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Contact(s): Kim Grveles, 608-264-8594
August 15, 2017

MADISON -- People have up until August 25 to sign up for an upcoming workshop on how to better attract migratory birds to their property. The next Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will be held Sept. 9 in Baileys Harbor. This workshop is an opportunity for landowners to learn how to manage their land to attract and benefit migratory birds.

Grosbeaks Galore workshops focu on attracting migratory birds to your property.
Grosbeaks Galore workshops focu on attracting migratory birds to your property.
Photo Credit: David Franzen

The workshop will be held at the Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor and begins at 9 a.m. An admission fee of $10 for Ridges members or $13 for non-members includes excellent speakers, field trips to Door County migratory bird stopover habitats, opportunities to talk with experts, snacks, and door prizes. To register by Aug. 25, contact phone: 920-839-2802 x 110.

"The Grosbeaks Galore workshop is a great way to learn how to attract migratory birds to your property," said Kim Grveles, bird ecologist and workshop coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "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."

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 and wintering grounds as far south as Tierra del Fuego. These "stopover" sites help 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.

Bill Volkert, a Wisconsin naturalist and wildlife educator, will return to the workshop as the keynote speaker. Volkert served 27 years for the DNR as wildlife educator at Horicon Marsh. Now a world traveler and birder, he appears frequently on Wisconsin Public Radio to share his knowledge of birds.

Other speakers include Grveles, Jay Watson, insect ecologist with the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Program, Matt Peter, land manager and invasive species expert with the Ridges Sanctuary, and Craig Thompson, bird conservationist with the DNR and Osa Conservation in Costa Rica, will talk about wintering grounds and full life cycle of birds.

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

"Join us on Sept. 9 for a fun-filled day learning how to make a small investment on your property that will pay off big for migratory birds," Grveles says.

For more information contact phone: 920-839-2802 x 110.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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