Date: 5/16/18 10:42 am
From: CHARLES HAGNER <c_hagner...>
Subject: [wisb] Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve this Sunday!
Come celebrate with the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory this Sunday! We’ll be celebrating Monarch butterflies as well as migratory birds.

See live birds of prey, hear great speakers, go on fun guided bird hikes, and buy native plants, bird houses, and bird feeders, and support the Observatory and the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. We’ll be offering special-ordered, hard-to-find native plants, including three species of native milkweed.

Sunday, May 20, 2018
7:30 am-2:30 pm
Rain or shine

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
4970 Country Club Rd., just north of Port Washington
Click this link to get driving directions:,-87.817371,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8804c080afa47d0b:0xf2eb56ed39e50b22!8m2!3d43.4586269!4d-87.8151823

Bring your family and friends! All activities are open to the public. Details and times follow.


Choose from hundreds of special-ordered Wisconsin natives that are guaranteed to beautify your yard, support Monarch butterflies, and promote the pollinators and insects that our favorite birds need to survive.

You won’t find these plants easily elsewhere. We will be selling three native milkweed species that serve as host plants for the Monarch caterpillar, as well as plants that provide nectar for adult Monarch butterflies. Click this link to see a full list of the plants that will be on sale:

This unique sale was made possible through the generous support of the We Energies Foundation.


New and used bird houses, bird feeders, nature books, outdoor and gardening gear, and much more. All priced to move! The proceeds of this sale support the research, monitoring, and educational activities of the Observatory, so bring your wallet!


Bring your binoculars, see the birds of beautiful Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, and help the Observatory raise funds for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, which supports the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Bird Protection Fund!

Bill Grossmeyer, Wild Birds Unlimited owner Dan Panetti, Nathaniel Reinartz, board member Julia Robson, retired USFWS wildlife biologist Joel Trick, and other experienced birders will lead easy morning bird hikes at the preserve. Duration: 60-75 minutes each. The first bird hikes will depart at 7:45 a.m. Others will follow at staggered start times throughout the morning.

Note: You can be part of the Observatory’s Birdathon team even if you don’t go birding! We will collect pledges and donations for the birds seen by each group and its leader. Click this link to make your pledge online and track donations:


10-10:45 am -- See live birds of prey up close! Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center admits birds of prey, reptiles, and predatory mammals. Jeannie Lord, executive director of the center, will show a collection of birds, describe their habits and amazing adaptations, and recount the many threats they face. Brought to you by the Noel Cutright Bird Club.

11-11:45 a.m. -- Shelly Culea has raised and released hundreds of Monarch butterflies from her butterfly nursery. On Sunday, she will share how you can fill your yard with butterflies. She’ll tell which plants and flowers butterfly prefer and describe how you can create Monarch-friendly habitat in your yard. Doing this is one of the most important things you can do to help Monarchs.

Noon-12:45 pm -- Throughout 2018, the Observatory and organizations across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of the oldest and most important conservation laws -- the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In this talk, Observatory Director Bill Mueller will share the importance of the regulations associated with Migratory Bird Treaty and how they have helped save some of our most treasured birds, including the Snowy Egret, Sandhill Crane, Trumpeter Swan, and Bald Eagle.

1-1:45 pm -- As soon as you see the preserve, you’ll wish you had your camera, so be sure to bring yours! And don’t miss this opportunity to join photographer and naturalist Kate Redmond for a beginner-level presentation aimed at helping you get the wildlife pictures you want. Kate is a founding member of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, she wrote the online field guide to the Mequon Nature Preserve, and, as the Bug Lady, she publishes weekly essays on insects and other invertebrates, complete with her photos.

2-2:45 p.m. -- Lisa Oddis, president of the Menomonee River Area Chapter of Wild Ones, completes our stellar lineup of speakers. She will talk about Wild Ones and the importance of native plants and pollinators.


Bring the kids and have fun at three family craft tables! The cost is $5 per activity, but 100% of the proceeds support the Observatory's important research, monitoring, and educational work.

Craft table 1: We’ll show how to make nesting balls containing prime nesting material to be used by birds in your yard at home.

Craft table 2: Your children can also spread their creative wings while decorating their own butterflies and bats. (We’ll give each participant a temporary Monarch tattoo and a coloring sheet that teaches the Monarch's life cycle.)

Craft table 3: Attendees 16 and up can create two tapered candles that are 100% beeswax, smokeless, and dripless.


Questions? You can read more about World Migratory Bird Day and on the Observatory's website:

You can also contact the Observatory via Facebook:


Located near the shore of Lake Michigan between Port Washington and Belgium, 143-acre Forest Beach Migratory Preserve contains a hardwood forest, wetland ponds, open grasslands, oak savanna, and prairie. For many years, the site was a golf course. Because its location and attributes lend itself to supporting migratory birds along the Lake Michigan Flyway, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust purchased the land in 2009 and restored it, digging new wetlands and planting thousands of trees and shrubs. The Observatory makes its headquarters in the clubhouse.


World Migratory Bird Day, known until this year as International Migratory Bird Day, celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Since birds do not migrate on the same day, World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on different dates across the Western Hemisphere. Events take place year-round, though many in Wisconsin occur in mid-May, or in October in Latin America and the Caribbean. The celebration has been coordinated since 2007 by Environment for the Americas, a non-profit that works throughout the Western Hemisphere to share information about birds and their conservation.


Our celebration is supported by our friends at the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department, the Noel Cutright Bird Club, and the We Energies Foundation. We are grateful for their generosity.

I hope to see you there!


Chuck Hagner
Board Chair, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc <>.
Port Washington, Wisconsin

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