Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

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

Great Backyard Bird Count: February 15-18

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

Running from February 15-18, this fun and easy event provides scientists a snapshot of late winter bird populations worldwide. And it’s not even limited to your backyard! Go birding anywhere you want for at least 15 minutes and report the birds you can identify. Learn more >>>

Northern Cardinal with temps well below zero. Photo by Lisa-Ashley Smith.

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How Chickadees and Other Small Birds Survive Severe Cold

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

Brrrr! It’s been cold across the state of late, creating challenges for us and many wildlife alike. Small birds like chickadees seem especially vulnerable yet time and again they persist. How do they do it? In short, a mix of behavioral and physiological adaptations. Learn more >>>

Birds like this Black-capped Chickadee often puff up their feathers to trap heat during severe cold. Photo by Ryan Brady.

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New Trend Data Available via eBird and Audubon CBCs

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eBird Status and Trends Assessments Now Available
A new era of eBird Science is here: Status and Trends. Your sightings to www.ebird.org and novel analysis methods have combined to create detailed population information for 107 species of North American birds. Learn more and explore exciting new results here. Citizen science at its finest!

Christmas Bird Count Trends Now Available
The 119th year of Christmas Bird Counts has been completed, and now we can better see some of the fruits of this long-running citizen science effort. Use this tool from National Audubon to view population trends for your favorite species!

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Walk-ins welcome for WBCI conference, Sept 6-8

Posted on Aug 26, 2018 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

WBCI’s 2018 annual meeting is just around the corner. With a focus on declining populations of aerial insectivores — swifts, swallows, nightjars, & more — the conference will be held September 6-8 in Waukesha. The hotel and registration deadlines have past but organizers still welcome walk-ins, who must secure their own lodging, meals, and refreshments during the event. To learn more or register, visit the conference website here.

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