Friday, November 10, 2017

recent research on pesticide effects on birds

Learn about recent findings on the effect of some pesticides on birds. 

'On life support:' Research shows common pesticides starve, disorient birds

Ph fr Wikimedia Commons - Nigel Makura

Thursday, November 9, 2017

study for winter

Get ready for utilizing these resources for next year:

Radar and birds: Paul Hurtado's Radar Page

Friday, October 20, 2017

insect declines and their effects

A new paper on insect declines has sparked worldwide interest:

More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

 And more than that, how it influences bird populations, and why we're interested:

Please join us at:
(This Discussion Group has been built over 2 1/2 years to 87 members; are you one yet?)
Please help us expand this effort.

Friday, October 13, 2017

learn about the Rusty Blackbird

One of North America's fastest-declining songbirds, the Rusty Blackbird is the focus of several studies and initiatives. Learn more at - the website of the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

raptor watches at Forest Beach Mig. Preserve

This past week, we had one of the first good raptor days of the fall, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, in Ozau. Co.

On the NW winds:

Swainson's Hawk - Ph. by Arthur Drobniak, via Wikim. Commons

Swainson's Hawk (1 light morph adult)
Red-tailed Hawk 23
Turkey Vulture 15
Bald Eagle 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Cooper's Hawk 4
Northern Harrier 1
Merlin 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Kestrel 1

More such days will be possible, with the right weather conditions. Notice will be posted here!

Monday, September 18, 2017

more about Chimney Swifts

Nesting Chimney Swift: ph. USNPS, Wikim. Commons

Learn about Chimney Swifts this fall - go the website of the WI Chimney Swift Working Group, at and see video of swifts at autumn roost locations.

Learn about Chimney Swift towers - replacements for capped chimneys:

In Wisconsin and other northern states, two things can help your tower to be more successful
a) insulation (Due to our frequently-cool spring weather, tower designs from southern states are often not sufficiently insulated. To offset this, add insulation in your tower design-and-build phase.)

b) use of playback recordings as an attractant (As with Purple Martins, starting a new colony/swift nesting site can be greatly aided by deploying a recording of swift vocalizations.)

Learn more at
WI Chimney Swift Working Group:

Facts about declining aerial insectivores:

Join the Midwest Aerial Insectivore Discussion Group, on Facebook: