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 372-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. This year due to COVID-19 we have canceled the in person Birdathon but still need your help. We hope to reschedule a day of birding on the property for Fall but need your donation now.

Honey Creek is designated a State Natural Area and provides habitat for some of the state's rarest and most beautiful birds, such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Cerulean Warbler, and Acadian Flycatcher. The WSO owns and maintains this property. The Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon is the primary source of funding for maintenance of the preserve property. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the removal of invasive species and maintenance of trails and the Cox Nature Center.

Your past support has allowed WSO to replace and extend the boardwalk on its trail up the valley and to hire crews to scout and treat garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed. Donations have paid for mending fences after the spring floods, trail rehabilitation, property taxes, electricity and insurance on the Cox Nature Center, as well as liability insurance.                                             

Activities planned for a hopeful Fall bird walk:

  • Go on a bird walk led by Tom Schultz and Jeff Baughman
  • Explore a beautiful piece of land no matter what the weather
  • Meet and network with other birders/nature enthusiasts

Stay tuned for a new date of birding this magnificent property after things return to more normal times and THANK YOU for your much needed continued support. We cannot do what we do at WSO without your help.

Donate ONLINE here or mail in information below:

https://wso.wildapricot.org/donate

Please write "HCBB 2020" in the Comments box.

Your tax deductible contribution will go directly to the annual insurance and maintenance expenses for WSO's Harold and Carla Kruse Nature Preserve. You will receive a detailed narrative and results summary from the event! If you wish to mail in your pledge. please mail your check (written out to WSO) to the following address: WSO HCBB, P.O. Box 217, North Lake, WI 53064.