Gearing Up for the Home Stretch
2019 is slated to be the final year of field work for the Atlas, and we need your help to complete this monumental effort by this fall. About 15% of Atlas survey blocks have seen little to no survey effort, while an additional 25% still need some work to be marked COMPLETE. Join us to learn where and how we need you most, and why it matters. Together we can finish strong!
Two easy ways to register:
When: April 5-7
Where: Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point
Cost: $30 with advance registration open until March 15. $40 at the door. Cost includes breakfasts, snacks, Saturday lunch, and field trips!
Hotel Rooms: Stay right at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center. Rooms are $82 plus tax (single) or $109 plus tax (double) per night. Rates are good until March 6 or until the block is full. To register, call 715-344-0200 and press #3. Our group name is WI DNR, and the block code is WID.
Agenda: View or print a full agenda
You Won’t Want to Miss:
- Keynote Address
Ian Davies, eBird Project Coordinator at Cornell Lab on “WBBA II: The Future of Atlasing,” a look at Wisconsin’s pioneering role in the next chapter of atlasing through eBird.
- Birds & Beers
Gather with other atlasers beginning at 6:30 Friday evening at Central Waters Brewing Company, 351 Allen St., Amherst. Your fee of $8 provides your first beer and substantial hors d’oeuvres. Carry-in food also welcome.
- Overview of Atlas Effort
Coordinators Nick Anich and Ryan Brady will discuss what we’ve done and what’s left to complete in 2019.
- Morning Field Trips
Multiple trips led by state and local experts to find Greater Prairie-Chickens, Snowy Owls, etc., at local hot spots.
- Nocturnal Field Trips
Visit nearby Atlas blocks in search of woodcock, snipe, and owls, and to learn night atlasing techniques.
Who Should Attend:
• Prospective and seasoned atlasers
• Atlas county coordinators
• Bird researchers and academics
• Bird conservationists
• All Wisconsin bird lovers!
Key meeting topics:
• Overview of results to date
• Introduction to atlasing for newcomers
• Strategies for completing field work next year
• Plans for an Atlas II book and other end products
• Recognition for both our donors and top atlasers
What to Bring:
• Binoculars/field clothes/boots, plus headlamp if attending a nocturnal field trip
Contact Christine Reel, registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-844-8187.