OWBC: Woodcock Wander at Mequon Nature Preserve

April 17 @ 6:30 pm – TBD

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Woodcock Wander at Mequon Nature Preserve

Join Dan Panetti, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Mequon, on an evening stroll in search of the American Woodcock – a secretive species most easily found when engaged in wild aerial courtship displays. Although the Woodcocks are technically “shorebirds,” they typically are found in woodlands, forest openings, and ephemeral ponds. The diverse habitats of the Mequon Nature Preserve make this an ideal location for observing them. The outing will start around dusk at 7:00 p.m. with an informational talk followed by a hike in and around the preserve listening for the “peent” call of the male as he corkscrews from on high to the ground in his distinctive courtship display. (Rain date of April 18 in case previous day is unsuitable for people and woodcock!)

Meet at Mequon Nature Preserve (address below).

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April 17 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

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

NJC Bird Club Pike Lake Field Trip

April 13 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Noel J Cutright Bird Club Pike Lake Field Trip

Pike Lake/ Hartford Area Field Trip (Washington County) led by members of the Noel J Cutright Bird Club. We’ll check out Big Cedar Lake, Wildlife Drive, and some flooded fields before hiking the northeast corner of Pike Lake.

Meet at 7:00 am at the Jackson Park & Ride (on CR-P, just north of Hwy. 60) (address below).

Contact Carl Schwartz at [email protected] or at 414-416-3272 by 4/12/24 or sooner for more information.

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April 13 @ 7:00 am 12:00 pm

WisDOT Park & Ride 66-30, Apple Ln.
Jackson, WI 53037 United States
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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

Tea & Topics: Beavers in the Milwaukee River (In Person and Virtual)

March 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tea & Topics Beavers in the Milwaukee River In Person and Virtual

Beavers are ecosystem engineers with the ability to build and maintain diverse wetland habitats. Beaver ponds have the potential to store and filter floodwater and increase the quality and quantity of habitat for fish, birds, mammals, and other wildlife. Cheryl Nenn from Milwaukee Riverkeeper to discuss the current beaver populations within the Milwaukee River Basin, how humans are partnering with beavers around the world to reduce flooding and increase wetlands, and how beavers might be able to play a larger role in our watershed in the future.

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March 14 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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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

Attracting Bluebirds and Other Cavity Nesters to Your Yard

March 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Attracting Bluebirds and Other Cavity Nesters to Your Yard

Many spring migrants will soon be returning to our area looking for housing. Join us to learn how to attract a wide variety of cavity-nesting birds to your yard. We will discuss the pros and cons of different nest box styles and cover the basics of where to place them and how to maintain them. This workshop is meant for amateur and experienced bird lovers. Near the end of the program we’ll take a short walk on the bluebird trail to see how boxes should be mounted and placed so dress for the weather.

Ages 12+

This program is free for everyone! Donations are greatly appreciated.

Pre-register by March 1 at 11:55 pm or register at the program if spots are available.

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March 2 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 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.

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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: 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

Tea & Topics: Bird Research

February 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tea & Topics Bird Research

Riveredge Nature Center has a rich legacy of avian research through community science. We study birds year round through bird banding, bird surveys and monitoring. Come learn about the different ornithological research projects at Riveredge and how you can get involved! Join researcher, Jana Gedymin to learn about the different ornithological research projects at Riveredge and how you can get involved.

Enjoy lunch or a snack while you learn in person with us, or on Zoom.

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February 8 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

1st Bird of the New Year Field Trip & Lunch

January 1 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

1st Bird of the New Year Field Trip & Lunch

Happy New Year! When every bird is a new bird! The Noel J. Cutright Bird Club is inviting members of all the Ozaukee Washington Birding Coalition organizations to participate in our traditional field trip searching for the first birds of the year. Then join us for a sub sandwich lunch at NOON in the Riveredge Nature Center barn. We’ll have chips, coffee, soda, and cookies for dessert as well.

Meet at 7:30 am at the downtown Port Washington Marina boat ramp. We will send an email the day before to all those who have emailed Carl if we are canceling the field trip and lunch.

We need to take a head count so please RSVP to Carl Schwartz at [email protected] by Dec. 28 or sooner.

Any other questions? Contact Carl Schwartz at [email protected] or at 414-416-3272

Ages 18+ | Register by December 28 at 12:00 pm

January 1, 2023 @ 7:30 am 1:00 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

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