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Chapter meeting

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Lions Field House – 270 Elkhorn Road (Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI

The event is free and open to the public.

This meeting will feature the following educational talk:

Karibu Kenya

By Steve Betchkal

Almost halfway around the planet from Wisconsin is a strange new old world unlike anything you’ve ever known – where you dare not exit your vehicle, there are surprises around every bend in the bumpy road, and Secretarybirds, Cape Buffalos, and National Parks are King. Join naturalist and photographer Steve Betchkal on a seventeen-day tour of magnificent Southwest Kenya – without danger of being eaten by a sixteen-foot crocodile.

Steve Betchkal of Eau Claire has hiked, camped, backpacked and traveled 49 U.S. states, 45 National Forests, 78 National Wildlife Refuges, 77 National Parks, & 4 Canadian provinces in pursuit of wild birds. 

In 2017 he worked in the Galápagos for Lindblad-National Geographic.

Steve is the Vice President of Gaylord Nelson Audubon, founder of Welcome Back Bird Day, Eau Claire’s “Bird City” liaison, and the producer of WSO’s Bird TV. In his 35 years as a professional journalist, he’s produced 11,000 stories in video, and is the only journalist in Chippewa Valley history to win five Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award. He is currently one half the team of “Storytime with Steve & Micah,” on Facebook.

Steve is the author of eight books, including: All of This & Robins Too, Make Birds Not War, Wisconsin Birding Trails, CatTales, Walk the Walk, Camp the Camp, Bird the Bird, & his latest, 101 Apologus Nights.

Steve will be happy to sign books purchased after the program.

Native Plant Sale

Help the birds, promote biodiversity and support our chapter by patronizing the annual plant sale. Orders are due by May 20, with the pick-up on June 7. Please see the order form for more details.

Click on the link below the image to download and print an order form.

Bird Walks at Big Foot

Wednesdays, throughout the year (10:00 AM – Noon)

Join us for a Bird Walk near the shores of beautiful Geneva Lake. We will follow the park’s trails while on the lookout for birds and other wildlife. Meet in the main parking area to the right of the entrance station a little before 10:00 AM. A state park sticker: $28 or daily pass: $8 ($13, $3 if age 65 or older) is required to enter Big Foot Beach State Park.
Kevin Dickey – or 1 (262) 729-9702
Big Foot Beach State Park – N1550 S Lakeshore Drive, Lake Geneva, WI

Please contact us if you are interested in going on a walk.

Christmas bird count results

For anyone who is interested in the final numbers of last year’s CBC, simply click on the link below:

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