Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Changes to Our Summer Events Calendar

2020 OBSERVATORY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the need to keep all our supporters healthy, we have cancelled our May events. July through October events will remain on the calendar until further notice. Please stay safe and well!


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Learn about the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory - CANCELLED
Month of April
W.J. Niederkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074

Visit the display case at the upper-level entrance to the library to learn about what the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory does to help Monarchs, birds, and other pollinators in our community.  

 

Bird Hikes for Love Your Great Lakes Day - CANCELLEDport harbor18 3rz
Saturday, May 2
Tours will begin at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Memorial Pavilion in Coal Dock Park (meet at the gazebo)

Join the Observatory’s new director, Dr. Jennifer Phillips-Vanderberg, and Observatory board members and bird experts Kate Redmond and Carl Schwartz for a tour of the harbor, the We Energies bird sanctuary, and Coal Dock Park to identify the waterfowl, gulls, ducks, and early migrating songbirds. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. Walks should last about 45 minutes.

 

Gardening for Monarchs and Other Pollinators - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 2
11 a.m.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Observatory board member Jill Kunsmann has raised and released hundreds of Monarchs from her butterfly nursery. In this talk, she will share how you can fill your yard with butterflies and other pollinators. Learn which plants are butterfly magnets, and the important things to remember when creating a Monarch-friendly habitat in your yard. 


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Gardening for Monarchs and Other Pollinators - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 9
10 a.m.
W.J. Niederkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074
Observatory board member Jill Kunsmann has raised and released hundreds of Monarchs from her butterfly nursery. In this talk, she will share how you can fill your yard with butterflies and other pollinators. Learn which plants are butterfly magnets, and the important things to remember when creating a Monarch-friendly habitat in your yard. 

 
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World Migratory Bird Day - CANCELLED 
Sunday, May 17
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, 4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington, WI 53074
The public is invited to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve! Buy native plants, get a free milkweed plant, hear great speakers, and go on bird hikes. Proceeds from the plant sale will support the Observatory's monitoring and research initiatives. All other activities are free.  

 

Natural Resources Foundation Field Trip: From Bogies to Birdies and Beyond - CANCELLED
Monday, May 18

Enjoy the peak of spring migration at three hot spots along the Lake Michigan shore and learn about the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Enjoy breakfast in the Observatory’s new downtown HQ and meet its new director, Dr. Jennifer Phillips-Vanderberg. She will team up with board member Shawn Graff, regional VP of the American Bird Conservancy, and Board Chair Chuck Hagner, the former editor of BirdWatching magazine, to offer an introduction to the region’s only bird observatory. Learn about Monarch butterfly conservation and tour the redeveloped (and very birdy) Port Washington lakefront before heading five miles north to Forest Beach. Conclude the day at Harrington Beach State Park to observe the work of the Observatory’s waterbird counter, Calvin Brennan. Breakfast included. Fundraiser for the Bird Protection Fund.

 

Learn about the Monarch Gardens on Grand Avenue - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 23   
10 a.m. – noon
Port Washington City Hall Monarch Waystation Garden, 100 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074, and W.J. Niederkorn Library native gardens, 316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI
Join Observatory board members and Monarch and native garden enthusiasts Shelly Culea and Jill Kunsmann at City Hall, and meet Library Director Tom Carson at the W.J. Niederkorn Library, for an introduction to the native plant gardens installed at these sites, both of which provide important habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Volunteers interested in helping with garden clean-up are more than welcome to join in. Bring garden gloves and a trowel.

 

Pollinator Tour of Coal Dock Park and Monarch Workshop - STILL SCHEDULED
Saturday, July 25 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Coal Dock Park, 190 S. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, WI 53074

Monarch and bird experts from the Observatory will lead a workshop and tour through Coal Dock Park in Port Washington, where attendees will learn about habitats that serve not only Monarchs but also a rich diversity of other insects and birds. Participants will learn how to identify and collect Monarch eggs, create a nursery, and raise healthy butterflies.

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Monarch Tag-and-Release Celebration - STILL SCHEDULEDMonarch Event Kate Redmond 5
Saturday, August 29
1 – 3 p.m. Note: tagging will be from 1:45 to 2 p.m.
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, 4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington, WI 53074 
Fun for the whole family! Attendees will tag and release Monarchs, take guided tours of Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, and enjoy Monarch-decorated cakes. Most important, participants will become citizen scientists as they help record the tag number, sex, and other information of each butterfly. This data will be submitted to Monarch Watch (monarchwatch.org) at the University of Kansas. Tagging and release will take place at 1:45 p.m.

 

Western Great Lakes Conservation Summit - STILL SCHEDULED
October 30-31
Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W. County Line Rd., Mequon, WI 53097. More details to come.
SEWCSFormerly known as the Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit, this annual two-day conference is designed to foster collaboration and networking by providing an opportunity to meet and listen to the people who are conducting terrific conservation work throughout the Western Great Lakes region.

As in past years, this year’s summit will focus on all topics environmental -- past, current, and future research and monitoring, conservation advocacy, and ecological restoration -- and it will feature a diverse cast of speakers: university faculty and undergraduate and graduate students; staff members of nonprofit organizations, land trusts, nature centers, and county governments; landowners; consultants; and many other interested parties from throughout the Western Great Lakes Region.