Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Success!
Despite starting the nesting season with 500 blocks left to finish, the five-year Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas successfully wrapped up field work in August thanks to the energy, dedication, and grit of more than 2,000 volunteers. Project coordinators will be crunching the numbers and begin work on a book publication but the final product is several years out. In the meantime, check out preliminary stats & species maps in real time at www.ebird.org/atlaswi. Thanks to all who contributed to this major achievement in Wisconsin bird conservation!
Milwaukee County Parks recognized as Important Bird Area
The 15,000-acre Milwaukee County Park system has been officially designated an Important Bird Area, becoming the 93rd in the state and one of more than 12,000 worldwide. The designation comes in recognition of the park system's location along a major migratory corridor, its use by 57 bird Species of Greatest Conservation Need, and its habitat management, bird monitoring, and education programs. Read more here, or here. (Photo below by Susan Bence)