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 Outdoor Activities during the Pandemic

Our Audubon chapter will continue to offer only outdoor events during the winter and spring season in 2021. Please bring a mask with you and practice social distancing.

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 canceled.

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

Full Moon Walk at Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum

Saturday, March 27 or Sunday, March 28*, 6:30 pm
East side of UWO-Fond du Lac parking lot

Join with some adventurous Audubon members, as we walk the trails at the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum in the moonlight. The moon rises at about 5 pm and the sun sets about 6:15 pm on Saturday, March 27. We will meet at 6:30 pm on Saturday in the parking lots on the east side of the UWO-Fond du Lac campus. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes or boots. Walking sticks or ski poles might be handy for hiking in semi-dark conditions.

Sunset/ Full Moon Walk at Eldorado Marsh

Sunday, April 25 or Monday, April 26*, 6:15 pm
Eldorado Marsh, end of Dike Road parking lot

Come on a twilight and full moon hike on the dike in Eldorado Marsh on Sunday, April 25. At this time of the evening, there should be an opportunity to see and hear the birds in the marsh. The moon will be rising at 5:10 pm and the sunset will be at 6:50 pm.

Meet in the parking lot at the end of Dike Road on the east side of Eldorado Marsh at 6:15 pm on April 25. Bring binoculars and wear good hiking shoes.

Bird City World Migratory Bird Day Walks/Hikes

Friday, April 30
6 p.m. Camelot Business Park, 28 Camelot Drive

Saturday, May 1
7 a.m. Greenway Arboretum, 55 W. Pioneer Road
10 a.m. Supple’s Marsh (Look for Bird City banner)
1 p.m. Lakeside Park, Kiwanis Shelter
Leaders for all walks — Terry Leasa, Adam Kneuppel, and Kerry Sehloff
Bring binoculars and wear good hiking shoes.
Audubon will make a limited number of binoculars available for use during the hike.

Birding Bike Ride

Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Meet at the shelter by UWO-Fond du Lac’s east parking lot on the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum.

Riders will explore and bird watch along the Prairie Trail, Peebles Trail, and Lakeside Park Fond du Lac Loop trails. Distance: 8–12 miles, adjusted according to the participants’ fitness levels.

Mothers Day Flower Walk

Sunday, May 9, 1 p.m.
Hobbs Woods

The woods at this time of year should have many spring ephemerals (short-lived woodland wildflowers) on display. Trout lilies, trilliums, bloodroot, and Dutchman’s breeches are just a few of the common ephemerals found in Hobbs Woods. Audubon member, Margie Winter, will lead the walk and help in identifying the many plants and flowers.   

Meet in the parking lot at Hobbs Woods at N4197 South Hickory Road, about five miles south of Fond du Lac at 1 pm. Wear good hiking shoes and bring insect repellent if needed. Many areas have uneven terrain. In the case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. (No rain date.)

Evening Hike and Bonfire at Kay’s Ledge

Tuesday, May 25 or Wednesday, May 26*, 6:15 p.m.

This event is open only to Audubon members, family, and friends.

Come for a hike at Kay’s Ledge on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:15 pm. At this time of the evening, there should be an opportunity to see and hear the birds along this area of the Ledge. The full moon will be rising at 6:40 pm and the sunset will occur at 7:25 pm. We will conclude the hike with a bonfire in the moonlight. Wear good hiking shoes. Bring insect repellent and your own binoculars for the hike and beverages, snacks, and a folding chair for the bonfire.

Kay’s Ledge is located at N7836 County Road WH, Taycheedah. Drive up the Ledge on Hwy WH. About halfway up, look for our Audubon banner on a wooden fence on the west side.

 

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

* The second dates listed are the alternates if there is bad weather on the first date.

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)