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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Red color = field trip is over 50 miles one way
Blue color = special instructions
Pink Color = date or time change from typical meetings/outings


Club meetings are held at Heckrodt Nature Center at 6:30 PM first Tuesday of the month.
Outings meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot before heading out, unless otherwise noted.

January – no meeting

Meeting February 7, 2023 –  6:30 Backyard Organics
Benefits of Organic Lawn Care & Gardening
Outing February 11, 2023; 7:30 AM – 3 PM  Oconto  Area
Snowy Owls & other winter birds.  Meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot at 7:30 AM

Meeting –
March 7, 2023  6:30 PM Bluebird Restoration (BRAW)
David Misterek retired from WDNR after 37 years.  He manages a 43 house Bluebird trail at Utica Golf Course west of Oshkosh.
Outing – March 25, 2023  7:30 AM – 2:00 PM   Trip around Lake Winnebago.  Meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot at 7:30 AM

– April 4, 2023  6:30 PM  Purple Martins
Richard Nikolai – Retired from WDNR after 40 years of service.
Outing April 29, 2023 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Goose Pond & Lake Wisconsin. Meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot at 7:30 AM

May meeting is an outing!
– May 2, 2023  5:30 – 8:30 PM  High Cliff State Park.  Park/Meet in the Lime Kiln Parking Lot.  You will need a park sticker or pay entry fee. A daily sticker for a WI resident is $8.00, annual resident stickers are $28.00, senior citizen (65+) is $13.00
Outing May 6, 2023 7:30AM – 2:30 PM  Sawyer Creek & Shelden Nature Preserve, Oshkosh. Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

June 6, 2023 – 6:30 PM Bird City USA Presentation.
Charles Hagner, Director.
Outing June 10, 2023.   7:30 – 2:30 PM.  Ken Euers Nature Area &  UWGB Trails.  Meet at Heckrodt at 7:30 AM

Outing July 8, 2023 – 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM  Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail. Meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot at 7:30 AM.

August 8, 2023 (change of date just for this meeting to 2nd Tuesday of the month)  Appleton Christmas Bird Count
Tony Nowak, Manages the Appleton Christmas Bird. Count (CBC) Appleton Christmas Bird Count.
Outing: August 12, 2023  7:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Navarino State Park Trails. Meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot at 7:30 AM.

: September 5, 2023. 6:30 PM Conservation projects at Ariens Company in Brillion.
Ann Stilp, Executive Program Manager Ariens Co.and Bob Ring, Chief Cavity Nester.
Outing: September 9, 2023. 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Ariens Co. Nature Area Hike.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

: October 3, 2023.  6:30 PM  The Important Role Audubon Great Lakes Plays in Wisconsin Conservation.  Tom Prestby, Wisconsin Conservation Manager at Audubon Great Lakes.
Outing: October 5, 2023 – Thursday.  5:00 – 9:30 PM.  Sunset with Sandhill Cranes – Navarino State Park.  Meet at Heckrodt at 5:00 PM.

: November 7, 2023. 6:30 PM. Grassland Birds and Prairie Ecology.
Amy Schaefer – Farm biologist with Quails Forever and Pheasants Forever,
Outing:  November 11, 2023 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum, Wausau.  Meet at Heckrodt parking lot at 7:30 AM.

Meeting:December 5, 2023 5:30 PM Annual Holiday Potluck.  Good food and lots of friendship!
Bring some of your favorite photos from 2022.  Please bring a dish or two to add to the potluck.
Outing: December 16, 2023. 9 AM – 11 AM.  Appleton Christmas Bird Count.   (Special outing) Meet at Heckrodt Parking Lot at 9 AM.