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)

February 19, 2017


Program: The Art of Field Guide Illustration
Speaker: Tom Schultz - Green Lake, WI

Tom Schultz has worked as an artist/illustrator for over 35 years, and has had his work published in a number of publications we all know well such as the National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Peterson's A Field Guide to Warblers of North America, and various other publications. When he visits the Goss Bird Club, Tom will tell us about his experiences with The Art of Field Guide Illustration.

Originally from Fond du Lac, Tom received his BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the WSO Board as Field Trips Coordinator, a position he has held for over 30 years, and has also served as Vice President and President. Tom is an active birder with a strong interest in field identification – which is an outgrowth of his bird illustration work. He can often be found on field trips making sure that everyone has had satisfactory looks at the best birds. He has lived in the Green Lake area with his wife, Wendy, since 1983.

March 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.

April 23, 2017


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

May 13, 2017

Special Event: MAY COUNT

Elected Officers for the 2016 - 2017 Bird Club Year


Spence Stehno

Vice President

Tim Hahn


Paula Stich

Recording Secretary

Ann Soderman

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