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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

 

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

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.

Hot Spot Birding: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 11

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.

First Light Birding Bus Tour: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 8

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 11, 2019, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

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.

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 3

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.

Hot Spot Birding: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 0

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.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 14

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.

NEW! Mud Lake Bus Tour

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 8:00am–1:00pm
  • Price: $45.00
  • Reeseville Community Center
  • Available Spaces: 16

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.

First Light Birding Bus Tour

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 23

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, 6:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $35.00
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 11

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.

Birding by Bicycle

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 12

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.

Hot Spot Birding: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 24

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.

Sounds & Dances - Dusk into Dark: Saturday

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Available Spaces: 32

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.

Hot Spot Birding: Sunday

  • Sunday, May 10, 2020, 4:30pm–7:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Available Spaces: 25

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 is also held on Saturday. Registration with payment required.

NEW! Woods, Waters, and Prairies Boat and Bus Tour

  • Monday, May 11, 2020, 6:00am–1:00pm
  • Price: $60.00
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours
  • Available Spaces: 25

This is a two-part tour by pontoon boat and bus. Your tour guides will be Jeff Bahls and Sarah Warner.  We will start with a pontoon boat tour at 6am SHARP, we will “walk the plank” boarding at Blue Heron Landing (Location C) Hwy 33 by the bridge in downtown Horicon. Captains Marc Zuelsdorf and Jerry Genzmer will be your guides for this part of the tour. After the boat tour, we will gather at the Horicon Marsh Education Center (Location A) and board the bus from 8am-1pm.  

Visit some of the best habitat in and around Horicon Marsh.  Woods hold a breathtaking rainbow of warblers and songbirds. Water can showcase ducks, bitterns, rails, terns and more!  Prairies give rise to the songs of sedge wrens, bobolink and Henslow’s sparrows. Short hikes will provide easy walking and we will try to stay on dry ground.   

Snack is included but NO lunch.  

Registration with payment required.