Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Director Updates

WGLBBO Director’s Report, Mid-November, 2016 – W. Mueller

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II update

  • New Atlas training workshops are in process for 2017. We receive Coastal Management Grant and Citizen-based Monitoring Grant funding to support our project time.
  • Another Atlas Committee – Publications – has started work, and we are part of this as well, planning for the 2nd WI atlas book. I am currently tasked with preparing a draft outline for an atlas book.                                                                                                                             

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:

  • Red-breasted Merganser - 125,173
  • Ring-billed Gull - 17,222
  • Double-crested Cormorant - 8,940
  • Canada Goose - 5,012
  • Herring Gull - 4,681
  • Mallard - 2,122
  • Bonaparte's Gull - 2,063
  • Lesser Scaup - 2,061
  • Blue-winged Teal - 1,833
  • Barn Swallow - 1,147

Total for all migrants - 179,449

Highlighted species include:

  • Harlequin Duck
  • Shearwater species (As far as we know, this is only the second shearwater (unknown sp.) ever recorded on Lake Michigan. A Greater Shearwater was seen alive one day in autumn of 2012 in coastal southwest Michigan, and found dead on the beach a day later.)
  • Little Gull
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Parasitic Jaeger - now up to a total of 9
  • Pomarine Jaeger - 3
  • Short-eared Owl

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: