Spring 2022 Field Trip Schedule

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Printable version of our 2022 field trip schedule

  • All events are open to the public.
  • All events are scheduled for Saturdays unless otherwise noted. Note: meet time as some may be in the evening.
  • Many areas besides Retzer have no restrooms.
  • Watch your email, club web page, and club Facebook page for details.

Every Friday in Spring
April 1 - June 10
7:00 AM


Join us Friday mornings in spring as the naturalists from Retzer Nature Center and Benjamin Goss Bird Club members set out to discover who’s chirping on the trails. Meet in the parking lot of Retzer Nature Center for 2 to 2 1⁄2 hour hike around the property. We’ll explore habitats, welcome back spring migrants and check on our year-round residents. We have seen 50+ species on a single hike in the past. Binoculars are available on a limited basis. There is
NO FEE for attending and no reservations are needed.

Tuesday, May 10
8:00 AM

Fox River Sanctuary

For those birders available to join a weekday bird walk, please come and visit a great birding spot right in the heart of Waukesha, with habitat along the Fox River for all sorts of warblers and other spring migrants. Join Colleen Resendiz at 8:00 AM at the Fox River Sanctuary, meeting at E.B Shurts building at the corner of College Ave. and Sentry Drive.

Saturday, May 14
8:00 AM

Dorothy Carnes County Park (Rose Lake SWA)

Melanie Krause will be our leader for this field trip. For those not familiar with this park, it is located west of Fort Atkinson just north of Hwy 12. It is also is called Rose Lake SWA. Everything from Bald Eagles to Black-neck Stilt call this place home.

Saturday, May 21
7:00 AM

Paradise Valley - Bark River Unit

Join us as we re-visit Paradise Valley to see late spring migrants who were not present when we visited several weeks earlier. Meet in the parking area located at the end of Kincaid Lane, two-miles west of Dousman. We will gather at the viewing platform and scope for waterfowl, raptors, and early migrants before walking hiking 0.6 miles or so on level terrain out into the wetlands along old farm lanes. Spence Stehno will be our lead person for this fun and exciting location a couple months after initial spring visit with full migration occurring.

Saturday, May 28
Time TBA

Engle Conservation Area - Muskego

Patrick Horn will lead us on this event. Time and meeting location will be coming later.

Saturday, June 4
Time TBA

Where the Birds Are

Paula Stich is leading this event. The time and location will be announced as much in advance as we can once we find out “Where the BIRDS Are”, hence the name.

Saturday, June 11
Time TBA

Horicon Marsh

Our itinerary will be determined by what kind of activities are occurring in the Horicon Marsh area with this year’s migration and water levels.

Saturday, June 18
Time TBA

Adam Birding Conservancy

This privately-owned property is a real gem. If you have never been there, be prepared for a treat. Over 200 species of birds, river Otters, Badgers, White-tailed deer are among the things calling this place home. Our Thanks to the Adam family for allowing us access. Melanie Krause will head up this event.

Saturday, June 25
7:00 AM

Retzer Nature Center

Back to our home base for a nice stroll around the property. Meet in the parking lot at 7:00 AM. Ann Ferrell will be waiting to lead you on a morning of birding that is always fun. The Bobolinks could be holding flight school for their young around that time, preparing them for their long migration south. See you there!

Mid-Week Events
Times TBA

Retzer Nature Center

We are trying something new here. For those who can’t make the weekend events or for those spots hopefully less crowded than weekends, we will be holding 3 or 4 events.

• One will be along the Ice Age Trail in Hartland for spring warblers lead by Paula Stich.
• Another will be at Fox River Sanctuary Tuesday, May 10 lead by Colleen Resendiz.
• Other locations and dates will be determined by the leaders and announced with advance notice.