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
Kits are available for purchase through the WSO Youth Education Committee. If you are interested to buy a Bird Monitoring Kit for your county or organization, contact Ed Hahn, WSO Youth Education Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bird Monitoring Kits are also available for loan by host organizations. To locate a kit nearest you, please see the contact information below.
Fond du Lac County
St. Croix County