Blue heron standing in shallow water with fish in its mouth

Birding Club

 

 

Group of bird watchers looking through binoculars into skyThe Heckrodt Birding Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. A presentation is followed by social time to meet fellow birders, with outings held monthly. There is no fee to attend meetings, however some outings may have entry fees for various properties. Club membership is $10/year. All membership fees are tax-deductible and support Heckrodt Birding Club activities.

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Birding Club Meetings and Outings 2022
Note: All club meetings are held at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve at 6:30 PM on the first Tuesday of the month

Note:  For all Saturday outings please bring a sack lunch you can eat while we are stopped somewhere.  This will give us more time to bird.

Meeting August 2, 2022, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
Topic: Cranes over Wisconsin,  Presented by the International Crane Foundation
Cranes over Wisconsin is an interactive 60 minute presentation that will include time for questions and answers from members of International Crane Foundation staff.

Outing: Saturday August 20th — Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
Let’s go see the cranes at the International Crane Foundation near Baraboo, WI.  Here we will have the     opportunity to see representatives  of every species of the Crane family.  One of the highlights will be to see the Whooping Crane up close.  There is an admission fee to enter the international Crane Foundation.  For this year it is $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for seniors.

Meeting September 6, 2022; 6:30 PM at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
Raptors on the Runway:  Ever wonder what happens if a Snowy Owl or Red-tail Hawk  appears on an airport runway?  Does it simply fly away or simply get squashed?  No!!!  It will be live captured by a team of people and removed to safety.  Come to our September 6th meeting to see how one of the men that take the time to help owls and hawks get moved to safety.

Frank Ujazdowski will be doing a fantastic presentation on why and how this is accomplished.  He will answer your questions too.  Frank has been doing this service for the owls and hawks and many other species of Wisconsin birds for many years.

Outing September 10, 2022; Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
We will visit the home of Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, and many other species of birds as the begin their own ways to prepare for the coming months of Winter.  We will leave Heckrodt at 7:30 AM and plan on returning by 4:00 PM  Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress for the weather for this outing..  Please advise Mike Kloepping if you plan to attend or not attend this outing.

Meeting: October 4, 2022, 6:30 PM at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve:
Backyard Bird Feeding: Do you ever worry about feeding the birds in your yard with Winter approaching?  How do you attract more birds and help them survive the bitter cold and lack of their normal food.  At this meeting we will have a speaker that has the answers to your questions.

Outing: October 8, 2022; Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
We will visit the home of Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, and many other species of birds as the begin their own ways to prepare for the coming months of Winter.  We will leave Heckrodt at 7:30 AM and plan on returning by 4:00 PM  Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress for the weather for this outing..  Please advise Mike Kloepping if you plan to attend or not attend this outing.

Meeting November 8, 2022, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve 6:30 PM
Let’s learn about how, why and when birds migrate as winter approaches.  Why do some start in August and some wait until November.

Outing: November 12, 2022, Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
Let’s explore Horicon Marsh one more time.  Let’s look for birds that have not yet migrated or ones that plan to stay here for the winter. Leave Heckrodt 8:00 AM  Return 1:00 PM

Meeting December 6, 2022  6:30 PM Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
No meeting – Just snacks, fun and friendship. Remember the good times from 2022 and look forward to 2023

Outing – January 1, 2023
Let’s begin 2023 off right.  Looking for Winter birds such as Snowy Owls, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and many others.  Leave Heckrodt 9:00 AM return 1:00 PM Let Mike Kloepping know if you plan on attending this outing