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News from WGLBBO Waterbird Watch

Update: The WGLBBO Waterbird Watch had an outstanding season this spring, thanks to our Technician Jonathan Stein (data summary coming later this summer). Jon has moved on to a summer position with the WI DNR and its Kirtland's Warbler project. Thanks and best wishes to Jon in his new position. A new Technician for the Waterbird Watch will be in place by September 1st.


A recent (4-13-2014) Wisconsin Birding Network post from our Waterbird Watch Technician Jonathan Stein, from his location at Harrington Beach State Park:

“Tough to get to my normal spot after last night's rain, the count was moved slightly northward today as a result. Even with some early fog limiting visibility, there was still significant activity to be seen from the get-go. Teal and bay ducks were again on the move with 281 Blue-Winged, 420 Green-Winged, 61 Canvasback, 149 Redhead and 866 Greater Scaup counted over the course of the morning. Other dabblers besides teal put in a nice showing, led by Mallard (230), American Wigeon (78) and Northern Shoveler. Additional highlights included a nice Caspian Tern (15) flight and our first Forster's Tern of the season as well as some great looks at Red-throated Loon and Horned Grebe foraging near shore.

Jonathan Stein”

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Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Coordinator

Hired by Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (WGLBBO) are pleased to announce that we have chosen Dr. Amber Roth, PhD, of Michigan Technological University as the new Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Coordinator, effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Roth has a one-year position with WGLBBO, funded via a grant we were awarded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, to continue development of the Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network, bringing to fruition a vision under development for the past three years. Dr. Roth’s primary charge will be development of a Strategic Action Plan for the Landbird Migration Monitoring Network. The proposed Plan will cover the eight-state Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The 16-member Midwest Migration Monitoring Network, a working group within the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership, was established to increase bird survival throughout the annual cycle by contributing to the understanding of migratory connectivity through a well-coordinated network of observers.

Dr. Roth can be reached at .

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