Our programs will be offered at the scheduled time via Zoom. In order to join please make sure we have your most recent email address.
February 17, 2021 – 7:00 PM
Antarctica: A Place Like No Other
Speaker: Karen Etter Hale – Conservation Maven
Join Karen Etter Hale on a trip of a lifetime to experience the history, the icebergs, the mammals, and the numerous birds of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. This vast and often forbidding land is home to Wandering Albatrosses, enormous colonies of King Penguins, southern fur seals, and birds you’ve never heard of. Come and get up close views of this incredible place.
Karen has had a life-long interest in birds. She has been the chair of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative since its inception in 1999. Since retiring in 2014 after 25 years as the executive secretary of the Madison Audubon Society, she has continued to serve on several statewide committees, including Atlas II, Bird City Wisconsin, Wisconsin Audubon Council, the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group, and the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. The motto of her birdathon team, the Finch Gang, is Give! Or Else!
March 17, 2021 – 7:00 PM
The Wetlands and Ecology of the Lower Wisconsin River
Speaker: Mike Mossman with the Wisconsin Wetlands Association
The lower Wisconsin River was named Wisconsin’s 6th Wetland of International Importance at The Ramsar Convention. Join in to learn more about its unique features and why it was named a wetland of international importance.
A Journey of a Thousand Lifers
Presented by Bill Volkert
Bill Volkert, a former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
educator, will discuss his book A Journey of a Thousand Lifers. The
book is about the travels of Bill and his wife Connie over 7 1/2 months
through Africa, Nepal and Southeast Asia. Bill saw over a thousand
new birds, visited cultural sites and took over 35,000 pictures! Bill’s
book includes a summary of how to plan an extensive world-wide
birding tour of your own.
eBird—Every bird Counts!
Presented by Carol Howard and Sarah Stokes
eBird is a data collection tool that birders use to help Cornell
University ornithologists learn more about birds. You can enter the
data via the eBird website or smartphone app. If you’re unfamiliar
with eBird or have been unsure about using it, this workshop is for
you! Find out how easy it is to enter your sightings, check your lists,
discover what birds are where, and feel good about contributing to
worldwide research! The presentation will include handouts and a live
online demonstration. Have no fear – anyone can do it, even beginning
Birding in Columbia
Presenter: Dennis Foye, a Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society member who traveled to Columbia in 2017, Held at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Avenue.
Colombia is an incredible country for birdwatchers. It boasts a list of 77 endemics (birds found in no other country) and is home to well over 1930 bird species — around 20 percent of the world’s total bird count. Dennis will share information about some of the amazing birds.
Swans of Wisconsin
Presented by Marty Robinson Held at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Avenue.
Marty Johnson, WDNR Senior Wildlife Biologist, will talk about the reintroduction of the Trumpeter Swan to Wisconsin. Marty worked on the project, so she’s able to provide a first-hand report. She’ll also provide identification information regarding Trumpeter, Tundra, and Mute Swans. Please join us in learning more about this majestic birds.
Wisconsin’s Threatened and Endangered Birds
Presented by Richard Steffen. Held at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Avenue.
Wisconsin has twenty-four endangered or threatened bird species. The Peregrine Falcon (pictured) and Kirtland’s Warblers are two of these species. Richard Steffen, a DNR Conservation Biologist since 2001, will discuss which birds are on the Endangered and Threatened Species lists. He will detail the work being done to help these birds and discuss how their populations are faring.
A Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes
Presenter: Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use, Held at Boerner Botanical Gardens. 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130
Julia’s passion for environmental conservation and fostering community-based stewardship initiatives all began with her roots as a volunteer. In the fall of 2017, she took her experience as an ecologist, educator, and advocate to an entirely new level. She and a colleague embarked on a 343-mile walk across Wisconsin, from Milwaukee to Lake Superior, to raise awareness for Great Lakes and freshwater conservation. Her story of her own volunteerism and growth as a conservationist is testament to the fact that the impacts of just one individual can be far-reaching and help inspire change.
Eco-Lodge Costa Rica
Presenter: James Cieslak, member of Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society, Held at Boerner Botanical Gardens. 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130
Join us for a look at a Costa Rican Eco-lodge and the wide variety of birds that can be seen there. Our member, Jim Cieslak, was there in December of 2017 for a week. Besides some good photos, he has some good stories to go with them. He has also offered to provide a door-prize or two to raffle off for those who attend.
Spring Warbler ID Tips
Presenter: Tom Schultz, Illustrator of Peterson Field Guide to Warblers of North America. Held at Boerner Botanical Gardens. 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130.
Spring warbler migration is the most exciting time of the year for many birders. It begins in late April and lasts through May. Unfortunately, it always over before we know it! Tom Schultz illustrated Peterson’s A Field Guide to Warblers of North America and is well-known throughout the state for his astute bird ID skills. Attending this talk will allow you to brush up on your warbler identification skills just in time. Learn how to recognize warblers using a combination of field marks, song, behavior, and habitat, so you can spend more time looking at the birds and less time looking in a book!