Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

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Horicon Marsh Bird Festival – May 11-14, 2018

2018 Bird Festival Events at Marsh Haven Nature Center

Primitive Camping
Thursday, May 10 – Monday, May 14
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 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

Friday, May 11 – Sounds & Dances: Dusk into Dark – 7 to 10pm. Join Jack and Holly Bartholmai, Staff from Horicon NWR and Marc Zuelsdorf for this unique dusk into dark tour of critters that sing, call and dance as the sun sets and night falls on Horicon Marsh. The tour begins in Marsh Haven Nature Center’s Theater with a multi-media introduction to the critters that call and dance in the night. With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will be on the Auto Tour loop and boardwalk at dusk and stay AFTER DARK. The bus will stop to hear and see the Woodcock dance and to listen to songs and calls of our marsh’s nocturnal birds and amphibians. Conditions permitting we will take a short walk down Old Marsh Road to enjoy the night sky and experience a new perspective of the marsh at night. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as well as closed toed shoes. Bring a flashlight if you wish. Meet in Marsh Haven Nature Center’s theater at 7 PM. Registration with payment required. Register at http://horiconmarshbirdclub.com/bird-festival/festival-event-schedule/

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.

Saturday, May 12 – Sounds & Dances: Dusk into Dark – 7 to 10pm. Join Jack and Holly Bartholmai, Staff from Horicon NWR and Marc Zuelsdorf for this unique dusk into dark tour of critters that sing, call and dance as the sun sets and night falls on Horicon Marsh. The tour begins in Marsh Haven Nature Center’s Theater with a multi-media introduction to the critters that call and dance in the night. With special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will be on the Auto Tour loop and boardwalk at dusk and stay AFTER DARK. The bus will stop to hear and see the Woodcock dance and to listen to songs and calls of our marsh’s nocturnal birds and amphibians. Conditions permitting we will take a short walk down Old Marsh Road to enjoy the night sky and experience a new perspective of the marsh at night. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as well as closed toed shoes. Bring a flashlight if you wish. Meet in Marsh Haven Nature Center’s theater at 7 PM. Registration with payment required. Register at http://horiconmarshbirdclub.com/bird-festival/festival-event-schedule/

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.