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 143: Kumlien Bird Club, North Lakeland Discovery Center, About Place Consulting, Coulee Region Audubon Society, and Navarino Nature Center.
Quote: "The wind whipping through the northern spruce-fir
forest sounds like pounding surf, even as the thermometer routinely reads -20
C--and sometimes -30 C.
....How do kinglets, who are out there day and night and who are no bigger than the end of my thumb, maintain their body temperature near 43 to 44 C? They maintain a body temperature some 3 C higher than that of most birds. For added perspective, that's 6 to 7 C higher than that of a healthy human--a temperature at which most of us would die of heat stroke.
....even after exploring in the woods on hundreds of cold days, I'm still awestruck that anything as small and as dependent on keeping warm can survive." --Berndt Heinrich, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival.
In this issue:
I. WBCI/WSO Symposium - Fri & Sat, Feb 4-5,
2005 - Wisconsin Rapids
II. Outreach Committee Unveils Communication Plan
III. WBCI Committee Meetings Announced
Funding, Thurs, Jan 6, 9 a.m.-Noon, GEF 2 (DNR) - Madison
Issues, Tues, Jan 11, 9:30-Noon, Urban Ecology Center - Milwaukee
Urban/Suburban, Tues, Jan 11, 12:30- Urban Ecology Center - Milwaukee
Habitat Assessment & Management, Thurs, Jan 13, 10 a.m.-Noon, DNR (Darwin Rd)-Madison
Coordinating Council, Thurs, Jan 13, 1-4 p.m., DNR (Darwin Rd)-Madison
IBA Advisory, Fri, Jan 21, 1-4 p.m., DNR Research - Monona
Outreach, Wed, Jan 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., DNR Research - Monona
IV. Other Meetings and Events Announced
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan - 6 Regional Briefings across the state - January 10-18.
WI Wetlands Assn 10th Annual Science Forum (Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands) - Wed-Thurs, January 26-27- Green Bay.
Birds & Buildings: Creating a Safer Environment. Friday, March 11, 2005, Chicago, IL.<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]-->
V. Quad 30 Presentations
VI. U.S. FWS Coastal Program Grant
VII. North Star Science & Technology Transmitter Grant Program
Invitation to contribute news
I. WBCI/WSO Symposium - Fri & Sat, Feb 4-5, 2005 - Wisconsin Rapids
Don't forget to register for the upcoming WBCI/WSO symposium,
Neotropical Migrants: Insuring Their Return, which will be Friday and
Saturday, February 4-5, 2005 at the Hotel Mead and Conference Center, Wisconsin
Rapids. Registration materials with complete symposium information can be
found on the WBCI website. Go to http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/events.htm
and click on the WSO/WBCI Symposium link. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to open
the file. You can also contact Christine Reel, firstname.lastname@example.org or
262/547-6128, for a copy of the registration materials.
Mail-in registrations must be received by January 25. Note that registration fees increase January 8, so be sure to send your registration form so it is received by that date for the lowest fees. Walk-ins will be welcome at the event, but the number of meal tickets available on-site will be extremely limited; we recommend that you sign up and pay for meals before the event to be sure you won’t be disappointed.
<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]-->We hope you will join WBCI and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology in wintry February to learn about how the birds that breed in the Great Lakes area are living on their own wintering grounds, and what trials they will face during their return journey. Explore, too, astonishing developments in monitoring that journey, as well as what you can do to insure their return.
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If you have questions, please contact one of the Symposium Committee: Bettie Harriman (email@example.com), Andy Paulios (firstname.lastname@example.org), Craig Thompson (email@example.com), and Christine Reel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
--submitted by Christine Reel, WSO Treasurer, email@example.com
Committee Unveils Communication Plan
The Outreach Committee would like to
announce the completion of the WBCI Communication Plan, which can be found on
the WBCI website at http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/CommunicationPlan.htm
The purpose of the Plan is to help guide the outreach efforts of WBCI committees and endorsers. It is intended for use in planning bird conservation related events such as workshops, conferences, and festivals. Included in the Plan are a 10-step guide to creating a public information plan, key messages to consider, potential audiences, media contacts, and a sample press release.
We hope you find it useful and
welcome your comments and suggestions.
--submitted by Jamie Nack, WBCI
Outreach Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Funding Committee - Andy Paulios, Chair (email@example.com)
Thurs, Jan 6, 9 a.m.-Noon, GEF 2 (DNR) 6th floor Wildlife Conf Rm - Madison
Issues Committee - Bill Mueller, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tues, Jan 11, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, Urban Ecology Center, in Riverside Park, at 1500 E. Park Place - Milwaukee Work will continue on the development of white papers.
Urban/Suburban Subcommittee - Ricky Lien, Chair (email@example.com)
Tues, Jan 11, 12:30- Urban Ecology Center - Milwaukee
Habitat Assessment & Management Committee - Gary Zimmer, Chair
(firstname.lastname@example.org) Thurs, Jan 13, 10 a.m.-Noon, DNR (2421 Darwin
Rd) - Madison
Coordinating Council - Karen Etter Hale, Chair (email@example.com)
Thurs, Jan 13, 1-4 p.m. Same location as Habitat Committee
IBA Advisory Committee - Noel Cutright, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, Jan 21, 1-4 p.m., DNR Research, 1350 Femrite - Monona
Outreach - Jamie Nack, Chair (email@example.com)
Wed, Feb 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. DNR Research, 1350 Femrite - Monona
Now that the Communication Plan is done, we will focus on getting publicity out about upcoming bird-related events. If you have an event planned for 2005 and would like to help (or have help), please attend the meeting or e-mail us.
IV. Other Meetings and Events
(To have your bird-related event listed here, please submit a short notice with a link or contact for more information)
<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]-->Noel Cutright, who recently celebrated more than 30 years of collecting Breeding Bird Survey data with an unprecedented venture, is willing (and eager) to give Quad 30 talks in 2005. He traveled the Midwest to conduct 1 survey each day of June, 2004 – 30 routes in 30 days - with the goal of raising $30,000 for bird conservation. So far, he has raised over $43,000 for the Important Bird Areas program, for which he is Chair.
Projects may include habitat assessment and habitat restoration. Applicants need to contact their specific Coastal Program office. The Coastal Program is being funded at $11.6 million in FY 2005; of this amount about half, $5.8, will be available for on-the-ground project funding.
For more information, see http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOI/FWS/FHC/Coastal-05/listing.html
--submitted by John P. Cecil, Director, Important Bird Areas
Program, National Audubon Society, Ivyland, Pennsylvania 18974, 215-355-9588
ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Karen Etter Hale, WBCI Chair
and WBCI e-News Coordinator
Madison Audubon Society
222 S Hamilton St, Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703-3201
--Making Time for Birds