Congratulations to participants of the 2015 Great Wisconsin Oriole Count! A broad variety of groups counted orioles, including homeschool families, traditional schools, girl scout troops, libraries, and one Bird City! First prize of a spotting scope and 5 pairs of binoculars was awarded to Badger Middle School. Additional prizes were awarded to Chochrane-Fountain City High School, Wilton Public Library and the Kryzak Family. Many thanks to Eagle Optics for their generous donation of optics! 2016 registration will begin in late April!
What is The Great Wisconsin Oriole Count?
This project aims to engage youth in observing and learning about the Baltimore Oriole - a colorful ambassador for birds that summer in Wisconsin and winter in Central and South America. These bright orange and black birds are easily attracted to feeders full of grape jelly and/or oranges and they're easily identified by even the most novice of birders. Their bright colors, bold personalities, and easy-to-observe behaviors make these birds the perfect citizen science project for birders of all ages.
Watch Orioles, Win Great Prizes!
Baltimore Orioles are found throughout Wisconsin during the spring and summer. The orange and black birds are one of the most easily identifiable spring migrants that arrive here in early May and frequent a wide variety of habitats -- including feeders offering fruit and jelly. Partners in Flight estimates there are as many as 470,000 in Wisconsin each year, or 4% of the global population.
Your school, 4-H group, or Scout Troop can win great prizes just by watching orioles - a bird that is easy to see if you provide them with food, even in urban areas. The first 20 groups to register for the Oriole Count will receive a free oriole feeder. All participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes, which are being generously donated by our friends at Eagle Optics in Middleton, Wis. There are two first-prize packages of five pairs of binoculars, second prize is three pairs and third is two pairs.
How Do We Attract Orioles to our Feeder?
Simply set out oranges and grape jelly, and orioles will come -- even in urban settings. "The secret is to use color and keep the oranges fresh!" says experienced birder Barbara Schwartz.
Registration for 2016 will open soon!
Want to participate? Contact us at: OrioleCount@wsobirds.org