Birds and Beer

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:
* Pre-sale: $10/person
* At the door: $15/person

Reserve your ticket: 
* Call: 715-635-6543
* Email: 
* Click “Purchase ticket here” for each individual program.

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

Ryan Magana, WI DNR Senior Conservation Biologist

February 7, 2019

With their spectacular dives, piercing vocalizations and ability to adapt in a human-dominated environment, osprey are one of the most recognizable large raptors of North America’s fauna. Having rebounded from serious population declines in the 20th Century, osprey are now found nesting in over 55 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and their numbers continue to climb. On this night, we will discuss osprey ecology and some of the research that surrounds this charismatic, attention-grabbing “fish eagle.”

Hosted at What the Heck Eatery and Spirits, Spooner
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Storme Nelson, Former Executive Director of Hunt Hill

March 7, 2019

This month’s speaker is Storme Nelson, who will explain how to create the ideal environment for bluebirds in your own backyard!

Hosted at Valkyrie Brewery, Dallas
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Bird Migration
Jim Bryce, Bird Bander

April 18, 2019

The phenomenon of bird migration has long intrigued mankind. Until recently, all we have learned about its patterns, and the specifics for each individual species, has come from the leg-banding of a large cumulative volume of individual birds over the past century, and the re-encounters with a small fraction of those birds. The new availability of micro-scale tracking technology has given us the ability to track the movement of individual birds of virtually every species, revealing some amazing facts. I look forward to sharing some of this new knowledge on April 18th!

Hosted at Nezzy’s Sports Bar and Grill, Cumberland
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Steve Betchkal, Journalist and Author

May 2, 2019

Hummingbirds live only in the Western Hemisphere — from Alaska to the farthest tip of South America. They’re fast, flashy and full of fire. but if you hold still long enough, you can catch them at Steve Betchkal’s program in Rice Lake

Hosted at Lehman’s Supper Club
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Birds of Marshes and Brush Prairies
Lauren Finch, WI DNR Senior Natural Resources Educator

June 6, 2019

More information about this program coming soon!

Hosted at Potter’s Shed, Shell Lake
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Bears & Beer
Nancy Christel, WI DNR Senior Wildlife Biologist

July 11, 2019

Bear are big, black and beautiful. They are arguably one of our most interesting wild mammals. They look cuddly, but are they? They can be a nuisance, but why? Come enjoy some stories and explore what it is like to be a black bear in Wisconsin. Bring your sense of humor and be ready to laugh while you learn.

Hosted at Reel ‘Em Inn, Sarona
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Whooping Cranes
Mike Harvey, Hunt Hill Board Member

August 8, 2019

More information about this program coming soon!

Hosted at Cheers Bar and Grill, Birchwood
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Wisconsin Owls
Chris Cold, WI DNR Advanced Wildlife Technician

September 12, 2019

This presentation provides a comprehensive, in-depth look at owl evolution, biology, ecology and management on a global and local context. Gives a basic account on the life histories of the twelve species of owls which reside in the Great Lakes region as permanent, seasonal (or transient) residents.

Hosted at Amery Ale Works
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Live Bats
Brian Heeringa, U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist

October 10, 2019

Bats play an important and unique role in our world and are vitally important to not only the health of the environment, but people as well! In the United States the majority of bats are the primary predators of nighttime flying insects, but other bats around the world also act as pollinators and seed dispersers. Bats make up nearly one quarter of all mammal species in the world, but face many threats such as the devastating disease, White-nose Syndrome. Come and learn about the diversity of bats, which ones call Wisconsin home, what is being done to protect these important animals, and ways that you can get involved in your very own backyard.

Hosted at Round Man Brewing Company, Spooner
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Costa Rica
Patty Mueller, President of Tropical Wings

November 7, 2019

Tropical Wings is the Friends Group of the NPS Sister Parks, an agreement between 14 National Parks in the Upper Midwest, and seven National Parks in Costa Rica. The focus of the partnership is on the neotropical migratory birds that we share. This interactive presentation explores the work being done “for the birds” including the annual Birdathon trip to Costa Rica. Come learn about the sister parks, the birds we share, and how YOU can make a difference for our birds!

Hosted at Red Schoolhouse Wines, Stone Lake
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