Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:00am

Various Locations in Horicon
Horicon, WI 53032

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Horicon Marsh Bird Club invites birders of all skill levels – as well as anyone who enjoys the great outdoors – to the 24th Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival (May 7th-9th, 2021). This weekend-long event provides family-friendly activities and educational experiences designed to showcase Horicon Marsh’s role as an important habitat for birds and wildlife.

Schedule of Events:

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Birding by Bike. Price $15. Meet at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Trip leader Matt Herzmann.

Bigby (Big, green, bird year).  Green birding is birding done without the use of fossil fuels and/or the internal combustion engine. Green birders are self-propelled birders, e.g., walking, riding a bicycle, paddling a canoe or kayak, or using skis or snowshoes.

Join Dodge County’s Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, Matt Herzmann for a bike ride of about 10-15 leisurely miles to some local birding spots around Horicon.  Bring your bike, biking stuff, (helmet, gloves, water bottles, etc.) and binoculars. Matt will cover basic rules of the road, then set off on a ride to several spots around Horicon.

We’ll start at 8 AM and end about noon.  Leave from Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, Hwy. 28. Payment and registration required.

Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Available Spaces: 15.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Northern Road Birding. Price $15. Trip Leader: Jeff Bahls.

Northern Rd cuts through a hardwood forest, a native grassland and ends at the Redhead Impoundment. We will walk along the gravel road seeking woodland birds and a short walk out into the grasslands in search of Bobolinks and Henslows Sparrows. Lastly, we’ll bird along the Rock River.    

Located on the edge of Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Wild Birds of Prey (Outdoor in the Respect Our Earth Amphitheater) Donations Appreciated.

Have you ever wanted to see a hawk or owl up close? This program will introduce some of Wisconsin’s raptors through mounted specimens, and LIVE birds. These are educational birds and cannot be returned to the wild due to a variety of permanent injuries. The particular live birds may vary by program, but may include a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl, or Barred Owl.  Please social distance from those not in your family unit.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Ledge Park. Price $15. Trip leader: Jeff Bahls

Ledge park is part of the Dodge County Park system.  Ledge Park (82 acres) lies along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper and lower areas and provides a breathtaking overlook of the famous Horicon Marsh and surrounding countryside. The area is heavily wooded and located along the Niagara Escarpment a natural migration corridor.

We will bird along park roads and trails looking for flycatchers, thrushes and warblers.  Over time, Ledge Park has 151 birds on it’s e-Bird checklist.

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