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WMAS Programs are held at the Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park on the third Wednesday of the month unless noted, and are free and open to the public. Events sponsored by Wehr Nature Center in the calendar may require a fee, registration, and my change without notice. Call 414 425 8550 for details concerning Wehr sponsored activities.


Wisconsin Metro Audubon Programs 2017


Woodcock Walk at Bender Park in Oak Creek
April 7, 2017, 7:00 PM

Meet at 7:00pm in the gravel lot at the entrance to Bender Park. If youíve never seen or heard them, make this outing a priority! American Woodcocks perform impressive aerial displays to attract their mates. They spring up so high that it seems like they fly up into space! Bring your binoculars and dress warmly. We may go for a fish fry at a local tavern afterwards! NOTE: In case of extreme weather conditions (pouring rain, freezing rain, snow), the event will be canceled.

Forest Home Cemetery Bird Walk **New Event**
May 6, 2017, 8:00 AM

Cemeteries often host numerous different bird species, especially if a lagoon or other small body of water is present. A Merlin (falcon) was recently spotted at another Milwaukee cemetery, and Hermit Thrushes, Clay-colored and Lincolnís Sparrows, Magnolia Warblers and other species have visited various local cemeteries during past migrations. Join us in exploring this large, historic cemetery and see what we find! Meet at 8am. The address is 2405 West Forest Home Ave, but use the entrance off Lincoln Ave and look for other birders carrying cameras and binoculars.

Seminary Woods Bird Walk
May 13, 2017, 7:30 AM

Please join us in exploring this hidden wooded jewel in St. Francis. In May, we always find several warbler, thrush, and vireo species during our walks. Last year, we viewed several warbler species, Fox Sparrows, Great-crested Flycatchers and a lovely Blue-throated Vireo. Walking over the adjacent grasslands might allow for looks at an Eastern Meadowlark and more migrants, too! Meet at Jacobís Well (Former FIXX Coffee House at 3558 E Sivyer Ave, just north of Packard and Howard) at 7:30am OR in the parking lot by the fields behind the Cousins Center at 8am. Download detailed map.

Late Spring Migrants Walk at Bender Park
June 3, 2017, 8:00 AM

Some migrants like Bobolinks and Dickcissels arrive a little later in the spring. Bender Park is a great place to possibly see these species. Last year was a great one for Dickcissel, so we can only hope itís the same this year. Savannah, Field and Clay-colored Sparrows nest at Bender Park, and sometimes a meadowlark or two is present. There is a new road and field area just north of the park that attracts sparrows, raptors, and other grassland birds like American Pipits that we might also explore along with the grassy hilltop at South Metro Pier. These locations could make for an exciting day of birding! Meet at 8am in the gravel lot just inside the entrance to Bender.

Treasures of Oz Eco-Tour in Ozaukee County
June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM

Please join us as we attend this yearly event that highlights some of the great ecological sites in the county. Locations include Tendick Park Site to learn about prairie restoration with Pheasants Forever and USF&W, Ehlers Park Site to learn about clean water through monitoring, Harrington Beach State Park to learn about the Lake Michigan watershed and the developing Lake Michigan Water Trail, Cedarburg Bog Boardwalk for general education about the bog, and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve to learn about how to reduce pollutants in the Lake Michigan direct drainage area. The event headquarters is located at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (4970 Country Club Road, Belgium, WI), so we will meet there at 10:00am. More information is available at http://treasuresofoz.org/.

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The Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society also sponsors and participates in many events outside the regularly scheduled programs. We have such events as the annual Breakfast with the Birds, and field trips throughout the year, including the Sanctuary at Monastery Lake. We also take part in some events including Bird-a-thons, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. These special events are held more infrequently. Please feel free to email us to find out about future special sightings.



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