WBCI e-News vol. 3, no. 3 (June 18, 2003)

The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative: "A cooperative partnership to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation emphasizing voluntary stewardship."

The WBCI (Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative) e-News is a periodic e-newsletter to quickly share that is happening in bird conservation across Wisconsin (and occasionally beyond).

We'd like to welcome the most recent WBCI endorsers which brings our number of partners to 122: Wisconsin Elementary & Middle Level Science Teachers and Savanna Oak Foundation, Inc.

Quote: "There is no limit to what can be done if it doesn't matter who gets the credit." - Author Unknown

In this issue:

I. IBA Coordinator Hired!
II. WBCI Committee Meetings Announced

Forest & Barrens Subcommittee, Wed, July 23, 10 a.m. Wausau Service Center
Coordinating Council and Habitat Assessment & Management Committee, Thurs, July 24
- location to be announced

III. RFI: WBCI Display and Handout Materials; WBCI Calendar
IV. Midwest Birding Symposium, September 11-14, 2004, Green Bay
V. A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds
VI. Updated Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection Now Online

Invitation to contribute news

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I. IBA Coordinator Hired!

Please welcome Yoyi (pronounced Georgi) Hernandez on board as the Important Bird Area (IBA) Coordinator for Wisconsin. Many of you are already familiar with her work with Dave Lentz and Karner Blue Butterflies. She will be working for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) through a contract with the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO). The IBA program will be using a quantifiable system for identifying Important Bird Areas across the state. Many of our wildlife areas, forests, grasslands, etc. will need to be nominated. Look for a call for nominations later this summer. Then expect a call from our Coordinator and be ready with your bird data!!

I asked Yoyi to put together a little blurb to introduce us to her background and bird know-how:

"I am a native of Mexico who grew up in Bermuda and Puerto Rico. My undergraduate degree is from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where I concentrated in Environmental Studies and did my thesis on restoration ecology in Bermuda. My love for birds flowered during a stint in backcountry Arizona, working on Mexican Wolf reintroduction, and I later got to spend a wonderful season at the Point Reyes Bird Observatory in California nest-searching for wrentits and other coastal scrub denizens. I came to Madison for graduate school, where I earned a M.S.in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development in 2002. During that time, I was lucky enough to spend several field seasons in Mexico chasing some pretty fabulous birds. My thesis research was on diversity and abundance of resident birds in a dry tropical deciduous forest in the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve in Jalisco. Despite my tropical wanderings, I am no stranger to Wisconsin birding. As a graduate teaching assistant I taught field ornithology for five semesters, and spent a summer censusing birds in the Wisconsin River floodplain. I am very excited to be on board the IBA program and look forward to further exploring Wisconsin's avian treasures."

--submitted by Andy Paulios, WBCI Coordinator, 608/264-8528 andy.paulios@dnr.state.wi.us

II. WBCI Committee Meetings Announced

All WBCI meetings are open to everyone. Please attend if possible and pass along word to anyone who may be interested in attending or joining any WBCI committee. Contact committee chairs for more information and agendas.

Forest & Barrens Subcommittee - Amber Roth, chair
Wed, July 23 10 a.m. Wausau Service Center (5301 Rib Mountain Rd)
--Amber Roth (amber.roth@dnr.state.wi.us)
Coordinating Council and Habitat Assessment & Management Committee
Thurs, July 24 location to be announced

III. RFI: WBCI Display and Handout Materials; WBCI Calendar

1) To all WBCI partners, if you would like to have information (i.e., brochures) about your organization incorporated into the WBCI display that gets set up at various events across the state, please send your materials to Andy Paulios, DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

2) For those of you interested in using the above WBCI display at an event, please contact Andy (Andy.Paulios@dnr.state.wi.us, 608/264-8528). NOTE: if there is a fee for the booth, let Andy know and he will take care of paying for it as opposed to you paying for it and trying to get reimbursed.

3) We will be putting together a WBCI calendar in the future that will have a list of bird-related events throughout the year, so as you learn of conferences, workshops, events, etc. e-mail Andy with the date, time, and location so he can add it to the calendar. The goal is to eventually add the calendar to the WBCI website.

--submitted by Ron Windingstad, Chair, WBCI Outreach Committee, 608/276-9313 rwindingstad@charter.net,

IV. Midwest Birding Symposium, September 11-14, 2004, Green Bay

Be sure to mark your calendars! Acclaimed wildlife photographers Joe and Mary Ann McDonald, hummingbird expert Sheri Williamson, John “the Nature Nut” Acorn, best-selling author and Birder’s World contributing editor Kenn Kaufman, and TV personalities Don and Lillian Stokes will be keynote speakers at this fall’s Midwest Birding Symposium.

The festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, September 11-14, 2003, at the Regency Suites Hotel and KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Proceeds from the biennial four-day event, co-hosted by Birder’s World magazine, Eagle Optics, and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, will support the efforts of the Nature Conservancy of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to reestablish a critically endangered species in the Midwest -- the Greater Prairie-chicken.

Joe and Mary Ann McDonald are field correspondents for Nature's Best magazine whose photos appear regularly in Birder's World and other magazines as well as in calendars and other publications. They will kick off the Symposium on Thursday night, September 11, with behind-the-shutter stories of photos taken at the world’s best birding hotspots.

Sheri Williamson is a director of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory and the author of the highly praised A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America, the most recent addition to the Peterson Field Guide series. She and zoologist John Acorn, the host of the TV series "Acorn, the Nature Nut," a family-oriented, how-to-be-a-naturalist show that airs on cable on Animal Planet; will talk on Friday. Kenn Kaufman, author of such books as the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding; Lives of North American Birds; Kingbird Highway; and the Kaufman Focus Guides Birds of North America and Butterflies of North America, will entertain and educate attendees Saturday afternoon, while Donald and Lillian Stokes, America's first couple of birding, will speak after the Saturday dinner.

There will be 17 field trips to area birding hotspots such as Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (Green Bay’s best migrant trap), Ken Euers Natural Area (one of the state’s best late-summer shorebird spots), the extensive cattail marsh and shoreline wetlands of the Sensiba Wildlife Management Area, the Van Ess Sod Farm and UW-Green Bay Arboretum (for Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover, Baird’s Sandpiper, and Horned Lark), Navarino Wildlife Management Area (for Sandhill Crane, Black Tern, and Vesper, Henslow’s, and Clay-colored Sparrows), and other intriguing and beautiful locations. Both Kenn Kaufman and Tom Schultz, the WSO’s field trip chairman and bird artist (see Peterson’s Field Guide to Warblers of North America and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America), will conduct special field-ID workshops on warblers. Attendees at the last Symposium, held in 2001 also in Green Bay, spotted a total of 168 species on field trips to many of the same locations. Since this year’s outings will take place about a month later in the fall migration, this year’s total will probably be even bigger.

The array of topics covered in presentations and workshops will include bird identification and natural history, backyard birding, raptors, digiscoping, photography, and the environment; and there will be birding product manufacturers, retailers, and service providers.

The 2001 Symposium contributed more than $30,000 to the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. This year's silent auction will benefit the endangered Greater Prairie-chicken.

For more information and to make reservations contact Kalmbach Publishing Co. 800/533-6644; 262/796-1615 (fax); customerservice@kalmbach.com; MBS 2003, c/o Kalmbach Publishing Co., PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 or visit their website www.birdersworld.com and click on the Red-headed Woodpecker logo.

--submitted by Charles Hagner, Editor, Birder's World Magazine, Kalmbach Publishing Co., 262/798-6584, chagner@birdersworld.com

V. A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds

The USDA Forest Service, Izaak Walton League of America and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. are pleased to announce the publication of A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds. This easy to understand book contains techniques that the educator, suburban homeowner, public land steward, and private landowner may use to establish vernal ponds (ephemeral wetlands). Vernal ponds provide critical habitat to many amphibian, reptile, waterfowl, shorebird and bat species throughout North America.

Please visit http://www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone/ to view an online version of the book or to download an order form.

--submitted by Andy Paulios, WBCI Coordinator, 608/264-8528 andy.paulios@dnr.state.wi.us

VI. Updated Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection Now Online

The EPA has recently updated the Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection. This Catalog is now online as an easy to use, searchable website. The website provides information for watershed practitioners and others on 84 federal funding sources that may be available to help fund various watershed-related projects. The website updates EPA's Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection (EPA 841-B-99-003) that was previously published in 1999. An Office of Water Finance Work Group developed this website with representatives from staff in the Office of Water. EPA plans to update the Web site on an ongoing basis. http://www.epa.gov/watershedfunding.

--submitted by Andy Paulios, WBCI Coordinator, 608/264-8528 andy.paulios@dnr.state.wi.us

Invitation to contribute news. Please submit items for the WBCI e-News to this e-mail address. These could be anything that you and your group or agency wish to share about what is being done, where, and by whom: projects that are in the works, whether large or small, local or state-wide; activities, programs, and workshops; what the average birder might do to help out; what the problems are; or what help you might need on specific projects.

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Karen Etter Hale, WBCI Chair
and WBCI e-News Coordinator

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