birding

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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