birding

Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Migratory Birds in the Northwoods

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says indigo buntings get their color not from pigment in their feathers, but in the way the feathers reflect light.
Credit Dan Pancamo

Today we hear the next in our series Wildlife Matters.  DNR Wildlife Biologist takes a look at some of the migratory birds we see here in the Northwoods.

    

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Speakers and Field Trips
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Looking and Learning: Birding Festival This Weekend

Evening grosbeaks
Credit Alan Huett

A birding festival this weekend gets people out and about to Northwoods birding spots.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters hosts the Northwoods Birding Festival this weekend.

Discovery Center Research and Monitoring Coordinator Heather Lumpkin says it aims to engage birders of all levels. 

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Encased in Ice
3:35 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Loons Spared From Ice Storms This Year

Loons return to the Northwoods in late April to find a nesting site.
Credit Mike Baird via https://flic.kr/p/JAwGP

With the ice slowly melting, loons are starting to return to the Northwoods. 

Though this winter has been long, one wildlife rehabilitator says it’s been much better for loons than last year.

Marge Gibson from the Raptor Education Group remembers that last spring she treated dozens of loons that had been caught in ice storms while in flight. 

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Northwoods Splendor
2:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Slideshow: Spring Birds in the Northwoods

A great blue heron has taken a fish.
Mitch Mode WXPR News

On an early April morning north of Rhinelander, WXPR Contributor Mitch Mode captured images of several bird species returning to the Northwoods this spring.  

Ears Open for Cranes
3:47 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Listening for Early Morning Calls

Hoping to spot a crane on the Nokomis Flowage in the early dawn.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Birders were out before dawn this weekend for the annual Midwest Crane Count.  

     

“We’ll it’s about 6 oclock in the morning.  The rain is coming down lightly, but we’re out here counting cranes, or trying to.  Listening for their territorial calls or their guard calls.” 

Oneida County Coordinator Bob Dall explains that every spring, volunteers spread out to document sandhill crane populations, as well as rare sightings of whooping cranes.

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Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
3:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

April Crane Count Tracks Numbers, Whereabouts

Sandhill crane populations have rebounded in Wisconsin. Last year almost 9,000 cranes were counted in six Midwestern states.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Volunteers are getting ready to count Wisconsin’s cranes.  The Midwest Crane Count happens April 12th, organized by the International Crane Foundation.

The count happens early in the morning, between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.  Oneida County coordinator Bob Dall says volunteers look and listen for a crane’s call at about 40 known nesting sites in the county.   

“Some of our local wildlife areas like Thunder Marsh, areas near open flowages and wetland bogs.  Cranberry marshes are very popular for cranes, they love to feed or nest there.” 

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Avid Group of Birders
4:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wisconsin Home to Plethora of Birds and Birders

Trumpeter swans one species many birders may travel to see in Wisconsin.
Credit USFWS Mountain Prairie

A third of Wisconsin residents age 16 and over are birders.  That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which ranks Wisconsin’s percentage of birders second highest in the nation, tied with West Virginia. 

The report defined birders as those who traveled at least one mile to watch birds, or reported paying close attention to the birds around their house. 

Ryan Brady, research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR in Ashland, says he’s not surprised by the high number. 

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Conservation Big Year
4:05 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Live from the White Pine - Laura Erickson

Laura Erickson - Live from the White Pine.
Peg Arnold

Laura Erickson, creator and host of For the Birds, stopped by the WXPR studios Friday July 26th sharing her Conservation Big Year presentation with bird-loving WXPR members.

A major component of a birding big year is to see and document as many species as possible within the calendar year. Laura describes her objectives.

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