On Saturday June 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM, 37 people met at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area for the WSO’s Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit field trip. The main areas we birded were; Mauthe Lake Recreation Area, Haushalter Road, Jersey Flats prairie restoration area, Spruce Lake Bog, Shamrock Road Wetland Restoration Area, Parnell Tower Recreation Area, and Springvalley Road grasslands.
WSO is taking orders for 2013-2014 Duck Stamps.
Tempurature extremes, Lazuli Bunting and other May highlights by Mark Korducki
Visit by middle school students is high point of WSO’s 29th Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon; 90 species seen, 15 netted. Complete species list and pledge invoice or gift acknowledgment accompanies this article.
Cold and wet summarizes the month. Temperatures were well below normal statewide. Record rainfall fell on the southern part of the state and the northern third received heavy snowfall. Many of the northern lakes were still covered by ice at the end of the month. The heavy snow cover on the great plains forced several more “western” migrants into our state in higher than normal numbers. There were multiple reports of White-faced Ibis including one flock of 7 near Neenah. Marbled Godwit sightings were also above normal with a high count of 27 in Ozaukee. The number of Eared Grebe reports was unprecedented and groups as large as 4 were observed.
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