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New Member Spotlight: Marie Martin

Marie Martin Tell us a bit about yourself:   I currently live in Madison and have lived in Wisconsin on and off for four years. From 2017 to 2019, I was a Masters student at UW-Madison in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department. Now, I’m a research ecologist with Oregon State University, where I work with a collaborative team of scientists to understand the effects of landscape... Read More   

New Member Spotlight: Alissa Kiedrowski

 Alissa Kiedrowski Please tell us a bit about yourself in your own words: your name, city or town where you live, age (optional), and anything else you’d like to add. I’m a farm kid from Iowa and a life-long lover of the natural world. I have a BS in Agricultural Journalism from Iowa State and an MS in Communications Management from Syracuse University. My career is in marketing and... Read More   

New Member Spotlight: Tanya Hielke

 Tell us a bit about yourself:  I live in Pickett WI (Winnebago Co.) with my husband. Combined, we have five children and eight grandchildren. My husband and oldest son own and operate the family trucking business. My day job is as a corporate receptionist, but I’ve had several careers in my adult life. Unfortunately, none of those careers was bird biologist, which would have been a... Read More   

New Member Spotlight: Craig Burzynski

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I hail from Milwaukee, WI, where I live with my birding partner and wife Sarah and our three teenaged children. I am the owner of a small business, three indoor climbing facilities in Milwaukee area called Adventure Rock.   How would you describe your involvement with birds? My parents raised me to be an outdoors person.  My father was always... Read More   

New Member Spotlight: Janet Wissink

Tell us a bit about yourself in your own words:   I grew up in Oshkosh but for the last 26 years my husband and I have lived on 9 acres near Rush Lake – a birder’s heaven. We also have a small, simple cabin (no electricity or running water) in Marinette County. Being the art director for Wisconsin Sportsman and four other magazines was my most challenging job and it’s where I learned... Read More   

New Member Spotlight: Brian Schneider

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a lifelong Wisconsin resident. I live in Madison with my wife Anna.  We have been here for the past seven years since graduating from the University of Wisconsin, and after growing up in Wauwatosa. I work as an environmental educator for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center where I help lead field trips, summer camps, and teach in the newly developed nature... Read More   

WSO New Member Spotlight: Caitlyn Schuchhardt

Tell us a bit about yourself: I live in Madison, WI, and have  lived in Wisconsin for six years. I only began birding last summer, and I am so grateful for everything that birding has brought to my life—new opportunities, new friends, and a new appreciation for the world around me. I work part-time as the Communications and Outreach Assistant at Madison Audubon. When I’m not busy... Read More   

WSO New Member Spotlight: John Lyons

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 63 and work as the Curator of Fishes at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum. Before that, I was a Fisheries Research Scientist and Supervisor at the WDNR until I retired in 2017. How would you describe yourself as a birder?  To be completely honest, fishes are my first love. But birds are a strong second. I began birding as a kid growing up... Read More