WMAS Programs

Programs are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Currently, Wehr Nature Center suggests wearing masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 health precautions.
Visit https://friendsofwehr.org/visit/ for any updates.

If you need more information, contact WMAS President Jim Cieslak at 262-666-0931 or email cieslakjames3@gmail.com. In order to join us at these programs, please make sure we have your most recent email address.

Upcoming Programs

Big Sit at Wehr Nature Center

October 8, 2022 from 7 AM to Noon (Rain Date: October 9)

The Big Sit is a great way to focus on all the birds in one place as observers listen and observe any birds seen or heard from their station.  We will also visit with Wehr visitors that are curious about our checklist.  We will have binoculars to let visitors try their hand at birding. 
Participants need to dress for the weather, bring a camp chair, snacks and water.  We will have a station at the Wehr deck to help introduce the Big Sit to Wehr visitors.   At the South Pier, find WMAS sponsored Wehr birders watching for migrating birds. The participants will spot as many bird species as possible from 7 AM to Noon.  We will only count birds that are heard or seen from the boardwalk platform during these hours.  We will share an on-going list of the birds observed.  The pier extension will be off limits during the Big Sit.  Donations are encouraged for accessible and Sensory equipment for Wehr Nature Center programs. 

Anyone interested in participating is welcome to sign up. Contact Pat Fojut ptfojut@gmail.com. I will be sending out a form so you can select a two hour time slot at the Big Sit location on the South Pier at Wehr Nature Center.

Intro to Birding in the Cemetery

October 16, 2022 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM

Bring your binoculars, good walking shoes and your eagle eye and join the Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society on a free, guided bird walk through the cemetery to meet some of the species who call our trees home. Bring binoculars if you can or borrow a pair from Wisconsin Metro Audubon friends. We will meet outside the cemetery’s main office, near the Lincoln Avenue gate.

The Milwaukee River Greenway:
A Wealth of Nature in the Heart of the City
Presented by Eddee Daniels

October 19, 2022 at 7 PM (Zoom presentation also available)

Eddee Daniels, founder of A Wealth of Nature website and photographer of urban wilderness, will guide us through the surprises and beauty of the natural landscape within the city illustrated in his photographs of the urban wilderness along the Milwaukee River. 

Bio-Acoustic Monitoring Reported for Wehr Nature Center
Presented by Gary S. Casper, Great Lakes Ecological Services, LLC

November 16, 2022 at 7 PM (Zoom presentation also available)

Gary will describe the project and we will learn the techniques of Bio Acoustics.  The 3 year study provides information on Breeding Bird Species to focus management on in the preserved areas of Wehr Nature Center.

Gary Casper received his Ph.D. in Conservation Biology in 2003 and has been studying wildlife ecology in the western Great Lakes region for over 40 years. He was on the curatorial staff at the Milwaukee Public Museum until 2005, and since then has operated independently consulting with various state, federal and tribal agencies, and private landowners, on wildlife conservation and ecology. Gary will present on the bioacoustics program now in its third year at Wehr Nature Center. Digital recorders collect many recordings that are analyzed to identify the species of frogs and birds calling. This digital sound archive contains a wealth of interesting sounds and can be used to monitor environmental conditions important to land managers. 

Ongoing Programs

Gardening for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

You Maybe you are just tired of mowing all that grass, and want something that can take its place and take care of itself? Is there a garden you want to change, expand or begin? Are you looking to create your own backyard bird sanctuary or a small patch for butterflies? There are many options that can help create habitat for pollinators and birds. The native planting areas I have bring in so many interesting visitors, and require very little care. A FREE information packet we have created with the help of Wild Ones, can help you decide what you want to do. Please do something to help bring back the birds. For more information, please contact me at cieslakjames3@gmail.com

Location Milwaukee, WI Phone (262) 666-0931 E-mail cieslakjames3@gmail.com Hours Call or email any time. Allow 48-72 hours for a response.
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