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Wisconsin Metro Audubon Programs 2016

Wisconsin Wolf History, Politics
and Current Issues

February 17, 2016
Presenter: Gloriann Klein

Hear Gloriann Klein as she relays the history of Wisconsin wolf management, and the current pending wolf issues. She has experience in working with wolves, and has participated in wolf politics in Wisconsin and nationwide, doing wolf education and reporting on wolf politics, news and issues with a focus on the plight of Wisconsin wolves.


An American Naturalist in Afghanistan
March 16, 2016
Presenter: Howard Aprill, Naturalist Wehr Nature Center

Wehr Naturalist, Major Howard Aprill, will present a program on his journey as “An American Naturalist in Afghanistan”.


Wetlands of the Penokee Hills
April 20, 2016
Presenter: Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the
Wisconsin Wetlands Association

This science-based photographic presentation will introduce the beautiful, diverse and abundant wetland resources of the upper Bad River watershed. Attendees will learn about the types of wetlands present in the upper watershed, their current ecological condition, and the important role these wetlands play in helping maintain watershed health all the way downstream to the Kakagon Bad River Sloughs estuary along Lake Superior. This was the area where there was proposal to develop a taconite mine. The impacts of such a project will also be discussed.


Saving the Piping Plover
September 21, 2016
Presenter: Heather Neldner, Curator of the Aviary
Milwaukee County Zoo

The Great Lakes population of the piping plover was listed as endangered in 1986. Its decline is attributed to habitat loss and degradation due to the encroachment of humans on its nesting environment: beaches and inland lakes and rivers. Since 1995, when the Windway Corporation and the Milwaukee County Zoo collaborated in a piping plover nest-rescue operation in the Dakotas. Heather will share how zoo staff have participated in the development of captive husbandry protocols and designated research projects designed to benefit wild populations of piping plovers.


Feather Tailed Stories
October 19, 2016
Presenter: Allan Block Photographer

Mequon photographer Allan Block calls his blog "Feather Tailed Stories" and describes it as "beautiful birds in pictures and words." His fine eye, patience and technical skill produce stunning photos he uses to tell life histories of many familiar and not-so-familiar species. In the past year his photo essays have captured colorful warblers, Peregrine young being banded, Red-wings battling Red tails and many faces of fall migration.


From Market Hunting to Migration Preservation:
What a Difference a Century Makes

November 16, 2016
Presenter: Kim Grveles, DNR Avian Ecologist

2016 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act between the United States and Great Britain. This treaty, and three that followed, form the cornerstones to conserve birds that migrate across international boundaries. Kim Grveles, a DNR avian ecologist and coordinator of the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative, will share a century of Wisconsin stories including the model conversion of a golf course to a restored habitat for birds, and the upcoming North American Symposium when Canada and the United States will
review 10 years of research and draft plans for future migrations.

Special Sightingshawk

The Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society also sponsors and participates in many events outside the regularly scheduled programs. We have such events as the annual Breakfast with the Birds, and field trips throughout the year, including the Sanctuary at Monastery Lake. We also take part in some events including Bird-a-thons, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. These special events are held more infrequently. Please feel free to email us to find out about future special sightings.



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