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:
* If registered in advance: $10/person
* At the door: $15/person

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


Presenter: Ryan Magana, WI DNR Senior Conservation Biologist
: February 21, 2019
Location: What the Heck Eatery and Spirits, Spooner

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.”


Date: March 7, 2019
Presenter: Storme Nelson, Former Executive Director of Hunt Hill
Location: Valkyrie Brewery, Dallas

In this program, Storme Nelson will describe how to set up nest boxes to help protect bluebirds. Now is the perfect time to prepare to make things as attractive as possible – for the birds. You will learn about the preferences of bluebirds such as where they hunt and nest, and how to protect and check nest boxes.

Bird Migration

Date: April 18, 2019
Presenter: Jim Bryce, Bird Bander
Location: Nezzy’s Sports Bar and Grill, Cumberland

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!


Date: May 2, 2019
Presenter: Steve Betchkal, Journalist and Author
Location: Lehman’s Supper Club

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

Birds of Marshes and Brush Prairies

Date: June 6, 2019
Presenter: Lauren Finch, WI DNR Senior Natural Resources Educator
Location: Potter’s Shed, Shell Lake

This program will be focusing on marsh and prairie habitats and the species that call them home. Marshes are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and both habitats have a great variety of plants and animals. Crex Meadows is composed of vast brush prairies and sedge marshes, which is why there are over 270 species of birds that we can find in the area. We will learn about some of the most interesting birds that these rich habitats sustain in this talk!

Bears & Beer

Date: July 11, 2019
Presenter: Nancy Christel, WI DNR Senior Wildlife Biologist
Location: Reel ‘Em Inn, Sarona

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.

Whooping Cranes

Date: August 8, 2019
Presenter: Mike Harvey, Hunt Hill Board Member
Location: Cheers Bar and Grill, Birchwood

One of the only two types of cranes that live in North America, whooping cranes have become endangered. In this presentation by Mike Harvey, you will learn about this fascinating species and the work that is being done to save it.

Wisconsin Owls

Date: September 12, 2019
Presenter: Chris Cold, WI DNR Advanced Wildlife Technician
Location: Amery Ale Works

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.

Live Bats

Date: October 10, 2019
Presenter: Brian Heeringa, U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist
Location: Round Man Brewing Company, Spooner

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.

Tropical Wings – Costa Rica

Date: November 7, 2019
Presenter: Patty Mueller, President of Tropical Wings
Location: Red Schoolhouse Wines, Stone Lake

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!