Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory


Birds, Native Plants, and Great Speakers!

oriole tree swallow

Baltimore Oriole and Tree Swallow by Joel Trick

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 fun bird hikes. Details and times are below. Proceeds from the plant sale, will support the Observatory's monitoring and research initiatives. All other activities are free.

Native plant sale

Beautify your yard and support the pollinators and insects that our favorite birds need to survive. Get a free milkweed plant, choose from hundreds of native perennials, heirloom annuals, and more, and consult with experts on the right plants for your garden. Visit with Lisa Oddis from Wild Ones about the importance of native plants and pollinators. Lisa is the president of the Menomonee River Area Chapter of Wild Ones. All sales support the Observatory. Time: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Check out our plant inventory list.

Learn about our upcoming fun Monarch events.

Check out the fun we had last year.

Great speakers

Jill Kunsmann: Jill 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. She’ll tell which plants and flowers are butterfly favorites and describe how you can create Monarch-friendly habitat in your yard. Doing this is one of the most important things you can do to help Monarchs. Time: 9 a.m.

Jeannie Lord: See live birds of prey up close! Jeannie Lord, executive director of the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, in Fredonia, will show you live birds, describe their habits and amazing adaptations, and recount the many threats they face. Time: 10 a.m.

Kate Redmond: Bring your camera and join Kate Redmond for this beginner-level presentation aimed at helping you get the wildlife pictures you want. Kate is a founding member of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, she wrote the online field guide to the Mequon Nature Preserve, and, as the Bug Lady, she publishes weekly essays on insects and other invertebrates, complete with her photos. Time: 11 a.m.

Bird hikes

Bring your binoculars, and help the Observatory raise funds for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! Experienced birders will lead easy morning bird hikes at beautiful Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Duration: 45 minutes each. Tours begin at 7:30 a.m.

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day!


Sunday, May 17, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rain or shine


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

Find the preserve on a Google map.

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

Thank you to our sponsors:

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OWLT 2                   Town of Grafton logo    

WildOnes                     Noel J. Cutright Bird Club

Photos: Tree Swallow and Baltimore Oriole by Joel Trick