Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Our Great Volunteers



Eddee Daniel - Photograph by Joel Peregrine - 2018

The Observatory is proud to call Milwaukee-based photographer and writer Eddee Daniel a friend and partner. Eddee is a true lover of nature and an experienced public speaker on topics relating to Milwaukee-area parks and urban nature. He attended both our first Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit in 2017 and this year’s summit, where he delivered a talk entitled “A Wealth of Nature: Parks and Natural Areas in Southeastern Wisconsin.” What’s more, at our Monarch Tag-and-Release Celebration on August 25, he captured amazing photographs of butterflies being tagged and children enjoying the event. You can view the images on Eddee’s blog A Wealth of Nature. To see more of Eddee’s work, visit www.eddeedaniel.com.


Barbie Hughes, Observatory Friend and Volunteer

Barbie Hughes

Whether it's the Observatory's native plant sale, World Migratory Bird Day, our Monarch events, the Raptor Watch, or the Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit, you are certain to find volunteer Barbie Hughes at all of them. Her dedication stems from a lifelong love of nature and a desire to make a difference through her volunteerism.

When she retired from her work as an occupational therapist in England, Barbie chose to build a home on the shores of Lake Michigan, a location that holds fond childhood memories of summers spent at her grandparents' cottage just north of her present location.

An avid gardener, Barbie has converted her yard to a haven for pollinators. Multiple milkweed species for Monarch caterpillars and numerous native nectar plants have created the perfect habitat, and she is richly rewarded for her efforts with clouds of butterflies that drift through her yard.  An avid bird enthusiast, Barbie takes advantage of her close proximity to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust's Forest Beach Migratory Preserve to go on frequent bird hikes, and she has gone through the training sessions to become a Raptor Watch volunteer in the fall.

Thank you, Barbie, for all you do for the Observatory!

Meet Shelly Culea, Our Fabulous Volunteer

Shelly Culea

The Observatory salutes our wonderful volunteer Shelly Culea, who is affectionately known as "The Monarch Lady." Chat with Shelly for 10 minutes and you will be caught up in the wonder and magic of these beautiful and iconic butterflies. Raising Monarchs from egg to release is a passion for Shelly, and this summer she will lead several Observatory-hosted workshops: one focusing on Monarch habitat restoration, another on how to raise Monarchs from egg to release, and a third—the grande finale of our Monarch events—a tag-and-release party at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in August.  Shelly, thank you so much for all you do!

Richard Albert

Richard Albert

Our great volunteer, Richard Albert, helps us with our American Kestrel Project. Richard has a Master of Science degree in microbiology. His hobbies include bird watching, bike riding and hiking.  He says that "I have had the good fortune of doing the Christmas Bird Count with Scott Diehl of the WI Humane Society for over 15 years". Thanks, Richard, for all of your help!