Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

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Horicon Marsh Bird Festival – May 7-11, 2020

DUE TO COVID-19 THE 2020 HORICON MARSH BIRD FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELED

2020 Bird Festival Events at Marsh Haven Nature Center

Primitive Camping
Wednesday, May 6 – Tuesday, May 12
Tenting area or camper parking is available at Marsh Haven Nature Center, located on the northwest corner of the Horicon Marsh (Highway 49), during the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival. Facilities include: Pit toilets, potable water, and shared campfire area/picnic shelter. $10/night for tents, $15/night for campers. Call (920) 324-5818 or email director@marshhaven.org for more information.

Reservation Links – Tent Camping or Camper Parking

Bird Festival Special Events
Friday, May 8 – 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 8 – 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 & Sunday – Crafter Bird Houses & Feeders 9am to 5pm – 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 woodworker 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 & Sunday – Birder’s Brat Fry 11am to 3pm – In between Bird Festival events, grab a quick 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 9 – Wild Birds of Prey, 11am and 3pm – 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, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl. Admission $3/adults, $2/children

Sunday, May 10 – Wild Birds of Prey, 11am and 3pm – 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, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl. Admission $3/adults, $2/children

Monday, May 11 – 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.