Birding at the Wehr Nature Center

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Birding is one of the most popular activities at Wehr Nature Center. Explore on your own or join us for guided walks. If you're new to birding, join us at one of our NEW Birding Workshops!

 

Birding Workshops for Beginners

Birding Beyond The Feeder: Basic Bird Identification
Saturday, April 5, 2014
9 a.m.-noon

Learn more about that bird on your feeder! Learn basic bird-identification techniques including field marks, songs, location and behavior, and learn proper binocular use. We' hike wetlands, woods, and prairie to practice what we've learned and to experience early-spring migration. For eager early-risers, there will be a pre-session hike at 7:30 a.m.

$10 per person, $7 Milwaukee County residents; $5 for members of Friends of Wehr
Pre-registration Required by Friday, April 4, 2014
Register or get more information: (414) 425-8550 or
email WehrNatureCenter@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Birding Beyond The Feeder: The Mystery of Migration
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9 a.m.-noon

Learn more about the comings and goings of birds. Which ones migrate and why? How do they know where to go? Why do they fly in a "vee"? Explore some of the mysteries, misconceptions and theories of migration. A birding hike is included in the session. For eager early-risers, there will be a pre-session hike at 7:30 am.

$15 per person, $12 Milwaukee County residents; $10 for members of Friends of Wehr
Pre-registration Required by Friday, September 19, 2014
Register or get more information: (414) 425-8550 or
email WehrNatureCenter@milwaukeecountywi.gov

 

 

Bird Walks with Experts

Birding With Paul 2014
Sundays, May 4, 11 and 18, 2014
7:30 a.m.

Join Paul Boyer, everybody's favorite birding leader, for an early Sunday morning stroll. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird ID book for what promises to be an informative and enjoyable morning of birding.

FREE! No registration required.

Sunsets With The Birds
Partners: Birds & Blooms magazine and Wild Birds Unlimited Greenfield
April 23 & May 16, 2014
6-8 p.m.

Experience nature after work. Join local birding experts from Wehr, Birds & Blooms, and Wild Birds Unlimited Greenfield for an evening birdwalk. These hikes are perfect for beginners. We'll spend some time watching the feeders before heading out for a walk through the woods and prairie. See warblers, bluebirds, orioles, and more!

FREE! No registration required.


Woodcock Walk
April 11, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (note sunset is 7:30 p.m.)

Enjoy one of the best viewing spots for the iconic “sky dance” of the American Woodcock. After a short presentation about these unique shorebirds of the woods, we’ll head out on an evening sunset stroll to witness one of nature’s most spectacular scenes. To establish territories, male woodcock make squeaky “peent” calls and then explode up in flight before acrobatically tumbling back down to the ground. This springtime ritual is not to be missed.

Fee: $10 per person; $7 Milwaukee County Residents $5 Friends of Wehr Members
Register or get more information: (414) 425-8550 or
email WehrNatureCenter@milwaukeecountywi.gov

 

 

Bird Counts (Citizen Science)

Great Backyard Bird Count 2014
Feb. 14-17, 2014

Join the fun! BirdSource, a partnership of citizens and scientists designed and managed by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, asks you, your family, your school group, or your community group to count the birds that visit your backyard bird feeders. To participate, visit the BirdSource website . (external link)

If you know "backyard birders" who do not have internet access, let them know that they can come to Wehr to have their data entered in the national database.

FREE! No registration required



Christmas Bird Count

Sat., Dec. 20, 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Help count birds wintering at Wehr. You'll meet some of the most talented and persistent birders in the area as we count birds in the most important and longest-running bird count, the National Audubon Society's 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. This count is held throughout the country and provides information on long-term trends. Our results will be submitted to the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology (external link). Bring field guides and binoculars if you'd like. A map of Wehr's boundaries will be available for each participant.

Past participants may choose to go directly to a count site. If so, please let Mark know the location where you will be counting and request a data sheet by contacting him at  mark.verhagen@ces.uwex.edu or (414) 425-8550 

At noon, enjoy a potluck chili lunch. We’ll supply the chili, and you may choose to bring a dish to pass--but it’s not required. 

Continue the count in the afternoon if you've been "bitten by the birding bug."
Information Packet available

Preregister by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Register or get more information: (414) 425-8550 or email WehrNatureCenter@milwaukeecountywi.gov

 

Birding Resources
Species images and information about birds in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas website (external link)
Unusual Bird Sightings
Recorded messages and to report additional sightings: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Milwaukee Hotline, (414) 352-3857.
Reports/posts by the on-line community of birders: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology website (external link) 

 

 


Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-8550

 

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