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The 2020 WSO Convention will be held from Thursday through Sunday May 14-17 in Two Rivers. Among the convention partners are the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and the Lighthouse Inn and Conference Center on the shore of Lake Michigan.

“Our convention committee is excited to bring a meaningful and unforgettable experience to the bird-loving attendees of this conference,” said Nancy Nabak, chair of the 2020 convention.

The committee announced that the keynote speaker for the convention banquet will be Dr. Ben Zuckerberg, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Zuckerberg, whose UW lab has found overwhelming evidence that wildlife populations are responding to modern climate change, will discuss what future actions are suggested by data gathered from breeding bird atlas work.

Two Rivers has three stops on the Lake Michigan segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail: Woodland Dunes, Point Beach State Forest, and Two Rivers Harbor and Neshotah Park. The city recently has been working to improve access to the south pier area at Two Rivers Harbor, a popular bird watching destination.

Woodland Dunes, designated an Important Bird Area by the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, contains more than 1,500 acres of hardwood and conifer forests, wetlands and prairies located between Two Rivers and Manitowoc. It features seven miles of hiking trails, and its 14 ridges and swales are home to or important stopover habitat for neo-tropical songbirds, Monarch butterflies, bats, amphibians, mammals and more than 400 plant species.

Be watching for updates about lodging and conference activities online and in future issues of The Badger Birder.

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