Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

yellow warbler bird on branch

Work on the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas continues. To find out more information about the atlas log on to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology site. Your help is crucial.

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Our Mission

To advance the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region through coordinated research, monitoring, and education.

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Today more than ever, we are certain of two things:

1. That people like you can make a real, beneficial difference to the birds and bats of Wisconsin and the Western Great Lakes Region 

2. That one of the best ways to do this is by supporting the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

We had an exceptionally productive year in 2018, our first as an independent non-profit organization.

Read our annual report

Please help us make 2019 as productive as 2018. Make a tax-deductible gift to the Observatory. 

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Thank You!

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory likes to think of our friends and supporters as “investors” in conservation science, and we are enormously grateful for the support they have shown for WGLBBO’s work over the past 14 months.

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Upcoming Events

19 May
World Migratory Bird Day
05/19/2019 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Bring your binoculars and join the Observatory's bird experts on hikes through the preserve, enjoy a live raptor show and shop the native plant sale for plants that benefit our birds, Monarchs and other pollinators.
15 Jun
Treasures of Oz - Monarch Workshop
06/15/2019 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visit the Observatory's Monarch Workshop at Treasures of Oz and learn how to raise a Monarch from egg to adult butterfly. Monarch caterpillar adoptions available to those who have a good supply of milkweed - the only plant Monarch caterpillars can eat.
24 Aug
Monarch Tag and Release Celebration
08/24/2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tour the prairie in full bloom, and watch as we tag and release Monarch butterflies for their long trip to Mexico. Fun for all ages!
1 Nov
Southeastern Wisconsin Consevation Summit
11/01/2019 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Meet and learn from the naturalists and community scientists who are conducting vital research and monitoring on a wide-range of topics in Southeastern Wisconsin.