Ozaukee Washington Birding Coalition Events at MNP
Wednesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. Habitat Restoration and Bird Monitoring on Oneida Nation’s Lands, a presentation by Tony Kuchma, Oneida Nation wetland program coordinator; and Erin Giese, data scientist at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Hybrid live and Zoom program
Since 2021 Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Audubon, Audubon Great Lakes and UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity have formed a deep, collaborative partnership with the Oneida Nation through the successful implementation of a volunteer bird monitoring program at multiple restoration sites on the Oneida Nation Reservation near Green Bay. The Oneida Nation has done a tremendous job restoring over 3,000 acres of agricultural land to prairie, wetland and forest. During the last two years, over 100 volunteers have helped conduct breeding grassland, marsh and forest bird surveys and spring and fall migratory shorebird and waterfowl surveys on five restoration sites, totaling >120 bird species and >75,000 bird observations. Bird data collected for this program are used to inform land management decisions, such as water level manipulations and prescribed prairie burns. The project has had incredible successes in terms of bird data collected and integrating Oneida culture, history and language into the project.
Erin has worked at the Cofrin Center since 2011. She is a principal investigator for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program and project manager for the Oneida Bird Monitoring Program. She serves on the board for Audubon Great Lakes and Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon and the steering committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership.
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Wednesday, May 8th at 7 p.m. “Nocturnal Bird Call Identification” by Sam Corbo Hybrid live and Zoom program
Sam will discuss his experiences recording nocturnal migration over his Shorewood home over the last three years (and counting). What started as a curiosity and an effort to build up his yard list has grown into a near obsession, and while some interesting finds were anticipated, results have been quite surprising (check out his station’s eBird profile, “skcorboNFC,” for some examples!). Incredible numbers of regular migrants have been joined by true rarities, including several Wisconsin review species, as well as some tantalizing mysteries that remain unidentified for now. He plans to not only share what has turned out to be quite an adventure, but also provide a tutorial for anyone interested in wading into the NFC (night flight call) world.
Sam first opened up a field guide at around 5 years old and has considered himself a “birder” for over 30 years. He’s a hobby birder with no training in field recording or audio technology and describes himself as “expert at being an amateur”. He hopes his trials and tribulations might encourage others to take a swing at what has ultimately been a very rewarding addition to his birding experience. To register for in-person https://ticketstripe.com/NocturnalBirdCalls2024
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Wednesday, July 10th at 7 p.m. “Three Billion Birds Lost – and What to Do About It” “Why American Bird Species are in Such Decline & What Needs to be Done” by Dr. Jackie Augustine, Audubon of Kansas executive director Hybrid live and Zoom program
A recent study revealed that we’ve lost one in four individual birds since 1970. However, not all species declined, and some habitats have experienced greater declines than others. Augustine, explains how this was estimated, describes trends in the data with respect to species and habitats, and shares ways you can prevent further losses in your own neighborhood as well as in general. In-Person https://ticketstripe.com/ThreeBillionBirdsLost To join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodO-oqDktE9d0YI0H1vTpIfEBMLFOfE_O
Wednesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. “Motus in Wisconsin: A Big Leap in Wildlife Tracking” by Jacob Woulf , Motus coordinator for Lake Michigan Bird Observatory Hybrid live and Zoom program
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a collaborative research effort that uses small radio tags and receiving stations to detect animals (primarily birds) as they move across the landscape. Unlike GPS transmitters that give precise location data, Motus tags emit a radio signal that can only be detected within a short distance (~9miles) of a Motus tower. Many organisms that carry Motus tags are not large enough for a GPS transmitter; Motus tags are also significantly less expensive than GPS transmitters. Because of their limited detection range, Motus towers must be strategically placed. LMBO received a large grant to construct 16 Motus stations along the western shore of Lake Michigan and also is working on a buildout of stations moving westward across the state.
Woulf graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in animal biology and in 2022 with a master’s degree in environmental science and policy. While there he tracked movements of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants during the breeding season; he was hired by LMBO to help expand the Motus network in Wisconsin. In-Person- https://ticketstripe.com/MotusInWisconsin To join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodeuvrjosEtwmDfFk4asUP-vZ43ywEvC1