Events – Programs and Field Trips

Audubon offers programs, field trips, activities, and workshops related to the environment. From October 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.

Safe Activities during the Pandemic

Our Audubon chapter board has decided to offer only outdoor events during the winter season. Our usual venue for our monthly programs, MPTC, is not available due to the current Covid-19 crisis. We will wait and see if we might be allowed into the building in the spring. Winter in Wisconsin can be a beautiful time to be outside. Dress for the weather and join us for some outdoor adventures. Consider investing in some skis, snowshoes, or Yaktrax if you do not already own winter traction devices (available at Attitude Sports). We hope to see you at our events.

Full Moon Walk

Sunday, November 29, 5 pm or Monday, November 30, 5:30 pm
Dike Road, Eldorado Road

Join with some adventurous Audubon members, as we walk the dike at Eldorado Marsh in the moonlight. Discover the magic of a nighttime walk, as our eyes adjust to lower light and our ears search out sounds in the silence. We will be on the lookout for owls during the hike, potentially hearing Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, and Eastern Screech Owls. Avid birder, Adam Knueppel, will help us identify their calls.

The full moon rises about 5 pm on Sunday, November 29, reaching fullness at 5:30 am Monday.

We will meet at 5 pm, Sunday in the parking lot at the end of Dike Road on the eastern side of Eldorado Marsh. (The sun sets around 5 pm in late November.) If the weather is cloudy or inclement, we will delay until Monday evening at the same place, but the time will be delayed until 5:30 pm, because the moonrise is later. We will cancel the entire event for both nights if there are too many clouds.

Dress for the weather. Walking sticks or ski poles and a flashlight might be handy for hiking in semi-dark conditions.

For more information, call 920-922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com.

Audubon Community Shopping at Just Fare Market

Thursday, December 3, 10 am – 4 pm
N7645 N. Peebles Lane and also online

Audubon’s annual shopping spree at Just Fare Market will have new features this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. As usual, our shopping date is the first Thursday in December, but a change in the time: 10 am to 4 pm, during Just Fare’s open hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distance. 

Also, new is the ability to shop online during event day and pick up your order during store hours. Go to justfare.org, and click on “Shop now.” Browse through an amazing array of items and place your order. Be sure to place “Audubon” in the order memo line, so that Audubon receives credit for your purchase. An email confirmation of your order will be sent, and you may pick up your order during the 10 am to 4 pm event or on Saturday, December 5 from 9 am to 2 pm. Upon arrival at the store call 322-3334 and your order will be brought to your car. If you have questions, call Bonnie at 322-3334.

This shopping event is your opportunity to “feed two birds” with one effort! First, Just Fare Market, a Fair Trade store, benefits from your much-needed business. Fair Trade is a direct and cooperative business approach that supports farmers and artisans in developing countries by paying a living wage and providing safe working conditions. One of the main principles of Fair Trade is that environmentally sustainable practices are used in production. That’s especially important to those of us who are interested in preserving the world’s birds and conservation of natural resources. Second, Fond du Lac County Audubon benefits, as we receive 15% of total sales during event hours. Those funds support our local programs, conservation, and education efforts.

Bird Hike at Mauthe Lake

Saturday, December 12, 8 am
Mauthe Lake Recreation Area

The winter of 2020/2021 has been an “invasion” year for Northern Finch species. Due to poor cone crops in the boreal forests, Purple Finch, Pine Siskins, Crossbills, Redpolls, and Evening Grosbeak have been reported around the state. Adam Knueppel and Doug Stadler will expose participants to a couple of different habitats, targeting resident birds as well as these sporadic visitors. Meet in the parking lot at 8 am. The full walk will be until noon, but there will be opportunities to depart early. Dress warm and bring a lunch if you desire. A limited number of binoculars will be available if you do not have your own. A state park sticker is required for entrance.

Snowshoe or Hike at Kiekhaefer Park

Saturday, January 23, 1 pm and
Sunday, February 14, 1 pm

Enjoy a guided winter exploration of the hilly trails at beautiful Kiekhaefer Park. If there is good snow, we will snowshoe; otherwise we will hike. If too muddy or if it’s raining, the event will be cancelled.

Don’t have snowshoes? A limited number of participants will be able to reserve snowshoes at no charge, courtesy of Attitude Sports. For trail conditions or to reserve snowshoes, call Diana at 922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com. 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.

Bird Seed Sale

Saturday, January 30, 9 –11 am
Haentze Floral Company
658 Fond du Lac Avenue

Pre-order bird seed by January 16. See our flyer or the order form on this website. We offer high quality seed to attract a variety of birds to your feeders. There is limited seed available if not pre-ordered.

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 12–15

Mark your calendars and contribute to one of the most successful bird counts. More than 173,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. It is very easy to participate. Observations can be made from the comfort of your home and only involve a minimum of 15 minutes. Even beginners can help. The website has wonderful aids for identifying the birds in our area. Enter the results online. Final totals and results are available later to all participants. Check the website for details: gbbc.birdcount.org

Explore Local Trails with Your Family

We encourage you and your families to explore some of the beautiful trails in our area on your own and with your families.

Kiekhaefer Park
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum
Peebles Trail
Greenway Arboretum
Hobbs Woods
Shaginappi Park
Eisenbahn State Trail
Archer Thomas Olsen Trail at Lakeside Park West
Mascoutin Valley State Trail (Rosendale)
Northwoods (Rosendale)
Riggs Park (Ripon)