WGLBBO Director’s and Chief Scientist’s Report – April 2017
W. Mueller and B. Lenz
Many projects are underway as of early April, with continuing progress through late winter:
“Conservation Center” meetings, with M. Tomter, J. Torinus, WGLBBO Board members, OWLT Director and staff, Andrew Struck
Planning and outreach is underway for our fall 2017 “Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit”.
WBBAII – Wi Breeding Bird Atlas II Training/Regional Kickoff workshops in
Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Steering Committee – Strategic Planning is underway, for this largest bird conservation umbrella organization – the largest in the Midwest.
Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Issues Committee “Issues Papers” – more are currently in preparation, with edits/updates to the existing Lead Poisoning and Birds paper
Meetings with Governance, Finance, and Science Committees “re-organization”
Kestrel Nestbox Workshop, in partnership with Ozaukee County Planning and Parks, March 22
Data management for the deployment of new AMKE nestboxes w/ our Madison Audubon partnership
Planning for IMBD
Calvin Brennan started a new 2017 Spring Season of the Waterbird Watch on March 1. Calvin lived at the UW-Milw Field Station house until April 1. This worked well.
Our banding crew is setting up for an early start to the 2017 spring season.
Meeting with OWLT staff to coordinate breeding bird surveys, and a new migration point count project. We hope to eventually coordinate with Ozaukee Co. Planning & Parks on this also.
Ongoing participation in Great Lakes Commission pelagic bird survey data analysis.
Added a part-time data management consultant, Jesse Peterson, to our staff – Jesse is helping us coordinate and organize data for the next paper on the 2016 Waterbird Watch results, work on the Clausen dataset, and more potential projects to come.
Jean Clausen lived on the banks of the Wisconsin River west of Madison, and lived into her mid-nineties. She kept daily records of her bird observations, 365 days per year, for multiple decades. We are examining these records to consider possible analyses.
Another potential dataset is that of long-term banding records and sight observations from Tom Erdman, Curator of the Richter Museum of Natural History at UW Green Bay. To work with these data would require funding. Seeking funding is under consideration.
Addition of Jill Kunsmann to Board of Directors – welcome Jill!
Social media: WGLBBO Facebook page has weekly additions: https://www.facebook.com/wglbbo
Aerial Insectivore Facebook Discussion Group is increasingly active, with 52 current members from across the Midwest Region; recent posts on swallow decline, Golondrinas Network, Purple Martin research
I participated as reviewer for a PLOS-One journal article on bird collision research, at the request of editor Dr. C. Lepczyk.
I participated as corresponding reviewer for a bird climate change assessment for GLIFWC, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission: http://www.glifwc.org/
Ongoing good news re: bird collisions work in southeastern WI, and our involvement:
A group of us attended an excellent event at UW-Madison on bird collisions on Fri. moderated by Dr. Stan Temple. I had this news to share from our southeast WI activities/progress:
We hope to have much more exciting news to share in the near future on several other related fronts.