Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club

Waukesha County, Wisconsin

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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.


May 29: Field Trip - Vernon Marsh at Benson Ave.

Vernon Marsh is a unique ecosystem in Waukesha County consisting of approximately 5,000 acres of marshland, grassland, flowage, rivers, oak savanna, and lowland forest. The Fox River runs through the property making the marsh a vital connection between the Fox River, Mukwonago River, Pebble Creek, and Mill Creek watersheds. It supports abundant wildlife including frogs, turtles, furbearers, deer, and numerous bird species including American White Pelicans, Trumpeter Swan, American and Least Bitterns, Black and Forsters Terns, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Northern Harrier, and numerous ducks.

DIRECTIONS: Our group will gather in the parking lot at the west end of Benson Ave. on the east side of the wildlife area. We will If you are coming from Mukwonago, take Hwy X north from Hwy ES/National Ave. Benson Road will be on your left approximately 2 miles north of ES/National Ave. From Waukesha, take Hwy X south from Hwy 59/Les Paul Pkwy. Benson Ave. will be on your right about 4 miles south of Hwy 59/Les Paul Pkwy.

Follow this LINK to the DNR webiste for Vernon SWA.

Check out the Friends of Vernon Marsh HERE

June 5: WSO Biannual trip to the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest

Participants will go on an odyssey beginning in Waukesha County and traveling into Jefferson and Walworth Counties! This trip mixes a couple of 1/4 mile hikes along level, well-groomed trails with roadside stops that will take travelers through habitats ranging from pinewood forests to the largest wet prairie east of the Mississippi. Target species will vary depending on which specialties are being found in the forest in any given year. Common and rare birds present over the past couple of years have included Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Black-throated Green, Hooded, Kentucky, Pine, Cerulean, & Prairie Warblers, Yellowbreasted Chat, Henslow's and Lark Sparrows, and Orchard Oriole. Bring along water and snacks. If you have questions about this trip contact Andrea Szymczak at Carpooling is advised for this trip.

Directions to the parking lot of Scuppernong Ski/Hiking Trails: Click for map. Hwy ZZ (north side of road) - approx. 1 mile east of Hwy 67.

Note that a state parks/forest admission sticker is required for entrance into many locations in the state forest. Fees can be paid at the meeting place at Scuppernong Trails

Click Here to see what birds people are finding in Waukesha County.


Last Updated: 3/13/2016