NEWS RELEASE

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster St, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707
Phone:  608-267-2773  TDD:  711
http://dnr.wi.gov    http://www.wisconsin.gov

DATE:  August 14, 2017
CONTACT:  Kim Grveles, DNR bird ecologist, 608-264-8594
SUBJECT:  Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will help landowners learn more about managing their land for migratory birds.

MADISON— The next Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will be held September 9 in Baileys Harbor (Door County) Wis., and attendees will learn how to manage their land for migratory birds and protect key habitat.

Each spring and fall, millions of birds sweep through the Great Lakes region and make pit stops at a variety of sites throughout Wisconsin on their way to breeding grounds as far north as Greenland and wintering grounds as far south as Tierra del Fuego. These “stopover” sites help provide birds with critical food and shelter during migration, and habitat loss can pose a threat to the health and stability of migratory bird populations in the region.

The workshop will be held at the Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, Wis. and will begin at 9:00 a.m (check-in at 8:15 a.m.).  An admission fee of $10 for members or $13 for non-members includes excellent speakers, field trips to Door County stopover habitats, opportunities to talk with experts, snacks, and door prizes.  To register by August 25, contact katie@ridgessanctuary.org phone: 920-839-2802 x 110.    
“The Grosbeaks Galore workshop is a great way to learn how to attract migratory birds to your property,” said Kim Grveles, DNR bird ecologist and workshop coordinator. “We’ve got an excellent lineup of speakers, exhibits, field tours and more - anyone with an interest in helping Wisconsin's migratory birds will enjoy this workshop.”

Bill Volkert, Wisconsin’s premier naturalist and wildlife educator, will return to the workshop as the keynote speaker.  Bill served 27 years for the DNR as wildlife educator at Horicon Marsh.  Now a world traveler and birder, he appears frequently on Wisconsin Public Radio to share his knowledge of birds.  To learn more about Bill’s travels and work, visit http://www.billvolkert.com/index.html

Other speakers include Grveles, Jay Watson, insect ecologist with the DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHC), Matt Peter, land manager and invasive species expert with the Ridges Sanctuary, and Craig Thompson, bird conservationist extroadinaire with the DNR-NHC and Osa Conservation in Costa Rica, will talk about wintering grounds and full life cycle of birds.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in field tours with a number of bird and habitat experts – topics include:

  • what birds need for food, shelter and roosting in rural areas and city backyards;
  • how to plant and care for native trees and shrubs that provide food for migratory birds;
  • how to use native plants to attract and sustain migratory songbirds and key insect species on which birds feed;
  • Lake Michigan’s role in bird migration;
  • how to identify and control invasive plants; and
  • how to eliminate hazards to birds on your property.

Join us on September 9 for a fun-filled day learning how to make a small investment on your property that will pay off big for migratory birds!  For more information contact katie@ridgessanctuary.org  phone: 920-839-2802 x 110.