Events – Programs and Field Trips

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

During the season of 2021–22, we will not be sending out a program brochure. The new wave of the Delta variant of Covid is still making planning difficult. Please note that our programs at MPTC this year will be in room A-112. Park in lot C and enter at the main entrance. Proceed to the left, down the stairs and follow the directions to the A wing.
Masks may be required in Room A-112, depending on the covid situation.

Autumn Full Moon Walk

Join members of Audubon for a full moon walk to hear the calls of birds and view the landscape by moonlight.

Thursday, November 18, 6 pm  Kiekhaefer Park
Meet at W4235 Kiekhaefer Parkway.

Walk will be canceled if raining or totally overcast. Call 920-922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com for more information.

Community Shopping Event

Thursday, December 2, 11 am–4 pm, Just Fare Market,
N7645 N. Peebles Lane and also online

This event benefits both Fond du Lac County Audubon Society and Just Fare Market. Shop for unique gifts that support farmers and artisans with fair trade. Just Fare Market is located at N7645 N Peebles Lane, Suite 2.

Audubon’s annual shopping event at Just Fare Market is at their store and also online. To shop online, go to justfare.org, and click on “Shop now.” Browse through an amazing array of items and place your order. Type Audubon in the order memo line, so that we receive credit for your purchase. Pick up your order Thursday or Friday 11–4 or Saturday 10–2.

Just Fare Market, a Fair Trade store, benefits from your support. Fair Trade is a direct and cooperative business approach helping farmers and artisans in developing countries. Fair Trade uses environmentally sustainable practices in production, which is important to those interested in preserving the world’s birds and natural resources. 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.

Stories from the Bird Lady

Wednesday, December 8,  7 pm, MPTC, Room A-112

Hear about Stories from the Bird Lady from Renee Wahlen, Director of Marsh Haven Nature Center. The 204-page book is a compilation of articles written over a 30-year period by the late raptor rehabilitator, Barbara Harvey. Find out more about Barbara’s work with thousands of raptors, the development of the book, and a Q&A session. Stories from the Bird Lady (a great gift for nature lovers), will be available for purchase ($25), with proceeds providing care for the educational raptors who reside at Marsh Haven Nature Center. It is also available on Amazon.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Tuesday, December 21,  1 pm–Sunset, Kay’s Ledge, WH

Join our local Audubon and Glacial Lakes Conservancy at Kay’s Ledge to celebrate the Winter Solstice! Kay’s Ledge is a 64-acre private preserve located on the Niagara Escarpment east of Fond du Lac. There will be hiking, a campfire, warm beverages, and chili to end the afternoon. To RSVP call Abbey at 920-917-0939 or Liz at 920-251-5563. Glacial Lakes Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust serving Fond du Lac and adjacent counties. For more information go to glaciallakes.org.

Wisconsin Native Mussels

Wednesday, January 12, 7 pm, MPTC, Room A-112

Join our local Audubon and Glacial Lakes Conservancy at Kay’s Ledge to celebrate the Winter Solstice! Kay’s Ledge is a 64-acre private preserve located on the Niagara Escarpment east of Fond du Lac. There will be hiking, a campfire, warm beverages, and chili to end the afternoon. To RSVP call Abbey at 920-917-0939 or Liz at 920-251-5563. Glacial Lakes Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust serving Fond du Lac and adjacent counties. For more information go to glaciallakes.org.

Snowshoe or Hike at Kiekhaefer

Saturday, January 22, 1 pm and Sunday, February 13, 1 pm
Kiekhaefer Park,
4235 Kiekhaefer Parkway

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 canceled.

If you don’t have snowshoes, a limited number will be available by reservation at no charge, courtesy of Attitude Sports. For trail conditions or to reserve snowshoes, call Diana at 920-922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com.

February evening program

The program is canceled due to lack of speakers and the inability to do our programs virtually.

Great Backyard Bird Count

February  18–22

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 annually to create a snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. 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. Details are on the website: gbbc.birdcount.org

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

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)