Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II update
Regional Urban Chimney Swift Monitoring
We are working with Tom Will of USFWS. Katie Koch of USFWS and I co-chaired the Midwest Aerial Insectivore Working Group until July 2016. The Working Group has disbanded, but its various projects continue. We are at work – with help from our Science Committee, in planning a Midwest, 8-state, region-wide urban monitoring effort for swifts, hopefully to be rolled out in 2018.
Waterbird Watch update
Calvin was here until November 20th. The peak numbers of birds really only start to appear during late October.
Recent details include:
Total for all migrants - 179,449
Highlighted species include:
Letter of Support for Greg Septon
Letter of Support for Greg Septon nomination to the WI Conservation Hall of Fame: Another deserving nomination – we submitted a letter of support. Many of you know of Greg’s decades-long work to restore the Peregrine Falcon in Wisconsin.
WBCI Conference update
This year’s Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative/Bird City Wisconsin was a great success. We partnered with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art, which proved to be a fortunate choice in every way.
Website and Facebook update
Website and Facebook updates: with help from Mike Schlotfeldt, our excellent Outreach Committee, and webmaster Dave Bishop, we’ve continually made updates since the previous board meeting. We have 2 Facebook pages: