Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory



Free webinar series continues through summer months of 2021

The Observatory’s free webinars for the Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project will continue through the summer months of 2021. We hope that these sessions, presented by knowledgeable speakers about environmental topics, will inspire and motivate you to make bird and pollinator-friendly changes in your home and yard, while providing some “how-to’s.” We’re planning to bring you new topics each month (so stay tuned to our website).  Link arms with us and become an important contributor to our community’s best conservation practices starting in your very own yard.

To join our expanding webinar series, please register HERE.

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Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds
Presenter: Chuck Hagner
May 19, 2021:

In 2019, researchers from seven institutions documented the staggering loss of nearly 3 billion North American breeding birds since 1970. That’s more than one in four of the continent’s birds gone in less than a single lifetime. Habitat loss and degradation are the biggest overall causes of the declines, scientists say. But other human-caused threats also play a role -- predation by free-roaming cats, poisonings, electrocution at powerlines, and collisions with windows, vehicles, communication towers, and wind turbines.

The scope of the losses is sobering, but history has shown how resilient birds are, and science has proved that conservation works. What’s more, the nature of the threats represents a silver lining: Many can be reduced by actions taken by individual homeowners. In this presentation, Chuck Hagner will explain how this fact presents each of us with a great opportunity: By taking seven simple actions, we can dramatically improve the state of our birds.

Hagner is the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin and the director of Bird City Wisconsin. From 2001 to 2017, he was the editor-in-chief of nationally distributed BirdWatching magazine. He is board chair of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory.