Mequon Nature Preserve has many family-friendly events throughout the year! These events are FREE to attend! Stay tuned to the website and our social media for the latest updates.

For more information contact:

Amanda Neimon

amanda@mequonnaturepreserve.org

262-242-8055

Upcoming Events

Craft and Storytime

Listen to a seasonally-themed book read by one of our staff members! Then take a short, guided hike and come back for a fun nature craft! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Email Amanda at amanda@mequonnaturepreserve.org to claim a spot! At 10:00 am on Tuesday: March 19th, MONDAY April 22nd, May 21st, June 25th, July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th, and December 17th.  

Sugar Maple Tapping

Saturday, February 24th at 1:00pm in Elton’s Woods

THIS EVENT IS FILLED UP! Help MNP staff tap Sugar Maple trees! Learn how to tap a maple tree and all about the maple syrup making process. This event is free and fun for the whole family! Meet in Elton’s Woods, the woodlot on the north end of the property. We recommend parking at the Donges Bay parking lot and taking a quick hike to the woods. Sign up is required, as we have limited amount of trees that we will be tapping. Event will begin at 1:00pm and will end once all the trees are tapped. Email Amanda at amanda@mequonnaturepreserve.org to sign up your family!

Woodcock Wander

Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00pm

Join local bird expert Dan Panetti, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited – Mequon, on a Woodcock Wander around the Mequon Nature Preserve. Spring is a great time to view these otherwise secretive birds which are related to other shorebird species such as the Wilson’s snipe. While this species is considered a shorebird, their name ‘woodcock’, or ‘timberdoodle’, implies that they are most frequent in young deciduous woodlands in and around forest openings and ephemeral ponds. MNP’s diverse habitats make this preserve the perfect place to witness their unusual behavior. In spring, woodcocks can be heard and seen partaking in their breeding rituals which includes arial courtship displays by the male. You often hear the bird before seeing this camouflaged species. Listening for their call, or “peent”, is the most effective way to locate the birds in the springtime.

This program is being presented by the Mequon Nature Preserve and is co-sponsored by the Ozaukee-Washington Birding Coalition, a consortium of environmental organizations consisting of the Mequon Nature Preserve, the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, the Riveredge Nature Center, the Lac Lawrann Conservancy, and the Cutright Bird Club.

Rain date: Thursday, April 18th

Click here to register: https://ticketstripe.com/woodcockwander-2024 

Ozaukee Washington Birding Coalition Events at MNP

Wednesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. Habitat Restoration and Bird Monitoring on Oneida Nation’s Lands, a presentation by Tony Kuchma, Oneida Nation wetland program coordinator; and Erin Giese, data scientist at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Hybrid live and Zoom program

Since 2021 Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Audubon, Audubon Great Lakes and UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity have formed a deep, collaborative partnership with the Oneida Nation through the successful implementation of a volunteer bird monitoring program at multiple restoration sites on the Oneida Nation Reservation near Green Bay. The Oneida Nation has done a tremendous job restoring over 3,000 acres of agricultural land to prairie, wetland and forest. During the last two years, over 100 volunteers have helped conduct breeding grassland, marsh and forest bird surveys and spring and fall migratory shorebird and waterfowl surveys on five restoration sites, totaling >120 bird species and >75,000 bird observations. Bird data collected for this program are used to inform land management decisions, such as water level manipulations and prescribed prairie burns. The project has had incredible successes in terms of bird data collected and integrating Oneida culture, history and language into the project.

Erin has worked at the Cofrin Center since 2011. She is a principal investigator for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program and project manager for the Oneida Bird Monitoring Program. She serves on the board for Audubon Great Lakes and Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon and the steering committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership.

To join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcscuurqzIuH9RSrbOhOGgCF4-srl5zHaai

Wednesday, May 8th at 7 p.m. “Nocturnal Bird Call Identification” by Sam Corbo Hybrid live and Zoom program

Sam will discuss his experiences recording nocturnal migration over his Shorewood home over the last three years (and counting). What started as a curiosity and an effort to build up his yard list has grown into a near obsession, and while some interesting finds were anticipated, results have been quite surprising (check out his station’s eBird profile, “skcorboNFC,” for some examples!). Incredible numbers of regular migrants have been joined by true rarities, including several Wisconsin review species, as well as some tantalizing mysteries that remain unidentified for now. He plans to not only share what has turned out to be quite an adventure, but also provide a tutorial for anyone interested in wading into the NFC (night flight call) world.

Sam first opened up a field guide at around 5 years old and has considered himself a “birder” for over 30 years. He’s a hobby birder with no training in field recording or audio technology and describes himself as “expert at being an amateur”. He hopes his trials and tribulations might encourage others to take a swing at what has ultimately been a very rewarding addition to his birding experience. To register for in-person https://ticketstripe.com/NocturnalBirdCalls2024

To join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcufypqDIjHNzu3GaR0dN9_vbkw07hsMb4

Wednesday, July 10th at 7 p.m. “Three Billion Birds Lost – and What to Do About It” “Why American Bird Species are in Such Decline & What Needs to be Done” by Dr. Jackie Augustine, Audubon of Kansas executive director Hybrid live and Zoom program

A recent study revealed that we’ve lost one in four individual birds since 1970. However, not all species declined, and some habitats have experienced greater declines than others. Augustine, explains how this was estimated, describes trends in the data with respect to species and habitats, and shares ways you can prevent further losses in your own neighborhood as well as in general. In-Person https://ticketstripe.com/ThreeBillionBirdsLost To join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodO-oqDktE9d0YI0H1vTpIfEBMLFOfE_O

Wednesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. “Motus in Wisconsin: A Big Leap in Wildlife Tracking” by Jacob Woulf , Motus coordinator for Lake Michigan Bird Observatory Hybrid live and Zoom program

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a collaborative research effort that uses small radio tags and receiving stations to detect animals (primarily birds) as they move across the landscape. Unlike GPS transmitters that give precise location data, Motus tags emit a radio signal that can only be detected within a short distance (~9miles) of a Motus tower. Many organisms that carry Motus tags are not large enough for a GPS transmitter; Motus tags are also significantly less expensive than GPS transmitters. Because of their limited detection range, Motus towers must be strategically placed. LMBO received a large grant to construct 16 Motus stations along the western shore of Lake Michigan and also is working on a buildout of stations moving westward across the state.

Woulf graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in animal biology and in 2022 with a master’s degree in environmental science and policy. While there he tracked movements of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants during the breeding season; he was hired by LMBO to help expand the Motus network in Wisconsin. In-Person- https://ticketstripe.com/MotusInWisconsin To join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodeuvrjosEtwmDfFk4asUP-vZ43ywEvC1

Find Us At These Community Events

Girls and STEM

Sunday, March 3rd from 9:00am-4:00pm at Discovery World

This free event is open to all girls and their families interested in a science and math career field! There will be different organizations promoting the different types of jobs in the STEM industry. There will also be workshops and presentations. There will also be a women-owned artist market at this event! Tickets will need to be purchased to access the rest of Discovery World.

Versiti Blood Drive 

Friday, April 12th from 8:00am-2:00pm inside the PieperPower Education Center

MNP has teamed up with Versiti in being a Beacon of Hope! Thousands of people rely on frequent blood transfusions for the treatment of their blood disease. You can help save lives!  Sign up to donate blood with this link. All those who donate will receive a MNP tumbler mug!

Conservation Day 

Thursday, April 18th from 9:00am-3:00pm at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum 

Come celebrate the Earth and learn all about nature! Details coming soon. Tickets will need to be purchased to access the museum.

Lakeshore Chinooks Baseball

Support MNP on Thursday, July 25th at 6:35pm

Want a fun way to spend time with your family and support MNP at the same time? Go to the Chinooks Baseball game! Simply go the Lakeshore Chinook’s website, click buy tickets, and enter promo code MNP8200. This will get you a $20 ticket package (includes a ticket and a Chinooks hat). MNP will receive $7.00 for every package sold!