Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

WSO and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative developed the Bird Monitoring Kit program to allow educators and students to study birds and their habitats. By learning about the local bird community and building bird identification skills, Bird Monitoring Kits help students gain a greater appreciation of the natural world and its conservation. Bird Monitoring Kits contain all of the tools necessary for starting a bird educational program, including high-quality optics and reference guides. WSO would like to give a special thanks to Eagle Optics for offering a generous discount on the optics.

Each kit contains the following items:

  • 15 pairs of Eagle Optics binoculars, 8.5 x 32
  • 1 spotting scope with tripod
  • 5 copies of the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
  • Bird Habitat Posters
  • 1 Birds of Wisconsin placemat
  • 1 CD of common birds found in Wisconsin
  • 1 Educator’s Guide
  • 1 copy of Wild About Wisconsin Birds by Adele Porter
  • 1 copy of Backyard Bird Book for Kids by Janet Mohr and Adeline Howard
  • 2 copies of Wisconsin Birds: a checklist with migration graphs


Since 2003, Bird Monitoring Kits have been placed with 40 host organizations throughout Wisconsin, including Audubon Society chapters, nature centers, bird clubs, natural history museums, schools, and 4-H Clubs. We have received much positive feedback from host organizations.

“Thanks so much for the opportunity to use and share the kits with both students and adults! Participants get “in the field” training with the binoculars. That has worked out great!”Martha Kronholm, volunteer kit host in Wood County

“Our 3 to 5 year olds are so excited about the birds in their neighborhood – they can’t wait to tell me! I believe that exposing urban children to bird watching can build great observation and communication skills. All our children know how to call a Barred Owl!”Niki Espy, kit host at the Neighborhood House, Milwaukee

Bird Monitoring Kits are available for loan by host organizations. To locate a kit nearest you, please see the contact information below.


Barron County
CESA #11
225 Ostermann Drive
Turtle Lake, WI 54889
Chasta Cimfl, Support Staff
715-986-2020 ext. 2172

Bayfield County
Cable Natural History Museum
P.O. Box 416 Cable, WI 54821-0416
Deb Malesevich, Director of Administration

Brown County
Bay Area Bird Club
2317 Sunny Lane
Suamico, WI 54303
Don Van Duyse

Brown County
Friends of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
1660 E. Shore Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54302
Mike Reed

Dane County
Madison Audubon Society
1400 East Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
Carolyn Byers

Door County
The Ridges Sanctuary
PO Box 152
Bailey’s Harbor, WI 54202
Karen Newbern

Door County
Friends of Gibraltar: Fish Creek
3924 Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Vinne Chomeau
920-868-3284 ext. 205

Dunn County
Red Cedar Trails:Hoffman Hills
Menomonie WI
Bill Hogseth

Eau Claire
Clark Bird Museum
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Lynn Young Yanik

Florence County
Wild Rivers Interpretive Center
5628 Forestry Drive
Florence, WI 54121
Lori Moore, Director
Phone 715-528-5377 Ext. 101

Fond du Lac County
Fond du Lac County Audubon Society
N6786 Hilltop Drive
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Margie Winter

Forest County
Crandon Middle School
9750 US Highway 8 W
Crandon, WI 54520
Tracy Cassidy

Grant County
Friends of Platteville Arboretum
Robin Fatzinger

Green County
Green-Rock Audubon Society
Monroe, WI 53566
Eunice Brennan




Langlade County
Raptor Education Group, Inc.
Antigo, WI 54409

Marinette County
Goodman Armstrong Creek School District
#1 Falcon Crest
Goodman, WI 54125
Richelle Jochem

Menominee County
Menominee High School Biology Department
N522 Highway 47/55
Keshen, WI 54135
Daniel Starr

Milwaukee County
Milwaukee Audubon Society
2125 W. Brantwood Ave
Glendale, WI 53209
Mark Feider

Milwaukee County
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
2819 W. Richardson Place
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Niki Espy

Milwaukee County
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Tim Vargo

Oconto County
Bird City Oconto
1210 Main Street
Oconto, WI 54153
Cordula Van Den Heuvel

Outagamie County
Northeast Wisconsin Alliance
Appleton, WI 54911
Cheryl Root

Ozaukee County
Riveredge Nature Center
4458 West Hawthorne Drive
Saukville, WI 53080
Dr. Gretchen Meyer

Portage County
Boston School Forest
5084 Lincoln Avenue
Plover, WI 54467
Karen Dostal

Portage County
Central WI Environmental Station
10186 County Road MM
Amherst Junction, WI 54407
Tom Quinn

Portage County
Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
800 Reserve Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Dennis Yockers

Richland County
17494 Merry Hill Road
Richland Center, WI 53581
Barbara Duerksen

Rock County
Welty Environmental Center
8606 County Road H
Beloit, WI 53511
Kelly Washburn

Rock County
Evansville Community School District
(Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Library)
420 Fourth St.
Evansville, WI 53536
Phil Kress

St. Croix County
St. Croix Valley Bird Club
W11268 840th Ave
River Falls, WI 54022
Cathy Olyphant

Shawano County
Navarino Nature Center
W5646 Lindsten Road
Shiocton, WI 54170
Tim Ewing, Director

Sheboygan County
Maywood Environmental Park
3615 Mueller Road
Sheboygan, WI 53083
David Kuckuk
920 459 3906

Vernon County
Kickapoo Valley Reserve
S3661 St Hwy 131
La Farge, WI 54639
Jonel Kiesau

Walworth County
Lakeland Audubon Society
812 Geneva Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Brian Kullman

Washburn County
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
N2384 Hunt Hill Road
Sarona, WI 54870
Storme Nelson

Washburn County
NorthStar Community Charter School
Minong, WI
Brian Olson

Waukesha County
Retzer Nature Center
W284 S1530 Road DT
Waukesha, WI 53188
Larry Kascht

Winnebego County
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
1305 Plank Road
Menasha, WI 54952
Tracey Koening

Winnebego County
Winnebago Audubon Society
4974 Lansing High Pt
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Janet Wissink

Wood County
1420 23rd St.N, Suite G
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Martha Kronholm