Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Gearing Up For The Final Season Of The Atlas

RWBFNOCA nest 

Red-winged Blackbird fledgling (left) and Northern Cardinal hatchlings (right) by Kate Redmond

Season 5 Kickoff 

April 5-7, 2019

Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

2019 will be the final year of field work for the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, and the organizers need a lot of help to complete this monumental effort by fall. About 15 percent of Atlas survey blocks have seen little to no survey effort, while an additional 25 percent still need some work to be marked complete. Attend the Season 5 Kickoff to learn where and how you can help.  Register at https://wsobirds.org/atlas.

You won’t want to miss:

Keynote address by Ian Davies, eBird Project Coordinator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birds and Beers in the Tap Room of Central Waters Brewing Co. 

Morning field trips to find Greater Prairie-Chickens, Snowy Owls, and other birds 

Nighttime field trips to complete blocks and learn techniques

Who should attend?

Prospective and seasoned atlasers

Atlas county coordinators

Bird researchers and academics

Bird conservationists

All Wisconsin bird lovers!

Key meeting topics:

Overview of results to date

Introduction to atlasing for newcomers

Strategies for completing field work 

Plans for an Atlas II book and other end products

Recognition for both our donors and top atlasers

To register, go to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s Atlas webpage