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.


Our “club season” is winding to a close with our last meeting coming up on April 23, but spring migration is just around the corner!
Check out our Field Trip page for great opportunities to go birding with the club. We will tour around the county hitting some of Waukesha’s best birding spots. Hope to see you on the trail!

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)

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

Our May Count is conducted within the same circle as our CBC. The count is conducted as a 24 hour event, from midnight to midnight, finding as many species as possible. To join the count, check in with Spence to see which sections need help.

Great Wisconsin Birdathon:

The Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club will participate in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon this spring. The birdathon is conducted from April 15 to June 15. Money raised goes to the Bird Protection Fund that focuses on habitat protection in Wisconsin and endangered resource management.

Our fundraising will be done as we "Walk the Wauk". The Ice Age Trail has about 40 miles of hikable trail in Waukesha County. We have divided it into 28 segments ranging from six tenths of a mile to 3+ miles. Members can sign up for any section(s) they like. They are then responsible for hiking that section and reporting the species they see.

In addition to hiking the trail and looking for birds, we will be looking for donations from members and non members for the birdathon. A page will be set up in the near future for our team on the birdathon website where donations can be made. They can also be made via check to our club treasurer Paula Stich at the April 23rd meeting. Donations can be made per s pecies (eg. $0.25 per species) or in a simple one time amount.

As an organization participating in the birdathon, half of the money we raise during the birdathon will be sent to the Bird Protection Fund, and half will go to the bird club! This is a great opportunity to help birds throughout the state while adding some cash to our budget. The money we raise can then be used for special projects without using up money taken in from dues that normally goes towards regular cost. This will allow us to initiate special projects such as constructing and donating benches in local nature areas, color printing of the newsletter, increased stipend to attract in-demand speakers, etc.

Click here to visit our birdathon page and make a donation!