Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve


Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve! Buy native plants, hear great speakers, go on fun bird hikes, enjoy family crafts and find your treasure in our eco-rummage sale. Presentations and bird hikes are free and open to the public. 100% of the proceeds from the plant sale, craft tables and rummage sale will support our monitoring and research projects. Here are the details of this fun-filled family day.

ALERT: Purple Martin Colony

ALERT: If you have a Purple Martin colony, you will probably have birds arriving soon (or they may already have arrived). Birds arriving this weekend or in the next few days will need extra assistance, and supplemental feeding, to survive. You can "train" your birds to catch mealworms, crickets, or scrambled eggs tossed in the air. Additional tips: make sure compartments have nesting material. Some martin landlords place handwarmers in compartments, or if near a power source, a switched-on light bulb. Many martins if not given assistance will perish in the coming days. If you have friends or colleagues who have martins but who are not connected via FB or a listserv, please forward this information. Notifying people is important to stem the loss of the heart of their breeding colonies or loss from portions in Wisconsin since martins are dependent on human-made housing for their survival. You can contact regional Purple Martin experts Les Rhines (920-889-0060)or Dick Nikolai (920-734-0828) for further info on how to at least control some of the losses that may occur.

Other ways to help birds after spring snowstorms:

Read recent posts here  for methods of responding: https://www.facebook.com/wglbbo

and here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1581381955435390/

Other excellent resources: Feeding Robins, after spring snowstorms:


Responding to recent bird and wildlife issues:


Some mortality is inevitable - but there ARE things you can do.

Monarch Butterfly Restoration Events

Help the Monarch butterfly!

monarch butterfly

Buy plants butterflies love, learn how to raise Monarch butterflies, and tag and release Monarchs at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in May, June, and August! Details and times are below. All activities are free and open to the public.

1. Plant sale

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

On World Migratory Bird Day, choose from hundreds of native perennials, heirloom annuals, and more. Hear expert presentations on the vital role pollinating insects play. Learn why plants' shapes, sizes, colors, and bloom times are critical for pollinators, and how you can create the perfect habitat for Monarch butterflies.

Read about our other World Migratory Bird Day activities!

2. Monarch workshop

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

At Treasures of Oz, learn how to raise Monarchs. Low-cost kits containing one Monarch egg will be available while supply lasts.

3. Monarch tag-and-release celebration

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 1-3 p.m.

Enjoy cake, crafts, tours of the prairie at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, and Monarch tagging and releases.

We'll be adding to this page in the days ahead, so check back often!

Be part of the Monarch restoration!

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
4970 Country Club Beach Rd.
Port Washington, Wisconsin

Find the preserve on a Google map.

Hosted by the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc. Contact us!


Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

owlt logo 150

Treasures of Oz

treasure of oz logo 105

 We Energies Foundation

WeEnergiesFoundation 172horz

Photo: Tagged Monarch butterfly by Brett Billings/USFWS

Upcoming Events

05/20/2018 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
08/25/2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monarch Tag and Release Celebration
Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit banner