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Subject: WBCI e-News vol.2, no.4 (June 25, 2002)
WBCI e-News vol. 2, no. 4 (June 25, 2002)

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 occassionally beyond).

Quote:  "Populations of several species of songbirds that nest on the ground across the Northland's forests are declining, a decade-long study indicates, in some cases by as much as 50 percent. The population decline in species such as the ovenbird, the most common summer songbird in Northland woods, concerns some bird experts who say the regional drop mirrors problems across the eastern United States and Canada."

--John Myers, Duluth News Tribune staff writer, Duluth News Tribune Monday, February 11, 2002. For full story, see item III below.

In this issue:

I.      WBCI Committee Meetings Announced
II.    New U.S. Integrated Bird Conservation Website
III.   Duluth News Tribune Article On Breeding Bird Trends
IV.   "Current Trends in Bird Conservation" - Oct 5-11, 2002 Workshop

Invitation to contribute news

I.     WBCI Committee Meetings Announced

All WBCI meetings are open to everyone. Please pass along word to any of your members who
may be interested in attending or joining any WBCI committee.

A. Wetlands & Shorelines Subcommittee - Jim Ruwaldt & Joel Trick, co-chairs

The next meeting of this committee will be Tuesday, July 2 at 9:00 a.m. in the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conference room at 6515 Watts Rd. on the southwest side of Madison. For more information or for minutes of the last meeting, contact Jim 608/221-1206 x 14 ( or Joel 920/465-7416 (

B. Issues Committee - Gene Roark, chair

The first meeting of this committee will be Tuesday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at the DNR Horicon Service Center, N7725 Hwy 28 just northeast of Horicon on the west side of Hwy 28. Anyone interested in the issue of free-roaming cats should attend. In case the meeting extends into the noon hour, you may want to bring lunch. For more information, contact Karen Etter Hale 608/255-2473 (, as Gene does not have e-mail and will be unavailable until shortly before the meeting date.

C. Urban/Suburban Subcommittee - Dan Spuhler, Chair

The next meeting of this subcommittee will be Wednesday, July 31 from 9 a.m.- 12 noon at Milwaukee County Parks Administration, 9480 Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa. If you need directions, let me know, or go to and type in the address. Remember, it's about keeping common birds common, urban birds (there are other committees for other habitats), education, recreation, habitat, research, outreach, and more! Please feel free to spread the word. --Dan Spuhler, Land Manager, Milwaukee Co. Dept. Parks, Recreation, and Culture, 9480 Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 414/257-6521 (

II.    New U.S. Integrated Bird Conservation Website

Visit the new U.S. integrated bird conservation website at

This site is dedicated to promoting and advancing integrated bird conservation in the United States. Online you will find a variety of tools and resources including:

* An easy-to-browse Bird Conservation Regions (BCR) map hot-linked to BCR descriptions

* Links to:
-- Bird conservation initiatives and plans, Joint Ventures, and BCR staff
-- Migratory Bird Data Center maintained by the USFWS/USGS
-- Bird Conservation Directory hosted by the American Bird Conservancy
-- BCR map hot-linked to Species Assessment Scores based on Partners In Flight's Species Assessment database hosted by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

* A host of information on the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), including downloadable documents about the NABCI Vision, the U.S. Committee's Action Plan, and Committee and Working Group contact lists and meeting minutes

Coming soon to the site:
* Stories from the Field, stories of how people are working together towards integrated bird conservation
* National news briefs on integrated bird conservation
* A host of links to organizations working on bird conservation
* Upcoming workshops, meetings, conferences, and other events

For more information, contact Ellen Paul, Executive Director, The Ornithological Council ( Ornithological Council Website:
"Providing Scientific Information about Birds"

--submitted by Greg Butcher, Midwest Partners In Flight coordinator, 262/797-8463 (

III.   Duluth News Tribune Article On Breeding Bird Trends

There is an interesting article, "Songbird losses mount," by John Myers, staff writer for the Duluth News Tribune, which discusses the decline of ground-nesting birds in our northern forests. The full article can be found at for a limited time (c) 2001 duluthsuperior and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.

The article features trend information provided by the Natural Resource Research Institute (Univ. of MN).  This analysis is based data collected (since 1991) from the Chequamegon National Forest (NF) in Wisconsin and the Superior and Chippewa NF in Minnesota, through a cost-share partnership (over 1200 survey points).  Other study sites include the St. Croix region (171 points) and SE MN (211 points).  For more information on this trend info visit NRRI's website at (go to bottom of page for trend querry on 70 species, by National Forest).

--submitted by Linda R. Parker, Forest Ecologist, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (, 715-762-5169

IV.    "Current Trends in Bird Conservation" - Oct 5-11, 2002 Workshop

A workshop is being offered by ABA's (American Bird Association's) Institute for Field Ornithology. Entitled "Current Trends in Bird Conservation," this intensive week-long workshop will run October 5-11, 2002. It's essentially a crash-course on today's important bird-conservation issues, and it will be held in the Washington DC area to take advantage
of the many key federal and NGO bird-leaders who are located here.  Paul Baicich and Dave Davis put the workshop together and will co-lead it. You can find a full description and logistical information on the IFO pages at the ABA web site:

The workshop is aimed at those involved in bird conservation activities at the regional, state, or local level who wish to learn more about the many national and international bird conservation programs and projects that are helping shape the evolving arena of bird conservation in North America. The workshop could be particularly valuable for conservation committee members of state, regional, or local bird clubs, for public-policy staff at bird observatories, or for newer state-wildlife-agency folks. We encourage you to pass the information on.

For more information, contact Paul Baicich ( or Dave Davis (

--submitted by Noel Cutright, WE-Energies, 414/221-2179 (

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.

No attachments will be allowed. Instead, try to include web links whenever possible for more detail. Or if the information is lengthy, and only an attachment would be efficient, provide an e-mail contact so that those interested can ask for the attachment. The source of the item posted will be included at the end of each message.

Back issues of the WBCI e-News can be found on the WBCI Website: http://www.uwgb/birds/wbci/


Karen Etter Hale, WBCI Chair
and WBCI e-news coordinator

Executive Secretary
Madison Audubon Society
222 S. Hamilton St., Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703-3201
608/255-2489 fax