The 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.
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.
All outings start at Heckrodt. Tuesday outings meet at 5 PM in Heckrodt parking lot. If you are familiar with the birding spot, you are welcome to go directly there instead. Saturday outings meet at Heckrodt at 7:30 AM.
Saturday June 25th — Meet at Heckrodt at 7:30 AM; done by 3 PM. Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
This outing will be a trip to explore the Lakefront from Manitowoc to Sheboygan along with a few inland treasures. We will explore as many birding hotspots as time will allow.
Saturday July 2nd — Meet at Heckrodt at 7:30 AM; done by 1 PM. Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
How about a hike on the Wiouwash State Trail. We will kick off this hike South of Hortonville off CR M.
Saturday August 20th — Meet at 7:30 AM in Heckrodt parking lot: back by 3PM. 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.
Saturday September 10th — Meet at 7:30 AM in Heckrodt parking lot: back by 3PM. Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
Have you ever seen Sandhill Cranes and a Bison herd at the same time? If you go on this outing you will be able to. In August we saw representatives of each species of crane from around the world. This month we will focus on the Sandhill Crane along with many of its birding cousins during our trip to the Sandhill Wildlife Area near Babcock, WI. This area normally has a wide variety of water birds along with shore birds. There is a self-guided tour of the property where we could see Bald Eagles and many other species up close.
Saturday October 8th — Meet at 7:30 AM in Heckrodt parking lot: back by 2 PM. Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go
Let’s take one last look at Horicon Marsh wildlife area. Where it will be possible to see many of the birds we have enjoyed throughout the year begin to start the long flight to their winter homes.
8 AM – 2PM
Saturday November 12th – Meet at 7:30 AM in Heckrodt parking lot: back by 2PM Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go.
This outing will be based on birding reports. We will go where we hear the birds are at. We will make an effort to see some birds that we may have not seen so far this year. So location to be determined.
No outing in December
During December it is a challenge to find birds so we will take this month off as far as outings go and enjoy time with our families and friends while resting up for our Big Birding Day that will happen on January 1st of 2023.