OWBC: Nocturnal Bird Call Identification

May 8 @ 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Nocturnal Bird Call Identification at Mequon Nature Preserve

Sam Corbo will discuss his experiences recording nocturnal migration over his Shorewood home over the last three years (and counting). What started as a curiosity and an effort to build up his yard list has grown into a near obsession, and while some interesting finds were anticipated, results have been quite surprising! (Check out Sam’s station’s eBird profile, “skcorboNFC” for some examples!). Incredible numbers of regular migrants have been joined by true rarities including several Wisconsin review species as well as some tantalizing mysteries that remain unidentified for now. He plans to not only share what has turned out to be quite an adventure, but also provide a tutorial for anyone interested in wading into the NFC (night flight call) world.

This program is offered in-person and virtually.

If joining in person, meet at Mequon Nature Preserve (address below).

Ages 18+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration required by May 8 at 12:00 (noon).

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May 8 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

8200 W. County Line Road
Mequon, WI 53097 United States

Morning Bird Walks

May 3 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Morning Bird Walks with Nathaniel Reinartz

Join Conservation Manager Nathaniel Reinartz on Friday mornings in spring to observe and record the amazing diversity of birds that stop and refuel at Riveredge on their migratory path. We will record our findings into e-bird and enjoy the many warbler hotspots along the Milwaukee River, as well as, tour unsurveyed land Riveredge has recently acquired.

Meet at the Visitor Center, rain or shine. This program replaces the Friday Morning Bird Walks with Paul Boyer.

Ages 12+

This program is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated!

Pre-register by May 2 at 11:55 pm or register at the program if spots are available.

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May 3 @ 7:30 am 9:30 am

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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OWBC: Exploring eBird

October 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Exploring eBird

Have your cell phones handy and join Alex Mann and Braden Meyer , two very accomplished eBirders, as they demystify the eBird process, show you how to get started, and once started show you how to use eBird information in ways you probably haven’t even thought of! Not only will Braden and Alex cover the basics of eBirding for newcomers, they will also present advanced ways of using eBird to enhance your bird finding skills and improve your record keeping.

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Ages 12+ | Free to attend

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October 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
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OWBC: Big Sit

October 7 @ 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Big Sit

The Noel J. Cutright Bird Club, in cooperation with the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, will host its 15th annual “Big Sit!” at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (address below), five miles north of Port Washington. The count will begin at 6 a.m. on the Bill Cowart Memorial Hawk Watch Platform at the northeast corner of the preserve. If the simple joy of birding is not enough to attract your participation, those arriving for the early morning shift will find bagels and donuts on hand. BYO on beverages. Not an early bird yourself? Arrive anytime and stay as long as you can. An on-site port-a-potty is present for your comfort and convenience.

“Big Sit!” events are held at multiple locations each Fall in Wisconsin as part of an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event held during the second weekend in October. The “Big Sit!” is like a “Big Day” or a birdathon in that the object is to tally as many species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe. Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” The Sit’s 17-foot circle is on the perfectly-sized hawk watch platform at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington), one of the largest tracts of open land remaining in Ozaukee County along Lake Michigan. Since 2007, birders have recorded a total of 262 species at Forest Beach. The 116-acre site and its unique location and geography make it a great place to stage a Big Sit. Join us for a half- hour, or a half-day, or more – whatever suits your fancy and your schedule!

All ages welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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October 7, 2023 @ 6:00 am 4:00 pm

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OWBC: Breeding Season at Horicon Marsh Field Trip

August 6 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Breeding Season at Horicon Marsh Field Trip

Join veteran birder Carl Schwartz on a late summer field trip to Horicon Marsh. Special focus will be on finding any recently reported eBird rarities as well as sorting through a huge proliferation of all sorts of recently fledged waterbirds. Raptors will be prowling the marsh which should be chock full of ducks, rails, herons, both bittern species, two and maybe three species of terns, and shorebirds already returning from their northern breeding grounds. We will especially be on the lookout for resident Whooping Cranes and Black-necked Stilt fledges. Horicon Marsh has many hotspots which we will canvass as time and weather allow, e.g., Old Marsh Road, Main Dike Road, Ledge Road, the Auto Loop Road, Highway 49, Marsh Haven, and other places reported as exhibiting significant activity.

Meet-up will be at Park & Ride lot at the intersection of Highway 33 and Interstate 41 (just east of Allenton, address below). We will carpool from there as much as possible. Some hiking is likely so wear appropriate footwear and clothing; also bring a water bottle and sunscreen. This trip is sponsored by the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club.

Ages 18+ | Free

Email trip leader Carl Schwartz at cschwartz@wi.rr.com to register.

Rescheduled for August 6, 2023.

Pre-registration required by August 4 at 12:00 pm (noon)


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August 6, 2023 @ 6:00 am 12:00 pm

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