Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight

  • May 24, 2017
  • 7:15 AM - 5:45 PM
  • Horicon
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  • NOTE: Member ($79) with guest ($94) will cost a total of $173. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.

Estimated Trip Duration Times:
Oakwood West: 7:15 AM-5:45 PM
Capitol Lakes: 7:45 AM-5:15 PM
East Towne Sears: 8:10 AM-4:45 PM

$94: Guest Registration Fee (includes lunch)

NOTE: Members register their guests

Registration Limit: 50
Registration Deadline May 1

Registration is closed

Nature lovers and birdwatchers our Horicon Marsh special event is the trip for you!  Join us to see this beautiful marsh by boat and foot. It is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US.

We’ll begin the day on the water with Horicon Marsh Boat Tours at Blue Heron Landing.

Casual birdwatchers and experienced birders will enjoy seeking out the over 305 species of birds that Horicon Marsh has to offer.  

This is prime viewing season. A bird list will be provided so you can record what you see. Bring your binoculars; there will be some on the boats also. Our guides will share the history of the Marsh as well as point out birds. 

After our morning pontoon boat tour, we’ll head to The Audubon Inn in nearby Mayville for lunch at the NOLA Grille.

Built in 1896, the Audubon Inn is a boutique hotel on the National Register of Historic Places.  New Orleans inspired cuisine is its specialty.

Lunch is included. 

When you register, choose from among these three entrees:

  • Shrimp Po-Boy sandwich (fried gulf shrimp, creamy slaw, tomato)
  • Grass-fed Burger (with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and secret sauce)

  • Gumbo and Salad

Note: Lunch will include beverage and dessert treat.

After lunch, it is on to the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for more bird watching as we walk along the boardwalk with a naturalist. 

Did you know that the Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations?  

Things to know as you consider joining the trip.

Boat will go rain or shine (but not in a thunderstorm!).

Boat has minimal cover so plan to have a hat and/or water proof jacket depending on the forecast.

If you don’t want to walk on the boardwalk in the afternoon, you can stay in the Visitor Center where there are exhibits.

We will split into two groups for the walk; one for faster walkers and one for those who prefer (or need) a slower pace.

Our Timetable for the day:

Oakwood Village
7:15 AM Pick Up
7:30 AM Departure

Capitol Lakes
7:45 AM Pick Up
7:50 PM Departure

East Towne Sears
8:10 AM Pick Up
8:15 AM Departure

9:00 AM Horicon Marsh Tour at Blue Heron Landing

12:15 PM Depart for Audubon Inn

12:30 PM Lunch at NOLA Grille

1:45 PM Depart for Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor's Center

2:00 PM Arrive at Visitor's Center

4:00 PM Depart for Madison

4:45 PM East Towne Sears

5:15 PM Capitol Lakes

5:45 PM Oakwood Village

Accessibility Policy.On the Lazers Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. 

Check with the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.          

Horicon Marsh Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

PLATO Members Form

For further information, contact Horicon Marsh trip organizer, Janet Cabot, jbcabot52@gmail.com and 608-280-1067.







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