SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER and other Audubon newsletters now available click here
Urgent message from Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters:
Governor Walker’s proposed budget aims to freeze land protection efforts, undermine science, further politicize natural resource management, and more. link here
The Rusty Blackbird--Spring Migration Blitz
The Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) is a widespread North American species that has shown chronic long-term and acute short-term population declines, based both on breeding season and wintering ground surveys. Rusty Blackbirds are ecologically distinct from other blackbirds, depending upon boreal wetlands for breeding and bottomland wooded-wetlands for wintering.
The Spring Migration Blitz challenges birders to go forth and seek the Rusty Blackbird during its spring migration northward! Info
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas eBird portal
Have you observed a Great Horned Owl on a nest already this year? How about an incubating Bald Eagle? Prairie-chickens dancing? Ravens nest building? With the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas eBird portal now live (http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/) this is your chance to contribute the project's first field data by entering these sightings and other early-season breeding behaviors.
To assist you we've developed the following step-by-step tutorial for entering Incidental observations such as those often made early in the year before prime atlasing season begins.
Look for additional tutorials on Traveling counts, complete checklists, and other atlas topics in the weeks and months ahead!
WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator - Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Cat Impact on Wildlife
Wednesday, April 8, 7 pm
UW-Fond du Lac, Room UC114
University Center/LGI 114
Domestic cat predation is the largest source
of bird and mammal mortality in the United
States directly related to human behavior. Situations
and solutions will be discussed.
Alert from WSO:
Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearing, April 13
A Sandhill Crane hunt is being proposed in Wisconsin at the upcoming
Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings. The Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology (WSO) would like to alert the birding community of this
possibility and encourage representation from the non-hunting community at
the hearings on April 13. More information about the spring hearings can be
found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/about/wcc/springhearing.html
Please read our issue paper on this topic written in 2013 when a Sandhill
Crane hunt was first proposed at: http://wsobirds.org/sandhill-crane-hunt.
While WSO acknowledges and supports the cultural heritage of hunting in our
state, we recognize that the harvest of some wildlife species may be
biologically or socially unacceptable.
President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
CONSERVATION LOBBY DAY 2015
When: April 14, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration starts at 9:00 am)
Monona Terrace (One John Nolen Drive), Madison
On-line Registration: https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/273/mtglistproc.asp?formid=meet&caleventid=24912 .
Fond du Lac County Audubon is a member of the League of Conservation Voters, a coalition of organizations that sponsors an annual lobby day. The purpose of this event is to provide voters with an opportunity to talk directly with their state legislators. Each year, the League sets priorities based on coalition meetings and talking with hundreds of citizens at multiple Conservation Listening Sessions around the state. The conservation priorities selected for this year and posted on the WLCV web site are:
Your participation at the 2015 lobby day is critical this year. Governor Walker’s budget is full of proposals that threaten Wisconsin’s natural resources and the health of Wisconsin’s families. Conservation-minded citizens need to talk frankly with legislators about the ramifications of these ideas. The effectiveness of Conservation Lobby Day grows with each additional citizen lobbyist that attends. You can help make certain that every single legislator talks directly to a conservation-minded constituent on Lobby Day. You talk to legislators as a small group, and training is provided during the morning sessions. There is no cost for participating, and lunch is included. You are encouraged to make a donation.
A full description of Lobby Day will be available at the WLCV web page soon: http://conservationvoters.org/
If you plan to attend, please register on the WLCV web page and email or call Dave Stetter, Conservation chair (email@example.com 920-872-2250).
Midwest Annual Crane Count
Saturday, April 18 from 5:30 am to 7:30 am CDT
Contact Dave Sehloff at 920-602-1649 or email
Learn More: Crane Count
Bird City - Fond du Lac - Year 3: Sustained Flight
Fond du Lac will hold the city's IMBD events on May 2-3; click here for details
Explore the world of birds with Audubon’s completely re-imagined website: www.audubon.org. You’ll find the stunning photographs that you’ve come to expect from Audubon magazine along with a wealth of web-exclusive material.
Thank You to Photographers
See the beautiful work of photographers Elizabeth A.
W. Ahlborn facebook.com/elizabethahlbornphotography,
Gretchen Steele www.steelephotoservices.com, and Joel
Nisleit joelnisleitphotography.com in our newsletter, and
visit them online to see more of their photography!
Support the Fond du Lac County Audubon Society by renewing through our local chapter. Click here.
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