June 1 marks the unofficial start of summer in the bird world, as migration winds down and breeding activity ramps up dramatically, especially among the many Neotropical migrants that have recently returned to raise young here. How will you enjoy birds this summer?
Cape May Warbler, by Ryan Brady, WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator.
Hatched in Michigan in 2002, this male Piping Plover has flown the equivalent of the circumference of the Earth and raised dozens of chicks in his lifetime. But most importantly, he’s a symbol of prosperity for a rebounding species and region. Read More >>
With two weeks to go, the 2017 Great Wisconsin Birdathon has surpassed its fundraising goal! The Secretary Birds Signature Team has reported the highest count at 190 unique bird species, while Cutright’s Old Coots is leading the pack with nearly $10,000 raised! Last year the birdathon grossed $77,000. We’ve reached just over $80,000 this year, but we think we can do even better for birds! Help set a new record in the weeks ahead. Donate today!
The Wisconsin Purple Martin Association along with the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun will be hosting MartinFest 2017. Come meet other purple martin enthusiasts and landlords, and get inspired by the mesmerizing sights and sounds of Marsh Haven’s active purple martin colony. A comprehensive purple martin workshop is scheduled along with a bird banding demonstration by Master Bird Bander, Dick Nikolai. Various vendors will be onsite throughout the day and the Festival wouldn’t be complete without the popular silent auction. Food & refreshments will also be available, so bring the family and help celebrate MartinFest 2017, which is free and open to the public. Learn More >>
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Purple Martin Association
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has a fantastic field trip program, each year giving thousands of birders and nature lovers opportunity to enjoy and learn about Wisconsin’s great places and wildlife. Space is still available on some summer trips. Check it out!
The 2017 Wisconsin Nightjar Survey is looking for a few more volunteers, especially in northern Wisconsin, to survey a predetermined roadside route one time between June 2 – 16. The survey takes about 2 hours to complete and is a nice way to get out and enjoy the sounds of a summer night. Targets include E. Whip-poor-will, C. Nighthawk, and owls. To see detailed protocols, view available routes, and sign-up for a route visit the survey website.
Give your summer birding greater purpose by participating in the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year project that aims to generate a snapshot of what birds are breeding where across the state. The Atlas relies on volunteer birdwatchers and more are needed in every county of the state. Help out by submitting your incidental observations of nesting behavior, signing up to survey a block (route), or sponsoring a species today! Learn More >>