by William Mueller
*** Waterbird Technician Calvin Brennan has staffed the Watch again this spring since March 1st. New funding proposals are in process.
*** Work progresses on our 2018 comparative Waterbird Watch scientific paper, with planning and coordination with Bryan Lenz and Jesse Peterson.
*** A lengthy list of various Midwest Migration Network (MMN) meetings, plus organizational, and MMN Communications Subcommittee meetings, activities, website planning and setup have taken place in the past 6 weeks, with many more to come throughout 2018.
*** The Peregrine Fund and WGLBBO organized and conducted the first Wisconsin statewide American Kestrel Partnership meeting in Arlington WI on March 19th, with partners from 12 different WI groups participating. Our role in this regional network has expanded, and also shifted, as data management for the Partnership has developed new protocols and new standards. Mike and I manage the project meeting follow-up with these statewide partners and will continue to do so.
*** The Wisconsin Stopover Initiative subcommittee on habitat had a recent group project, involving a stopover site search via mapping, and data gathering for shorebird locations around the western Great Lakes.
*** The Southern Wisconsin “Cats and Birds Working Group” met recently, and we at WGLBBO continue our involvement in discussions, the excellent ongoing work on Bryan’s draft ordinance, and ongoing literature search and correspondence.
*** Outreach, via the WGLBBO website and Facebook updates, posting and coordination continues. Recent additions on the website include a kestrel webcam from the Peregrine Fund.
*** Our Midwest Aerial Insectivore Discussion Group continues to host and share an array of insectivore information in multiple states - it has grown to 107 members.
*** The WGLBBO office at FBMP re-opened for spring hours during the second week of March.
*** The WBBAII (the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas) training is underway for spring 2018, with several workshops and training events having taken place, others yet to come, plus both nocturnal and diurnal field trips planned in several atlas blocks
Eastern Region Atlas 2018 Kickoff Workshop: Help us get the 2018 Atlas season off to a dynamic start by joining us at one of our FREE Atlas Regional Kickoff workshops. These events are for everyone, whether you’re a newer member of the Atlas team, a seasoned veteran, or just want to learn more about how to join us in 2018.
Learn more and register by visiting our Atlas Regional Kickoff webpage.
Regional Kickoff Workshop Locations & Dates
Each workshop will include: Atlas results to date, focus areas and goals for 2018, introduction and basic training for new atlasers, advanced training for returning atlasers, data-entry instruction, tips from your region’s top atlasers, the chance to meet county coordinators, Atlas planners, and other atlasers from your area, and field trips to local hotspot.
*Rescheduled from April 14 due to a major storm.
To help clarify where these blocks are, here’s a map showing 2 types of blocks:
1. The red blocks have little to no atlas effort, and need someone to take them on as a principal atlaser
2. The yellow blocks are already half done, and they just need someone to take them on and finish them off.
*** With our board member Dr. Glen Fredlund, and SARUP’s Dr. Filip Tejchman (both at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), we continue our involvement with the SE WI Bird Collisions working group. This will continue to be a major focus for Dr. Bryan Lenz in his new position with the American Bird Conservancy.
*** Motus project coordination and communication: a letter to partners is being sent, seeking cooperation on this ongoing project (itself a part of the MMN).
*** Work is already underway by WGLBBO staff, Executive Committee members, and the Science Committee on this year’s Southeastern Wisconsin CONSERVATION SUMMIT, including proposals for grant funding. More will be forthcoming on this WGLBBO signature event.
Our goals for the 2108 conference include:
*** Bryan and I and the Observatory have a 2018 Urban Birds grant from USFWS. This has several moving parts, two of which h are:
*** Related to the last item mentioned above, we have multiple roles in the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Annual Meeting, this year focused on aerial insectivores: http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/