Birds and Beer

Birds and Beer for APRIL and MAY have been cancelled. Online registration for all programs has been temporarily suspended. If you would like to reserve a spot for a program after June 1st, please call the office at 715-635-6543.

Socialize with other nature enthusiasts over snacks and beverages, and enjoy an engaging presentation from a local expert in a happy-hour atmosphere. Each Birds and Beer program features a different presenter at a different location, so you’re sure to learn something new each time!

* Registration: 5:30 pm
* Program begins: 6:00 pm

Program Fee:
* $15/person

New this year: Registration is required

Reserve your ticket: 
* Online purchase
* Call: 715-635-6543
* Email: 

Each ticket includes a free drink, complimentary snacks, and an informative presentation. All proceeds help fund programs at Hunt Hill.

Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Date: February 6, 2020
Presenter: Nancy Christel, DNR
Location: Perlick Distillery, Sarona

Learn about the sharp-tailed grouse and the other animals that live in Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area. Witness the fascinating dance that the flashy, male sharp-tailed grouse does to attract a mate!

The Most Beautiful Birds

Date: March 5, 2020
Presenter: Steve Betchkal, Author
Location: Bird’s Place, Ridgeland

Enjoy the brilliant blues, robust reds, and irresistible iridescents of the most beautiful birds! Steve will share about the amazing birds that live in and pass through Wisconsin and why they look the way they do.

The Forest Raptors of Wisconsin

*This program has been cancelled!*

Date: April 2, 2020
Presenter: Ryan Magana, DNR
Location: Voyager Village, Danbury

Wisconsin’s woodlands contain a diversity of forest raptors, from the diminutive sharp-shinned hawk and bold, assertive goshawk, up to the majestic and familiar bald eagle. Forest raptors are arguably the most striking and charismatic group of species among our native fauna and several of them have been well-studied, providing a wealth of natural history information. Learn identification, habitat preferences and life history of these top avian predators.

Wisconsin Owls

*This program has been cancelled!*

Date: May 7, 2020
Presenter: Chris Cold, DNR
Location: The Pickled Gill, Ladysmith

Learn about the life histories of the twelve species of owls which reside in the Great Lakes region. Chris will discuss owl evolution, biology, ecology and management of these birds. Then, he will display a live, educational owl!

Saw-Whet Owl Banding

Date: June 4, 2020
Presenter: Jeanette Kelly, Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Tracks Bar & Grill, Spooner

Learn about Saw-whet Owl banding and other bird banding projects happening at Beaver Creek Reserve. Jeanette will share about the history of bird banding, why it is done, how it is done, and what has been learned.

How Climate Change Affects Birds

Date: July 2, 2020
Presenter: Jeremy Cohen, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Location: Cedar Lake Grill, Mikana

Changing climate threatens to affect everything from melting glaciers to increasing the frequency of snowstorms. Jeremy Cohen will share how climate change may affect the birds that live here in Wisconsin.

Loons at Night

Date: August 6, 2020
Presenter: Lauren Wentz, UWEC-BC
Location: The Potter’s Shed, Shell Lake

Have you heard the haunting, mysterious calls of the loon? The tremolo? The hoot? The yodel? Lauren will explain what these sounds mean and why loons make these sounds at night!

From Point A to Point B: The Basics of Bird Migration

Date: September 3, 2020
Presenter: Steve Betchkal, Author
Location: Lehman’s Supper Club, Rice Lake

Learn about the remarkable migrations that our flying friends make twice every year. Steve will share where the birds go, how far they go, how they do it and why they do it!

Waterfowl Management

Date: October 1, 2020
Presenter: Lauren Finch, DNR
Location: Brickfield Brewing Company, Grantsburg

Dive into the management of wetlands and waterfowl at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area! Learn about the different species of ducks that call our wildlife area home, learn about how we restore and maintain their habitat, and get the run-down of how, and why, we band waterfowl in Wisconsin!

Critter Condos: Managing Dead Wood for Wildlife

Date: November 5, 2020
Presenter: Kevin Morgan, DNR
Location: The Creamery, Haugen

Snags are used for feeding, nesting, perching, and displaying, especially by birds! Learn about tree snags and cavities and the various wildlife that they support.