of Into the Woods Woodcraft will be displaying his beautiful selection of cedar bird houses and bird feeders, along with sharing his birding knowledge and experience. A skilled woodworker from Campbellsport, Mr. Amidon will feature his finely crafted bluebird, kestrel, owl, wren, and bat houses. In addition, he will also have on display his suet, oriole, and tray feeders—all at Marsh Haven on Saturday and Sunday.

Horicon Marsh Bird Hike

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3:30pm–5:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Kid & Family Event. Join leaders for a hike that will focus on bird species along the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center trail system; a boardwalk reaching out to Indermuhle Island through the marsh and covering a variety of habitats. Walking on uneven trails and in damp foliage is a possibility. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

 

Bird Nest ID Walk

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 4:00pm–5:30pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Take your birding knowledge to the “nest” level by learning to identify birds by nest! Join leaders for a walk that will highlight the differences in birds’ nests by cracking open various nest boxes. Discover how to find out who’s home and how to promote nesting in your own backyard. Meet in the lower lobby at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Chili Lunch

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Grab a bite to eat at the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center’s Chili Lunch. Enjoy a relaxing meal while sitting inside the lower lobby of the visitor center or enjoy the day at any of the picnic tables surrounding the visitor center.

Chili Lunch proceeds benefit the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center.

Birder's Brat Fry at Marsh Haven

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 5:00pm–9:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

In between Bird Festival events, grab a bite to eat at Marsh Haven Nature Center’s Birder’s Brat Fry, or enjoy a relaxing meal from the food stand while watching the purple martins, yellow-headed blackbirds, and any other birds that make an appearance over the weekend.

Wild Birds of Prey - Saturday

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 5:00pm–6:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Have you ever wanted to see a hawk or owl close up? This program will introduce some of Wisconsin’s raptors through a photo presentation, mounted specimens, and LIVE birds. These are educational birds and cannot be returned to the wild due to a variety of permanent injuries. The particular live birds may vary by program, but may include a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, or Barred Owl.

Admission $3/adults, $2/children

Sightseeing Tour by Boat

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 6:30pm–8:00pm
  • Price: $14.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Observe the birds and animals of Horicon Marsh in their natural habitat as we explore the inner marsh by pontoon boat. This event kicks off with a 30-minute video followed by an hour-long narrated boat tour through Horicon Marsh's interior. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy. 33 at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $14.00, Ages 4-11 $7.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Featured Speaker - Scott Mehus

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 7:15pm–8:45pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Scott Mehus, director of the Education Department at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN will be the featured speaker for the 2020 Horicon Marsh Bird Festival.  He will be presenting on “The Golden Eagle Project: A Survey of Winter Populations in the Driftless Region and Beyond”

Scott Mehus is co-director of the Golden Eagle Project, a partnership studying wintering Golden Eagles in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has been watching and studying Golden Eagles for over 23 years. He has degrees in Environmental Interpretation, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Come learn more about the two species of eagles that can be seen in Minnesota and the best places to observe Golden Eagles. To the casual observer, being able to identify the difference between juvenile Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles can be difficult. This program will present all kinds of useful field markers to help make that identification easier. 

Scott will also share information on The Golden Eagle Project, a partnership of the National Eagle Center, Audubon Minnesota, Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and Camp Ripley Military Installation. This partnership has released eight Golden Eagles wintering in Minnesota with satellite transmitters to determine where they go during the nesting season, and to better understand their winter habitat requirements. 

Scott started a Golden Eagle Survey 15 years ago to get birdwatchers to document the number of Golden Eagles wintering in the driftless region. During the most recent survey, over 200 birdwatchers went out on the same Saturday in January looking for Golden Eagles. They documented over 140 Golden Eagles in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. In the past, surveys have been primarily restricted to the driftless area of those states. Scott hopes to get you fired up and excited about Golden Eagles so that you may be willing to participate in future surveys in other areas of the state.

Meet in the auditorium of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center located on Highway 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville.

Birding: Beyond the Backyard

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:45pm–10:00pm
  • Free Event
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Your hike leader will be Liz Herzmann. This program will introduce binocular and field guide use and bird identification. A short bird hike will accompany the program. The hike may be on uneven trails but they are rated easy. This is for ALL ages that want to learn more about birding. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, off of Hwy. 28 between Mayville and Horicon.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9:00pm–11:00pm
  • Price: $22.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $22.00, Ages 5-13 $11.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.

Wild Birds of Prey - Saturday

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $3.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center

Have you ever wanted to see a hawk or owl close up? This program will introduce some of Wisconsin’s raptors through a photo presentation, mounted specimens, and LIVE birds. These are educational birds and cannot be returned to the wild due to a variety of permanent injuries. The particular live birds may vary by program, but may include a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, or Barred Owl.

Admission $3/adults, $2/children

Hot Spot Birding: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10:30pm–1:00am
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 36

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 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.

Birding Adventure Boat Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:00am–2:00am
  • Price: $22.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

Join your guide on a two-hour narrated birding adventure into the heart of the marsh by pontoon boat. Observe the birds and animals in their natural habitat. Tours depart from Blue Heron Landing, Hwy 33. at the bridge in downtown Horicon. Adults $22.00, Ages 5-13 $11.00

Call 920-485-4663 for reservations.