Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

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Four days of birding experiences!

Listing of events at Marsh Haven Nature Center

Friday, May 11 – Bird Walk in Waupun 7:30am-9:30am – Join local birder/photographer, Rick Vant Hoff, on a walk along Waupun’s Rock River Boardwalk. This lovely nature trail walk may reward you with the sighting of thrushes, thrashers, woodpeckers, and a variety of warblers. The Rock River may also provide opportunity to see egrets and herons. Meet at Marsh Haven at 7:30am to carpool/caravan into Waupun.

Friday, May 11 – Nest Box Hike at Marsh Haven Nature Center – 4 pm. Join Marsh Haven Nature Center director, Renee Wahlen, as we hike the nest box trail. This easy hike will include frequent stops to monitor the 40+ nest boxes at Marsh Haven. We will record our discoveries and learn more about what birds are building nests and raising their young at the nature center. Free Event

Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 – Crafter Bird Houses and Feeders – 9 am to 5 pm. Bill Amidon of Into the Woods Woodcraft will be displaying his beautiful selection of cedar bird houses and bird feeders, along with sharing his birding knowledge and experience. A skilled wood worker from Campbellsport, Mr. Amidon will feature his finely crafted bluebird, kestrel, owl, wren and bat houses. In addition, he will also have on display his suet, oriole and tray feeders—all at Marsh Haven on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, May 12 – Birder’s Brat Fry at Marsh Haven – 11 am to 3 pm. In between Bird Festival events, grab a bite to eat at Marsh Haven Nature Center’s Birder’s Brat Fry, or enjoy a relaxing meal from the food stand while watching the purple martins, yellow-headed blackbirds, and any other birds that make an appearance over the weekend.

Saturday, May 12 – Wild Birds of Prey, 3:00pm-4:00pm – Have you ever wanted to see a hawk or owl close up? This program will introduce some of Wisconsin’s raptors through a photo presentation, 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, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl.

Sunday, May 13 – Birder’s Brat Fry at Marsh Haven – 11 am to 3 pm. In between Bird Festival events, grab a bite to eat at Marsh Haven Nature Center’s Birder’s Brat Fry, or enjoy a relaxing meal from the food stand while watching the purple martins, yellow-headed blackbirds, and any other birds that make an appearance over the weekend. All proceeds from the Brat Fry will benefit the Purple Martin Colony at Marsh Haven Nature Center.

Sunday, May 13 – Wild Birds of Prey – 1:00pm-2:00pm – Have you ever wanted to see a hawk or owl close up? This program will introduce some of Wisconsin’s raptors through a photo presentation, 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, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl.

Sunday, May 13 – Birding Travels – 3:00pm-4:30pm – Join Rick Vant Hoff for a program of stunning photography and stories of his travels in search of birds. From steller’s jays in Colorado to a peregrine falcon on the Horicon Marsh, Rick has toured the countryside and documented his travels with beautiful nature photography. Rick is a member of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club, on the Board of Directors at Marsh Haven Nature Center, and volunteers at the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitors Center.

Monday, May 14 – Meet the Marsh Haven Martins 10 am to 11 am. Get a close up look at the Marsh Haven Nature Center purple martin colony. See their housing, check out the “martin cam,” view the recordkeeping, and find out what goes into being a purple martin landlord. Free event.