From: Madison Audubon [masoffice@mailbag.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 4:46 PM
Subject: WBCI e-News vol.2, no.5 (July 17, 2002)
WBCI e-News vol. 2, no. 5 (July 17, 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 occasionally beyond). We'd like to welcome the most recent WBCI endorsers which have brought the number of partners to 106: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Winnebago Audubon Society.

Quote:   "The real concern we should all share (hunters, anglers, and birders alike) is the growing number of Americans who never find their way to nature at all.... We should be investing in those recreation activities such as wildlife viewing that are proven to be effective in attracting the disengaged to the outdoors."

--from "The World of Watchers: An Assessment of the Implications of the Preliminary U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, And Wildlife Associated Recreation" by Ted Lee Eubanks, Jr., President, FERMATA, Inc. To hear one of Ted's presentations, see item III below.

In this issue:

I.    WBCI Coordinator Hired!
II.   WBCI Committee Meetings Announced
III.  The Great Wisconsin Birding Trail Takes Flight Beginning July 31
IV.   Necedah Whooping Crane Festival, September 21-22, 2002

Invitation to contribute news

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I.    WBCI Coordinator Hired!

At long last, a WBCI Coordinator has been hired! Andy Paulios will be starting on Monday, July 29. Watch the next e-News for more information about Andy. Welcome, Andy!

II.     WBCI Committee Meetings Announced

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

A. Prairie, Savanna, & Agricultural Subcommittee - Kurt Waterstradt, chair

The first meeting of this committee will be Wednesday, July 24 at 1 p.m. at The Nature Conservancy office, 633 W. Main St., Madison (near the Badger Bus/Greyhound Depot). For more information, contact Kurt 608/221-1206 x 16 (Kurt_Waterstradt@fws.gov)

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

The next meeting of this committee will be Thursday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conference room at 6515 Watts Rd. on the southwest side of Madison. At that time we will discuss the work Sumner Matteson, Bill Volkert, and Tim Grunewald have been working on, and move on to making assignments for the species reports. For more information or for minutes of the last meetings, contact Jim 608/221-1206 x 14 (James_Ruwaldt@fws.gov) or Joel 920/465-7416 (Joel_Trick@fws.gov)

C. Urban/Suburban Subcommittee - Dan Spuhler, Chair

The next meeting of this subcommittee will be Wednesday, July 31 at 9 a.m. at Wehr Nature Center, within Milwaukee County's Whitnall Park (414/425-8550), 9701 W. College Ave, Franklin, WI 53132. Note change of location since last post.

Our special guest will be Ted Lee Eubanks, President of Fermata, Inc. - World Nature Trails (www.fermatainc.com), Fermata was instrumental in the development of The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Wisconsin has contracted with Mr. Eubanks to assist in the development of  The Great Wisconsin Birding Trail. Mr. Eubanks will give a presentation regarding Nature Trails, but these are not the nature trails you might be familiar with. Mr. Eubanks will provide us with research and insight into Nature Trails and what they can do for Rural and Urban communities - and Conservation.

This will be an open meeting and we hope to have elected officials, media, convention and visitor's bureau/tourism-related people, UW-Extension, and others that may not know it yet, but will have a stake in the development of The Great Wisconsin Birding Trail.

If you have any question, please give me a call. --Dan Spuhler, Land Manager, Milwaukee Co. Dept. Parks, Recreation, and Culture, 9480 Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 414/257-6521 (daniel.spuhler@ces.uwex.edu)

III.    The Great Wisconsin Birding Trail Takes Flight Beginning July 31

The Great Wisconsin Birding trail is about to take flight across the state of Wisconsin, and you're invited to come along. The Great Wisconsin Birding Trail will be a statewide auto trail that leads users to their favorite parks, historic sites, rivers, lakes, bike trails, and local festivals. Although the trail uses birds as a way to link people to nature-based recreation, it is really about much more than birding. Volunteers will be the backbone of the development of the trail system. The trail will take form throughout the state by incorporating ideas and suggestions for places to birdwatch generated by the public through meetings.

These meetings are not only for birders, but  for anyone in Wisconsin! This may be the best opportunity to create an awareness of conservation that we have had in a very long time. So come and hear what Ted Lee Eubanks, President of Fermata, Inc., which was instrumental in the development of The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, has to say about nature conservation through tourism, and how each of us can play an important role. Here is the list of meetings:

Tuesday, July 30 - Madison
9-11 a.m. - Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd.
7-9 p.m. - Lussier Family Heritage Center
 
Wednesday, July 31 - Milwaukee area
9-11 a.m. - Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park, 9701 W. College Ave, Franklin
2-4 p.m. - Milwaukee DNR Headquarters, 2300 N. Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Milwaukee
7-9 p.m. - Wehr Nature Center
 
Friday, Aug 2 - Green Bay
9-11 a.m. - Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1660 E. Shore Dr.
6-8 p.m. - Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
 
Monday, Aug 5 - LaCrosse area
9-11 a.m. - Upper Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Refuge-555 Lester Ave., Onalaska
7-9 p.m. - LaCrosse Public Library - 800 Main St., LaCrosse
 
Tuesday, Aug 6 - Rhinelander
10 a.m.-Noon - DNR Rhinelander Service Center, 107 Sutliff Ave
7-9 p.m. - Rhinelander Service Center
 
Wednesday, Aug 7 - Burnett County
10 a.m.-Noon - Crex Meadows Nature & Visitor Center, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
7-9 p.m. - Crex Meadows Nature & Visitor Center
 
--submitted by Susan Foote-Martin, Conservation Biologist, Great WI Birding Trail Coordinator, DNR Endangered Resources Program, 608/266-0545 (footes@dnr.state.wi.us)

IV.    Necedah Whooping Crane Festival, September 21-22, 2002

As Chairman of the Necedah Whooping Crane Festival, I would like to personally invite each of the WBCI members to this year's festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, in Necedah, WI. Visit the following sites for more information about the festival (Juneau County  www.juneaucounty.com) or about the whooping cranes (Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership www.bringbackthecranes.org and Operation Migration www.operationmigration.org). Hope to see many of you at the festival.

--submitted by Dave Arnold, Necedah Whooping Crane Festival Chairman and member of the Wisconsin County Forests Association (Juneau County) 608/565-2101 (wiscft@tds.net)

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/

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

Executive Secretary
Madison Audubon Society
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Madison, WI 53703-3201
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