Head to Horicon Marsh March 5 for a nest box seminar

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  1. By Central Office February 19, 2016

    Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife educator, 920-387-7893

    HORICON, Wis. - The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will hold a nest box seminar Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - head to the marsh and learn more about nest boxes and their role in conservation.

    Participants will get hands-on training, including how to properly place and maintain nest boxes and decide which type of box are right for different yard-types and bird species.

    This year, the nest box seminar will focus on Wood Ducks and Bluebirds, Wisconsin's most popular cavity nesters. Purple Martins, a species of Special Concern in Wisconsin, will also be featured - humans currently provide nearly all nesting sites inhabited by this species.

    The Great Crested Flycatcher, a common large woodland flycatcher, will be the focus of an additional informational session. These birds spend most of their time high in the leafy canopy within deciduous woods. Listeners will learn their distinctive call learn to watch for these birds on high, exposed perches or in flight.

    Bluebird nest box kits will be available from Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for $12. You can assemble your nest box onsite with help from volunteers or take your kit home to make - this seminar is a great activity for kids of all ages.

    This year's seminar schedule is as follows:

    • 9:30 a.m. - Steve Sample, Vice-President of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, will give a talk on Bluebirds and nest boxes, including best practice methods, site selection and box selection.
    • 10:45 a.m. - Ike Kumrow, a charter member of the Wisconsin Purple Martin association, will present "Purple Matins are Humans' Best Friends." Kumrow has been hosting Purple Martins for 68 years.
    • 12:45 p.m. - Liz Herzmann, DNR Wildlife Conservation Educator, will teach participants about the Great Crested Flycatcher.
    • 1:45 p.m. - Jeff Bahls, President of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club and board member of the Wood Duck Society, will discuss Wood Ducks. Topics will include some exciting new nesting biology research, new duckling jump video and photos, and tips regarding how to make nest boxes pro"duck"tive.

    Displays from the Horicon Marsh Bird Club, Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Purple Martin Association, Wood Duck Society will also be featured, with volunteers present to answer questions about native cavity birds. Some small food items will be available for purchase.

    The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon, Wis. and Mayville, Wis. on Hwy. 28. For a detailed list of all Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center special events, please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh website at www.horiconmarsh.org. For more information regarding Horicon Marsh education programs, contact Liz Herzmann, DNR educator, at 920-387-7893.

    Last Revised: Friday, February 19, 2016