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.


All club events are open to the public. If you can't join in person, our meetings can be attended via Zoom. If you are not a member but would like to join via Zoom, please email and we will share the meeting link with you. Meetings begin at 6:45, with the presentation starting at 7:00 and a brief business meeting to follow.

Stay connected with the club by visiting the Goss Bird Club Facebook Page for news about the club and area birds, or by joining our Facebook Discussion Group, where you can share your own sightings, stories, or ask questions of local birding experts.

Goss Bird Club

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)

February 18, 2024


Program: BIRDS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana
Presenter: JANE ZEMAN, Goss Club Member

Jane would like to share her exciting adventure to Southern Africa with you! She saw over 90 species of birds in Botswana, Zambia and South Africa during her April 2023 safari. The trip visited several different environments: river, marsh, delta and savanna. Many of the birds were seen throughout the trip but some were found only at specific sites.

March 17, 2024

6:45 PM

Presenter: Tim Hahn, Goss Club Member

Early spring is prime time for waterbird migration. Geese and ducks arive as the ice goes out, followed by herons and shorebirds as spring continues to warm up. And while some species are easy to identify, others can be present a challenge. We will highlight this second group of challenging idenfications to help us get ready for spring migration.

April 21, 2024

6:45 PM

Presenter: Pat Ready - Madison, WI

May 11, 2024

Waukesha May Count

In place of our normal Sunday meeting, the Goss Bird Club will conduct the annual Waukesha May Bird Count. The count is conducted as a 24 hour event, from midnight to midnight, finding as many species as possible. ...although most folks do their birding during the day on Saturday. This count is conducted in a similar manner to our Christmas Bird Count, but rather than counting individual birds, we simply count the species found within the count circle. It's an excellent opportunity to build on our birding skills and get to know our fellow birders.

If you would like to participate in the count, email Jasonn Weber (