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WORKSHOP AIMS TO HELP LANDOWNERS LEARN ABOUT MANAGING LAND FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS

April 7, 2015

Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape May 9

MADISON--This year's Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will be held May 9 in Two Rivers, Wis., and attendees will learn how to manage their land for migratory birds and protect key habitat.

Rose-breasted grosbeak
Rose-breasted grosbeak.
Thomas Schultz Photo

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. These "stopover" sites 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 Woodland Dunes Nature Center, 3000 Hawthorn Ave., Two Rivers beginning at 8:30 a.m. A $20 admission fee includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. To register, visit grosbeaksgalore (exit DNR).

"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."

This year's keynote speaker, Rob "the Yard MD" Zimmer, is a weekly nature columnist with the Appleton Post-Crescent. To learn more about Rob's work, visit www.postcrescent.com/life/yard-md (exit DNR). Other speakers include Grveles, Bill Volkert, a retired DNR naturalist and educator at Horicon Marsh, and Lucas Olson, DNR Natural Heritage Site Program coordinator.

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

This year's annual Bird Breakfast and Migration Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Grosbeaks Galore Workshop, and more information can be found at www.woodlanddunes.org/bird-breakfast (exit DNR). A $20 admission fee includes the Bird Breakfast and all workshop activities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT; Kim Grveles, DNR bird ecologist, 608-264-8594

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 07, 2015




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