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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UPCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS


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 25, 2016

6:45PM

Program: Birds and Wildlife on the Waukesha County Land Conservancy
Speaker: Cheryl White, Executive Director for the WCLC

Since 1992, The WCLC has worked quietly and efficiently at fulfilling its mission of protecting environmentally significant lands in Waukesha County. Over 2,800 acres of primary environmental corridor, undisturbed shoreline, pristine floating bog, uplands, woodlands and wetlands are preserved for generations to come.

Cheryl will tell us about the history of the organization, how it operates, and explain their new wildlife monitoring efforts to document birds, along with other wildlife, on WCLC properties.

Visit the Waukesha County Land Conservancy's website.

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

Saturday,
October 8, 2016

Special Event: BIG SIT

Birders from around the world participate in The Big Sit this weekend. Our 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, and maybe even migrants passing overhead.

During our innaguarl Big Sit in 2015 we tallied 37 species, and this year we hope to break 40. Join us in our count circle throughout the day to help add species to our list!

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

Sunday,
October 16, 2016

6:45PM

Program: TBA
Speaker: TBA

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)

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

Sunday,
November 20, 2016

6:45PM

Program: TBA
Speaker: TBA

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)

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

Saturday,
December 17, 2016

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.

Sunday,
January 8, 2017

6:45PM

Program: TBA
Speaker: TBA

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)

Sunday,
February 19, 2017

6:45PM

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)

Sunday,
March 19, 2017

6:45PM

Program: Bird Identification Tips
Speaker: Tom Schultz

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)

Sunday,
April 16, 2017

6:45PM

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

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)

Saturday,
May 6 or 14, 2017

Special Event: MAY COUNT

Elected Officers for the 2016 - 2017 Bird Club Year

President:

Spence Stehno

pensacola634@gmail.com

Vice President

Jasonn Weber

jasonnweber@wi.rr.com

Treasurer

Paula Stich

paulastich13@gmail.com

Recording Secretary

Tim Hahn

thahnbirder@gmail.com

Appointed Officers

Field Trip Chair

Anne Moretti

amoretti@wi.rr.com

CorrespondingSecretary

Christine Reel

dcreel@gmail.com

Count Coordinator

Wally Hahn

Club Historian

Jennifer Tyskiewicz

mtyskiewicz@wi.rr.com

Waukesha County
Bird List Coordinator

Paula Stich

Webmaster

Tim Hahn

Mailing Address

Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club

c/o Spence Stehno

P.O. Box 439

Hartland, WI 53029 53146