Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate Birds!

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The public is invited to 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, and enjoy family crafts. Details and times are below. Proceeds from the plant sale, rummage and craft tables will support the Observatory's monitoring and research initiatives. All other activities are free. Food is available.

Native plant sale

Beautify your yard and support the pollinators and insects that our favorite birds need to survive. Choose from hundreds of native perennials, heirloom annuals, and more, and consult with experts on the right plants for your garden. All sales support the Observatory. Time: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Check out our Plant List.

Great speakers

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.

Shelly Culea: Shelly 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: 11 a.m.

William Mueller: 2018 is the Year of the Bird. All year, we're marking the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the oldest and most important conservation laws. William Mueller is the Director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. He will share the importance of the regulations associated with Migratory Bird Treaty and how they have helped save the Snowy Egret, Sandhill Crane, Trumpeter Swan, Bald Eagle, and other treasured birds. Time: 12 p.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: 1 p.m.

Lisa Oddis: Lisa will talk about Wild Ones and the importance of native plants and pollinators. Lisa is the president of the Menomonee River Area Chapter of Wild Ones. Time: 2 p.m.

Bird hikes

Bring your binoculars, and help the Observatory raise funds for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! Bill Grossmeyer, Observatory Director William Mueller, Nathaniel Reinartz, board member Julia Robson, former USFWS wildlife biologist Joel Trick, and other experienced birders will lead easy morning bird hikes at beautiful Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Duration: 60-75 minutes each. Times: TBA

Family craft tables!

Bring the kids and have fun at three family craft tables! Time: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

1. Bird nesting balls: Make a nesting ball that you can hang in your yard at home. Then have fun watching the birds gather prime nesting material. We’ll provide a wide array of 100% natural materials as well as instructions to take home.

2. Butterfly and bat table: Children can spread their creative wings while decorating their own butterflies and bats. Finished projects will be mounted on dowels. We’ll give each participant a temporary Monarch tattoo and a coloring sheet that teaches the Monarch's life cycle.

3. Beeswax candles: Attendees 16 and up will create two tapered candles that are 100% beeswax, smokeless, and dripless. We’ll provide tissue paper, ribbon, and dried flowers, milkweed pods, and other natural materials so candles can be wrapped as gifts. Candlemakers will also receive instructions for creating more candles at home.

Ecological rummage sale

Purchase new and gently used recreational equipment, bird houses, bird feeders, nature books, birding and gardening gear, bird art, and much more, all priced to move! All sales support the Observatory. Time: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Please let us know if you have nature-related items you'd like to donate to the rummage sale. Use our contact form, call us at (262) 285-3374, or leave a message on our Facebook page! All donations to the Observatory are fully tax-deductible.

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

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day!


Sunday, May 20, 2018
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!


Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

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Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department

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 We Energies Foundation

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Noel J. Cutright Bird Club

Learn about our upcoming fun Monarch events.

Photos: Tree Swallow and Baltimore Oriole by Joel Trick