Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory


Joel Trick, Observatory Friend and Volunteer

Joel Trick

Joel Trick may have retired from the Observatory’s Board of Directors, but he continues to make big contributions to us through his incredible bird photography. You will find many of his photos in our newsletters, annual reports, and Instagram account. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise to advance educational and conservation purposes.

Joel worked as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Green Bay, Wisconsin field office for over 20 years prior to retirement in 2012. His work duties included review of federal projects, migratory birds, and endangered species recovery, including Whooping Crane, Piping Plover, Kirtland’s Warbler, Bald Eagle, Gray Wolf and Canada Lynx. He is also a well- known botanist and has collected thousands of plants and butterflies in northeastern Wisconsin.

In retirement, Joel continues to contribute to conservation initiatives and serves as an eBird reviewer for three Wisconsin Counties, as well as being the Manitowoc County coordinator for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.

We are grateful to have Joel as an Observatory friend and volunteer.