WBCI e-News vol. 3, no. 5 (September 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).

Quote: "Propelled by an ancient faith deep within their genes, billions of birds hurdle the globe each season...They are not residents of any single place but of the whole, and their continued survival rests almost entirely within our hands." - Scott Weidensaul Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds (see item II. to find out how you can help migratory birds now)

In this issue:

I. Whooping Crane Festival - Necedah - Saturday, September 20
II. "A Blueprint for the Future of Migratory Birds" - Comments due October 10
III. WBCI Committee Meetings Announced

Forest & Barrens Subcommittee, Wed, Oct 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., DNR Service Center
- Wausau
Outreach Committee, Wed, Oct 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., DNR Research - Monona
Habitat Assessment & Management Committee; Coordinating Council, Thursday, Oct 23,
10 a.m. - Noon; 1 - 4 p.m. - location to be announced

IV. Don't Just Bird, eBird!
V. Project Art For Nature: Close To Home - Sept. 18 to Oct. 31 - River Falls, WI
VI. Rivers & Bluffs Fall Birding Festival - Friday - Sunday, November 7, 8 & 9 - Lansing, IA

Invitation to contribute news

I. Whooping Crane Festival - Necedah - Saturday, September 20

Check out the info for the upcoming Saturday, September 20 Whooping Crane Festival in Necedah: http://www.whooping-crane-festival.com/ Over 3800 visitors from 14 states and 8 foreign countries attended last year's festival.

--submitted by Noel Cutright, WI Society for Ornithology, 414/221-2179, noel.cutright@we-energies.com

II. "A Blueprint for the Future of Migratory Birds" - Comments due October 10

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a draft strategic plan for future work on the Service’s Migratory Bird Program. Known as “A Blueprint for the Future of Migratory Birds”, this 10-page plan can be found at http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/mbstratplan/mbstratplan.htm "It is very important to the Service to hear partners' views regarding the content and focus of this strategic plan, and in particular, their views on the direction of future Service leadership and priorities for migratory bird conservation." (from the FWS Fact sheet). Comments of fewer than 6,000 words can be submitted online. The deadline to send comments is October 10.

--submitted by Bill Mueller, WBCI Issues Chair, 414/643-7279, iltlawas@earthlink.net

III. 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
The next meeting will be Wed, Oct 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the DNR Service Center, 5301 Rib Mountain Road, Wausau. Take Cty Road N exit off I-39/Hwy 51. Go south on Rib Mountain Rd to
DNR Service Center. Agenda items include 1) discussion of species account review process 2) discussion of ecological unit bird assessment plans 3) review of new forest plan for Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. For more information, contact Amber (715/365-8862, amber.roth@dnr.state.wi.us).

Outreach Committee - Ron Windingstad & Jamie Nack, Co-chairs
The next meeting will be Wed, Oct 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.at DNR Research, 1350 Femrite Dr., Monona (just north of the Beltline and west of Hwy 51). The committee will continue development of its media plan. They are looking for contact persons for print media throughout the state. These individuals could get to know TV news assignment editors, radio managers, etc as well. If you would be willing to be a local contact, please let Ron (608/276-9313, rwindingstad@charter.net) or Jamie (608/265-8264, jlnack@wisc.edu) know.

Habitat Assessment & Management Committee - Gary Zimmer, Chair (rgszimm@newnorth.net)
Coordinating Council - Karen Etter Hale, Chair (masoffice@mailbag.com)
Thursday, Oct 23, 10 a.m. - Noon, 1-4p.m. - location to be announced

IV. Don't Just Bird, eBird!

Don't let your fall migration observations vanish into the lost vault of time. Get them into eBird, an online checklist program where they not only will be saved for all time but made available to anyone interested in looking at migration patterns, abundance changes, and a variety of research purposes. You can now summarize reports by week, month, or year. You choose the location, or locations, and eBird will display summary tables of the high count, frequency, abundance, group size, and totals for each species observed. These tables provide a wealth of information, such as how common a species may be, how many you may find, when they first arrive and when they typically depart, and how their numbers change from season to season. You can use the same tools to explore your personal sightings - how often do certain species appear in your yard, or your neighborhood? How many do you typically see, and how does that number change throughout the seasons? We encourage you to report all the birds you see, with an extra effort made to report your sightings of hummingbirds, swifts, and nighthawks, as we'd like a better idea of their fall movement patterns. To submit your observations and to explore eBird, visit

--submitted by Bettie Harriman, Oshkosh Bird Club, 920/233-1973, bettie@vbe.com

V. Project Art For Nature: Close To Home - Sept. 18 to Oct. 31 - River Falls, WI

PROJECT ART FOR NATURE: CLOSE TO HOME, an exhibition of artworks by 15 Minnesota and Wisconsin artists focused on conservation of natural areas will be held September 18 through October 31, 2003 at the River Falls Public Library, Kleinpell Gallery, 140 Union St, River Falls, WI 54022.

There will be a Grand Opening/Reception on Thursday, September 18, 2003 from 6 - 9 p.m.

20% of the proceeds from sales of art will be donated to the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust and used to support our mission to conserve and protect the natural resources of the Kinnickinnic River Watershed! Please join us and show your support of the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust.

Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4.

--submitted by Heather Maslowski, Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, krltheather@ameritech.net

VI. Rivers & Bluffs Fall Birding Festival - Friday to Sunday, November 7, 8 & 9 - Lansing, IA

You are invited to the 2nd annual Rivers & Bluffs Fall Birding Festival Friday to Sunday, November 7, 8 & 9, headquartered at KBSB Community Center, 395 Main Street, Lansing, Iowa, just 40 miles downriver from La Crosse, WI and 30 miles upriver from Prairie du Chien, WI. This is the peak season for close-up views of thousands of Tundra Swans, hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese, and numerous Bald Eagles and hawks. Search for Golden Eagles and other interesting & unusual species along the majestic Mississippi River and beautiful bluff overlooks, where 3 states meet. For more details and a complete agenda, contact Ric & Betty Zarwell (zarxzar@salamander.com)

--submitted by Ric & Betty Zarwell, Lansing, IA, zarxzar@salamander.com

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.wisconsinbirds.org/


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-BIRD (2473)
608/255-2489 fax