Monday, June 17, 2013

green birding: what's your preference?

"Green" birding is still slowly building in North America. It hasn't taken off as much as some would hope, but it has gained adherents. Among the originals in North America, see http://www.greenbirding.ca/ for some background if you are not yet familiar with it.

Some other good links about green birding, from:

Ted Floyd: http://blog.aba.org/2010/10/green-birding.html

WI Green Birding Challenge: http://wisbigby.blogspot.com/

Urban Ecology Center's Green Birding event: 
http://urbanecologycenter.org/greenbirdingchallenge/#.Ub87edhvBqY

Yahoo Groups BIGBY:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bigbybirding/

Green Big Day: http://greenbigday.org/?p=387

And, a slightly different tack:
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?uid=3370&fundid=1805

Monday, June 10, 2013

Breeding Birds of Wisconsin Field Course for the UW-Milwaukee Field Station (part 1)

This past week thirteen attendees and instructors traveled to many of Wisconsin's state and federal wildlife areas and natural areas studying the breeding birds of Wisconsin. Some students took the course for university credit; others took it to fulfill personal goals and interests. The week was a great success, with many wonderful opportunities to learn about birds and habitat. In the course of the 8 days afield, we traveled to the following locations (among others), and found 150 species of birds, studied the plant communities where they are found, and gained an appreciation for the biodiversity of our state. Thanks to Owen Boyle, Jenn Callaghan, and Anne Reis for their hard work  this past week.

LOCATIONS:

Horicon NWR
Arlington Prairie marshes/wetlands, and prairies
Mackenzie Environmental Center
Baxter's Hollow
Spring Green Preserve
Arena Boat Landing
Wyalusing State Park
Trempealeau NWR
Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area
Namekagon Barrens
Burnett County forests
Pigeon Lake Field Station
Chequamegon/Nicolet NF sites in Ashland County
Chequamegon/Nicolet NF sites in Florence and Forest counties
Rolling Stone Lake
Central WI Environmental Station
Buena Vista grasslands
Comstock Bog
Cedarburg Bog and Beech Woods/UW-Milwaukee Field Station
Photo by Devon Cupery