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Christmas Bird Count


Georgi Baird
The 115th Christmas Bird Count begins on Sunday, December 14th, 2014, and runs through Monday, January 5th, 2015. The count period runs from December 14 to January 5 every year.  Let the counting begin!
From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition -- and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation. More info:

Snowshoe Sunday at Kiekhaefer Park
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Sunday, February 15, 1 PM
Snowshoe or cross-country ski Sunday, February 15 at
1 PM. Join Earl and Carol Jewett for a guided winter
exploration of the hilly trails at the beautiful and
unique Kiekhaefer Park.
A limited number of snowshoes may be reserved
for the event, courtesy of Attitude Sports. Please
register to participate or to reserve snowshoes at
920-923-2604 or
From Fond du Lac, take Highway 151 north for
three miles to Kiekhaefer Parkway. Turn right on
Kiekhaefer Parkway, go to the parking lot on the
north side of the road, 4235 Kiekhaefer Parkway.

This website and 923-2604 will provide updates if weather is questionable.

Thanks to those who supported the Just Fare Market on December 4. Sales exceeded $1,700 and raised over $200 for FDL Audubon programs.
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EcoTourism and Sustainable Travel in Wisconsin
Wednesday, January 14, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-104
David Spiegelberg, Regional Tourism Specialist with the Wisconsin Department
of Tourism, will speak about Wisconsin’s ecotourism opportunities, sustainable
travel, and the state’s Travel Green Wisconsin program. Wisconsin’s silent sport
opportunities and tourism businesses that have made an effort to incorporate
sustainable business practices into their operations will be highlighted.

Cross Country Ski Trip
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Saturday, February 7, Princeton
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Join us for a cross country ski adventure on Saturday,
February 7, 2015. The Mecan River Outfitters near
Princeton, Wisconsin maintain 10 miles of groomed
trails depending on snow conditions. There are loops
of varying length for different abilities. The Outfitters
have ski rental equipment available for anyone
needing equipment or wanting to try skate skiing.
Diana Beck will offer a free lesson for any beginners.
We will carpool from the southwest corner of the
Menard’s parking lot on the west side of Fond du
Lac. Meet at about 8:25 am, so the group can depart
at 8:30 am. We should arrive at the Outfitters about
9:30 am. There is a trail fee of $8.00 per participant.
Anyone needing to rent or participate in a short
lesson will do so upon arrival. People will ski at their
leisure and may return to the lodge
at any time. The Outfitters have
a very nice restaurant in the
lodge. After skiing, we plan
to eat lunch and then return
to Fond du Lac sometime
around 2 to 2:30 pm.
Please contact Diana Beck
or call 920-922-7931 to
reserve a place. No prior
payment is needed.


If you missed the Bird Seed Sale or didn’t order enough seed, we still have bags of the Audubon mixes for sale. The Regular Mix 40 lbs. at $16, the No Waste Mix 40 lbs. at $20 and the Supreme Mix 40 lbs. at $20 are all still available. If interested, please contact Lori at 960-7930 or

We Thank Diana Beck for Her Service
as Audubon President and Welcome
Dr. Amy Sheldon to the Position
In 2007, Diana Beck stepped up as President of
Fond du Lac County Audubon Society and brought
her love of wildlife habitat and the outdoors to
our chapter with her energetic leadership. Diana
initiated Zoopolis–Nature in the City, bringing an
awareness of natural landscaping to the community.
She increased efforts to eradicate invasive species
by leading volunteers on garlic mustard pulls
and buckthorn extraction. Diana instigated an
appreciation of edible wild plants with the Dandelion
Festivals and the Wild Feast Potlucks. Diana organized
adventure rafting trips to Colorado and Utah, and led
local summer hikes and winter yaktrakking on the
Fond du Lac River. Diana will continue to share her
passion for Audubon.
Amy Sheldon, MD, has
worked as a general pathologist
at St. Agnes Hospital for the
past 22 years. Amy is looking
forward to serving as the
President of the Fond du
Lac Audubon Chapter. She
considers it an opportunity
to give back to a cause she
loves – the appreciation and
preservation of birds. Look for
a more comprehensive bio of
Amy in our Spring newsletter.

Thank You to Photographers
See the beautiful work of photographers Elizabeth A.
W. Ahlborn,
Gretchen Steele, and Joel
Nisleit in our newsletter, and
visit them online to see more of their photography!

Audubon Has a Facebook Page
Thank you to Brendan Wood-Taylor, who set up the
Fond du Lac County Audubon Facebook page. Please
go to our page and Like us!
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"It's not easy being green." Kermit T. Frog
Well, it's getting easier!!
Green Gifts for the holidays or anytime.
Green Gifts
Just Fare Market is located at N7645 N.
Peebles Lane, Suite 2, Fond du Lac. For more
information and a map to the store, see