Photo by Brad Bumgardner. Virginia Rails are low altitude migrants and thus vulnerable to collisions with the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.
On. Oct. 15, a coalition of the state’s leading bird conservation leaders – led by WSO and Bird City Wisconsin -- sent a letter to Northwestern Mutual executives that flowed out of the growing public anger over the bird collision deaths occurring at the company’s new 550-foot tower in downtown Milwaukee. The letter made two requests:
- A public commitment from the company to address this problem in a serious, urgent, and transparent fashion, with a willingness to spend what it takes to retrofit the building and take other appropriate measures to deter bird collisions.
- That this commitment includes reaching out for expert advice on the needed solutions. It commended to the company’s attention a nationally recognized expert on this issue, ABC’s national collisions campaign manager, Dr. Bryan Lenz, who helped make Fiserv Forum bird-friendly and lives in the Milwaukee area.
The signatories said they stood ready to offer their own counsel on this matter and pledged to share results with members of their organizations across the state. The letter was signed by:
State Director, Bird City Wisconsin
Board Chair, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Karen Etter Hale
Chair, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership
Glen Fredlund, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Executive Director, Raptor Education Group, Inc.
President, Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society
Vice President, Great Lakes Region, American Bird Conservancy
President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Editor, BirdWatching Magazine
William P. Mueller
Director Emeritus, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Dr. Jennifer Phillips-Vanderberg
Science Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Editor, The Badger Birder, Past President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Board Member, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
President, Wisconsin Audubon Council
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