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Honey Creek Spring Work Party

We plan to do the annual big clean-up of the nature center in preparation for the Birdathon/Bandathon and will be hanging new signage on the interior walls. Some folks will also be needed to do some trail maintenance. If interested in this, please bring along some pruners, loppers, or chain saw if you have it. We have not visited the trail since last fall, so are not sure what shape it is in. Snacks will be provided.
For more information, contact Kim Kreitinger
Hope to see you there!
When: Sun April 27 1:00 PM

White River Marsh

White River Marsh in Green Lake County hosts extensive sedge meadows, as well as wet prairie and open bog habitats. Potential highlights include displaying American Woodcocks, Wilson’s Snipe, and Sandhill Cranes. Participants wishing to see displaying woodcocks must arrive at 5 am. For those not wishing to arrive early, join the group along White River Road at 9 am.
When: Sat May 3 5:00 AM

Honey Creek - Birdathon/Bandathon

Sunday May 11
This annual event takes place at Honey Creek Natural Area in the Baraboo Hills of Sauk County. This is a fundraiser for the preserve; proceeds go the management and upkeep of this unique natural area. Potential highlights include Cerulean Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and Red-shouldered Hawk. Events include bird banding and walking tours of the preserve.
When: Sun May 11 8:00 AM

WSO Convention 2014 !

When: Thu May 15 12:00 AM
Where: Prairie du Chien

Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest

When: Sun June 1 6:00 AM

Bird Walk at Schurch-Thomson Prairie, Iowa Co

This is a joint trip of The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) and WSO. Come for a morning hike to learn about prairie and savanna birds and the prairie restoration efforts at this site. This TPE preserve has an excellent variety of grassland birds, such as Upland Sandpipers, Eastern Meadowlarks, Henslow's Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Bobolinks. But there is also habitat for savanna/woodland birds such as bluebirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, flickers, and Red-headed Woodpeckers. Bring binoculars, hat, and boots for dew-covered grass.
When: Sat June 7 8:00 AM

Horicon Marsh NWR

Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S. and supports large concentrations of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. We expect to find a variety of shorebirds and waterbirds, as well as resident and early migrant passerines. Potential highlights include Least Bittern, Black Tern, Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Egret, and King Rail.
When: Sun August 17 8:00 AM

Green Bay - Fall Warblers

Come learn the tricks to fall warbler ID. We will bird the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, and possibly travel to Ken Euers Natural Area, Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, and Sensiba Wildlife Management Area near Suamico. There is potential to see more than 20 warbler species, including Cape May, Bay-breasted, Black-throated Blue, Canada, and Wilson’s. Wear good walking shoes because there will be some hiking, though leisurely. Bring a bag lunch.
When: Sat September 6 8:00 AM

Wisconsin Point - Jaegerfest

The 16th annual Jaegerfest will be one of the highlights of the birding year! Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers have been seen on this trip. Other potential highlights include Sabine’s Gull, Arctic Tern, Pacific Loon, and Harris’s Sparrow. Bring layers of clothing, rain gear, and plenty of snacks. Participants also may want to bring old bread, popcorn, beef suet, etc. to “chum” for gulls. If you are staying in a motel, make sure you book your reservation early!
When: Fri September 19 7:00 AM

Harrington Beach - Hawk Watch

Dual Dates: October 5 or October 12 depending on migration!
Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County has more than a mile of beach habitat along Lake Michigan. It is here that we will watch for hawks migrating along the lakeshore corridor. Potential highlights include Swainson’s Hawk, Golden Eagle, and numerous migrating waterfowl. Please note there is a state park entrance fee. Bring a bag lunch.
When: Sun October 5 8:00 AM

Support conservation by buying a Federal Duck Stamp from WSO

WSO is taking orders for 2013-2014 Duck Stamps.

Buying a Duck Stamp is one of the easiest ways for birders and others who enjoy wildlife to protect habitat. Since 1934, Duck Stamp sales have raised over $800 million, which has been used to purchase or lease more than six million acres of wetlands habitat. In this outstanding program, ninety-eight cents of every sales dollar go directly to purchase or lease wetlands, specifically targeting vital breeding habitat within the national wildlife refuge system.2013-2014 FederalDuckstampwinner165

The refuge system, consisting of some 550 refuges and numerous smaller areas for waterfowl, encompasses 95 million acres distributed among every state in the country. The entire refuge system comprises just 4% of the total land area of the United States, but it could be argued that it does more to protect birds, especially those that inhabit wetlands, than any other set of landholdings in the country.

WSO is proud to support this program by selling the stamps (formally known as Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps). Since its beginning five years ago, WSO’s Federal Duck Stamp program has raised nearly $6,000 for habitat conservation. Wisconsin natural areas funded in part by Federal Duck Stamp sales include Horicon, Necedah, and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuges, and Waterfowl Production Areas managed by the Leopold and the St. Croix Wetland Management Districts.

Hunters over the age of 16 must purchase a Federal Duck Stamp each year if they want to hunt migratory waterfowl. Besides serving as a hunting license and a conservation tool, a current year’s Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for national wildlife refuges where admission is charged.

When you buy a stamp for $15 from WSO, the entire $15 is sent to the Federal Duck Stamp program. In addition to stamps, WSO offers reusable plastic key-chain-type holders. You can purchase stamps and holders, just stamps, or just holders.

For more information and for an order form, click here.