Horicon Marsh topic of Audubon meeting Aug. 2

A boardwalk in the Horicon Marsh. /Photo by Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons license.

The history and ecology of Horicon Marsh — a Globally Important Bird Area and Wetland of International Importance in east central Wisconsin — is the topic for the next Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha/Racine monthly meeting.

The session, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant. Speaker Bill Volkert will discuss the geology, history, wildlife and challenges of the restored wetland, which is host to more than 300 bird species. Volkert was a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources naturalist and wildlife educator at the Marsh for 27 years. He conducted some 3,600 education programs for more than 220,000 people during that time. His international travels and 40 years of studying birds have allowed him to see more than 2,500 species, or one fourth of the world’s bird species.

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