OUR 2017 FIELD TRIP SEASON IS COMPLETE.
Check back in spring of 2018 for an updated schedule.


When birding, we will do our best to abide by the American Birding Asociation's Code of Birding Ethics.
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Saturday,
April 1

7:00 AM

PARADISE VALLEY, 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.

Saturday,
April 8

7:00 PM

ANNUAL WOODCOCK FIELD TRIP AT THE SCUPPERNONG PRAIRIE

Meet at 7:00 PM *in the evening* at the Hunter’s parking Lot along Hwy N south of Wilton Rd. This is the same day as the Sandhill Crane Count which takes place in the morning. (In 2015 we had one land 10 ft away from our group!)

Saturday,
April 15

7:00 AM

HARTLAND MARSH

Meet at the parking lot on the west side of Cottonwood Ave at 7:00 AM. A tower for migrating chimney swifts has been erected at the site. The habitat consists of a 1-mile boardwalk through the marsh, plus walking trails through stands of hardwoods.

Saturday,
April 29

7:00 AM

BADERTSCHER PRESERVE

Badertscher Preserve is over 130 acres of former farmland featuring foot trails for hiking the wetlands, woodlands, oak savanna, hills, and prairires. The site covers rolling glacial topography and has artesian springs which give rise to Spring Creek, the highest quality stream in Muskego and a major tributary to the Little Muskego Lake. The property is located on Field Dr. in Muskego. Ample parking is available in the lot on the north side of the road.

Saturday,
May 6, 2017

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!

Saturday,
May 13, 2017

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.

Saturday,
May 27

7:00 AM

MONCHES WOODS - RESCHEDULED FROM 5/20 (Vernon Marsh hike has been canceled)

Monches Woods is a unique property containing both the Oconomowoc and Little Oconomowoc Rivers. While our main goal will be to find a singing Louisiana Waterthrush, nesting Blue-winged Warblers and Acadian Flycatchers call this their summer home, and there’s an outside shot for a Red-shouldered Hawk sighting, so this is a bird hike you don’t want to miss! While much of the topography is quite hilly and can be a difficult hike for some folks, this year we will be guided by John Winze whose family owns property lending us a “back door” entrance to the woods with fewer hills to climb!

Before heading to the bird hike location we will meet at Mary Korkor's house at 6:45 and we will carpool to the Winze property. After the bird hike, attendees are welcome to gather back at Mary's for brunch/lunch. Bring your own lunch and relax with the birds in Mary's fine garden to socialize with birders and birds!

If you wish to attend, please contact Tim Hahn for specific directions. (thahnbirder@gmail.com)

Sunday,
June 4

7:00 AM

BEULAH BOG

Beulah Bog lies in a series of four kettle holes and features an undisturbed bog with many unusual plants more typical of northern bogs. Anne Moretti has been surveying this location for the WBBA II, and will lead us on a hike to enjoy this unique natural place.

Coming from the west, (Dousman, Oconomowoc, etc.) take Hwy 67 south to ZZ. Turn left and follow it to Hwy E. Turn right towards North Prairie and continue south to Hwy J. At the stop sign turn left and drive .5 mile to Stringer’s Bridge Rd. Turn right and drive .7 mile to the Beulah Bog SNA parking lot on the left.

Coming from the east (Waukesha, Brookfield, etc.) head south on Hwy 83 towards Mukwonago. From the Round-About at Hwys 59 and 83, head south to the second Round-About. Exit at Hwy I west. Follow I to J. Turn right and drive 2.6 miles to Stringer’s Bridge Rd. Turn left and drive .7 mile to the parking lot on the left.

Saturday,
June 24

7:00 AM

Kayak the Fox

South of Waukesha the Fox River flows travels through extensive natural areas including many wooded areas and the Vernon State Wildlife Area, aka Vernon Marsh. Paddling on the river will give us a unique perspective from which to observe birds that, for one reason or another, seem to ignore people in paddle boats.

We will start the paddle from the Fox River Park on Hwy H. The first take out option is at Cty I after about 5 miles; this stretch takes about 2 hours to complete. Intrepid paddlers may continue on through the Vernon Marsh and take out at Cty ES (National Ave) which is about another five miles; this leg will take another 2 to 3 hours. Kayaks and canoes are welcome, but we unfortunately do not have extras available. If you would like to participate in the paddle, contact Tim Hahn (thahnbirder@gmail.com).