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Wisconsin Point - Jaegerfest

The 16th annual Jaegerfest will be one of the highlights of the birding year! Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers have been seen on this trip. Other potential highlights include Sabine’s Gull, Arctic Tern, Pacific Loon, and Harris’s Sparrow. Bring layers of clothing, rain gear, and plenty of snacks. Participants also may want to bring old bread, popcorn, beef suet, etc. to “chum” for gulls. If you are staying in a motel, make sure you book your reservation early!
When: Fri September 19 7:00 AM

Harrington Beach - Hawk Watch

Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County has more than a mile of beach habitat along Lake Michigan. It is here that we will watch for hawks migrating along the lakeshore corridor. Potential highlights include Swainson’s Hawk, Golden Eagle, and numerous migrating waterfowl. Please note there is a state park entrance fee. Bring a bag lunch or cooler. As it has done previously, this trip may also visit the Big Sit event at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve during which the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust will be dedicating a small grove of climate change appropriate trees that were purchased for the observatory by its founder, Noel Cutright, before his death last fall. See http://wglbbo.org/ for details on the Big Sit and the dedication closer to that date.
When: Sun October 12 8:00 AM

Linwood Springs - Stevens Point - Saw-whet Owls

Meet at 7:30 p.m.
Join WSO for an evening at the Linwood Springs Research Station in Stevens Point and have a close encounter with Wisconsin's smallest owl, the adorable Northern Saw-whet! You'll learn about and observe the owls capture through infrared video surveillance, then enjoy a walk out to the nets. You'll get to see the owls up-close while we make notes and band them. You might even see a Long-eared Owl, too! There will also be a presentation on Project SNOWstorm that highlights the Wisconsin owls. The field trip will be led by WSO Field Trip co-chairs Jeff Baughman and Tom Schultz, and raptor biologist Gene Jacobs. A $15 registration fee is required for this trip and registration is limited to 28 people.
When: Sat October 25 7:30 PM

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) conference in Green Bay

From September 29 to October 1, 2011 WSO co-sponsored (along with several other organizations) a Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) conference in Green Bay.  Aside from the many great presentations on recent bird research in our region, the highlight for WSO was a 2-hour event that we sponsored on Thursday evening.  This consisted of a panel discussion that was led by WSO President Tom Schultz, along with six other panelists: Ryan Brady, Carl Schwartz, Barbara Duerksen, Tom Prestby, Bill Mueller and Andy Paulios.

The general topic was the future direction of WSO, with several important questions being addressed by the panel members and the audience.  It is hoped that this lively and informative discussion will provide useful information for the WSO Strategic Planning Committee, which was convened at our board meeting last October.

For a full report on this important conference click here