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.

Bird Hike at Mauthe Lake
(Rescheduled from December)

Saturday, January 16, 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)