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Learn How You Can Help Wisconsin's Birds

Wood ducks emerging from a nesting box. - Photo credit: Jeff Bahls
Wood ducks emerging from a nesting box.Photo credit: Jeff Bahls

Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893,
February 20, 2020

HORICON, Wis. - Interested in birdhouses, but don't know where to begin? Wondering what you can do to help cavity nesting animals? Head to the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to bolster your nesting knowledge.

Speakers will discuss popular nest boxes such as bluebirds and wood ducks. Live raptors onsite for viewing will be sure to engage participants of all ages. Come for a specific topic or stay for all four. Whatever you choose, these presentations will cover many topics to "brood" about for this upcoming nest season.

Schedule Of Events:

9 a.m. Live, Cavity Nesting Raptors: Learn about the perfect setup for enticing nesting raptors and see some live birds up close. Presented by Renee Wahlen, executive director of Marsh Haven Nature Center.

10 a.m. Wood Ducks: Make your Boxes Pro-duck-tive: Discover the best ways to make your nest boxes productive. Presented by Jeff Bahls, president of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club.

11 a.m. Bluebirds: Identify prime bluebird real estate and how to attract mating pairs, too. Presented by Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator.

Noon. Leap Day: Feb. 29 is a special day, just like the day ducklings emerge from their nesting cavity. See photos and video from two local experts on capturing the magic of "the leap." Presented by Jeff Bahls and Jack Bartholmai.

If you prefer to purchase your bluebird or wood duck boxes on site, the Friends of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will provide kits and fully assembled boxes for sale. Donuts and coffee will also be available for purchase during the day.

Get involved or learn more in the classrooms where there will be displays from local bird conservation organizations: Horicon Marsh Bird Club, Marsh Haven Nature Center, Wood Duck Society, Horicon NWR, and the Wisconsin DNR.

This event is free event, and all ages are welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 920-387-7893.

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. For a detailed list of all Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center special events, please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh website at [EXIT DNR].

Last Revised: Thursday, February 20, 2020

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