OWBC: Birding at the Bog by Canoe or Kayak

May 24 @ 6:30 am – 9:30 am

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Birding at the Bog by Canoe or Kayak

Mud Lake in the Cedarburg Bog is one of the top birding spots in the county. We’ll do about 1 mile of paddling and 1 1/2 miles of walking looking for late migrants and avian residents uncommon to rare in southeastern Wisconsin. With advanced permission a limited number of personal kayaks and canoes will be allowed. Canoes will be provided at a $10 rental fee payable at the time of the outing.

The outing starts and ends at the UW-Milwaukee Field Station (address below).

Ages 18+ | Free to attend (not including canoe rental)

Pre-registration required by May 23 at 5:00 pm.

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May 24 @ 6:30 am 9:30 am

3095 Blue Goose Road
Saukville, WI 53080 United States
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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 pm (noon).

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May 8 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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

OWBC: Woodcock Wander at Mequon Nature Preserve

April 17 @ 6:30 pm – TBD

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Woodcock Wander at Mequon Nature Preserve

Join Dan Panetti, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Mequon, on an evening stroll in search of the American Woodcock – a secretive species most easily found when engaged in wild aerial courtship displays. Although the Woodcocks are technically “shorebirds,” they typically are found in woodlands, forest openings, and ephemeral ponds. The diverse habitats of the Mequon Nature Preserve make this an ideal location for observing them. The outing will start around dusk at 7:00 p.m. with an informational talk followed by a hike in and around the preserve listening for the “peent” call of the male as he corkscrews from on high to the ground in his distinctive courtship display. (Rain date of April 18 in case previous day is unsuitable for people and woodcock!)

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April 17 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

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

OWBC: Habitat Restoration & Monitoring on Oneida Nation’s Lands (in-person and virtual)

March 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Habitat Restoration & Monitoring on Oneida Nation’s Lands In Person and Virtual

Join Tony Kuchma, from the Oneida Nation; and Erin Giese, from UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center; to learn about their collaborative partnership to implement a volunteer bird monitoring program at multiple restoration sites on the Oneida Nation Reservation near Green Bay. Over 100 volunteers conducted bird surveys on five restoration sites, totaling >120 bird species and >75,000 bird observations. Bird data collected for this program are used to inform land management decisions.

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March 13 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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

OWBC: Aerial Insectivores in Wisconsin (in-person and virtual)

February 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Aerial Insectivores in Wisconsin In Person and Virtual

There is growing concern about the apparent population decline of many “aerial insectivores” – those species that feed on their insect prey in flight. These species belong to several avian orders and families, that include swallows and martins, chimney swifts, some forest flycatchers, plus nightjars such as whip-poor-wills and nighthawks. We’ll focus here on three of the swallows found across the Upper Midwest: Purple Martin, Bank Swallow, and Barn Swallow.

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February 14 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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OWBC: Field Trip to Port Pier

January 1 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Field Trip to Port Pier

Every bird is a new bird! The Cutright Bird Club is inviting members of all of the Ozaukee Washington Birding Coalition to participate in their annual, always fun, New Year’s Day Birding Field Trip in search of new birds for your 2024 list! We will end at noon with a celebratory lunch (sub sandwiches, chips, cookies, and beverages) in the Riveredge Nature Center barn.

Park and meet at the Port Washington Marina and Pier (address below).

Ages 12+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration is required by December 28 at 8:00 am. Contact Carl Schwartz at cschwartz3@wi.rr.com or 414-416-3272 to register.

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January 1 @ 7:30 am 1:30 pm

106 Lake St
Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074
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OWBC: Bald Eagle Nest Watch (in-person and virtual)

January 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Bald Eagle Nest Watch In Person and Virtual

In coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Badgerland Bird Alliance (formerly Madison Audubon) launched the Bald Eagle Nest Watch (BENW) project with the goal of monitoring and better understanding how Bald Eagle populations are doing in Wisconsin. The Bald Eagle Nest Watch is a citizen science program which began in 2018 with just a dozen nests in Dane County. It has now grown to include over 100 nests in 36 counties!

While Bald Eagles have made a remarkable recovery in Wisconsin, they continue to face significant threats. BENW volunteers monitor nest sites, track trends in eagle populations, and provide nest and fledging observation reports to the WDNR. As the Bald Eagle population expands, BENW is seriously looking for more volunteers to assist in finding and monitoring nests. Volunteers are especially needed in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. If you love Bald Eagles and have an interest in learning more about them (and maybe even becoming a volunteer), this program is for you!

If you’re joining in-person, meet at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend (address below).

Ages 18+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration is required by January 8 at 11:59 pm through Lac Lawrann Conservancy.

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January 10 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

OWBC: Owl Prowl at the Bog

November 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ozaukee Washington Bird Coalition Owl Prowl at the Bog

Join the Cedarburg Bog Owl Prowl team of veteran birders as we prowl the Bog for owls. We will be looking for Barred, Great-Horned, Northern Saw-whet, and Eastern Screech-Owls for sure and maybe a rare species such as Long-eared Owl. There are no guarantees as owls can be fickle; however, we have never to date struck out when weather conditions are right! Bring binoculars, water, and a small flashlight. We will mostly be owling along Blue Goose Road and possibly St. Augustine Road as well with few short forays off these roads into the woods and/or into the Bog itself. We will be standing in place for extended periods of time so dress for the weather (sweater or fleece plus a warm coat, wool hat, warm gloves, wool socks, and good walking shoes or boots).

Park and meet at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Field Station in Saukville (address below).

Ages 10+ | Free to attend

Pre-registration is required by November 8 at 11:59 pm through the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog

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November 10, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

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

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

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!

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

300 Schmidt Rd
West Bend, WI 53090 United States

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