Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology has a Board of Directors composed of four officers and up to 20 directors. Members of the Board are elected for a term of one year, and may serve more than one term. The President and Vice President are limited to two terms each. All Board members serve on a volunteer basis and are not compensated for their contributions to the Society.

Officers (2016-2017)

President
Michael John Jaeger
president@wsobirds.org; 608-335-2546

Michael John lives in his hometown of Madison. He studied environmental studies and ornithology at the University of Wisconsin, and had an early focus on marsh birds and shorebirds. Michael John recently retired as a utility policy analyst at the state Public Service Commission, where he occasionally got to use his birding background when reviewing construction proposals. Michael John served on the Scholarships and Grants Committee for approximately 10 years before joining the WSO Board as the chair of the committee in 2010. Michael John considers himself mostly a recreational birder, which helps him in his quest to "wander about and explore the countryside."

Vice President
Andy Cassini
vicepresident@wsobirds.org; 414-313-2167

Andrew (Andy) Cassini currently resides in Delafield, WI with his wife Terri and his two children, Sophia (age 4) and Cooper (age 1). He enjoys spending time with his family, bird watching (of course), hiking, running and biking. Professionally, Andy has a B.S. in Biology from Marquette University, an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His current research involves the investigation of the conservation parameters for the critically endangered Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberii), including an evaluation of genetic diversity, habitat analysis and best conservation education practice. Andy has worked as an Interpretive Naturalist, as well as a Certified High School Teacher in Biology and Environmental Science. He has taught numerous High School courses including AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. At the college level, he has taught various courses, including Conservation Biology and Ornithology. Andy is passionate about education, especially with an emphasis on birds and their conservation.

  Secretary
Jenny Wenzel
secretary@wsobirds.org; 262-488-8077

Jenny has lived her entire life in Wisconsin and has always been interested in nature. She has always enjoyed feeding backyard birds but was turned on to birding as a hobby by a warbler walk advertised by the Hoy Audubon Society of Racine and Kenosha in 2008. She quickly made lots of new friends on the walks and became hooked on birding. Jenny has been active in the Hoy Audubon Society ever since and has served on Hoy's Board of Directors as Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Vice President and is the current President. She also enjoys attending WSO birding field trips. Jenny joined the WSO Board of Directors in 2012 as Secretary.

Jenny and her husband David live in Caledonia (Racine County), monitor a 20-box bluebird trail at the South Hills Golf Course in Franksville, and vacation in Marinette County each summer. She has seen 317 species of birds in Wisconsin; her favorite is the Pileated Woodpecker. She's been on birding trips to Costa Rica and Southeast Arizona, and Peru. Besides birding, her other hobbies include gardening, hiking, canoeing, nature photography (including birds, of course) and playing with her two Dobermans, Loki and Maddie. Jenny is employed as an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with Aurora Health Care.
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Treasurer
Dani Baumann
treasurer@wsobirds.org; 262-617-1268

Dani Baumann was tricked into starting her birding career at 4:30am May 6th, 2011 in the middle of Wyalusing State Park while on a "No, we won't get up early" trip. Since that day her life has revolved around birds and numbers. Dani graduated in 2007 from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Business Administration - Accounting and is currently working as a senior accountant at American Dental Partners where she has been for the past nine years.

A dedicated volunteer, when she isn't in her office, Dani can be found coordinating WIBBA2 atlasing efforts in Ozaukee County or editing The Timberdoodle News (the newsletter of the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club). You may also recognize her name from "Let's Go Birding", a feature in the Badger Birder. Amazingly, Dani also finds time to bird the wonderful hotspots of her home county of Ozaukee. Outside of birding, you can often find her reading a good book with her two cats, Braun and Charlie, curled up in her lap. 

Board of Directors (2016-2017)

Annual Convention
Christine Zimmerman
convention@wsobirds.org

Christine grew up in Sheboygan, WI where her mom introduced her to the world of backyard birds. She attended UW-Eau Claire where she earned a degree in Geography/Land Use. Christine has worked at UnitedOne Credit Union since moving back to Sheboygan in 1998. Christine began birding beyond the backyard after studying late fall migrants in a Biology of Wisconsin class at UW-Claire. She traveled to see the Tundra Swans and Bald Eagles that congregate along the Mississippi River, and drove to see the Northern Hawk-Owl at Harrington State Beach Park in 2005. During this visit, she met other birders who taught her about WisBirdNet. WisBirdNet connected her to another Sheboygan birder, Scott Baughman, who helped introduced her to May Day and Christmas Bird Counts. Scott was also kind enough to let Christine help at her first WSO Convention that happened to be in Sheboygan in 2005. Christine has continued her involvement with the WSO Convention Committee, including becoming the Chairperson in 2012. Christine lives with her husband Jeff in Sheboygan. Both enjoy their wooded city lot that has afforded her 115 yard birds - including nesting Great Horned Owls and most recently nesting Eastern Screech-Owls.
Badger Birder Newsletter
Carl Schwartz
badgerbirder@wsobirds.org

Carl chairs the steering committee for Bird City Wisconsin. Carl joined the WSO Board as Vice President in 2010 and was elected President in 2012. For a decade, he led the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon, a major fund-raiser for WSO. He serves as program chairman for the Riveredge Bird Club, is past president of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, and is a member of the American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, International Crane Foundation, the Southeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Gathering Waters, the Door County and Ozaukee Washington Land Trusts and the Horicon Marsh Bird Club. He retired in 2009 as senior editor for national and international news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Bookstore
Dar Tiede
bookstore@wsobirds.org

Dar Tiede is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, born and raised in Appleton. He graduated from Miami (of Ohio) University with a BS in Applied Science and has a master's degree from the Institute of Paper Chemistry (formerly located in Appleton). He has worked in product development and research his entire working career and is looking forward to retirement in the near future. His wife (of 42 years!) Cathy and he have spent 23 years in Wisconsin Rapids where they raised their three children. They moved back to the Appleton area in 2000.

Dar took an interest in birding at an early grade school age when his father took him trout fishing. He is the coordinator for two Christmas Bird Counts (Appleton and Wisconsin Rapids), and conducts several Breeding Bird Surveys with Cathy as his assistant. His best self-found Wisconsin birds over the years have been a Clark's Nutcracker and Curlew Sandpiper.
  Communications
Erin Parker
communications@wsobirds.org

Erin Parker is a lifelong recreational birder- completing her first Christmas Bird Count with her father at age six and participating in various birding events every year since that time. Originally from Michigan, Erin has called Wisconsin home for more than ten years. She is a full time high school science teacher at Madison East High School and a part time naturalist/educator at Aldo Leopold Nature Center. When not working to connect kids to the outdoors, Erin spends most of her own free time outside- tagging monarchs, gardening, biking, birding, and paddling. Along with outdoor pursuits and teaching, Erin has written for two newspapers, a geosciences blog, and a book of essays. Erin has a bachelor's degree in ecology and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. Her nemesis bird, even after years of birding trips while visiting family in western Colorado, is the Burrowing Owl.
 

Conservation
Andy Cassini
conservation@wsobirds.org

Andrew (Andy) Cassini currently resides in Delafield, WI with his wife Terri and his two children, Sophia (age 4) and Cooper (age 1). He enjoys spending time with his family, bird watching (of course), hiking, running and biking. Professionally, Andy has a B.S. in Biology from Marquette University, an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His current research involves the investigation of the conservation parameters for the critically endangered Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberii), including an evaluation of genetic diversity, habitat analysis and best conservation education practice. Andy has worked as an Interpretive Naturalist, as well as a Certified High School Teacher in Biology and Environmental Science. He has taught numerous High School courses including AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. At the college level, he has taught various courses, including Conservation Biology and Ornithology. Andy is passionate about education, especially with an emphasis on birds and their conservation.

 

Development
Mary Korkor
development@wsobirds.org

Mary always knew that her heart belonged in nature. She grew up in the city, but now lives on a forty-acre bird-friendly hobby farm in southeast Wisconsin, with gardens, a native prairie, pastureland and a pond. Purity Farms was the perfect place to raise four kids with horses, a Jersey cow, chickens and a dog. Now that the kids have flown the coop, Mary dedicates much of her time to working for organizations that represent her passions- birds, nature, public radio, human rights and education. Currently Mary serves as VP of Wisconsin Public Radio Association, on the Conservation Committee of the WSO, and is a member of her local library foundation board and the Kettle Moraine Garden Club. She has spent time advocating for issues of conservation and public broadcasting in Madison and Washington, D.C. and has organized and hosted many fundraising events. As Chair of the newly created Development Committee, Mary hopes to share her experience and passion. She will assist the WSO in securing the resources needed to support important projects for the benefit of birds and birdwatchers of Wisconsin.

Education Co-Chair
Ed Hahn
youtheducation@wsobirds.org

Ed's appreciation of nature began during his childhood while living near the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska. His interest in bird watching, however, developed only recently and can be attributed to his son Tim. A few years ago, Ed began to attend and later joined the Horicon Marsh Bird Club. He then joined WSO and attended his first convention in Middleton. There he met WSO President Carl Schwartz and other board members. Ed joined the WSO Board in 2012 as Youth Education Coordinator. Ed brings valuable experience to this position after teaching intermediate grades in a parochial school in Watertown, WI for many years.
Education Co-Chair
Jim Knickelbine
education@wsobirds.org

Jim grew up in rural Manitowoc County in a family that appreciated the outdoors. He had the luxury of spending many hours roaming woods, fields, and riverbanks of his family's property. Jim attended Roncalli High School in Manitowoc and became a birder through the school's nature club. He then attended UW-Manitowoc where he met lifelong friend and mentor Charles Sontag, and UW-Milwaukee where his advisor was Philip Whitford, who was a former student of Aldo Leopold. After many years of working in the fields of environmental health and soil science, Jim began working as a naturalist for the Woodland Dunes Nature Center in 1993. He became the full-time assistant director in 2002, and the Executive Director in 2004.

Jim joined the WSO Board in 2013 as the Education Committee Chair. Jim is also a member of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative steering committee, the governance board for the Denmark Community School, the steering committee for the Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area, and serves as board president of Conservation Education Inc., a non-profit environmental education organization. He has been fortunate to receive the Rahr Diamond Award for Conservation from the Manitowoc County Chapter of the Isaac Walton League and a Champion of Conservation Award from the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. Jim and his wife Sue have three wonderful children, one a grad student at UW-Madison, one a natural resources major at Northland College, and one a sophomore at Denmark High School.
Field Trips Co-Chair
Thomas R. Schultz
fieldtrips@wsobirds.org; 920-960-1796

Tom has worked as an artist/illustrator for over 35 years, and has had his work published in the National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Peterson's A Field Guide to Warblers of North America, and various other publications. Tom grew up in Fond du Lac, and received his BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tom joined the WSO Board as Field Trips Coordinator, and has also served as Vice President and President. Tom is an active birder with a strong interest in field identification – which is an outgrowth of his bird illustration work. He has lived in the Green Lake area with his wife, Wendy, since 1983.

Field Trips Co-Chair
Jeff Baughman
fieldtrips@wsobirds.org; 920-960-4732

Jeff grew up in Milledgeville, IL, and then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where he earned a degree in Mathematics and Physical Education in 1979. Jeff has taught high school mathematics at Campbellsport since 1982 and has also been part of their IT staff. Jeff began birding with his elder brother Jim during winter break of 1977. The brothers three (Jim, Jeff, Scott) have collectively and/or individually spent countless hours in the field padding lists or doing various bird counts or surveys, including Christmas Bird Counts, May Days, Big Days, Illinois Spring Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, and the Western Great Lakes Owl Survey. He also served a regional coordinator for the first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. Jeff joined WSO in 1983, became Field Trip co-chair with Tom Schultz in 1987, served as Vice President for one year in 2003 and then was President from 2004-06. Jeff lives with his wife Jeanette just outside of Campbellsport, and they have two children, Tamara Ninnemann (25) and Tyson (22).

Historian
Nancy Nabak
historian@wsobirds.org

Nancy has a long history of volunteerism in Wisconsin, and specifically in the Green Bay area. She has volunteered with the Green Bay Chamber's "Leadership Green Bay" program for 12 years, where she has facilitated "Environment Day." Nancy served on the Greater Green Bay Sustainable Task Force for five years, and participated on the "Local Food and Health" and "Environment and Vibrancy" subcommittees. Nancy has also been involved with a grassroots project called the Pollinator Corridor. In 2010, Nancy was instrumental in getting the city of Green Bay recognized as one of the first Bird Cities in Wisconsin, and has been at the helm ever since. As part of Bird City, Nancy also serves as Co-Chair of the statewide Chimney Swift Working Group.

In November of 2011, Nancy received the, Conservation of Natural Resources Award from the Mayor's Beautification Committee. In May of 2012, she was presented with the Robert Sanderson Award from the Brown County Izaak Walton League chapter for her bird conservation efforts. She is pleased to be on the WSO Board in the Historian position, and looks forward to helping create positive change.

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Levi Wood
honeycreek@wsobirds.org

Levi earned an MS in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in ornithology and got hooked on Christmas Bird Counts and Madison Audubon Society (MAS) field trips. During 1979-1980, Levi taught Ornithology, along with general and applied ecology courses at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. In 1984 Levi earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, with an emphasis on environmental law. While in law school, summers were spent as an interpretive naturalist in Yellowstone National Park. Upon graduation he worked as an assistant general counsel in Region V, EPA in Chicago, but finished his career at the Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Madison.

Levi's goal as Honey Creek Committee Chair is to restore and preserve the site's diverse bird habitats. Levi has volunteered as a naturalist for the UW Arboretum for the past 15 years, and served on the board of MAS for 20 years. Levi has led trips to Costa Rica and Isle Royale for MAS and has participated on several Central American birding trips, including WSO and Natural Resources Foundation trips.
Membership Chair
Kim Kreitinger
membership@wsobirds.org

Kim began birding when she moved to California in 2000, although her love of nature began much earlier. Her fascination with the natural world led her to pursue a degree in biology from Northern Illinois University. After graduating college, Kim joined the Peace Corps and worked as a wildlife biologist in a national park in Niger, West Africa. Upon return to the U.S., Kim worked as a plant ecology intern at Tall Timbers Research Station in northern Florida. She then moved to California to work as a wildlife biologist for the Endangered Species Recovery Program, followed by an avian ecologist position with PRBO Conservation Science. Kim currently works on numerous bird conservation projects for the WI Department of Natural Resources. She joined the WSO Board in 2012 as Vice President. She has been married to Eric Preston since 2008 and they have one son, Anders.
Records
Quentin Yoerger
records@wsobirds.org

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. Growing up on a farm in southern Wisconsin amongst a family of hunters and fishermen, Quentin was exposed to nature on a daily basis. In addition to bird watching, another one of his passions is coaching. He has coached high school Track and Field each spring and Cross Country each fall for 25 years. Professionally he has worked in the information technology field for more than 20 years. Quentin lives in Evansville with his exceptionally patient wife, Ann, and two teenagers, Geoff and Zoe.

Passenger Pigeon Journal Editors
Charles Heikkinen and Delia Unson
passengerpigeon@wsobirds.org; 608-274-4043

Chuck and Delia are both retired psychologists. Chuck spent most of his working career at the Counseling and Consultation Services of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Delia worked for several different universities - University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In the last 15 years of her career, she was in private practice in Madison

Chuck and Delia first became involved with WSO when they volunteered for the Christmas Bird Count and had the luck to be assigned to Sam Robbins. Sam opened their eyes to the magic of birds and bird observation and talked them into taking part in the Breeding Bird Atlas. Working on the Atlas was the best possible learning experience as they returned over and over to different habitats and watched birds court, build nests, feed and fledge their young. They had found a life-long interest. In the last six years, they have also fallen in love with bird photography. Their favorite local birding haunts are Odana Marsh, the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Horicon Marsh and Schurch-Thompson Prairie.

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Matt Hayes
research@wsobirds.org

Matt Hayes received his BS in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University in 1998. He started working with Sandhill Cranes as part of a long-term study at the International Crane Foundation in 2000. He completed his Master's of Science in Biology at the University of South Dakota in 2005. His MS thesis studied breeding biology of color-banded Sandhill Cranes in south-central Wisconsin by investigating long-term pair bond duration and separation and genetic relationships between an established pair and any offspring produced. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. His PhD dissertation studied dispersal behavior of breeding and subadult Sandhill Cranes in south-central Wisconsin using radio telemetry and color band re-sightings and throughout the Eastern Population from Minnesota to Pennsylvania using genetic relationships among sample sites. He is excited to be a part of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology!
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Scholarships and Grants
Aaron Greene
grants@wsobirds.org

Aaron started birding when he was 10 years old and is still going strong. He participates in big days, breeding bird surveys, and particularly enjoys leading nature hikes when time permits. He earned his BS in Environmental Science with minors in chemistry and geography from Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA in 2001. In 2005, he acquired an MS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Ecology from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University in Bloomington. Aaron worked as an ecologist at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi for two years where he led daily interpretive walks. He currently works as an Environmental Analyst and Review Specialist at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Besides birdwatching, he enjoys fishing and nature study.

Director at Large
Jesse Peterson
dal_jp@wsobirds.org

Jesse has had a life-long interest in the outdoors and became more specifically interested in birding in the early 1990's when he took an Ornithology course at UW-Oshkosh from Bettie Harriman. Jesse joined WSO in 1993 and became a member of the WSO Board in 2002 as Membership Chair. He served as Vice President from 2006-08, and then President from 2008-10 while continuing as Membership Chair. Jesse and his wife, Linda, live in the Madison area.