As part of the re-dedication ceremony for the monument commemorating the extinction of Passenger Pigeon, Carl Schwartz, then WSO president, made the following remarks, on May 17, 2014, at Wyalusing State Park.
As part of the re-dedication ceremony for the monument commemorating the extinction of Passenger Pigeon, Dr. Stanley Temple made the following remarks, on May 17, 2014, at Wyalusing State Park.
Janet Speth, who chaired this year’s 75th WSO Convention Silent Auction, had this to say when it was all done:
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s 2014 convention marked two significant milestones: the Society’s 75th anniversary and the centenary of the demise of the Passenger Pigeon. And it did so in stirring and memorable ways.
Roughly 30 hardy birders turned out for a great field trip at the Schurch-Thomson prairie on Saturday, June 8 led by Eric Preston of The Prairie Enthusiasts and Pete Blank, WSO Conservation Chair.
The day started out strong with a couple of Upland Sandpipers flying over the parking lot. Also from the parking lot we could hear and see Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown Thrasher, and Dickcissel.
We then headed out for a beautiful walk that wound through open grasslands interspersed with small thickets and riparian forests. Not far down the trail we were treated to several Henslow’s Sparrows making their unusually short , yet distinctive, song. At one of the thickets we heard a Bell’s Vireo, a bird not common for even the most seasoned birders.
As we continued our walk we were treated to stories from Rich Henderson of The Prairie Enthusiasts about how the grasslands are being carefully managed to restore native plant diversity. Some stragglers in the back of the group spent almost as much time botanizing as birding. It was a diverse group of birders and several people on the trip added about 10 species to their life lists. One person commented on how amazing it was to be able to see such open country in all directions and how the grassland soundscape is so unique. Towards the end of the walk we located a few Clay-colored Sparrows, Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow Warblers, and a very cooperative Dickcissel.
All in all it was a great trip and we appreciate The Prairie Enthusiast for sharing their property with us and for the great restoration work they are doing.