birding

Bird Atlas Surveys Breeding Species in Wisconsin

Jun 8, 2015
Dick Daniels

June and July bring peak breeding activity for Wisconsin’s birds.  The state DNR says it’s an especially good time to get involved documenting bird sightings for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.  

 

It’s a five-year data gathering project that spans the entire state.  

 

Cranes Return to Northwoods In Time for Midwest Crane Count

Mar 31, 2015
Mitch Mode / WXPR News

As the days get longer many migratory birds are returning to the Northwoods.

Geese and robins have been reported, and birder Bob Dall says sandhill cranes have been back for a few weeks now. 

“They don’t need open water, they are more likely in search of open fields or areas where they can find food.  Some of them come back when there’s still snow and ice.” 

The annual spring Midwest Crane Count happens in a few weeks, on April 18th. 

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.

    

Looking and Learning: Birding Festival This Weekend

May 8, 2014
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. 

Loons Spared From Ice Storms This Year

Apr 28, 2014
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. 

Slideshow: Spring Birds in the Northwoods

Apr 24, 2014
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.  

Listening for Early Morning Calls

Apr 12, 2014
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.

April Crane Count Tracks Numbers, Whereabouts

Mar 24, 2014
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.” 

Wisconsin Home to Plethora of Birds and Birders

Mar 3, 2014
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. 

Live from the White Pine - Laura Erickson

Aug 5, 2013
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.