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.


All 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)

January 21, 2018


Program: The Island Refuges
Speaker: Sadie O'Dell
Lead Biologist for the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Green Bay and Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuges were preserved over 100 years ago as breeding grounds for water birds. Today these refuge islands still protect critical habitat for native birds and endangered species in the Great Lakes Basin.

Sadie O’Dell will discuss the birds and other wildlife found during survey efforts, past research projects, habitat management, and public use opportunities. She will also provide information on what is planned for the coming year and how people can get involved.

Sadie will also give a brief overview of Horicon NWR focusing on management strategies and challenges the marsh faces. A Habitat Management Plan was recently completed for the marsh, and Sadie will describe the planning process, highlight bird species selected as resources of concern, and demonstrate how that will help guide future management and monitoring programs on the refuge.

O’Dell is the lead biologist for Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes Horicon, Fox River, Green Bay and Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuges and the Leopold Wetland Management District. A graduate of UW-Stevens Point, she has been a biologist with the USFWS and stationed at Horicon NWR for 11 years.

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

February 18, 2018


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

March 18, 2018


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

April 15, 2018


Program: TBA
Speaker: DTBA

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.