The Fort Atkinson Club Community Center presents….

Spring 2020 FACTalks

May 5: Yoyi Steele (Wisconsin DNR) & Aaron Stutz (WBBA II County Coordinator)

“Wisconsin’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas in Jefferson County and Beyond”

Did you know that thousands of volunteers just spent the past five years surveying the whole state to document all the different species of birds that breed in Wisconsin – for the second time? The Second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas is the largest volunteer monitoring effort ever to take place in Wisconsin. Come and learn all about what a breeding bird atlas is and how it was done, what birds are breeding in our local area, what the atlas results tell us about how birds are doing in Wisconsin and beyond, and what you can do to help birds.

Then, later that week on Saturday, May 9 at 1 pm, talk attendees and any other interested nature lovers are invited to join us for a free guided bird hike at the Adam Birding Conservancy (http://adamconservancy.com/). This privately-held nature sanctuary near Cold Spring sits along the Bark River and is home to hundreds of bird species. Bring binoculars, waterproof footwear (rubber boots strongly recommended), and a water bottle if it’s warm. Also note there are no restrooms on site. Questions can be directed to benjamin.d.knowles@gmail.com.

Yoyi Steele is an avian conservation biologist and natural resources planner. She worked in Wisconsin bird conservation for over fifteen years for the Wisconsin DNR and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, was the founding coordinator of the Wisconsin Important Bird Areas program, was a volunteer atlaser for WBBA II, and is active in Fort Atkinson Bird City. She lives in Fort Atkinson with her husband and son.

Aaron Stutz has been a birder since age 7 or 8. He served as the WBBA II County Coordinator for Jefferson and Rusk Counties. Aaron also helps run eBird in Wisconsin, serves on the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Records Committee, and formerly compiled the Christmas Bird Count for Madison. Aaron lives in Lake Mills with his wife, son, and 2 English Springer Spaniels.

Free and open to the public.