2019 SPRING FIELD TRIPS


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Every Friday in Spring
April 5 - Mid June

7:00-8:30 AM

FRIDAY CASUAL BIRD WALKS

On Friday mornings in spring join the naturalists from Retzer Nature Center and Benjamin Goss Bird Club members 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. There is NO FEE for attending and no reservations are needed. Meet in the parking lot.

Saturday,
May 11, 2019

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. ...although most folks do their birding during the day on Saturday.

Contact Don Reel for details. (don.reel46@gmail.com)

Saturday,
May 18, 2019

6:00 AM

Lulu Lake & Rainbow Springs

Meet between 5:30-6:00 AM, at the entrance on the east side of Nature Road, 1.3mi south of Cty LO, 1.6mi north of Cty J. This section of the Lulu Lake State Natural area is owned by The Nature Conservancy, and contains numerous high quality natural areas. While looking for migrating and resident birds, we’ll talk some about the natural and human history of this property. Hike will be 2+ miles, mostly on level gravel/dirt trails, though we may venture off trail for short sections. There are no restrooms.

There is a small lot at the entrance, where cars will be directed down the gravel drive for parking further in. This gate will *only* be open for field trip attendees, and close once we start for the duration of the hike. If you arrive after 6AM, or wish to stay for only part of the hike, you may park in the small lot and walk in, or park in the DNR lot about 0.2mi south. Possible post-trip visit to Rainbow Springs.


May 24-27, 2019

WSO 80th Annual Convention
Eau Claire, WI

The annual convention of the Wisconsin Society for Ornitholgoy is an excellent weekend filled with field trips, awards ceremonies, field trips, a business meeting, field trips, educational seminars, field trips, keynote presentations, field trips, and birds and beers. And did we mention field trips?

Each WSO convention is a great opportunity to meet new and old birding friends, and be guided around some of the state's most unique natural areas. For more information visit https://wsobirds.org/annual-convention.

Saturday,
June 1, 2019

7:00 AM

Muskego Park Hardwoods SNA

Muskego Park is home to the only designated natural area in the Waukesha County Parks system. Muskego Parks Hardwoods SNA is a gem of the parks system and regularly hosts singing Cerulean Warblers. Other species include Eastern Wood-pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, & North American Beaver.

We’ll take a roughly one mile walk over mostly level terrain, but be prepared for wet and/or muddy trails. Muskego park can be good for a variety of migrants, including warblers, vireos, and thrushes. We’ll be joined by the park system conservation biologist

Saturday,
June 8, 2019

7:00 AM

Birding, Biking, & ???

Join us for a bike ride along the Glacial Drumlin State trail, where we’ll get some exercise while seeking resident birds. We’ll meet at 7:00 AM, in the public parking lot in Dousman. Biking will be at a moderate pace, stopping often for birds. Distance will be at least 8 miles round trip, more depending on the group. There are no restrooms along the way. After biking, we may stop at a nearby establishment to complete the 3 B’s.