Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

A cooperative partnership to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation emphasizing volunteer stewardship.

2018 WBCI Annual Meeting

S.O.S. for Our Flying Bug Eaters: Addressing Declines in Chimney Swifts, Nighthawks, Bats, & Other Aerial Insectivores

6-8 September 2018
Country Springs (Ingleside) Hotel
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Some of our most beloved birds — Purple Martins, Chimney Swifts, Tree and Barn Swallows, E. Whip-poor-wills, and C. Nighthawks — are in trouble and we know only some of the reasons why. All of these, as well as other swallows, some flycatchers, and even bats are known as “aerial insectivores,” species that feed on their insect prey in flight. In Canada, populations of several formerly-common aerial insectivore species have fallen by more than 70% within the last two decades, leading some to be listed as Threatened. Similar declines are occurring in some U.S. states and regions, including Wisconsin. Come and learn about these species, recent research results, and what we can do to help. Not to mention fun networking opportunities, evening field trips, and a Birds & Brews social!

Program Schedule and Speakers  |  Register by paper or online

Registration deadline is Tuesday, August 21. Make your room reservations at the Ingleside Hotel by Monday, August 6 for special discounted rates.

This Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and Bird City Wisconsin conference is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, American Bird Conservancy, Madison Audubon Society, Western Great Lakes Birds & Bat Observatory, and Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, with additional funding provided by the Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, and Jaeger-Mellerop Family Charitable Trust.