Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club
Waukesha, WI

The Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club was founded to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds through education, research, preservation and conservation, and to provide public awareness of birds and their role in the environment - all of which remains our goal and purpose to this day.

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Unless otherwise noted, events are held Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha (Retzer Nature Center is located about 4 miles west of Waukesha, near the end of Madison Street)

November 20, 2016


Program: Wildlife In Need Center
Speaker: Mandy Feavel, Animal Care Manager

WINC accepts nearly all species of Wisconsin wildlife, annually treating up to 3,000 animals of over 140 species. Over 45,000 injured, sick or orphaned animals have passed through the Wildlife in Need Center’s doors since January 1, 1994. 85% of these animals were admitted because of interactions with humans.

The overall message of the Mandy's program will be to encourage an understanding and appreciation of Wisconsin wildlife and to provide practical, real life applications on the best way for humans to interact with wildlife.

Supply Drive: The Center is run primarily by volunteers and a very small staff, operating 365 days a year. WINC receives no county, state, or federal funding. WINC operates entirely through fundraising efforts along with the generosity of passionate donors, but also from corporate foundations and private foundation grants.

As a thank you for visiting our bird club and to help in their mission to save wildlife in need, we will conduct a supply drive, gathering items that the center needs to provide care to the wildlife and to continue conducting business as usual. When Mandy visits, our goal is to collect so many supplies that she needs help carrying them all to her vehicle! Cash donations are also welcome.

Refreshments are served at 6:45. Presentation starts at 7:00.

December 17, 2016


In place of our normal Sunday meeting, the club will conduct the annual Waukesha Christmas Bird Count. The CBC is a nationwide activity coordinated by the National Audubon Society that has been conducted for over 100 years and is the longest running citizen science survey in the world. The Christmas Bird Count provides critical data allowing experts to track trends in bird populations over time. Local results will be reported to the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology and National Audubon Society to be pooled with other counts throughout the state and all across our nation.

The Waukesha Count is conducted within a circle that encompasses a 7.5-mile radius centered at the intersection of Hwy D and Brookhill Road in Waukesha, near Wern Farms. The 15-mile diameter circle is divided into eight sections: from School Section Lake on the west, to the Speedway gas Station at Sunset & Hwy 59 on the east, and the middle of Pewaukee Lake on the north edge, down to Lower Phantom Lake on the south.

January 8, 2017


Program: Wisconsin's Public Lands
Speaker: Tim Lizotte - WI DNR Public Lands Specialist

Tim will speak about WDNR public lands with a focus on the Paradise Valley restoration.

February 19, 2017


Program: "A Boy Gone Fowl" - My Life Working With Cavity Nesters
Speaker: Jeff Bahls

Jeff is a lifelong resident of Dodge County, Wisconsin. He has been an avid waterfowler for nearly 40 years. He has vast knowledge of the Horicon Marsh where he works part time for the Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources. Jeff has been a member of Horicon Marsh Bird club for the past 18 years and is the current President. He currently sits on the board of the Wood Duck Society, a nationwide organization devoted placement and care of wood duck boxes and wood duck habitat. Jeff was a member of Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2007 search team, for Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Arkansas. He enjoys working with cavity nesting birds and being an ambassador for the birds.

Location: Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha (Retzer Nature Center is located about 4 miles west of Waukesha, near the end of Madison Street)

March 19, 2017


Program: Bird Identification Tips
Speaker: Tom Schultz

April 16, 2017


Program: Update on Wisconsin's Kirtland's Warblers
Speaker: Daryl Christensen

May 6 or 14, 2017

Special Event: MAY COUNT

Elected Officers for the 2016 - 2017 Bird Club Year


Spence Stehno

Vice President

Jasonn Weber


Paula Stich

Recording Secretary

Tim Hahn

Appointed Officers

Field Trip Chair

Anne Moretti


Christine Reel

Count Coordinator

Wally Hahn

Club Historian

Jennifer Tyskiewicz

Waukesha County
Bird List Coordinator

Paula Stich


Tim Hahn

Mailing Address

Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club

c/o Spence Stehno

P.O. Box 439

Hartland, WI 53029 53146