Western Great Lakes

Bird & Bat Observatory


The WGLBBO banding station had its first season this fall. Our lead bander, UW Green Bay grad student Stephanie Bielke, operated the station from Sept 1 through Oct 31 this fall. More than 425 individuals of ~45 species were banded this season.

The WGLBBO Waterbird Watch at Harrington Beach State Park has tallied more than 100,000 individuals of 165+ species this fall, also beginning on Sept 1.

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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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