Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ten ways to make a difference for migratory birds

Ph by Mark Kilner; Wikim. Commons
An excellent overview, this short list presents ways we can help migratory bird species:

" People can help ensure a safer journey for migrating birds. Backyards and parks, often key stopover points for many species, can become bird-friendly rest stops with a few simple steps."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory fall 2014 WATERBIRD WATCH final tally

Calvin Brennan staffed our Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory autumn 2014 Waterbird Watch, at Harrington Beach State Park, from early September through November 21st. During that time he tallied a total of 159,310 individuals of 174 species or other taxa.  Highlights included massive flights of Red-breasted Mergansers and Double-crested Cormorants, a total of 37 species of waterfowl; plus 1,261 Common Loons; 1,155 Horned Grebes; 10 Parasitic Jaegers; 11 species of larids; and more than 125 species of landbirds.  Thanks to Calvin for his excellent work. He is currently back home in Michigan, but we expect him to return for another season, starting in early March 2015. Stop by our observation blind near the rocky point in Harrington Beach SP after March 1st, and say hello. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

New species on the Wisconsin checklist?

I'm re-working the Annotated Checklist again; (see the existing one at ) and there are new species to add from earlier in 2014 (Garganey, Crested Caracara). In about a month I will be ready - and glad to have a careful reader proof the list. Any volunteers?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a great source for information about migratory birds

Go to the website of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, at  to find the following:


The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, thanks to a grant from ConocoPhillips, is advancing the conservation and understanding of birds throughout their full life cycle.

New Science
Recent publications in the scientific literature.

Expedition Blogs

First-hand updates from our researchers in the field.

Monday, October 13, 2014

dedication event for Noel Cutright

On Sunday, October 12th, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, we dedicated "Noel's Knoll" - a grove of trees planted by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. Thanks to Kate Redmond for these photos, and to all of the attendees for being there to help us remember Noel and commemorate his life. He dedicated his entire professional career and thousands of hours of his personal time to the conservation of biodiversity.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

the growing threat to birds from climate change

Read Audubon's newest report on how birds are being affected by climate change, at  For those of us living in WI, see how birds in our state are likely to be affected at