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

There will be a couple of new twists to this year’s Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon weekend.

Place a hold on your calendar for the weekend of May 12-13. Both the birdathon and bandathon will take place at WSO’s Honey Creek Nature Preserve on Sunday May 13, rather than holding them over both days. 

But we’re resurrecting the once-popular Saturday evening campout for those who want to arrive early and have a little more time to enjoy the recently expanded 372-acre property in the Baraboo Hills. We’ll start with a Saturday evening potluck cookout at the Cox Nature Center, complete with a campfire. Set up your tent and spend the night. The nature center building will be open that evening and night. 

Then at 8 a.m. on Sunday, join WSO birders in a birdathon and bandathon, including a hike up Honey Creek valley. If you wake up early, there are always a few truly dedicated birders who’ll arrive at 4 a.m. to get a head start on the birdathon at the entrance to Alder Drive. Feel free to join them for donuts as they listen and look for every species they can find while enjoying night sounds followed by the dawn chorus.

Stay tuned for more information on this wonderful weekend event and how you can participate in its fundraising effort in support of maintaining our preserve.