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.



UPCOMING EVENTS


We once again have a fantastic list of speakers for our 2017-2018 club season,
and several great special events.
As always, our events are open to the general public.

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)


Sunday,
September 17, 2017

EARLY START TIME
4:15PM

Return of the Piping Plover to Green Bay - A Conservation Success Story
Speaker: Tom Prestby - Avian Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The lower Green Bay has undergone intense reconstruction efforts in recent years in hopes of recreating several barrier islands and marsh habitat that was historically a refuge for migrating and resident wildlife. As part of this process, the construction of the barrier islands has provided nesting habitat for the federally endangered Piping Plover. Piping Plovers once nested throughout the Great Lakes on sandy and cobble beaches, but they had not been seen on the Green Bay for over 75 years. Tom will tell us about the work that he and many others are doing to reclaim this historically significant habitat, and how it brought these tiny sand colored plovers back to the region.

Refreshments are served at 4:15, pesentation starts at 4:30 with a business meeting to follow.

Saturday,
October 7, 2017

Special Event: BIG SIT

The Goss Bird Club joins with birders from around the world as we participate in The Big Sit! The Sit, an event started and sponsored by Bird Watchers Digest, takes place the first full weekend in October each year. The idea is to see as many species as you can from a 17' diameter circle in a 24 hour period.

Our local event will take place at Retzer Nature Center on the south facing slope of the hill, just south of the main building. Birders will arrive before first light to listen for nocturnal birds such as owls, American Woodcock. A flury of activity will take place just as the sun comes up with robins, bluebirds and waxwings heading out to scour for breakfast. Throughout the day, birds will continue to fly past our circle, including hawks and vultures who take advantage of the late-day thermals. And as much as The Big Sit! is about birds, a full day of birding provides ample time for socialization with birders in our group and visitors to the nature center.

During our innaguarl Big Sit in 2015 we tallied 37 species, and we beat that with 39 species in 2016. This year we hope to break 40. Join us in our count circle throughout the day to have fun adding species to our list!

For more info about the Big Sit sponsored by Bird Watcher's Digest, click HERE.

Sunday,
October 15, 2017

6:45PM

Program:TBA
Speaker: TBA

Sunday,
November 19, 2017

Note Time Change:
Start time 6:45 PM

Program: The American Bird Conservancy
Speaker: Shaw Graff - ABC Vice President for the Great Lakes Region

American Bird Conservancy was born in 1994, based on the need founder, George Fenwick, saw for a fearless bird conservation group — one that wasn't afraid to take on difficult issues facing the birds of the Americas. Choosing the small but feisty hummingbird as its symbol, ABC has gone on to become known for its results and ability to leverage still great accomplishments through partnerships.

Refreshments are served at 4:15. Presentation starts at 4:30.

Saturday,
December 16, 2017

Special Event: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

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.

If you are interested in joining us for the CBC, please email Tim Hahn (thahnbirder@gmail.com)

Sunday,
January 21, 2018

6:45PM

Program: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Refreshments are served at 6:45. Presentation starts at 7:00 with a business meeting to follow.

Sunday,
February 18, 2018

6:45PM

Program: Wildlife Management in Wisconsin
Speaker: Diane Robinson - Wildlife Biologist for the Wisconsin DNR

Sunday,
March 18, 2018

6:45PM

Program: Bio Blitz - A 24 Hour Nature Party
Speaker: Ellen Censky - Milwaukee Public Museum
Senior Vice President, Academic Dean

Sunday,
April 15, 2018

6:45PM

Program: TBA
Speaker: DTBA

Saturday,
May 12, 2018

Special Event: MAY COUNT

Our May Count is conducted within the same circle as our CBC. The count is conducted as a 24 hour event, from midnight to midnight, finding as many species as possible. To join the count, check in with Spence to see which sections need help.