Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a great source for information about migratory birds

Go to the website of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, at http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/  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 http://climate.audubon.org/  For those of us living in WI, see how birds in our state are likely to be affected at http://climate.audubon.org/geographical-search/wisconsin

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Favorite season, some favorite trees. favorite person(!), and favorite fall wildflower....

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

excellent video of Chimney Swifts at autumn roost in Janesville WI

To see the evening pre-roost behavior of Chimney Swifts at and near their roost chimney at an elementary school, go to this link. Thanks to Jodi Denker of Janesville for sharing this video. Total number of swifts entering the chimney: 860.

Friday, September 5, 2014

wind power and wildlife

An updated summary of wind power and wildlife information is available at the website of the American Wind - Wildlife Institute. 

 Summary of Wind-Wildlife Interactions -Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions

 can be found at:  http://awwi.org/resources/summary-of-wind-wildlife-interactions-2/#section-summary-of-windwildlife-interactions

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

a favorite long-distance migrant

Black-bellied Plover & American Golden-Plover - Wikim. Commons, D. Sherony

I had one of my favorite long-distance  migrants, (pictured at right in the photo), the American Golden-Plover, this morning on Hwy P north of Port Washington. Looking back in my records, I realized that I had not seen any individuals of this species in Ozaukee County in 28 years! And what an amazing species it is: the tremendous numbers we had before 1850 never fully recovered from the market-hunting days. Their long distance migration is staggering, with some birds traveling 8,000 miles +, one way. The Cornell "All About Birds" species account contains this fact: "Some adults arrive on the wintering grounds in southern South America before the last juveniles have left the Arctic." (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_golden-plover/lifehistory)