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 Outings 2022

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.

Tuesday May 3rd — Leave Heckrodt parking lot at 5 PM.  Return by 7 PM.  If you are familiar with the destination, you are welcome to go directly there.
Field Trip to High Cliff SP and hope to see many, many migrating Warblers as well as the resident birds that will be staying for the remainder of the year. We will hunt for the birds on grasslands, forested areas, and on water.
Tuesday May 10th — Leave Heckrodt at 5PM returning by 7 PM.  If you are familiar with the destination, you are welcome to go directly there.
An in-town trip through Neenah.   We will go to one of the least known parks to look for warblers, water birds, and Bald Eagles to mention a few. In case you want to meet us there it is called Wilderness Park and the Neenah Boat Launch.  We will start at the boat launch for a quick look.
Tuesday May 17thMeet at 5 PM in Heckrodt parking lot; back by 7 PM.  
The Menasha Conservancy will be our target for this day.  We will approach a Great Blue Heron rookery   for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to be ready for wet grounds that we might be walking on.    If time allows, we will swing thru Lutz Park to see what we can see on the river.
Tuesday May 24th — Leave Heckrodt at 5PM returning by 7PM. If you are familiar with the destination, you are welcome to go directly there.
On this day we will explore High Cliff to see what new birds are showing up.  I would expect to see many new          species as well as an increased numbers of birds in general.   Please do not bring any small dogs to this event as  Turkey Vultures will be out in full force.  If interested, you may be able to watch a sky dance up on the hill at the park.  I will explain this at a later date.
Saturday May 28th —  Leave Heckrodt at 7:30 with plans to return by 2:30. Bring a sack lunch you can eat on the go
We will start on the westside of Green Bay at Ken Euers Wetland area.  Here you see many, many shorebirds as well as ducks and birds enjoying the trees and grasses.  If we are lucky, you may see the Spotted Towhee.  This bird is not normally seen in this area.  From the Ken Euers area we will go to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary to hike some trails and where I hope we see a large quantity of warblers, ducks, and a variety of other birds.
Tuesday May 31st — Meet at Heckrodt at 5 PM, anticipated to be done by 7 PM.
With all of our outings we are holding in May we would not want to forget to visit Heckrodt Wetlands.  Again, we will be looking for warblers, shore birds and by this time baby birds.  Wood Ducks, Canadian Geese and more will be teaching them survival skills that will aid them in having a good life.
Saturday June 18th — 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 like South of Hortonville off CR M.  I know that this may not the best weekend but Mary & I will leaving on July 9th and be gone the remainder of July on vacation.
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.