Events – Programs and Field Trips

Audubon offers programs, field trips, activities, and workshops related to the environment. From September through May, monthly evening programs take place at Moraine Park Technical College. From National Avenue, turn into parking lot O and enter door O-1. Classrooms are on your left. Audubon programs are open to the public with no admission fee. Adults, families, and young people with an interest in environmental issues are encouraged to attend.

NATURE MAKES US HAPPY
Wednesday, October 9, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

Dr. Amy Knepple-Carney, UW-Oshkosh Professor of Psychology, will describe how humans gain health and well-being benefits from interacting with nature over time.

FIELD TRIP TO KEN ROBL CONSERVATION PARK
Saturday, October 19, 9:30 am
3396 Walter Street, Oshkosh

Dedicated in July 2018 after several years of work, design engineers created a 25-acre park from a former landfill. There are hiking and biking trails, and two ponds from which people can observe nature or fish from an accessible pier made of recycled plastic. Meet at Menard’s parking lot at 9:30 am to carpool or at the park at 10 am.

INVASIVE AND AGGRESSIVE PLANTS
Wednesday, November 13, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

David Demezas, PhD, Microbiology and Biology Professor at UW-O, Fond du Lac campus, will provide an opportunity to learn about the different mechanisms invasive and aggressive plant species use to impact plant communities.

COMMUNITY SHOPPING NIGHT
Thursday, December 5, 5–7 pm
Just Fare Market, Peebles

Purchase unique gifts, coffee, chocolate, and other fair trade items. Just Fare Market will donate 15% of total sales to Audubon during those hours. This is a great way to contribute to both Audubon and the social justice movement encompassed by Just Fare Market.

SAVING BLUEBIRDS
Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

Karen Duece-Kinziger, retired nurse and dedicated bluebird monitor, will give a presentation on bluebirds and how we can help them thrive despite the threat from house sparrows and English starlings.

THE FUTURE OF THE KNOWLES-NELSON STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Wednesday, January 8, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-108

Mike Carlson, Executive Director of the Gathering Waters Conservancy, will provide information on this vital source of funding used by landowners and communities to protect land and water in Wisconsin.

SNOWSHOE OR HIKE AT KIEKHAEFER PARK
Saturday, January 18, 1 pm
W4235 Kiekhaefer Parkway

Enjoy winter scenery. Limited snowshoes available courtesy of Attitude Sports. If conditions are poor for snowshoeing, we will hike.

BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST WITH eBIRD
Wednesday, February 12, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

Dr. David Gudex-Cross, Ecologist and Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest & Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, will give a presentation on joining the world’s largest birding community through eBird. Find out how to keep track of bird lists, photos, and songs, and how you can contribute to science and conservation by sharing bird sightings. Bring your phone.

SNOWSHOE OR HIKE AT KIEKHAEFER PARK
Saturday, February 15, 1 pm
W4235 Kiekhaefer Parkway

Enjoy winter scenery. Limited snowshoes available courtesy of Attitude Sports. If conditions are poor for snowshoeing, we will hike.

BEGINNING BIRDING
Wednesday, March 11, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

Adam Knueppel, an avid and knowledgeable birder with warbler identification education from Bird Academy through Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, will share tips on using binoculars, where and how to look for birds on your nature walks, and using technology to find birding hotspots. In his first year birding in Fond du Lac County, Adam found 167 species!

THE FUTURE OF THE KNOWLES-NELSON STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Wednesday, January 8, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-108

Mike Carlson, Executive Director of the Gathering Waters Conservancy, will provide information on this vital source of funding used by landowners and communities to protect land and water in Wisconsin.

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF TREE PLANTING
Wednesday, April 8, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

Join Kevin Hamm, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, to learn the proper way to plant a tree, from proper depth to early care and training, as well as some practical tips for correcting problems from poor planting methods.

FIELD TRIP TO WILD ROSE FISH HATCHERY
Saturday, April 18, 8:15 am–1:30 pm
N5871 State Road 22, Wild Rose

The Wild Rose Fish Hatchery has been restocking and restoring fish populations for more than 100 years. They grow more trout and salmon than any other hatchery as well as producing muskie, sturgeon, and walleye. We will carpool from the southwest corner of Kohl’s parking lot at 8:15 am. The tour starts at 10 am. The return will be about 1:30 pm.

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD EVENT
Friday, May 8–Saturday, May 9
Details to come. Check back in early spring.

Across the Americas, bird events are scheduled in order to bring awareness of migratory birds.

IDENTIFYING WONDERFUL WARBLERS
Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-102

Tom Schultz is a wildlife artist, specializing in field guide illustrations and is featured in all seven editions of National Geographic field guide and also illustrated the warbler section of Petersen field guide. He will share information on identifying the types of warblers, over 30 species of which nest in Wisconsin during the summer and migrate to Central and South America for the winter.

SUMMER HIKES WITH AUDUBON
Weekly throughout the Summer
Details to come. Check back in early spring.

Explore local wild areas and parks. Details will be available in late spring on the website and in the summer 2020 newsletter.