Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

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

Northern Forest Birds Working Group

Bird conservation in the northern forests of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin has received increasing attention in the last decade.  Since 2013, the Northern Forest Birds Working Group has made steady progress towards identifying a shared vision, translating that vision into clear goals, engaging a robust network of partners, and expanding its focus from coordinating monitoring and data management to also integrating science-based needs of forest birds in management activities across the landscape. In addition to expanding our focus, the Working Group has also transitioned from operating within the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership to serving as a working group within the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture community.

Golden-winged Warbler ©Ryan Brady

In light of these transitions, the Working Group Steering Committee organized a workshop to achieve the following objectives: 1) re-engage and provide updates to the broader Working Group community, 2) kick-start several projects, and 3) provide training on the Midwest Avian Data Center. Over 50 participants representing 20 organizations attended the event in Ashland, Wisconsin, on 17-18 April 2018. Individual presentations and a comprehensive summary of this workshop are linked below. Questions and comments relative to the workshop or working group should be directed to Katie Koch (katie_koch@fws.gov, 906-226-1249) or Erin Giese (giesee@uwgb.edu, 615-403-6000).

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10:00 am – 10:15 am: Check-in + Registration

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Welcome + Introductions

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary Session

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Break – Distribution of Lunches

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Collaborative Study of Boreal Birds Throughout BCR 12 – Erin Giese

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm: Identifying Sensitive Species in BCR 12 – Bob Howe

1:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Integrating Active Forest Management and Bird Conservation – Craig Thompson

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: BREAK

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Evening Social + Poster Session

Evening: DINNER on your own


8:00 am – Noon: Putting Data to Work for Forest Bird Conservation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Where to From Here? — Ryan Brady and Ted Gostomski

2:30 pm: Adjourn

©Ryan Brady