Heckrodt Birding Club

Heckrodt 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. Outings are held monthly.



There is no fee to attend meetings.  Some outings may have entry fees for various properties.  Club membership is $10/year.  All membership fees are tax deductible and support HWR Birding Club activities.

Pay Birding Club dues online

February 2019
February 5  Project SOAR – Snowy Owl Airport Relocation. – Frank Ujazdowski.

Frank is a local falconer and avid nature lover.  He grew up in the woods of northern Wisconsin and had an early interest in raptors.  Frank finally made that love a reality by becoming a falconer a few years ago.  Today he enjoys sharing his passion for this amazing and rare sport through seminars and taking people out to see the birds hunt.

Outing February 9 (Saturday)- Winter birds in the Fox Valley.  Goals:  Early migrants, shorebirds and winter birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 9:00 AM

March 2019
Meeting March 5 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM Birding in Alaska.  Michael Gray
Michael Gray is a 16 year old birder from Manawa, Wisconsin.  He has been a birder for six years now, and it has been the center of his life for most of that time.  Michael will be taking us on his most recent trip to the remote state of Alaska exploring all the major regions as well as touching on conservation issues directly involved with this area.

Outing  March 30 (Saturday)  Goose Pond and several locations in the Madison area. Goals: ducks, swans, geese and early migrants.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM

April 2019
Meeting  April 2  (Tuesday), 6:30 PM- Bird Feeding and Bird Houses.  Marie Rohrer
Marie is the owner of Wild Perch and Paw located in Neenah.  this incredible store has a great variety of see types, houses and other incredible items for sale.  Marie is very knowledgeable about feeding the birds and even mixes her own seed blends.

Outing  April 13 (Saturday) – Shiocton Area – Mack Van Patten Rd and other locations.  Goals: swans, ducks, eagles, and others,  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 8 AM.

May 2019
Outing  May 7 (Tuesday) – In lieu of a meeting, we’ll bird High Cliff State Park and Peterson Rd.  Goals: Early Warblers, woodland birds, and water birds.  Meet at High Cliff Lime Kiln parking lot at 5:30 PM.  State Park admission required.

Outing May 11 (Saturday) – Horicon Marsh.  Goals:  early migrant and resident including warbler, shore birds, ducks, geese and swans.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM

Festival – May 15-18 (Weds – Sat) Ashland Birdfest. Goals warblers, grassland birds, shore birds, waterbirds, raptors.  Each participant responsible for their own registration, transportation, and lodging.

Outing – May 21 (Tues)  Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.  Goals: local birds found at Heckrodt.

Outing – May 28, (Tues). Shiocton Area – Mack, Van Patten Rd., and other locations.  Goals: shorebirds, waterbirds, swans, geese, eagles. Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 5:30 PM.

June 2019
Meeting -June 4, 2019 (Tuesday) – Birding by Ear – Larry Reidinger.
Larry is a long time birder.  He has monitored the nesting birds at Heckrodt for many years.  He has participated in many Bird Monitoring.Counts for the State of Wisconsin where his ear was the best and often the only way to identify the birds that are being searched for.  The bird list provided by Heckrodt is the result of Larry’s many hours of work.  Come get some tips about listening for birds.

Outing – June 15, 2019 (Saturday).  Shiocton Area including Black Slough Conservation Area and Herb Behnke Unit of the Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area.   Goals: water birds, shore birds, woodland birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

July 2019
Meeting – there is no meeting scheduled in July.+

Outing – July 13, 2019 (Saturday)  Green Bay Area.  Goals: Lake birds, shore birds and edge of water birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

August 2019
Meeting – August 6, 2019 (Tuesday) – Affects of Great Lakes Water Levels on Marshes.  Tara Hohman.
Tara Hohman is currently a graduate student at UW-Green Bay where she is researching how changes in Great Lakes water levels impact bird communities in coastal wetlands.  She is a Texas native and has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology grom Texas State University where she developed her passion for birds.  Tara is also a Board Member of the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society as well as the President of the newly created Green Bay Audubon Student conservation Chapter. Her presentation will discuss the importance of Great Lakes water levels and impact on wetland characteristics and the use of remote sensing to determine wetland extant change over time.  Tara will also discuss how lake level changes affect marsh obligate bird species composition, and where habitat – bird interactions are most pronounces across the Great Lakes basin.

Updated: Outing – August 10, 2019, Peterson Road, Collings Marsh, Ledgeview Nature Center.  Goals: Woodland birds, marsh birds, shore birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

September 2019
Meeting – September 3, 2019 (Tuesday) – Bird Protection Fund & The Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Kim Kreitinger
Kim began birding when she moved to California in 2000, although her love of nature began much earlier. Her fascination with the natural world led her to pursue a degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.After graduating college, Kim joined the Peace Corps and work as a wildlife biologist in a national park in Niger, West Africa.  Upon return to the US, Kim has worked in Florida, California, and Wisconsin on various bird conservation projects.  She currently works as Outreach Coordinator for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  Birding for Good – What do Kirtland’s Warblers, Caspian Terns, and Piping Plovers have in common?  These are all species that benefit from the fundraising efforts of the Natural Resources Foundation for Wisconsin.  Learn more about these NRF initiatives, the species that benefit and how you can get involved!

Outing – September 21, 2019 (Saturday).  Mosquito Hill & Waupaca Area Goals:  Woodland birds, marsh birds, shore birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

October 2019
Meeting  October 1, 2019 (Tuesday), Introduction to Sandhill and Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin.  Mike and Mary Kloepping.
An examination of the life cycle of the Sandhill and Whooping Cranes, the challenges they face throughout the year, and what the future holds for these beautiful creatures.

Updated:Outing  October 12, 2019 (Saturday).  Sandhill Wildlife Area.  goals:  Sandhill migratory gathering, woodland and grassland birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

November 2019
Meeting – November 5, 2019 (Tuesday).  Habitat Management at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.  Emma Neuman (Natural Resource Associate) and Tracey Koenig (Executive Director)
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve manages its property to enhance, restore, and preserve the Reserve.  This work is not undertaken randomly, but follows a Habitat Management Plan.  Much of the plan’s emphasis focuses on improving habitat for songbirds.  Emma and Tracey will discuss the plan and show you how it is bring implemented.

Outing – November 9, 2019 (Saturday).  Navarino Wildlife Area.  Goals:  Grassland and migratory birds.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

December 2019
Meeting – December 10, 2019  Potluck, Christmas Games and a photo display
Bring a dish or two to pass and your own table service.  Drinks will be provided.  Bring a few pictures of birds, club outings, or meetings and put them on display for all to enjoy.

Outing – December 14, 2019 (Saturday).  Christmas Bird Count.  goals: Calumet and winnebago Counties – All species.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM