February 10, 2015
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - Interested landowners can join experts from around the state to learn more about how they can help birds in their own backyards.
The 2015 Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative annual meeting will be held March 19- 21 at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Landowners, bird enthusiasts, land managers and conservation practitioners who are interested in learning more about how they can conserve bird habitats on their property are encouraged to attend.
"This conference is a great way private landowners and other citizens can get directly involved with conservation efforts and contribute to the strong legacy that exists in Wisconsin." said Tom Hauge, wildlife bureau director for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
This year's meeting, which is coordinated by DNR and other WBCI partners, recognizes the significant role that private lands play in providing habitat for Wisconsin birds.
"Private landowners play a key role in achieving important conservation goals in Wisconsin," said Ryan Brady, WBCI bird monitoring coordinator. "This is a great forum for those wanting in getting involved to see what opportunities exist for them to create habitats in their own backyard."
The conference features a full agenda of presentations and field trips focused on forest, wetland and grassland habitats.
Friday's schedule features a general welcome session in the morning and guests will have the opportunity to attend one of three specialized sessions in the afternoon. Whether people are working with grasslands, wetlands or a private forest, they will hear from experts on management tools, restoration strategies and habitat improvement options specific to their land type.
"Our goal is to come up with creative approaches that combine the habitat needs of birds with the goals of landowners," said Yoyi Steele, DNR wildlife biologist and planner. "Landowners have the ability to make a huge impact on birds and other wildlife on their land. We're here to help them restore and preserve those crucial habitats."
The conference will wrap up with field trips on Saturday morning, where guests will have the chance to see firsthand how the practices work from other landowners.
People can register now for the WBCI annual meeting and join experts from around the state. A complete agenda of presentation topics, field trip locations and speakers, is available on the WBCI website www.wisconsinbirds.org [Exit DNR].
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Yoyi Steele, DNR wildlife biologist and planner, 608-266-8169; Ryan Brady, WBCI bird monitoring coordinator, 715-685-2933