Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

Each year the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology hosts the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon fundraising event for the Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve. This fundraiser helps preserve and manage this unique 267-acre property that WSO has owned since 1960. Proceeds help fund invasive species control, fence repair, as well as maintenance and property taxes on the site’s Cox Nature Center.

The event typically takes place on a weekend in mid-May, during the peak of spring migration. A bird-banding demonstration occurs at the Cox Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Anna Pidgeon of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her student and volunteer crew begin banding shortly after sunrise and continue until approximately 11 a.m. This is an excellent opportunity to see some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful birds at close range, and also to learn about the process of bird banding. More than 20 species are typically banded during this event. A bird hike led by WSO members sets out at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Walk through beautiful carpets of spring wildflowers and listen for and observe a range of migrants and resident bird species, including some uncommon inhabitants of the Honey Creek valley, such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Cerulean Warbler, Tufted Titmouse and Acadian Flycatcher. Between 80 and 100 species are typically recorded that day. The trail crosses Honey Creek several times, so be sure to wear rubber boots.

The Honey Creek Nature Preserve can be reached by going west out of Prairie du Sac on Highway PF approximately 15 miles to Skyview Drive (Lins Road on older maps). Go left about 3/4 mile to Alder Drive and turn left to the Cox Nature Center. Google Map For more information, contact Jesse Peterson at hcbb@wsobirds.org