Heckrodt Birding Club

Visitors_watching_their_favorite_birdsHeckrodt Birding Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.  A presentation is followed by social time to meet fellow birders.  Monthly Outings are also scheduled to see birds in the field.

The HBC is open to any adult interested in birds and birding– no experience necessary.  Meetings and outings are free.  An annual membership is encouraged at $10/family to help support the cost of meetings and outings.  Choose membership options.

2018 Meetings

January 2, 2018              No Meeting

February 6, 2018, 6:30 PM       Restore the Shore. – Jennifer Klein
Working collaboratively to remove invasive species and plant native species, particularly for the benefit of migratory birds. Jennifer Klein is the Land Management Coordinator for Woodland Dunes Nature Center.  For the last four years, she has been managing invasive species and planting native species in the over 1,400 acre preserve and the surrounding communities.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Green Bay where she double majored in Biology (with an emphasis on Animal Biology) and Environmental Science.

March 6, 2018, 6:30 PM  Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II;  Mike Reese
Mike Reese will explain what a breeding bird atlas is, present results of the first three years of the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, discuss what is still left to do, and how we can help

April 3, 2018 6:30 PM  Wisconsin’s Big Green Birding Year (BIGBY);  Ross Mueller
Wisconsin’s Big Green Birding Year (BIGBY),  a challenge to Wisconsin birders to see how many species of birds they can see in 1 year using human-powered transportation (no petroleum). Ross will cover pertinent aspects of Bigby and describe some of his adventures and misadventures riding his bike around the Fox Valley and beyond. He will touch on Wisconsin Society of Ornithology and Earth Day and will have many photos of birds from our area plus insights into why the Fox Valley area is such an excellent birding area.

May 1, 2018  5:00 PM  High Cliff Bird Hike
This is a great time of year to see spring warblers.  Let’s go!

June 5, 2018, 6:30 PM. How Small Birds Survive Wisconsin Winters;  Sheldon Cooper, PhD.
Small birds that overwinter in cold temperate regions such as Wisconsin, require prolonged energy expenditures in order to survive.  In addition, foraging time is decreased in winter and may be further restricted due to heavy snow or ice cover.  Behavioral and metabolic changes from summer to winter allow small birds to survive these winter conditions.  This talk will discuss some of the seasonal adjustments in birds that allow them to survive cold temperate winters.

July 2018    No Meeting

August 7, 2018  4:00 PM  Birding the Manitowoc Lakeshore;  Charles Sontag
Outing to go birding with Charles Sontag in Manitowoc

September 4, 2018  6:30 PM  Becoming a Bird Citizen Scientist in Your Own Backyard!;  Erin Giese
If you enjoy bird watching, then you can contribute to current research to help scientists understand bird migration, estimate bird populations, conserve birds and their habitats, and more! Bird watchers of all experience levels can contribute to many different projects, including the Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, WI Breeding Bird Atlas II Project, Swift Night Out, duck banding, and others. Come listen to Erin Giese, Senior Research Specialist from the UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, as she teaches you how to become a citizen scientist, utilize many free tools, and have fun watching your backyard birds.

October 2, 2018, 6:30 PM ;  Birds and birding in Texas; Michael Gray
Michael will be taking us through some of the habitats and the huge diversity of birds in Texas, from desert to tropical forest, and from Scrub Jays to Chachalacas”

November 6, 2018; 6:30 PM  The Messenger; Cindy Carter
Documentary · The Messenger is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

December 4, 2018; 5:30 PM; The Big Year and Potluck
Potluck and a movie

2018 Outings

($$ = fee required)
(SPS  = State Park Sticker Required)

All outings begin at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve parking lot unless otherwise noted.

January 20, 2018, Saturday, 7:30  AM
Eagles and Snowys in Kaukauna, WI and Freedom, WI Area.

February 24, 2018, Saturday,  TBD,  $$
Boreal Bird Search, Eagle River, WI/Three Lakes, WI Area

March 24, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Ducks and Geese at Mack Wildlife Area, Bovina, WI /Winneconne, WI Area

April 23, 2018, Saturday  TBD   $$
Prairie Chicken viewing at Milk Crystal Dairy, Junction City, WI

April 28, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM 
Spring birds and lakeshore birds at Woodland Dunes, Two Rivers, WI and Lake MI Shoreline

May 1, 2018, Tuesday, 5:00 PM (SPS)
Spring Warblers at High Cliff State Park

May 12, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Spring migration at Horicon Marsh

May 15, 2018, Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Warblers and Migrants at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

May 16-20, 2018 , Wednesday – Sunday, TBD $$
Ashland Birdfest

May 18-20, 2018; Friday – Sunday, TBD   $$
Door County Birdfest

May 18-20, 2018; Friday – Sunday, TBD
Appleton Birdfest

May 26, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM (SPS)
Warblers and migrants at Kohler SP, Sheboygan, WI /Lions Den Gorge, Grafton, WI/Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, Washington, WI

June 23, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Scuppernog River Area of Kettle Moraine Southern Unit

July 21, 2018 Saturday (SPS), 7:30 AM
Richard Bong Recreation Area, Kansasville, WI

August 25, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI

September 15, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Birding by Bike Outing

October 20, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM (SPS)
Kohler SP, Sheboygan, WI/Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, WI

November 17, 2018, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Sandhill Crane Migration at Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock, WI