Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club
Waukesha, WI

The Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club was founded to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds through education, research, preservation and conservation, and to provide public awareness of birds and their role in the environment - all of which remains our goal and purpose to this day.


Unless otherwise noted, events are held Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha
(Retzer Nature Center is located about 4 miles west of Waukesha, near the end of Madison Street)

March 19, 2017


Program: "A Boy Gone Fowl" - My Life Working With Cavity Nesters
Speaker: Jeff Bahls

Jeff is a lifelong resident of Dodge County, Wisconsin. He has been an avid waterfowler for nearly 40 years. He has vast knowledge of the Horicon Marsh where he works part time for the Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources. Jeff has been a member of Horicon Marsh Bird club for the past 18 years and is the current President. He currently sits on the board of the Wood Duck Society, a nationwide organization devoted placement and care of wood duck boxes and wood duck habitat. Jeff was a member of Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2007 search team, for Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Arkansas. He enjoys working with cavity nesting birds and being an ambassador for the birds.

April 23, 2017


Program: Wisconsin's Kirtland's Warblers
Speaker: Daryl Christensen

From 2013-2015, Daryl monitored nesting Kirtland's Warblers in Wisconsin. He will be taking us on a seasonal journey as he observed migration, nesting, hatching, feeding, fledging, and banding of this endangered species. He will also give us an update on their current breeding status in Wisconsin.

Daryl Christensen is a life-long birder and naturalist. He has logged thousands of volunteer hours on various projects in Wisconsin including monitoring endangered terns, Kirtland’s Warblers and Whooping Cranes for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR, and other public and private agencies. He is a recipient of The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s Bronze Passenger Pigeon Award as well as the recipient of the State of Wisconsin Outdoor Responsibility Award. He is a former vice-president of WSO and is currently president of the Muir Land Bird Club in Montello.

May 13, 2017

Special Event: MAY COUNT