Make your lodging plans early for the 2014 WSO Convention, May 15-18, 2014 in Prairie du Chien.
Quentin has been birding about 15 years. He is a member of the Madison Audubon Society and Ned Hollister Bird Club out of Beloit, and enjoys leading field trips for both organizations. He also recently accepted the position of WSO Records Committee Chair.
Common Redpolls breed worldwide in the subarctic forests and tundra scrub. In Wisconsin, Common Redpolls are irregular winter residents. Their abundance in the state varies from year to year depending on food availability within their northern range. During irruption years, Common Redpolls can occur throughout the state and typically arrive by late October or early November to northern Wisconsin. During non-invasion years, this species may not appear until mid-December or much later.
Woodland Dunes Nature Center has, since its inception in the early 1970’s, coordinated four separate Christmas Bird Counts in Manitowoc County and submitted all results to WSO. During that time the core group of counters, notably Bernie Brouchoud, John Woodcock, and Charles Sontag have faithfully counted each year throughout the period, joined more than 20 years ago by members of the Aegolius Bird Club. The CBCs provided an opportunity to “bird with a purpose” for a couple of weekends, visiting sites which in many cases were not surveyed other times of the year.
Deadline to Hear From You is Dec. 31
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is seeking nominations for its annual Passenger Pigeon Awards, to be presented at its 75th annual convention next May in Prairie du Chien.