Spring birding with Robin Maercklein

Robin Maercklein

Robin Maercklein

Annual Spring Hike – May 15, 2016
Spring Birding with Robin Maercklein

Are you interested in putting a name to that bird song or that flash of color in the trees? Join the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society for a spring birding hike on the trail on May 15.

When:  7-9 a.m.
Where:  Lundberg Property at 2918 140th Street (north side of Straight Lake State Park in Polk County)

This year’s spring hike will be held from 7-9 a.m. It will leave from the Lundberg pole barn at 2918 140th Street, or about three-quarters of a mile south of County W, or about one-half mile south of the trail parking lot.  Look for the yellow Ice Age Trail event signs.

Field biologist Naturalist Robin Maercklein will lead our easy-paced look at birds of our area. A lifelong birder and biologist, Robin has been studying birds in Wisconsin since 1968. He has conducted bird surveys for University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR and others, including over 20 years with the National Park Service. He currently serves as Polk County Coordinator for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas and is an eBird reviewer for five northwest Wisconsin counties. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird is the world’s largest wildlife database.

The Lundberg property is awaiting final state approval for acquisition by the DNR. The 250-plus acre property includes headwaters of the Trade River and adjoins Straight Lake State Park. Bring water, comfortable hiking boots or shoes, insect repellent and an appetite to learn about the bird life of Polk County. Questions? Call Brook Waalen at 715-566-3061.

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Registration is Open!

Registration for the Chippewa Valley Nature FestivaCVNF Logo 2016 Color cropped2l is now open! Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Wisconsin’s most biologically diverse landscapes with expert naturalists, speakers, and field trip leaders! Join us on June 3-5! Sign up today at:

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Save the date! Chippewa Valley Nature Festival! June 3-5!

Mark your calendars for this fun-filled weekend in Menomonie! The schedule is full of presentations, field trips, and activities led by expert naturalists from around the state!

Click here for more details!

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“Bird School”! An introduction to birds just for beginners…

Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society is proud to announce an exciting new educational event designed just for beginning birders! Head over to the Bird School webpage to learn more…

“Birds offer us a window into the natural world. If we stop and take a moment to look closely, seeing a wild bird can be a powerful thing. Each bird has an incredible story – the warbler that just arrived from South America or the wren that’s nesting in your backyard – we hope ‘Bird School’ will be a way for people to get to know birds better and, in doing so, deepen their own connection to nature.” – Steve Betchkal, president of GNAS and Bird School teacher

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Annual Summit – February 20, 2016 – Menomonie, WI

It’s good to have goals, right?

Well that’s what we’re about at Gaylord Nelson (GNAS) — we’re a new chapter with fresh ideas. Each year in February, we meet to strategize and plan — what we’re excited about, what needs to be done, where we’re headed as a chapter. The possibilities are numerous, important, and exciting!

Date and Time: Saturday, February 20, 2015, 1:30-4:00 pm
Location: Menomonie Market Food Coop – 2nd Floor (814 Main St E, Menomonie, WI)

1:30: Keynote Speaker – “Conservation as Chess” Bill Hogseth
2:45: Break/Social
3:00: Announcements, Business, Elections (VP, Secretary, Board members)

The meeting will begin at 1:30 with an introduction and featured program by Bill Hogseth, and will be followed by the open meeting of the GNAS board. We will be discussing upcoming plans and projects for 2016 and beyond. Please join us in discussing and shaping our conservation priorities, goals and initiatives! You are welcome to be a part of that process! We look forward to your input in helping us shape the future of GNAS!

Keynote Speech:
Conservation as Chess: Using Strategy to Protect Biodiversity

Bill Hogseth

Bill Hogseth

Explore the interconnected challenges facing biodiversity and how strategic principles can be used to help solve conservation challenges. The presentation will discuss how local conservation organizations can have a positive impact by using strategic decision-making. The presentation will explore these concepts specifically as they relate to Wisconsin birds.

Bill Hogseth is an ecologist who lives in the Chippewa Valley. He has worked as a conservation professional for ten years in different sectors including state, federal, non-profit, and cooperative. He has a BS in restoration ecology from Northland College in Ashland, WI. He has served on the board of directors for The Prairie Enthusiasts and is currently the Outreach Chair for the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society.

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Come meet up with other birders in the Chippewa Valley!

We are pleased to announce that GaylordBirds and Beers Jan 2015 Web Nelson Audubon Society will being hosting a quarterly series of “Birds and Beers” events. This is a great opportunity to get together with other birders and hang out in a relaxed setting. Each event will feature a mini-presentation on a bird-related topic. Come on out!

For more information, visit our “Birds and Beers” page or for updates on future events, follow us on Facebook.

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2015 Christmas Bird Counts

The Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society is pleased to announce the annual Christmas Bird Count.  There are eleven Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) that are annually held within the GNAS territory.  Christmas Bird Counts are a national tradition where an attempt is made to find, identify and count every bird within a 15 mile diameter circle in one day.

2015 CBC Map

Anyone can participate in a Christmas Bird Count. Novice birders will be assigned to a team to spend a morning, afternoon or all day counting birds.  Each team will have an experienced birder as they search their assigned territory within the count circle.  You can even participate by counting birds at your feeder if you are within one of the CBC circles.

You can sign up by going to www.christmasbirdcount.org or directly counting the compiler for the count within which you wish to participate.

For more information contact Robin Maercklein at 715-501-0527 or robinmaercklein@nullgmail.com or one of the folks listed below for the count in your area.

Below is the list of the Christmas Bird Counts in the GNAS area which includes the following sponsored by Chippewa Valley Birders, St. Croix Valley Bird Club and Gaylord Nelson Audubon among others:

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Bird Hike at Interstate State Park, Saturday May 9

Robin Maercklein

Field trip leader Robin Maercklein

On Saturday May 9, Biologist Robin Maercklein will lead a bird hike at Wisconsin’s Interstate State Park.

Meet at the Silverbrook Trail head at the group campsite at 7:00 a.m. for a two hour hike.  We will hike approximately 2 miles (one mile out and one mile back.) This annual event has taken place on Saturdays in May for nearly 30 years.  During that time period over 140 species have been observed.  Typically on this date we might observe over 50 species with 62 being the record. See you there!

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Eau Claire’s 2nd Annual “Welcome Back Bird Day” will be on May 20th

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, come witness the return of songbirds to Wisconsin from their wintering grounds in the tropics! Join birders and biologists to learn about their incredible journeys northward and view the birds as they arrive in Eau Claire.

Join the fun at five different locations across Eau Claire on Wednesday, May 20th from 7am-7pm.

To learn more details, visit the WBBD webpage.

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Save the Date: Birds, Bugs, & Blooms Bash, June 5-7

Mark your calendars for the first annual “Birds, Bugs, & Blooms Bash” a three-day nature festival in the Chippewa Valley (sponsored by the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society). The event will feature more than 30 field trips and presentations by experts, citizens, and enthusiasts. Two keynote presentations on Friday and Saturday nights will be held at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center.

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