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)

April 21, 2024

6:45 PM

Program: Attracting Eastern Bluebirds & Other Cavity Nesters
Presenter: Patrick Ready - Madison, WI

When was the last time you saw an Eastern Bluebird? Join us to learn the do’s and dont’s of attracting bluebirds. What habitat do bluebirds prefer? Where is the best place to put a nest box? What size and shape nest box do they need? How high should it be placed? In 1986 the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) was formed. For the past 37 years this organization has compiled facts and results from members to determine what is and isn’t working and how bluebirds are doing statewide.

Patrick Ready, a member of the BRAW Board and editor of the Wisconsin Bluebird newsletter, monitors four Eastern Bluebird nest box trails in southern WI. He will answer these questions and will present the latest information about the bluebird recovery program. He will also cover some other common cavity nesters of nest boxes such as Tree Swallows, Black-capped Chickadees, House Wrens and more.

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 (