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 events are open to the general public.

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)

Safety while birding is important. Fall in Wisconsin is hunting season, so if you're out birding
stay safe, and wear bright colors if you're on or near land that could be used for hunting.
Here is a link for the Schedule of Wisconsin's Hunting Seasons

February 16, 2020


Program: Antarctica: A Place Like No Other
Speaker: Karen Etter Hale - Conservation Maven

Join Karen Etter Hale on a trip of a lifetime to experience the history, the icebergs, the mammals, and the numerous birds of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. This vast and often forbidding land is home to Wandering Albatrosses, enormous colonies of King Penguins, southern fur seals, and birds you've never heard of. Come and get up close views of this incredible place.

Karen has had a life-long interest in birds. She has been the chair of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative since its inception in 1999. Since retiring in 2014 after 25 years as the executive secretary of the Madison Audubon Society, she has continued to serve on several statewide committees, including Atlas II, Bird City Wisconsin, Wisconsin Audubon Council, the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group, and the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. The motto of her birdathon team, the Finch Gang, is Give! Or Else!

Refreshments are served at 6:45. Presentation starts at 7:00 with a business meeting to follow.

March 15, 2020


Program: Citizen Science - How You can Help Wildlife Every Day
Speaker: Julia Robson - Conservation Biologist for Waukesha County Parks & Land Use

Birds and wildlife are facing more pressures today than ever before. Without our help, they will not fare well because their habitats continue to be degraded and developed. But through citizen science, each of us can help document the wildlife in our communities that need assistance. Waukesha County owns about 9,000 acres of land, so there are plenty of critters that we can save just by documenting them and preserving their habitat. Julia Robson is the Conservation Biologist for Waukesha County, and will explain how each of us can contribute to the conservation of the habitats and wildlife in our communities through Waukesha County's Citizen in the Parks program.

Refreshments are served at 6:45. Presentation starts at 7:00 with a business meeting to follow.

April 19, 2020


Program: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Refreshments are served at 6:45. Presentation starts at 7:00 with a business meeting to follow.

May 9, 2020

Special Event: MAY COUNT

In place of our normal Sunday meeting, the club will conduct the annual Waukesha May Count. Similar to our Christmas count, the May count takes place in a circle of 15 miles in diameter. Rather than counting individual birds, however, we will simply be tallying species. Last May, we counted 154 species! Join us for some birding fun and don't forget about our compilation dinner, where we will tally up all the birds we saw to see if we can beat last year's count!

The May Count is conducted within a circle that encompasses a 7.5-mile radius centered at the intersection of Hwy D and Brookhill Road in Waukesha, near Wern Farms. The 15-mile diameter circle is divided into eight sections: from School Section Lake on the west, to the Speedway gas Station at Sunset & Hwy 59 on the east, and the middle of Pewaukee Lake on the north edge, down to Lower Phantom Lake on the south.

If you are interested in joining us for the May Count, please email Don Reel (