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.


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

All events are open to the general public.

Goss Bird Club has resumed meeting in-person at Retzer Nature Center. We hope you can join us there. If you can't join in person, we'd love to see you in over Zoom. If you are not a member but would like to join via Zoom, please email BYO beverages and snacks, as no refreshments will be available. Meetings generally begin at 6:45, with the presentation starting at 7:00 and a brief business meeting to follow.

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

November 19, 2023


Program: Live Raptors with Wanakia Wildlife & Supply Drive
Presenter: Marty Thompson, Founder of Wanakia Wildlife

Wanakia Wildlife holds state and federal permits to house and display raptors(owls and hawks) whose permanent disabilities prevent them from returning to the wild. These raptors become educational ambassadors who help teach us about their natural behaviors. Participants will learn and observe firsthand how nature designed these awesome creatures, how they serve important roles in the ecosystem and how we can peacefully coexist with their species. Marty will also talk about what to do if you find ill, injured or orphaned birds and what wildlife rehab is all about.

*Supply Drive*: We, the Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club, will also be doing a supply drive for Wanakia Wildlife. They have a wish list on their website but gift cards from Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, Meijer, Walmart, Fleet Farm and Menards are appreciated. Also, cleaning supplies are always needed: disinfecting bleach, dawn dish soap, paper towels and garbage bags (13 or 30 gallon). If you wish to donate, bring gifts cards or supplies to the meeting on the 19th. Paula will also be collecting money at the meeting if you would rather donate that way. If you can’t make it to the meeting but would like to donate, please contact Paula via email or call her at 262-844-9848 and we’ll figure something out.

In-person or via Zoom. For Zoom information, email

December 16, 2023

Waukesha Christmas Bird Count

In place of our normal Sunday meeting, the Goss Bird Club will conduct the annual Waukesha Christmas Bird Count on Saturday December 16th. The count is conducted as a 24 hour event, from midnight to midnight, counting all the birds we find. ...although most folks do their birding during the day on Saturday. Run in conjunction with thousands of other county circles throughout the continent, the CBC is one of the longest run community science events. It's an excellent opportunity to build on our birding skills and get to know our fellow birders.

Following the bird count, we will gather at Spring City Restaurant in Waukesha to share our sightings and compile the bird list for the count. All are welcome!

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