Wednesday, December 31, 2014

my bird-related challenge for you for 2015



What can you do for birds in 2015? There are SO many possibilities!

Here are a few suggestions:

Sign up for the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas (WBBAII): http://wsobirds.org/atlas

Participate in, or donate toward, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon in 2015: http://wibirdathon.org/  (new web stuff coming soon from them, but of course I personally hope you will donate to the 2015 Long Walk for Birds...).

Join WSO! http://wsobirds.org/

Get involved in a Bird City! http://www.birdcitywisconsin.org/


Join a local bird club or Audubon Chapter (just google one of these).


Want more ideas? Send me a message, or give me a call.

Have a great 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sage Grouse news

If you're looking for good news, I don't have any for you on this topic.

“Sage grouse populations crashed while politicians delayed ESA protection for over a decade,” said Steve Holmer, senior policy advisor for American Bird Conservancy (ABC).  “Further delay will only undercut current conservation planning efforts and dim prospects for the species to recover."  The full ABC statement is available here: http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/141210.html.

Other Sage Grouse News

USGS Finds Proposed Grouse Buffers Not Enough

http://news.yahoo.com/report-bird-needs-3-mile-buffer-drilling-154004069--finance.html

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (and other) news

                                                                    
See updates from the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory at http://wglbbo.org/projects

If you're interested in participating in our ongoing 7-county kestrel nestbox project and helping us expand into other counties in 2015, please contact us: http://wglbbo.org/contact-us
Remember Dr. Noel Cutright, whose birthday was yesterday; see background at:  http://wglbbo.org/noel-cutright





See news from the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group, (of which WGLBBO is a member) at http://www.wiswifts.org/

Friday, December 5, 2014

USFWS Migratory Bird Management

Make sure to take a look at the news and most recent info at the USFWS Migratory Bird Management page: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Birding Community E-Bulletin

The Birding Community E-bulletin is distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds and their habitats.
 
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RARITY FOCUS

On the morning of 9 November, a dark goose, presumed to be a bean-goose, was observed by Lee Sliman, a volunteer at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the northern Oregon coast. She asked refuge staff and local birders to check out her identification, and they confirmed that the goose that was accompanied by Cackling Geese was, indeed, a Tundra Bean-Goose.

This species is very rare in North America, which is complicated by the 2007 "split" that resulted in separating the former Bean Goose into the Taiga Bean-Goose and the Tundra Bean-Goose. The breeding range of the Tundra Bean-Goose includes the tundra zone north to the Arctic across northern Russia, and the species usually winters from Western Europe to eastern China and Japan. Its historic occurrence in North America has been mainly limited to western Alaska with a couple of odd records, including the Yukon and Quebec.

The Tundra Bean-Goose at Nestucca Bay NWR was seen daily through the end of the month in the company of Cackling Geese and Canada Geese that were also on the refuge. It was regularly observed from the viewing platform or refuge parking lot, but also occasionally seen off the refuge on nearby privately-owned cow-pastures.

Hundreds of birders visited the refuge, from across Oregon, as well as from California, Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, and even Alaska, to see the rare visitor.

One of the best things about the goose is that it introduced so many birders to the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was only opened to the public in 2008, and it has been relatively unknown until now to the birding public.

To see early photos of the Tundra Bean-Goose taken by Owen Schmidt, see here:
http://oschmidt.net/OwenLSchmidtLLC/BEGO.html
And for a collection of later photos - of the goose and the refuge - see these photos by Jack Williamson:
www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/12/the-energizer-goose


 
ANOTHER RARITY... OR ANOTHER ESCAPED BIRD?
On the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, a female-plumaged Red-legged Honeycreeper was found by Park Ranger, Ruben Rangel, at Estero Llano Grande State Park in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. There have been several previous observations of this species in the U.S., particularly in Florida. None of these has been accepted due to questions concerning provenance.
At Estero Llano Grande State Park, the honeycreeper was observed by numerous birders for a few days in the area of a water drip in the "tropical zone" of the park, by the resident park-hosts' RV.
Authorities on the species identified the Red-legged Honeycreeper as an immature bird. The identification of the honeycreeper has not been questioned; the origins of the bird continue to be troublesome, especially since the species has been observed as a cage bird in nearby Mexico. Most cage birds, however, tend to be the more colorful males, not females. Additionally, the natural range of the Red-legged Honeycreeper is not all that far away (c. 250 miles) from Estero Llano Grande. Although the species is somewhat migratory in eastern Mexico... alas, it tends to migrate in the other direction at this season!
Speculation is rampant, but hopefully a pattern of future observations will help answer the questions.
You can view a photo taken by Tiffany Kirsten of the Estero Llano Grande bird here:

GUNNISON SAGE-GROUSE OFFICIALLY THREATENED
In mid-November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision to list the Gunnison Sage-Grouse as a Threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At least since the recognition of the distinct species status of the bird in 2001, Gunnison Sage-Grouse have been declining across western Colorado and southern Utah. This is due to loss and fragmentation of sagebrush habitat.
The decision will have no impact upon on landowners in Colorado and Utah who have previously entered into "Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances," or a number of USDA programs; these landowners can continue to implement the practices covered by those programs in the knowledge that they will be consistent with the ESA. How this status for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse will impact oil and gas development in Colorado and Utah is unclear however. (A Threatened listing involves fewer habitat protections and development restrictions than an Endangered designation, which is what was originally proposed in January 2013.) Still, nobody seems to be satisfied. Many conservationists insist the move did not go far enough; many local government, ranching, and development interests claim that it went too far.
Under the listing, the USFWS will designate 1.4 million acres in Colorado and Utah as "critical habitat" for the grouse, which is still a fraction of the species' historic range. At the same time, the listing could now hamper the voluntary conservation programs among ranchers and others. USFWS officials argued that unfortunately the voluntary efforts to protect the species have not proven to be sufficient.
You can read a thoughtful summary of the situation in High Country News:

And you can review a summary press release from the USFWS here:

Federal officials say their decision to protect dwindling Gunnison Sage-Grouse populations in Colorado and Utah has no bearing on next September's highly anticipated ruling on the far more widespread Greater Sage-Grouse. Nonetheless, not everyone is so sure.

CONDORS AND LEAD IN ARIZONA AND UTAH
The California Condor recovery effort in Utah and Arizona has been a cooperative venture among federal, state, and private partners. The partners include The Peregrine Fund, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Recently, these partners have touted some good news. Apparently, the number of California Condors treated for lead exposure from lead-bullet ingestion in Utah and Arizona recently dropped to its lowest level since 2005. Between September of last year, and the start of September of this year, a total of 13 condors were treated for lead poisoning. During the same period the previous year, there were 28 birds treated. The average over five years had been 26 condors per year.
The problem, of course, is that condors can be at risk of death if they ingest carrion that contains lead fragments.
To help the California Condor, the state wildlife agencies in both states have asked hunters in southern Utah and northern Arizona to use non-lead ammunition. In an effort to offset the cost and encourage hunter participation, both agencies have run voluntary programs to provide hunters with a free box of non-lead bullets. The voluntary response from hunters has been significant.
Lynda Lambert, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said that she's cautiously optimistic. She added, "We have between 80 and 90 percent of hunters participating in any given year."

BOOK NOTES: NOT THE MALTESE FALCON
Jan Dunlap's latest contribution to her birder-murder-mystery series is Swift Justice (North Star Press). If you like your detective stories hard-boiled, with gritty dialogue, dark characters, irresistible femmes fetales, and a dose of bloody knuckles, you will want to look elsewhere. Swift Justice is a light read, presented with a mix of interesting characters, well-done dead-end clues, and light and often humorous dialogue all presented within the Twin Cities and with a good understanding of the quirky birding culture, both positive and negative. 

This is probably the best and most developed work in Dunlap's series - including A Murder of Crows, Murder on Warbler Weekend, and The Boreal Owl Murder. They all feature Bob White, as detective, high-school guidance counselor, and top-notch Minnesota birder. There are some good laughs in this mystery, as Bob pursues the murderer of a fellow birder (and fellow rare-bird-record committee member) who was killed at the start of a Minnesota Ornithologists' Union meeting. The mix includes Hmong students who are birders, the effort to preserve an old brewery used by roosting Chimney Swifts in season, nice and not-so-nice birders, and some real-life Twin Cities characters who have important cameo-roles in the mystery.
You could do much worse than to read this book, and it's fun to see how Dunlap weaves the birds and birding into solving this murder mystery.

IBA NEWS: SHEARWATER FATAL ATTRACTION
Our regular "IBA News" section usually pertains to developments for Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in North America. We sometimes, however, slip into areas of Latin America and the Caribbean where "our" birds spend much of their lives, and where bird conservation is crucial for the survival of these species.
This month, we take the IBA news much farther afield, to Phillip Island, an IBA in Australia, not far from Melbourne. The site accounts for at least 1% of the global population (approximately 450,000 pairs) of Short-tailed Shearwaters, a species which visits the North American Pacific Coast, primarily off Alaska in our summer and farther south during our fall and winter.
In a study in PLOS One in mid-October, researchers reviewed the attraction of human-initiated nighttime lighting to fledgling Short-tailed Shearwaters near their Phillips Island nesting-areas. The mortality was remarkably high, especially that caused by road-and-bridge lights and associated with automobile impacts. This is ironic because the IBA site is also a popular ecotourism destination as a result of nesting Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor).
The good news is that the control of lights and traffic can lessen the mortality of Short-tailed Shearwaters, specifically by turning off bridge lights, restricting speed limits, and displaying warning signals.
You can access the full report here:
And you can find out more about the Phillip Island IBA here:

For additional information about worldwide IBA programs, including those in the U.S., check the National Audubon Society's Important Bird Area program web site at:

ACCESS MATTERS: MAGEE BOARDWALK RENOVATION
Last month, the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in northwest Ohio won the USA Today "10 Best Readers' Choice" award for the top birdwatching location in the U.S. The Readers' Choice awards are voted on worldwide, and they are related to a myriad of unrelated topics, including best airport, best American riverfront, best city for sports, and, yes, even best beer town. See the results here:

Anyone familiar with Magee Marsh Wildlife Area knows that the very heart of the site is its famous "boardwalk," meandering just over 3,000 feet through about 27 acres of moist woodland, which is a veritable migrant magnet on the edge of Lake Erie.
Without the boardwalk, there would be no easy access to the migrant-loving woodlot. And access is what really matters at this popular site.
The boardwalk was finished in April 1989, and it has since put Magee Marsh on the map. An estimated 80,000 visitors are said to visit Magee during spring migration.
The boardwalk is over a quarter century old now, with significant parts in disrepair. Last spring, the Friends of Magee Marsh began a campaign to raise $300,000 to refurbish the boardwalk. This will make it possible to replace the decking and rails, stabilize the tower on the west end of the boardwalk, and make other improvements to ensure continued access.
While there is free access to most state land in Ohio, there is no state funding available for such a project, even though it's on state property. Without state funding, the money needs to come voluntarily from the public. So far, the Friends are a third of the way to their goal. Of course, if every visitor last spring gave $4, the goal would already have been easily achieved. Now, the Friends of Magee Marsh are continuing to work on individual and corporate fundraising in an attempt to keep the access at Magee open and welcoming.
You can find more details on the ongoing effort here:

THE NORTH DAKOTA EXCEPTION
On Election Day last month, there were many incredibly successful conservation funding initiatives on the ballot. In fact, voters in 19 states approved over two dozen measures that should dedicate over $29 billion to open space, water protection, wildlife conservation, parks, and trails.

You can read about this victory for wildlife and wild places from this summary from The Nature Conservancy:
or from this chart produced by the Trust for Public Land:

The notable exception in this trend occurred in North Dakota, where Measure 5 was soundly defeated. In October, we reported on this effort to take five percent of the state's oil and gas extraction tax revenue to protect North Dakota's water, wildlife, and parks:

Had Measure 5 passed, funding estimates as low as $44 million per year, but as high as $150 million per year, would have been dedicated to these outdoor resources.
There were changes made in the crafting of the "Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks" initiative, specifically changes over the last year to address criticisms over the dollar amount being too high and the effort being an "overreach" by conservation groups. Nonetheless, the onslaught from the fossil fuel industry aided by large farm and ranching interests, was unrelenting.
At the same time, the state's booming oil rush has led to an unprecedented need for spending on schools, law enforcement, public works, and emergency medical services. While the crafters of Measure 5 took care to explain that other state spending needs would not be adversely impacted, the opponents raised exaggerated alarms to pull voters away from the conservation initiative.
In the process, the state's Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, added confusion to the mix by announcing his own plan to spend $30 million more on state parks and add an extra $50 million more for conservation efforts over the next few years. These announcements were also widely seen as undercutting Measure 5, and some key state legislators seemed to be pulled in that direction.
Ultimately, Measure 5 was defeated by a wide margin, with almost 80 percent voting no.
On the one hand, Measure 5 supporters, as articulated by campaign chair, Steve Adair, from Ducks Unlimited, asserted that the entire effort helped to "elevate the conversation" and propelled the governor's announcement of an alternative. Adair said, "I'm not sure we would have seen the same response out of the governor and legislative leaders without pushing for something big."
On the other hand, oil and gas interests in the state are on a roll. The industry appears to want to apply growing state revenue to help build the infrastructure they need to maximize a higher return. Last year, the industry tried to roll back the state's overall extraction tax from 6.5 to 4.5 percent, and industry lobbyists are expected to try again during the next legislative session. Based on the aggressive efforts by the oil and gas industry to discredit Measure 5, its passage could have made their quest for tax breaks far more challenging.
Meanwhile, the natural side of North Dakota suffers. Not only is the state at the center of North America's "duck factory," it is also home to Yellow Rails, Black Terns, Marbled Godwits, Sprague's Pipits, Baird's, Nelsons, and LeConte's Sparrows, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
This saga is not over. Stay tuned for the next round.

HOG ISLAND PLANS FOR 2015
Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine is an extraordinary place. The historic camp goes back to 1936, with original staffers including Roger Tory Peterson, Allan Cruickshank, and Carl Buchheister. Next summer will mark the sixth year since National Audubon resumed management of the famous camp. In the interim, it had been run for about eight years by Maine Audubon.
The 2015 schedule includes some novel innovations, including a session entitled "Breaking into Birding," with Pete Dunne and others, and "Hands-on Bird Science," directed by Scott Weidensaul.
It's not too early to look into the full schedule. Indeed, December is the perfect time to consider next-year's warm-weather options. See here:

TIP OF THE MONTH: KEEPING THE CBC FREE
The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is about to begin, scheduled for14 December 2014 to 5 January 2015. The accumulated CBC data through the years, first collected by Frank M. Chapman in 1900, has been remarkable. And all of it will be available on a database accessible to the general public.
The CBC charged for individual participation between 1955 and 2011; this was the funding that helped sustain the program and publish the results for many years. But now, with online access, an annual hardcopy has become unnecessary. In addition, by dropping the individual participant fee, more counts and counters can be attracted.
It still costs National Audubon about $300,000 a year to run this granddaddy of citizen science programs, but the CBC returns can be invaluable. There will be tens of thousands of participants this year, including over 2,000 compilers. Some compilers will make a special effort to solicit funds for the CBC in order to sustain it and keep it free; other compilers may feel awkward in soliciting funds.
In either case, all concerned birdwatchers participating in the CBC should consider sustaining this grand effort through this form to keep the CBCs free in the future:

BOB SARGENT: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
We were recently reminded that Bob Sargent - remarkable bander, bird educator, and hummingbird aficionado extraordinaire - passed away in early September. It's not too late to remember Bob's many contributions.
For about 30 years, Bob, his wife Martha, and an exuberant group of volunteers, assembled on the Alabama coast each spring and fall to band and study birds - especially hummingbirds - with aplomb and enthusiasm.
Bob Sargent's work helped change the understanding of trans-gulf migration and the status of hummingbirds in the southeastern U.S. His legacy will be difficult to match.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

research published this year on bird collision mortality

This important paper was published this year: Scott R. Loss, Tom Will, Sara S. Loss, and Peter P. Marra (2014) Bird–building collisions in the United States: Estimates of annual mortality and species vulnerability. The Condor: February 2014, Vol. 116, No. 1, pp. 8-23.


To learn more about this topic, read the paper here: http://aoucospubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1650/CONDOR-13-090.1

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: http://athome.audubon.org/ten-ways-make-difference-migrating-birds

" 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 http://wsobirds.org/images/pdfs/Checklist-09122012.pdf ) 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 http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/  to find the following:

Spotlight

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.
              and

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

favorites

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)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

my bird of the week - Winter Wren

Ph - Wikim. Commons - Ron Knight
In the forest on some of the Apostle Islands, this bird expresses the spirit of the place with its song:  http://www.xeno-canto.org/175234

Here's a great description of the Winter Wren's habitat, from the Bent life histories series: "To see it, or rather to hear its tinkling, rippling song, to best advantage, we must visit its summer haunts in the cool, shady northern forests, where the sunshine hardly penetrates, where rotting stumps and fallen tree trunks are thickly covered with soft mosses, where dampness pervades the atmosphere near babbling woodland brooks, and where a luxuriant growth of ferns springs from the accumulation of rich leaf mold to nearly hide the forest floor".

And it IS a spectacular song.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"to provide birds the best fighting chance of surviving threats, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected"

Worth reading, from the Boreal Songbird Initiative:

"To provide birds the best fighting chance of surviving the dual threats of habitat loss and climate change, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected from industrial development."

http://www.borealbirds.org/announcements/boreal-birds-need-half-maintaining-north-americas-bird-nursery-and-why-it-matters

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WGLBBO Waterbird Watch results for spring of 2014

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory conducted another season of its Waterbird Watch this spring (2014).

Some results: Waterbird Watch Technician Jonathan Stein was present at the watch location at Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County, on 55 dates. He started on March 7, and ended on May 23.

103,592 individuals of 168 species were counted. The top 13 species with their totals are listed below:

Red-breasted Merganser: 26,173
Greater Scaup: 16,286
Long-tailed Duck: 11,306
Bonaparte's Gull: 9,768
Double-crested Cormorant: 8,220
Herring Gull: 7,698
Common Goldeneye: 1,729
Redhead: 1,688
Ring-billed Gull: 1,625
Tree Swallow: 1,586
Mallard: 1,335
Canada Goose: 1,239
Red-winged Blackbird: 1,163

The Waterbird Watch will start again on September 1st.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Long Walk for Birds 2014 - participants and species

The Long Walk for Birds, part of the 2014 Great Wisconsin Birdathon, an event aimed at raising donations and pledges for the Bird Protection Fund, of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, involved the efforts of a long list of people this year. Thanks to all of our participants and contributors! Special thanks go out  to Joel Trick, Tim Vargo, and Tom Prestby, all of whom acted as "county coordinators" in their respective counties.

The 83 participants, who walked distances from one to almost 40 miles, are listed below. Species seen are also listed below. The route followed the Lake Michigan shoreline from the IL/WI border in Kenosha County, north to Two Rivers, then northwest to Green Bay, and then north again to Marinette.

Fundraising continues through the month of June. Please go to this link to contribute via a pledge or donation:  http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1873












 Thanks to Anne Reis and Jason Tilidetzke who created and constantly updated the online map. They added a critical piece to visualizing the success of the combined effort!



Thanks again to all of these people for helping to raise awareness about bird conservation, and raise funds to help pay for a list of conservation and monitoring programs in Wisconsin!  News about the  2015 Long Walk will be posted here this fall.



Aleta Chossek
Barb Seaberg
Barbara Dembski Schwartz
Bernie Booth
Betsy Kocourek
Bill Holton,
Bob Domagalski
Bonnie O'Ieske
Carl Schwartz 
Carol Thomas
Carolyn Vargo
Charise Hoze,
Chuck Sontag
Cindy Lupin
Corrine Palmer
Darlene Waterstreet
Darrin Madison,
Dee Freeman
Dennis Casper,
Dennis Panicucci
Don VanDuyse
Donald Harris,
Donovin Harris,
Emma Knickelbine
Eric Howe
Ginny Helland
Grant  Witynski,
Greg Evans
Heidi Roesselet
Henry Vargo,
Jacquie Branchford
Jan Martinson
Jean Strelka
Jeanne Agneesens,
Jeanne Prochnow
Jennifer Callaghan
Jennifer Ambrose,
Jennifer Rothstein
Jenny Wenzel
Jim Helland
Jim Knickelbine
Jim Toft
Joan Sommer
Joanie Langenfeld
Joanna Worley
Joel Trick,
John Woodcock
Julie Woodcock
Karen Johnson
Katy Beaver
Kathy Gallick
Kennedy Young,
Larry Hopwood,  
Liam Darby,
Marilyn Bontly
Mark Korducki
Marty Evanson,
Mary Korkor
Max Witynski,
Maya Mays,
Mike Pintok
Nancy Nabak,
Norma Zehner
Patti Trick,
Rachel Soika,
Rebecca Sher
Robin Squier,
Rosie Bugs
Seth Cutright
Sue Grota
Sue Holcomb
Sumner Matteson,
Suzy Holstein,
Terry Evanson,
Tim Vargo,
Tom Kocourek
Tom Prestby,
Vicki Piaskowski,
Victor Vargo
William Mueller
Yoyi Steele
Zhara Said

In all, 192 species were found. A few more checklists may still be submitted and increase this total:


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover 
Piping Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Sedge Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow