Check out our 2018 Spring Field Trips!

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April 6 - June 29

7:00-8:30 AM


In addition to this schedule, on Friday mornings in spring join the naturalists from Retzer Nature Center and Benjamin Goss Bird Club as we set out to discover who’s chirping on the trails. We’ll explore habitats, welcome back spring migrants and check on our year-round residents. Binoculars are available on a limited basis. No reservations needed. Meet in the parking lot.
FEE: $2.00 per person per class paid to Retzer Nature Center.

April 7, 2018

7:00 AM

WATERFOWL, RAPTORS, & EARLY MIGRANTS – Paradise Valley SWA, Bark River Unit

Meet at 7 AM in the parking lot at the end of Kincaid lane, 2 miles west of Dousman. We will gather at the viewing platform and scope for waterfowl, raptors and early migrants before hiking a half mile or more into the wetland complex.

April 14, 2018

7:00 PM

CREPUSCULAR ACTIVITY at Scuppernong Prairie; aka the Woodcock Walk

Meet at 7:00 PM *in the evening* at the Hunter’s parking Lot along Hwy N south of Wilton Rd. Look and listen after sunset for American Woodcock, Wilson’s Snipe, and other crepuscular activity.

May 5, 2018

7:00 AM - Noon

Retzer Bird Count

As a thank you to Retzer Nature Center for graciously allowing us to host our monthly club meetings in their conference room we will help them conduct a bird count on their property to determine what birds they host in spring migration.
Join us as we cover the nature center grounds looking for birds in every nook and cranny! Meet at the nature center at 7am to start counting birds!

May 6, 2018

6:30 AM


Meet at 6:30 AM in the Big Bend School parking lot. We will carpool to Martin’s Woods SNA and the adjacent Fox River Greenway site. *Carpooling is required!* Please do not drive directly to the birding location; there is only space for about 4 cars. The walk starts on level mowed trails, then continues through narrow, probably muddy trails down to the river, which can be a good spot for warblers. Footwear that can handle wet and muddy conditions is highly recommended. Rubber boots are a good choice. At the end, we’ll take a short walk through the state natural area looking for spring ephemerals in the wet mesic environment.

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 Don Reel to see which sections need help.

May 26, 2018

6:30 AM


Meet at 6:30 AM in the parking lot on the north side of Henneberry Drive, just west of Cty Y in Muskego. We’ll take a roughly 2 mile walk over mostly level terrain, but be prepared for wet and/or muddy trails. Engel can be good for a variety of migrants including flycatchers, warblers, waterfowl, and shorebirds if the water level is right.

June 2, 2018

6:00 AM

SOUTHERN KETTLE MORAINE with the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

Meet at 6:00 AM in the parking lot of Scuppernong Ski/Hiking Trails Hwy ZZ (north side of road) - approx. 1 mile east of Hwy 67. Carpooling is advised for this trip; bring along water and snacks. This trip mixes a couple of 1/4 mile hikes along level, ell groomed trails with roadside stops through habitats ranging from pinewood forests to the largest wet prairie east of the Mississippi.

June 9, 2018

8:00 AM


Meet at 8:00 AM at Harnischfeger Park located at the end of Crawfish Road west of Ashippun. While Prothonotary Warblers can be heard from the boat launch, many more wonderful gems can be seen and heard from on the water. We will spend about 2 – 2.5 hours on the water paddling approx. 3 miles one way.