NJC Bird Club Columbia County Field Trip

March 23 @ 6:00 am – 3:00 pm

Noel J Cutright Bird Club Columbia County Field Trip

Columbia County field trip in search for migratory waterfowl with the Noel J Cutright Bird Club.

Meet at 6:00 am at the park & ride lot at Highway 33 and I-41 (address below).

Contact Carl Schwartz at [email protected] or at 414-416-3272 by 3/22/24 or sooner for more information.

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March 23 @ 6:00 am 3:00 pm

6689 County Rd W
Allenton, Wisconsin 53002 United States

OWBC: Habitat Restoration & Monitoring on Oneida Nation’s Lands (in-person and virtual)

March 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Habitat Restoration & Monitoring on Oneida Nation’s Lands In Person and Virtual

Join Tony Kuchma, from the Oneida Nation; and Erin Giese, from UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center; to learn about their collaborative partnership to implement a volunteer bird monitoring program at multiple restoration sites on the Oneida Nation Reservation near Green Bay. Over 100 volunteers conducted bird surveys on five restoration sites, totaling >120 bird species and >75,000 bird observations. Bird data collected for this program are used to inform land management decisions.

If you’re joining in-person, meet at Mequon Nature Preserve (address below).

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March 13 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

8200 W. County Line Road
Mequon, WI 53097 United States

OWBC: Aerial Insectivores in Wisconsin (in-person and virtual)

February 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Aerial Insectivores in Wisconsin In Person and Virtual

There is growing concern about the apparent population decline of many “aerial insectivores” – those species that feed on their insect prey in flight. These species belong to several avian orders and families, that include swallows and martins, chimney swifts, some forest flycatchers, plus nightjars such as whip-poor-wills and nighthawks. We’ll focus here on three of the swallows found across the Upper Midwest: Purple Martin, Bank Swallow, and Barn Swallow.

If you’re joining in-person, meet in the Riveredge Barn.

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February 14 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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OWBC: Field Trip to Port Pier

January 1 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Field Trip to Port Pier

Every bird is a new bird! The Cutright Bird Club is inviting members of all of the Ozaukee Washington Birding Coalition to participate in their annual, always fun, New Year’s Day Birding Field Trip in search of new birds for your 2024 list! We will end at noon with a celebratory lunch (sub sandwiches, chips, cookies, and beverages) in the Riveredge Nature Center barn.

Park and meet at the Port Washington Marina and Pier (address below).

Ages 12+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration is required by December 28 at 8:00 am. Contact Carl Schwartz at [email protected] or 414-416-3272 to register.

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January 1 @ 7:30 am 1:30 pm

106 Lake St
Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074
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OWBC: Bald Eagle Nest Watch (in-person and virtual)

January 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Bald Eagle Nest Watch In Person and Virtual

In coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Badgerland Bird Alliance (formerly Madison Audubon) launched the Bald Eagle Nest Watch (BENW) project with the goal of monitoring and better understanding how Bald Eagle populations are doing in Wisconsin. The Bald Eagle Nest Watch is a citizen science program which began in 2018 with just a dozen nests in Dane County. It has now grown to include over 100 nests in 36 counties!

While Bald Eagles have made a remarkable recovery in Wisconsin, they continue to face significant threats. BENW volunteers monitor nest sites, track trends in eagle populations, and provide nest and fledging observation reports to the WDNR. As the Bald Eagle population expands, BENW is seriously looking for more volunteers to assist in finding and monitoring nests. Volunteers are especially needed in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. If you love Bald Eagles and have an interest in learning more about them (and maybe even becoming a volunteer), this program is for you!

If you’re joining in-person, meet at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend (address below).

Ages 18+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration is required by January 8 at 11:59 pm through Lac Lawrann Conservancy.

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January 10 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

OWBC: Owl Prowl at the Bog

November 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Owl Prowl at the Bog

Join the Cedarburg Bog Owl Prowl team of veteran birders as we prowl the Bog for owls. We will be looking for Barred, Great-Horned, Northern Saw-whet, and Eastern Screech-Owls for sure and maybe a rare species such as Long-eared Owl. There are no guarantees as owls can be fickle; however, we have never to date struck out when weather conditions are right! Bring binoculars, water, and a small flashlight. We will mostly be owling along Blue Goose Road and possibly St. Augustine Road as well with few short forays off these roads into the woods and/or into the Bog itself. We will be standing in place for extended periods of time so dress for the weather (sweater or fleece plus a warm coat, wool hat, warm gloves, wool socks, and good walking shoes or boots).

Park and meet at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Field Station in Saukville (address below).

Ages 10+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration is required by November 8 at 11:59 pm through the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog

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November 10, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

OWBC: Exploring eBird

October 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Exploring eBird

Have your cell phones handy and join Alex Mann and Braden Meyer , two very accomplished eBirders, as they demystify the eBird process, show you how to get started, and once started show you how to use eBird information in ways you probably haven’t even thought of! Not only will Braden and Alex cover the basics of eBirding for newcomers, they will also present advanced ways of using eBird to enhance your bird finding skills and improve your record keeping.

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October 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

OWBC: Big Sit

October 7 @ 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Big Sit

The Noel J. Cutright Bird Club, in cooperation with the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, will host its 15th annual “Big Sit!” at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (address below), five miles north of Port Washington. The count will begin at 6 a.m. on the Bill Cowart Memorial Hawk Watch Platform at the northeast corner of the preserve. If the simple joy of birding is not enough to attract your participation, those arriving for the early morning shift will find bagels and donuts on hand. BYO on beverages. Not an early bird yourself? Arrive anytime and stay as long as you can. An on-site port-a-potty is present for your comfort and convenience.

“Big Sit!” events are held at multiple locations each Fall in Wisconsin as part of an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event held during the second weekend in October. The “Big Sit!” is like a “Big Day” or a birdathon in that the object is to tally as many 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.” The Sit’s 17-foot circle is on the perfectly-sized hawk watch platform at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington), one of the largest tracts of open land remaining in Ozaukee County along Lake Michigan. Since 2007, birders have recorded a total of 262 species at Forest Beach. The 116-acre site and its unique location and geography make it a great place to stage a Big Sit. Join us for a half- hour, or a half-day, or more – whatever suits your fancy and your schedule!

All ages welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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October 7, 2023 @ 6:00 am 4:00 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

MAPS Banding

August 4 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

MAPS Banding

Witness the Riveredge bird banding station in action. See how resident songbirds are mist-netted, extracted and banded by licensed bird banders. Find out how their research is providing us with estimates of the number of resident and migrant birds who call the Center their home. Observers are welcome at any of the banding sessions (weather permitting). Rain Date: August 5

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Call Mary Holleback at 262-416-1224 to register and get additional information.

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August 4, 2022 @ 7:30 am 9:30 am

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

MAPS Banding

August 4 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

MAPS Banding

Witness the Riveredge bird banding station in action. See how resident songbirds are mist-netted, extracted and banded by licensed bird banders. Find out how their research is providing us with estimates of the number of resident and migrant birds who call the Center their home. Observers are welcome at any of the banding sessions (weather permitting). Rain Date: August 5

Ages 12+ | Register by August 3 at 12:00 pm

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July 21, 2022 @ 7:30 am 9:30 am

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

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