Bird Banding at Woodland Dunes Nature Center


Join us on October 8th in Two Rivers for a chance to mist net and band songbirds. Jim Knickelbine will lead the group through a morning of bird-banding, demonstrating techniques and conventions such as how to properly remove a bird from a net, how to hold a wild bird and other data that can be collected. This will be a hands-on activity; every member will have the opportunity to participate in the process! The club may band migrants such as Orange-crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow in addition to resident Wisconsin birds.

 Jim is the Executive Director of the center and has been working at the site for 23 years. He has extensive experience in both bird banding and youth education. Jim is also the co-chair of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s Education Committee.

Please meet promptly at 7:30am on October 8th in the parking lot of

3000 Hawthorne Ave, Two Rivers, WI 54241.

The facility has bathrooms, however please use them before banding as it is off-site.

While the WYBC will provide a small snack, bring plenty of water!

If you need transportation assistance, email Ryan at the address below.

Because of limited space availability, we ask that you bring no more than 2 family members along. The event will last no longer than 3-4 hours.

******Note: You MUST RSVP to attend this event.*******

If you can’t make it at 7:30 but would like to come, inform Ryan so the group is not delayed. Better late than never!


A Trip to the International Crane Foundation

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                        Come join us for a morning of birding and learning about projects at the International Crane Foundation! Meet at 8:00am at E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913. Birding will start at 8am as we traverse the trails on the property, looking for specialties such as LeConte’s Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Bobolink, Clay-colored Sparrow, as well as many wood-warblers and late migrants. An ICF staff-led presentation on bird telemetry will follow. The morning will finish off with a 10am tour of the ICF, during which one can observe all 15 of the world’s crane species! Visit for more info on the facility.

When: June 28, 2016         8:00am-12:00pm

Come when you can, leave when you have to! The group will start birding the trails at 8am. Please contact Ryan for any special scheduling questions. 

Where: International Crane Foundation 

E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI, 53913

Who: any kids interested in birding ages 10-18! Please RSVP to before June 27th.

Announcing the WYBC’s first event!

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When:  March 20th 8:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Madison Audubon’s Goose Pond Sanctuary  (Columbia County)                                                     *meet at W7503 Kampen Rd.

Who: All young birders of any experience level! Feel free to bring along family members or interested friends.

What: This trip will be focused on birding Goose Pond and the close surrounding area. Possible species include Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Lapland Longspur, Trumpeter Swan and many species of waterfowl.  A Goose Pond representative will give a short talk about the sanctuary and its purpose, then lunch will be at the Highway 60/ I-94 interchange 4 miles west.

Note: Birders may arrive any time before 8:00 am (sunrise is around 7am). Ryan will arrive around 7:30, and the Group may move away from the meeting point after 8:00am. There is no bathroom on site at Goose Pond. Please make arrangements accordingly- there are bathrooms at the aforementioned food court. 

Contact Ryan Treves at or (608) 770 6676 for questions/concerns.

Thank you to Madison Audubon Society for making this possible.

Hastings Area Bird Festival!


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Do you want to meet other young bird lovers, discover a new event or challenge yourself to a Big Day ? Then the Hastings Area Bird Festival is for you! The Festival will be held on April 4, 2016 in Hastings, MN – just 90min from Eau Claire.

This festival will hold a Youth Big Day competition! Rules are below.

The Hastings area has numerous habitat types (rivers, wetlands, prairie, floodplain forest, maple basswood forest, etc.) so there is a great chance to view many types of birds. 

Contact Tom Lewanski ( ) for more info.