Riveredge Nature Center has a proud history of fostering habitat along the Milwaukee River and throughout its wetlands, forests, and prairies to support native and migratory wildlife. It’s no surprise, then, that birders gather in spring and fall to enjoy seasonal migrations, as well as throughout the year to experience sightings of year-round residents and occasional unexpected guest birds. We invite you to see and contribute to the Riveredge Sighting List on eBird.

A Palm Warbler perched in spring at Riveredge

NJC Bird Club at Riveredge Nature Center

Bird Club meets at 7:00pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Riveredge from January – November to discuss bird-related topics and generally has a featured speaker. In December, the Christmas Bird Count takes the place of the monthly meeting. In regular non-pandemic times, pre-meeting Bird Hikes also take place at 6:00pm from May through September. All meetings currently take place virtually and can be found on the Riveredge Event Calendar. Visit here to view archived videos of past virtual Bird Club meetings. All Bird Club programs are free and open to the public. It’s a club in name, and in order to join all you need is a passion for winged wildlife and curiosity to learn more.

Riveredge Bird Club History

Noel J. Cutright speaking about his favorite topic, birds.

The Riveredge Bird Club was founded by Noel J. Cutright in 1986 for the purpose of bringing together people who enjoy watching birds and care about conserving them. During the 28 years Noel served as club president he scheduld more than 300 speakers for the monthly meetings on topics ranging from the Ivory-billed Woodpecker to Whooping Cranes. In addition to leading pre-meeting field trips, he also guided many special weekend outings.

Since the club doesn’t charge membership dues, Noel initiated the Birdathon/Bandathon as fund raiser. Birders and banders collect pledges for the number of birds and species seen or banded on the property during this one day event. Proceeds from the Birdathon have been used to not only cover the cost of the newsletter but also to fund bird conservation efforts locally and internationally.

Just days before Noel passed away in November 2013, members of the club voted to change the club’s name in honor of its founder and president.

The under the new direction of Carl Schwartz and other members, the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club hopes to continue Noel’s work of “doing something good for bird conservation.” Join the club if you enjoy observing and learning more about birds and sharing your interests with others.

Attend a meeting to become a member and receive the bimonthly e-newsletter, The Timberdoodle News.