Residents can learn how they can take part in the largest and most exciting citizen science project in state history. They are invited to join the Horicon Marsh Bird Club on a field trip the club is leading to observe and document breeding bird activity in areas around Horicon Marsh. Those who are unsure how to find breeding birds or document them will be guided by experienced birders from the Horicon Marsh Bird Club.
Club members plan on meeting in the upper lobby of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. The Center located on Highway 28 between the Horicon and Mayville. From there, those interested will travel to areas around the Horicon Marsh to hone their bird observation skills and document nesting bird species. After a few hours of surveying, those involved will return to the Education Center at 10 a.m. There club members will demonstrate how to enter breeding bird observations into the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas’s designated website.
Club members will also answer any questions you might have about how to classify bird behavior and about the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. Those interested will learn how to document breeding birds at the Horicon Marsh, at local parks, and even in backyards. Feel free to join for just some or all of the event. Just remember to bring hiking shoes and be prepared to be outside. There are four years of the atlas project left, so there is plenty of time to make a contribution to this effort. For more information contact DNR Wildlife Educator Liz Herzmann at 920- 387-7893