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CALENDER OF EVENTS

 

Some Older Results and Announcements

Weekdays, April 30 - May 16, 2013 -- Marsh and Forest Birding Hike Results

Saturday, May 18, 2013 -- “Coulee Birders” Great Wisconsin Birdathon Results

Saturday, December 14, 2013 -- 2013 La Crosse Christmas Bird Count Results

Saturday, January 18, 2014 -- 2014 Wintering Golden Eagle Survey Results

Saturday, April 26, 2014 -- Adopt A Highway Clean-up Results

Sunday, May 18, 2014 -- “Coulee Birders” Great Wisconsin Birdathon Results

Saturday, December 20, 2014 -- 2014 La Crosse Christmas Bird Count Results

Saturday, January 17, 2015 -- 2015 Golden Eagle Survey Results

Saturday, December 19, 2015 -- 2015 La Crosse Christmas Bird Count Results

Current Calendar


More info to come for some of this year's events.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -- Lake Onalaska Protection Meeting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -- September Meeting - The Mission of the Army Corps of Engineers

 

 

Meeting Location News!

For the foreseeable future we will be meeting in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation Building at the corner of 8th and Main Streets in La Crosse.

Our meetings are free and open to the public, and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM from September through June (with the exception of December when we do not hold a meeting).

In other words, we have a new location this year!

Dan Jackson's latest report of sightings

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

The Mission of the Army Corps of Engineers

This months presenter is Eric Hammer a Park Ranger with the US Army Corps of Engineers at Blackhawk Park and he will discuss the corps's missions on the Mississippi River.

Topics will include recreation and visitation on the Mississippi River, the Lock and Dam system and navigation channel, dredging and channel maintenance, and habitat and island restoration projects.

The doors will open at 6:30 and the program is free and open to the public.

JUNE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

Annual Potluck

We will be having a potluck and field trip for our June meeting. We will be meeting at 6:00 pm at the gun shelter at Myrick Park, it is right next to the Eco building. Bring a dish to pass, your own drinks and eating utensils. After we have eaten we will take a walk thru the marsh.

The program is free and open to the public.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

Florence Merriam Bailey

Have you ever heard of Florence Merriam Bailey? Come learn more about this remarkable woman, often cited as the person to write the first modern style field guide for birding, as Gwyn Calvetti brings her to life again in a first person portrayal.

Anecdotes about her birding life and her significant contributions to bird conservation will be woven between a bird folktale or two.

The program is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

The Great Bird ID Challenge

Scott Lee will bring us a great hands-on Opportunity to practice ID skills. About 100 study skins, in protective tubes provided by a Coulee Audubon small grant, will be available for inspection.

Bring your favorite field guide or use one of Scott’s!

The program is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

Florence Merriam Bailey, 1863-1948

Just a reminder that this months meeting will be held this Wednesday the 15th at the Ho-chunk building. Doors open at 6:30pm.

This months presentation will be given by Gwyn Calvetti. The subject is "Florence Merriam Bailey, 1863-1948, was an ornithologist and early advocate of birding by patient observation in the field, not gunshots collecting skins. “Birds Through an Opera Glass,” written in 1890, is considered the first of the modern field guides.

Gwyn Calvetti is developing a program presenting her life and stories in the first person. Come enjoy…and critique!...this debut performance and learn more about this lesser known champion of the Audubon Society, many of which she founded.

The program is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Cranes on the Platte River

Author Doreen Pfost will talk about the importance of the central Platte River to migrating cranes and waterfowl and will share the story of an irrigation project that threatened the river’s demise. A grassroots campaign in the 1970s, spearheaded by fledgling Audubon chapters, stopped the Midstate Reclamation Project, and led to creation of Rowe Audubon sanctuary on the threatened stretch of river.

Copies of Doreen’s book, "This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte River", will be available for purchase.

The program is free and open to the public.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017

Annual Business Meeting with Photos

This months meeting will be Wednesday the 18th. It will be our annual business meeting followed by member photo presentations. If you have photo's to share I will be set up for you to present them. We have a limit of 25 photo's per person. Have your photos on a thumb drive or cd.

We also will be having a potluck before hand and will be starting that at 6pm, so please bring a dish to pass.

We still need someone to step up and take on the Treasurers position on the Board. Please let me know if you would be willing to take on this position.

As always we will be meeting at the Ho-Chunk building.

The program is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Whooping Cranes of Necedah NWR

Join us to learn more about the Whooping Cranes of Necedah Wildlife Refuge.

The program is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016

The Language of Birds

Jonathan Poppele will share a bit about how birds communicate with one another and how we can begin to understand what they are saying.

The program is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Bald Eagle Status and Monitoring in Wisconsin

Daniel Goltz of the WI-DNR will review eagle nesting surveys in Wisconsin, causes of mortality, and an ongoing study using eagles as an indicator of environmental contaminants. Photos of eagle nest will show research techniques, eaglet development, prey items and nest site characteristics.

The program is free and open to the public.

JUNE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016

Annual Potluck

We will be having a potluck and field trip for our June meeting. We will be meeting at 6:00 pm at the gun shelter at Myrick Park, it is right next to the Eco building. Bring a dish to pass, your own drinks and eating utensils. After we have eaten we will take a walk thru the marsh.

The program is free and open to the public.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016

WI Breeding Bird Atlas II

Mike Reese and Bill Mueller will present on the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II project. Even if you don’t have your own atlas block, you can still contribute to this major citizen science project. Join us to learn how!

The program is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016

Spring Warbler Identification

Scott Puchalski will help us refresh our spring warbler ID skills with his program.

The program is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016

Waterfowl Identification

The March Meeting will be a presentation by Jim Nissen. Jim is the former La Crosse district manager of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He will be giving a presentation on the Identification of Ducks in the Upper Midwest.

This is a good chance for you to find out how to tell who's who when the ducks move north this Spring.

The program is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016

A Look at Wildlife Rehabilitation

The February Meeting is this Wednesday the 17th at 7pm. Doors open at 6:15. This months presenter will be Merv and Sue Broton of the Coulee Region Wildlife Rehab Center. They will be speaking on there 20 plus years of working with wildlife and will have live Red-tailed Hawk. There also will be an opportunity to donate financially to help keep this fine organization with the work that they do.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about great work helping wildlife that is happening in the Coulee Region.

The program is free and open to the public.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016

Pot Luck and Annual Meeting

The January meeting is our Annual meeting and potluck. The potluck will start at 6:00 and all are encouraged to attend. If you would like to take part, bring a dish to pass and your own plates and silverware. Coulee Audubon will provide lemonade and milk and there will be water and coffee available as well. If you would prefer a different beverage with your meal, please bring it along.

Our annual meeting will start at 7:00 PM. For those that would prefer to not take part in the potluck, you are welcome to come at that time. The annual meeting will be a short business meeting which will include an election of 3 board positions and a few other items.

After our annual meeting is completed, we will have a photo sharing event. We will turn over the floor to any member who would like to share nature-related photographs. A notebook computer and projector will be set up and it can display picture files and/or PowerPoint presentations. To be fair to all, if you would like to share your pictures, please limit yourself to no more than 25 pictures. We have many great photographers in the group and this is always a great event.

The program is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Bird Banding

Melissa Meier and Kathleen Carlyle will present a program on banding songbirds in the Mississippi River valley and upland forest.They have both been involved in a number of studies that required capture, sampling, data collection and banding of birds in floodplain and upland sites.

They will describe the techniques used to capture, band and also the use of some special markers on song birds. A demo mist net and bands and banding equipment will be shared as part of their presentation.

The program is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015

Bats of Wisconsin

Jennifer Redell, Cave and Mine Specialist with the Wisconsin DNR, will share about those other flying creatures, bats. She is involved in the Wisconsin Bat Program, which monitors and manages our state’s bat populations.

Bats are fascinating animals that represent one fifth of the planet’s mammal diversity and have high ecological, intrinsic, and economic value. Tonight’s program will cover basic bat biology and ecology, bat species of Wisconsin, the work of the Wisconsin Bat Program, and the threat of white-nose syndrome. This previously unrecognized disease has spread rapidly since its discovery in 2007 and has led to the unprecedented deaths of millions of bats in North America.

The challenges for understanding the disease continue to increase as the disease continues to spread. Jennifer will explain how the Wisconsin DNR is part of a highly coordinated cooperative effort between State, Federal, and Tribal wildlife agencies and private partners to respond effectively to WNS and conserve species of bats.

Live bat ambassadors will make an appearance at the end of the program!

The program is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Identifying Fall Warblers

Scott Puchalski, our Vice President, will help us with those often “confusing fall warblers.”

This program is very timely as the fall migration of passerines is just beginning and fall warblers are now showing up in our area!!

The program is free and open to the public.

JUNE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015

Annual Potluck

Our last meeting before our summer break is the potluck, followed by birding on the trails. We will have the potluck at Myrick Park Center, moving to outdoor tables if so desired. Please bring dishes and of course, a dish to share. We will have the potluck at 6PM and go birding when we’re done eating!

Though scheduled meetings won’t resume until September, we hope to try organizing our own version of Birds and Beers get-togethers that have been popular in other regions. Watch the website and facebook for more info.

The program is free and open to the public.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015

Butterflies of Wisconsin

Dan Jackson will be doing a presentation called “Butterflies of Wisconsin”. It is designed to be a fun, informative introduction to the insect order Lepidoptera which includes Butterflies and Moths, and will focus primarily on Butterflies. It includes a section on the biology and life history of this order as well as a section on their identification.

In addition, Dan will also talk about butterfly and dragonfly photography and will share some pointers on how to successfully shoot pictures of these small subjects.

The program is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015

The Breeding Birds of Western Wisconsin

Scott Puchalski will be doing a presentation called “Breeding Birds of Western Wisconsin”. It is a presentation aimed at helping people to identify the birds that they are most likely to encounter during the breeding season (late May through August).

In addition, Ben Johnston of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve will also give a talk and demonstration of Bat detection equipment and will also be trying to recruit volunteers for a WI DNR Bat Monitoring Program. Specifically to help monitor bats at Riverside Park. He will give a small talk and then a demo after Scott is done.

The program is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas with Mike Reese

Mike Reese will join us to tell us all about the upcoming Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas and explain how we can all take part in this important project taking place during the next five years.

The program is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Bird Photography with Alan Stankevitz

Alan Stankevitz will be presenting a program on bird photography this month. Alan and his wife Jo live in southeastern Minnesota and while building their home there, he became reacquainted with his love of nature and specifically bird photography.

His photos have won numerous awards, and have been published in books, periodicals and internet sites. Many of us are photographers, and for the rest, we can marvel at his wonderful images.

The program is free and open to the public.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

Pot Luck and Annual Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21st. This will be a potluck and the annual meeting. The potluck will start at 6:00 pm and the annual meeting will start at 7:00. The annual meeting includes a short business meeting with an election of board members which will be followed by a photo sharing session featuring member’s outdoor and bird-related photos. We have many great photographers and this should be great!!

For those taking part in the potluck, please bring plates and silverware. We will have some on hand, but would like to make this a green event by not using disposables. Coulee Audubon will provide a gallon of milk and a gallon of juice. If you would like something else to drink, please plan accordingly.

If anyone would rather not take part in the potluck, you are still welcome to come to the meeting. The meeting part of the event will start at 7:00. This will include a short business meeting that will include an election of board members, a discussion and vote on proposed changes to the organization's bylaws, and a financial report.

Here is a copy of the proposed revised version of the organization's bylaws. The parts highlighted in yellow represent the changes being proposed. There are two changes being proposed. These include an update to formally allow electronic communication (e-mail, etc.) to be used as a means of notification of members of upcoming meetings and events and an inflation adjustment to the dollar limit that the board is allowed to spend without membership approval (was $200 / proposed new limit is $500).

Once again, after the business meeting, the program for the evening will feature an opportunity for participants to share their outdoor and wildlife photos. I will have a laptop computer and projector set up and ready to go. Please bring your photos on a USB device or on a CD/DVD so that they can be shown from that machine.

If you bring photos, please limit yourself to no more than 25 pictures.

During our January meeting, we will be holding our annual meeting which includes an election of half of the board of directors. This year, the three board positions up for election are those of the Treasurer, Secretary, and one of the at-large board positions. Marty Lohman has agreed to return as Treasurer and we have found individuals interested in the other two positions as well.

However, if you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Dan Jackson or any other member of the board. A real election with multiple candidates would be welcome!

Thanks for your support!!

The program is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014

The Owls of the Houston Nature Center

On Wednesday, November 19th, we will hold our November meeting. Karla Bloem will be our presenter and she will be bringing Alice the Great Horned Owl with her. Here is her program description:

"The town of Houston, Minnesota become known for owls thanks to Alice the Great Horned Owl, the Houston Nature Center's only live animal. Her popularity led to the creation of the only full-weekend, all-owl festival in North America, where the World Owl Hall of Fame awards are presented annually. The Festival's worldwide coverage is leading to the creation of an International Owl Center in Houston, since there is currently no center dedicated to teaching people about owls in North America. Humans present the greatest threat to owls, but they also hold the greatest hope. The goal of the Center is to teach people how to live more owl-friendly lives to make the world a better place for owls (and people too.)

Karla Bloem is the Center's Executive Director. She has a degree in Biology from Luther College and is the foremost authority on Great Horned Owl vocalizations. She has given presentations in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Argentina about her work. She received a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2008 for a self-directed study program to better help her create an owl center in Houston.

Karla's presentation will cover some of her research on Great Horned Owl vocalizations, plans for the International Owl Center, some things you can do to help owls, and one of her feathered ambassador owls."

This event will begin at 7:00 PM at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark, is free and is open to the public.

We have worked out our meeting arrangements with the La Crosse Parks & Rec Department and we will continue to meet in the main room of what has been known as the EcoPark building at Myrick Park for the entire program year. Our meetings are free and open to the public, and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM from September through June (with the exception of December when we do not hold a meeting).

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

Spring Birding in Spain

On Wednesday, October 15th, we will hold our October meeting. Pat Wilson will be our presenter and he will doing a presentation called "Spring Birding in Spain". Here is his program description:

"Spain is a popular birding destination in Europe, especially in spring when the birds migrating from Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar and up the Iberian Peninsula join the local birds settling in for the nesting season. Pat & Bobbie Wilson went on a three week guided birding trip in Spain in April & May, from the marshes of the southern Atlantic coast through the arid central grasslands and cork-oak savannahs to the northern coast on the Bay of Biscay and the Pyrénées Mountains on the border with France. Along the way they sampled the history and culture of small town Spain, from 1,000 year old monasteries and Roman roads to the great food in local restaurants.

Enjoy photos of many of the 216 bird species seen, along with the scenery of a beautiful county."

This event will begin at 7:00 PM at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark, is free and is open to the public.

We have worked out our meeting arrangements with the La Crosse Parks & Rec Department and we will continue to meet in the main room of what has been known as the EcoPark building at Myrick Park for the entire program year. Our meetings are free and open to the public, and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM from September through June (with the exception of December when we do not hold a meeting).

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Damsels and Dragons of Wisconsin and Minnesota

Coulee Region Audubon President Dan Jackson will be sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with us while showing his excellent photos of the damselflies and dragonflies that are seen here in the Coulee Region.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark, is free and is open to the public.

At this point, we are not sure what the impact will be of the recent announcement that the EcoPark Organization will be ending operations at the end of September. If that decision eventually does have an impact, we will let everyone know as soon as we can via e-mails and the newsletters.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014

Birds in Legend and Lore

Just a reminder, as of the January meeting, our meeting location is now changing and we will meet at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark.

What can I say? Storyteller Gwyn Calvetti will be telling a few tales, sharing her program “Birds in Legend and Lore.” Relax and enjoy as she tells stories drawn from folklore and an original story or two, told in the time honored oral tradition. These birds might talk, but the stories all reflect true avian behaviors and characteristics.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

Cerulean Warbler Research

Just a reminder, as of the January meeting, our meeting location is now changing and we will meet at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark.

Jon Stravers will be giving a presentation on his ongoing research on Cerulean Warblers. Jon W. Stravers is the Driftless Area Coordinator for the National Audubon Society’s Mississippi River Initiative, founder of the Big Blue Sky Music Project, co-author of "The Raptors Of Iowa", and co-author of "Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady" and "Sylvan T. Runkel: Citizen of the Natural World".

This event will begin at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Warbler Identification

Just a reminder, as of the January meeting, our meeting location is now changing and we will meet at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark.

This month’s speakers are well known to Coulee Audubon. Dan Jackson and Scott Puchalski will be helping us all sharpen our Warbler identification skills in hopes that spring, and the migration,will indeed arrive.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Birds of the Tropics

Just a reminder, as of the January meeting, our meeting location is now changing and we will meet at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark.

Our speaker this month may be well known to many area birders. Chris West of Richland Center has been on the birding scene before he was of legal age to drive!

He has worked as a naturalist for the Mississippi Explorer Cruises, and travels extensively in search of anything with feathers.

While we might be shivering in Wisconsin’s February air, Chris will warm us all up with tales of his travels in search of “Birds of the Tropics.”

This event will begin at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014

Pot Luck and Annual Meeting

Just a reminder, as of the January meeting, our meeting location is now changing and we will meet at the Myrick / Hixon Ecopark.

This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th. This will be a potluck and the annual meeting. The potluck will start at 6:00 pm and the annual meeting will start at 7:00. The annual meeting include a short business meeting including an election of board members which will be followed by a photo sharing session featuring member’s outdoor and bird-related photos. This is always a great program since we have quite a few great photographers in the group.

For those taking part in the potluck, please bring plates and silverware. We will have some on hand, but would like to make this a green event by not using disposables. Coulee Audubon will provide a gallon of milk and a gallon of juice. If you would like something else to drink, please plan accordingly.

If anyone would rather not take part in the potluck, you are still welcome to come to the meeting. The meeting part of the event will start at 7:00. This will include a short business meeting that will include an election of board members and a recap of our current finances. After the business meeting, the program for the evening will feature an opportunity for participants to share their outdoor and wildlife photos. I will have a laptop computer and projector set up and ready to go. Please bring your photos on a USB device or on a CD/DVD so that they can be shown from that machine.

The three board positions that will be voted on include President, Vice-President, and a board position. If anyone is interested in putting their name in the hat for any of these positions please let me know. It would be fun to have a real election!! I would be especially excited to see someone interested in taking over the President position!!

The program is free and open to the public.

Stay warm,

Dan Jackson, President
Coulee Region Audubon Society
La Crosse, Wisconsin

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

A Look at the Genoa Fish Hatchery

Doug Aloisi of the Genoa National Fish Hatchery will talk about the Hatchery and some of its programs. A follow up field trip will be scheduled. It will include opportunities for birding and a tour of the facility.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

Photos of Mississippi River Wildlife

Al Sheldon, who was scheduled to show a presentation on Mississippi River Wildlife in November, will speak this month. Al is an excellent photographer and this will be a great opportunity to see his work.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

Passenger Pigeon Extinction - 100 Years Later

Jessica Stanton will give a presentation on the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. She will focus on the background and history of the bird.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

JUNE POT_LUCK

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

June Pot-luck!

Our annual Summer Pot-luck will be at the Gun Club Shelter at Myrick Park.

There is electricity for those who bring hot dishes. Bring a dish to pass and your own utensils.

Dinner at 6:00, bird walk to follow.

The program is free and open to the public.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) and Bird Monitoring

Andy Paulios will talk about the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) and Bird Monitoring. Paulios is the coordinator for the WBCI, a partnership of over 160 organizations, agencies and businesses across the state, working together to conserve Wisconsin’s bird populations through planning, monitoring habitat conservation, education and outreach.

WBCI goals are to keep partners up-to-date on relevant current events, including diseases, pesticides, tower kills, effects of free-ranging cats on bird populations, road mortality, window collisions, and other topics through regular communication and to recommend strategies to address problems such as how best to reduce overabundant populations that are in conflict with other wildlife and humans.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

Bird Migration - Facts, Fiction and the Future

Noel Cutright, Current Historian and past President of WSO will discuss Facts, Fiction and the Future. He is a member of Coordinating Council of WBCI, founder of Riveredge Bird Club and retired as Senior Terrestrial Ecologist at We Energies after 28 years. Cutright founded the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory located at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.

Among his many accomplishments, he served as the Senior Editor for the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

Environmental Education Camp in Russia

Alyssa Jarosh and Barb Thompson will be talking about their experience of starting a new environmental education camp in Russia. The connection began through the International Crane Foundation. The migration of cranes led Barb and others to developing a camp in eastern Russia. Through various connections Barb was asked to develop a new camp, in partnership with an already functioning camp on the White Sea. Their passion is to teach children around the world the importance of taking care of our planet. They also provided many learning experiences through activities, a very different way for Russian children to learn.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012

Wisconsin Amphibians and Snakes

Matt Heeter will be giving a presentation on Wisconsin Amphibians and Snakes and will have live reptiles and amphibians at the presentation.

Matt is an avid outdoorsman and is also an independent reptile researcher. He has been researching Timber Rattlesnakes in the Coulee Region since 2002 (in conjunction with the Wisconsin DNR) and has taken part in other survey and research projects with Massasauga Rattlesnakes, Wood Turtles, Cricket Frogs, Glass Lizards, Box Turtles, Black Rat Snakes, Ringneck Snakes, and Blue-spotted Salamanders.

Matt has also worked in the pet industry for 15 years and has owned over 3,000 reptiles and amphibians of over 200 species. He has bred 5 species of herps in captivity and has worked with 1/6 of the venomous snake species of the world.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012

Pot Luck and Annual Meeting

The January meeting of the Coulee Region Audubon Society will be held on Wednesday, January 16th at the Ho-Chunk Nation Building which is located at the corner of 8th and Main Streets (across 8th Street from the main branch of the La Crosse Library).

The January meeting is a Pot Luck and annual meeting. The Pot Luck will begin at 6:00 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. The annual meeting will include the election of board members and a brief business meeting.

When that is done, members will be encouraged to share photos of wildlife and other outdoor-related subjects. I will bring my laptop and the Coulee Audubon projector and it can be used to display digital photos that are brought on Flash drives, CDs, and DVDs. At this point, we are looking for someone who is willing to fill the position of Treasurer for the organization. If you might be interested, please call or e-mail Dan Jackson.

The program is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012

Wisconsin’s Sandhill Cranes

Eileen Kirsch is a research wildlife biologist who has been at UMESC and has been working birds on the Mississippi River and in the upper Midwest since 1991. Her research interests are in how birds use habitat and how this use affects their fitness. She considers airspace as habitat and is embarking on a new research direction studying bird movements aloft during migration. She has worked with many species and groups of birds (least terns, piping plovers, double-crested cormorants, secretive marsh birds, grassland and forest songbirds, and sandhill cranes) asking questions about distribution, habitat use and selection in breeding and migration seasons. The title of her talk is "Landscape use and movements of Sandhill Cranes using the Horicon Marsh during fall roosting and migration staging."

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012

The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle

Iowa author Ty Smedes will be speaking about the return of the bald eagle in Iowa through his fantastic photography. Ty’s photos have been published by many major magazines and book publishers. He is a regular contributor to Iowa Natural Heritage Magazine, The Iowan Magazine, Our Iowa Magazine, and is a feature writer for the Iowa DNR's Iowa Outdoors magazine. His photos have appeared in Sierra, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Smithsonian, and other publications. He specializes in photos of landscapes, wildlife, and prairie wildflowers, and he also loves to photograph and market photos of Iowa people and cultural events.

Ty has taught nature photography classes and is as an experienced Photo-Tour leader, having led nature photography tours to Yellowstone &Teton parks, as well as the Eastern Sierras, during the fall season. He was also co-leader of a nature photography tour to Brazil in 1996 and has led nature photography tours to East Africa in 2005, 2008, and 2010, as well as Botswana in 2006. He is the author of two books, “Capturing Iowa’s Seasons” and “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle”. Books will be available for purchase after the program.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Ho-Chunk Nation building at 724 Main Street , La Crosse. This is on the south side of Main street and across 8th street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

Trash to Treasure

When you think of trash, do you think of hiking trails and wildlife habitat? You should! The La Crosse County Landfill was awarded Green Tier Level 1 status by the DNR in 2011.

Join us as Hank Koch, P.E., Director and Nick Nichols, Sustainability Coordinator of La Crosse County Solid Waste Department explain how our solid waste is managed in an ecologically friendly way. A sign up for a tour of the landfill site will be offered on Saturday, September 22 for those who wish to experience the site first hand – bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing!

This event will be held in the Ho-Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 724 Main Street La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The program is free and open to the public.

JUNE POT_LUCK

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012

June Pot-luck!

Our annual Summer Pot-luck will be at a new location this year. The picnic shelter at Red Cloud Park in La Crosse has been reserved for us from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

There is electricity for those who bring hot dishes. Bring a dish to pass and your own utensils.

We will have a bird hike following the pot-luck.

Directions are: Lang Dr. to St. Andrew St. to Powell St.

The program is free and open to the public.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Russian Adventure!

Join us for a fascinating talk by biologist Kurt Brownell as he shares adventures from his six week, 6,000 mile journey. Kurt’s first encounters with Russian culture began in the 1980s when he was one of two American scientists aboard the Soviet research vessel Mys Babushkina. He returned to Russia in 2010 to travel and teach at Muraviovka Park at a summer camp for children from the Amur Region. This park was set up and operates with support from the International Crane Foundation.

Kurt’s travels on the trans-Siberian railroad took him across two continents and included stopping at Irkutsk. Here he explored Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume, and home to the only freshwater seals found on the planet. Kurt currently works locally for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This event will be held in the Ho-Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 724 Main Street La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The program is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Galapagos – Trip of a Lifetime!

Join us for an up close and personal look at the fascinating creatures inhabiting the Galapagos Islands! Scott Lee, ME-PD, travelled to the Galapagos Island in March 2011, crossing off the #1 item on his “Bucket List”. Scott is a local educator currently teaching Environmental Studies at UW-L. He retired from Trempealeau Elementary School after teaching there for 33 years. In 1994, he was given the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s Nature Educator of the Year Award. Scott lives in Trempealeau with his wife, and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He is hoping to lead a trip to the Galapagos in the near future.

This event will be held in the Ho-Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 724 Main Street La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The program is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Mixed Flock Madness: Cheddarheads descend on Southeast Peru

The intersection of the rugged Andes and the verdant Amazon give rise to the greatest expression of life on Earth. The region's forests have the world's highest species diversity and provide important wintering habitat for many migratory birds that call Wisconsin home - Cerulean Warbler, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, etc. Craig Thompson will weave a whopping good yarn about a group of Wisconsin birders who recently traveled to remote southeast Peru to enjoy some of the best birding on the planet while helping to protect this remarkable biodiversity hotspot.

Craig Thompson works for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and coordinates the Department's international migratory bird conservation program. Despite frequent trips south of the border, he has yet to see a Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo.

This event will be held in the Ho-Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 724 Main Street La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The program is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012

Kids and Mentors Outdoors

Kathy Frise, Outreach Coordinator for the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, will speak to us about recent land acquisitions and birding opportunities. She will also speak about the “K.A.M.O. Program (Kids and Mentors Outdoors). Mississippi Valley Conservancy is working with other organizations in the area to establish a K.A.M.O Program and are in need of adults willing to take a child or children along on their outdoor activities. Join us for this informative program and learn of ways you can be more involved in partnering with Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

This event will be held in the Ho-Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 724 Main Street La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The program is free and open to the public.

JANUARY ANNUAL MEETING / POT LUCK

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012

Annual Meeting and Pot-Luck

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at the Myrick Hixon EcoPark.

This is our annual meeting and it will start with a potluck at 6:00 pm which will be followed by our January meeting at 7:00. The January meeting will include a brief business meeting that will include a look at the organization’s finances as well as an election of board members and officers.

The current terms for the positions of President, Vice President, and one of the Board Member expire that night and we will need to elect people to those positions for the next 2 year term. I plan to run for another term as President, Sue Fletcher has agreed to run for another term as Vice President, and Scott Puchalski has agreed to run for what will be an open board member position. If anyone else would like their name on the ballot, please let me know. We will ask for nominations on the night of the meeting as well.

Once the business meeting is done, we will once again open the floor to allow our members to show pictures of nature, wildlife, and outdoor-related events and trips. We have quite a few members who enjoy taking pictures of critters and I look forward to a great show!! If you would like to show your photos, a laptop and projector will be set up to show digital images. Bring your photos on a CD, DVD or thumb drive. If you want to show photos in another format, please bring any equipment necessary to share them.

If you would prefer to not take part in the potluck, you are still encouraged to attend the meeting part of the night’s events. That will start promptly at 7:00 PM.

This event will be held in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

The program is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Golden Eagles

Scott Mehus, National Eagle Center Education Director, will present ongoing research on The Golden Eagle Project. Scott is considered the area's expert on Golden Eagles and has been studying them for over 15 years.

This past year observers have found 93 wintering golden eagles, and the National Eagle Center had radio collared 2 eagles for monitoring the migration patterns of these birds. Scott will be bringing Donald, the National Eagle Center's live Golden Eagle, so we can observe this magnificent bird up close. Come learn about this fascinating research and how you could help with the monitoring surveys!

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

The program is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011

Grassland Birds in the Dakotas

Douglas Jonson, a research statistician and senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center will discuss Grassland birds, their decline, and what must be done to secure their survival. Doug and his colleagues have conducted a variety of studies of grassland birds in North and South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota.

As a group, grassland birds recently have been recognized as the species that have suffered the greatest population declines. Doug will discuss the diversity of birds that depend on grasslands, as well as the ecological forces that shape grasslands and their bird communities.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

The program is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

Upper Mississippi Birding Initiative and Audubon's land conservation

Don Arnosti, Policy Director for Audubon Minnesota will be speaking about the Upper Mississippi Birding Initiative and Audubon's land conservation along the river.

Don rejoined Audubon Minnesota as Policy Director in 2010, a decade after he left Audubon to take his family to Argentina for a sabbatical year. His career in conservation spans 25 years in Minnesota, including 10 years previously as Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota (1990-2000). During his previous decade with Audubon he led the effort to pass Minnesota's Wetland Conservation Act, worked to establish sustainable forestry practices in Minnesota, and organized the team which developed our Mississippi River Flyway Campaign.

Don has worked for a number of environmental organizations as grass roots organizer, lobbyist, and policy and program director focusing on bird, wildlife and habitat conservation, agriculture, forestry, clean water and renewable energy policies, as well as sustainable development. Don has a degree in Botany, Phi Beta Kappa,from Lawrence University, with additional course work in forestry at the Institute for Paper Chemistry. He lives with his family in Saint Paul, enjoying canoeing, camping, hiking and international travel.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

The program is free and open to the public.

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JUNE POTLUCK

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

Potluck and Bird Hike

The Pot Luck begins at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and your own utensils to the Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible..

Immediately after the pot luck, Dan Jackson will lead a Birding 101 walk in the Myrick Marsh. Although the migrants will have already passed through the area, there are many interesting birds that nest in Myrick Marsh. We hope to see Common Moorhens, Sora and Virginia Rails, Herons, Geese, Ducks, Black Terns, Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds among others.

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MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Down the Wide Missouri

John Sullivan is a paddling/poling enthusiast who enjoys extended solo canoe trips on streams, rivers and waterways of the United States. His excursions started in the late 1990s and were focused primarily in Wisconsin. John’s initial interest was to follow the paths of early explorers and voyageurs in their journeys from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. Overt the past decade he has paddled several thousand miles and has descended the lengths of the state-named rivers that flow to the Mississippi including the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri. Most of these rivers are not considered “wilderness” rivers but many offer sections with plenty of scenic paddling opportunities. John’s presentation will focus on his most recent trip, a 2,340 mile journey down the longest river in America, the Missouri River. The presentation will provide a photographic journey of this diverse waterway and discuss some of the problems and issues facing this great river from the Gates of the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River.

John has spent his lifetime on rivers. He grew up paddling the flat waters of the Rock River at Horicon, attended the University of Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi and earned his master’s degree studying the Big Eau Pleine River in north central Wisconsin. His working hours are spent as a water quality specialist monitoring and protecting the water quality of the Mississippi River for the Wisconsin DNR at La Crosse. His leisure time is often spent canoeing the backwaters of the Mississippi or planning the next canoe trip. A web site of some of his trips can be found at Irishvoyageur.com.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

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APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011

Amazing Hummingbirds

Stan Tekeila will present a program on Amazing Hummingbirds.
Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Tekeila is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides for birds, wildflowers and trees. Over the past two decades Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs.

Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services along with many other professional organizations.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

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MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

Red-shouldered Hawks

Jon Stravers will present a program on Red-shouldered Hawks.
Jon currently serves as the Driftless Area Coordinator for Audubon’s Mississippi River Initiative, and has been working on inventory and monitoring projects involving Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds along the Upper Mississippi River since 1982. In cooperation with the various agencies and other conservation organizations along the Mississippi River, Jon has developed an inventory for Redshouldered Hawk nesting along the Mississippi River and subsequently located and documented Red-shoulder nesting in 58 sites along the Upper Mississippi River. He has maintained a 25 year record of monitoring the reproductive success of 12 active Redshouldered Hawk territories within the “Driftless” region of northeast Iowa.

Since 1982, Jon has operated an autumn raptor banding station along the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. At the raptor banding station along the Mississippi River, he and his co-workers have captured migrating raptors that were previously banded in Alaska, Greenland, and Mexico. Birds banded at the station along the Mississippi River have been recovered in Costa Rica and in areas around the Southern and Midwestern United States.

Jon has also conducted inventories for neo-tropical migrant bird species within the Bird Conservation Area of northeast Iowa. These surveys have had a special emphasis on species that area listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Concern, such as Cerulean Warblers, Prothonotary Warblers, and Veerys.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

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FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011

Beautifully Abundant Birds I Desire

Richie Swanson, Winona environmental ist, will present a photo slide show entitled “Beautifully Abundant Birds I Desire.”

The photos were taken by Hiawatha Valley Audubon photographers in the Aghaming Park and Preserve, a 1,000 acre park owned by the City of Winona and surrounded by the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.

The presentation begins with photos of great-horned owls and red-shouldered hawk nests on the frozen river. They tell stories about birds as they appear, migrate and breed.

Highlights of the show will include flood plain specialities such as prothonotary warblers and rusty blackbirds.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

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JANUARY POT LUCK AND MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011

Pot-Luck and Annual Meeting

Pot-luck begins at 6 p.m. with a brief meeting for the election of officers and a financial review of the year from 7:00 to 7:30.

Please bring a dish to pass and your own dishes and utensils. Everyone is welcome but if you would prefer to not take part in the potluck, please come at 7:00 for the meeting and slide shows that follow.

Members and guests are invited to share pictures of wildlife or other outdoor related items and experiences. There will be a notebook computer and projector available if you would like to share digital pictures.

Otherwise, please bring your own equipment. We have many good photographers and there will be many interesting photos and experiences to share and discuss.

This event will be held in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

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DECEMBER OUTING

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010

Christmas Bird Count

The Coulee Region Audubon Society will hold the 2010 La Crosse Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 18th and we are looking for help. Our count is part of Audubon national’s Christmas bird count program which is one of the oldest citizen science projects in the United States. This year will mark the 110th year of the project in the United States and it will be La Crosse’s 46th year.

For the La Crosse Christmas Bird Count, we count all of the birds that we find inside a 15 mile “count circle” that is centered on the La Crosse County courthouse is downtown La Crosse. Volunteers can count the birds at a single feeder within the count circle or can work by themselves or as a member of a birding team to count the birds in one of many pre-assigned sections of the count circle. Any commitment from a couple of hours to a whole day of birding would be greatly appreciated and birders of all skill levels are welcome.

After we are done counting, all participants are invited to take part in the Christmas Bird Count Potluck dinner. It is a social event that allows participants to have some fun and share their results with other members of the count team. This year’s dinner will be held at the Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street.

If you are interested in helping out with this year’s Christmas Bird Count, please e-mail or call Dan Jackson, the count compiler. His e-mail address is DanJackson@LBWhite.com and his home phone is (608) 483-2271.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010

Conservation of Common Loons

Kevin Kenow, an Onalaska resident, will present a program on 'Research in Support of Common Loon Conservation'. The presentation will cover life history, current status of common loons in the Great Lakes region, and current research efforts to provide information to support the development and implementation of regional common loon conservation strategies.

Common loon populations in the Great Lakes region appear to be generally stable over the past decade. Yet, concerns about the effects of habitat alteration, contaminants, disease, and potential impact of climate change on common loon populations have recently surfaced. For example, a substantial number of loons have succumbed to recent outbreaks of Type E botulism in the Great Lakes. Many questions also have been raised concerning potential impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill on loons that traditionally winter in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kevin brings 24 years of experience as a research wildlife biologist with the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse. He has conducted research on a variety of projects related to conserving migratory birds and their habitats. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul and Master's Degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Current projects include evaluating the vegetation response to seasonal pool-wide water level reductions on the Upper Mississippi River and assessing the level and impacts of boating disturbance to waterfowl on important staging areas during fall migration, factors that may have consequences on common loon productivity. He is also studying the migratory movements and foraging patterns of fish-eating waterbirds (with emphasis on common loons) while migrating through the Great Lakes in association with a USGS study on avian botulism.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010

Special Joint Meeting with Sierra Club

Marge Gibson from the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) will share some of her stories of many years working with birds through, research, rehabilitation and education. She will bring a number of beautiful raptors, all of which are permanent residents of REGI due to non-releasable conditions. T his is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the raptors of REGI, learn their stories, how they came to be with REGI as well as some of their interesting natural history.

Marge Gibson founded Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) in 1990 along with her husband Don. She has worked with wildlife for over 30 years beginning with raptors as a field biologist and has worked with many high profile field projects including the California Condor Recovery Team and the Bald Eagle Capture and Health Assessment Program in Valdez, Alaska following the Valdez Oil Spill where she was team captain. In addition, Marge teaches wildlife rehabilitation internationally.

In the beginning, REGI was focused on public education programs and supporting field research on avian species. While specializing in large raptors and swans, all avian species are accepted for rehabilitation at the center. Since its beginning, thousands of raptors and other avian species have been patients at the wildlife center. REGI averages 500 new patients annually and conducts up to 200 educational programs.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

UTAH’S RED ROCK CANYON LANDS

Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance will present a program on AN AMERICAN ICON: UTAH’S RED ROCK CANYON LANDS. America’s red rock canyon lands wilderness, located in southern Utah, draws pilgrims from across the country and around the world. It is the largest network of undesignated wilderness lands remaining in the lower 48 states.

The program includes “Wild Utah”, a multi-media slide show documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This 15- minute journey through red rock splendor, narrated by Robert Redford invites viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. “These are spectacular public lands owned by all Americans. As citizens we have a great opportunity to act to protect these special places,” Daughenbaugh said.

Daughenbaugh also serves as the volunteer Chair of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands Committee and is the author of “Common Sense Democracy: How to Complete the American Revolution in Your Neighborhood” written from two decades as Chicago community organizer

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

Butterflies of the Coulee Region

Mike Reese has been an educator in Wautoma, Wisconsin for over 25 years, and spends much of his spare time taking nature photographs throughout Wisconsin. He also maintains a web site on the butterflies of Wisconsin (http://wisconsinbutterflies.org), but is often distracted from butterflies to take other insect photos, especially damselflies, dragonflies, tiger beetles, and robber flies. He provided most of the photos for the book Damselflies of the Northwoods, has maintained the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) sightings page since 2001,writes a quarterly article for their American Butterflies magazine summarizing the sightings, and has been the editor for the Wisconsin NABA butterfly counts since 2002. In addition, he is the state coordinator for the Butterflies and Moths of North America web site.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Western Wisconsin

Bob Dubois will present a program on “Enjoying the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Western Wisconsin”. The talk will focus on citizen enjoyment of the dragonflies and damselflies of northern Wisconsin through understanding the many fascinating aspects of their biology, ecology, and behavior. He will give tips about identifying damselflies and information about how folks can become involved in Wisconsin’s statewide dragonfly and damselfly survey (WOS). Bob DuBois is an aquatic ecologist with the Bureau of Endangered Resources in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). He gives talks and leads outings and workshops that focus on Wisconsin’s dragonflies and damselflies. He leads citizen monitoring efforts for dragonflies and damselflies through the Wisconsin Odonata Survey (WOS), curates the DNR Odonata collection, and manages the DNR Odonata web site,
(http:// inventory.wiatri.net/odonata).

He has published a field guide to Damselflies of the North Woods, found here, (http://www.kollathstensaas.com/) and is currently preparing a field guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Rocky Mountains. He has written over 3 dozen scientific research articles on various topics related to the management and protection of dragonflies, damselflies, and stream trout fisheries.

DuBois has worked for the DNR since 1983 and is stationed at the WDNR Superior Service Center in Douglas County. Phone (715) 392-6976. Bob lives in Superior with his wife Linda, two dogs, a cat, and whichever of his three adult daughters happens to be home at the time. In his “spare” time he loves to teach (anything he knows about), canoe, fish for trout, and chase dragonflies.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010

Muraviovka Park

Barb Thompson is the Outdoor Education Center Coordinator for the West Salem School District and, since 1996, a summer volunteer at the Muraviovka Park For Sustainable Land Use, a crane reserve environmental education camp in Siberia.

She will talk about the birds of the park, what Americans are doing to help increase environmental knowledge/ethics through teachers and children in the area and the joys and sorrows one feels when working with another culture in another country.

The park is a beautiful wetland/upland complex where temperate, tropical and mountain flora and fauna converge to create areas of unimaginable bio-diversity.

The endangered Red-crowned and White-napped Cranes nest there, with at least four other cranes species using the park lands a resting areas on their yearly migrations.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010

The Life of the Mississippi River

Edward J Lagace, Winona District Park Ranger will talk about the river and our social impact on it with some discussion of climate change. It will be combined with a slide show of the river and bluffs in all seasons with the sounds of swans geese, ducks, and eagles in the background, flute music and a meditation session.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010

Pot Luck and Annual Meeting

We are meeting in the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park, off of La Crosse Street. There is easy access parking nearby and the entire building is handicapped accessible.

Potluck begins at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and your own dishes and utensils.

Following a brief business meeting to elect officers, members and guests are invited to share their pictures of special trips and of the outdoors.

A notebook computer and projector will be available if you would like to share digital pictures. Please bring them on a CD or flash drive. If this setup doesn’t work for your photos, please bring your own equipment or talk to Dan Jackson to work out the details.

In recent years, the pictures that have been shared included birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other nature subjects. There have also been short presentations on special nature trips taken by members.

In addition to pictures, please bring suggestions for field trips and/or speakers for the coming year. The board is always interested in ideas to make our programming better and fresh ideas are appreciated.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009

Native Reptiles and Amphibians of Wisconsin

Matt Heeter, vice-president of the Coulee Region Herpetological Society, will be giving a presentation on the Native Reptiles and Amphibians of Wisconsin and will also be showing and discussing live exotic reptiles and amphibians at the monthly meeting of the Coulee Region Audubon Society, on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Myrick Hixon Eco Park building located just off La Crosse Street in La Crosse. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Matt is an avid outdoorsman and is also an independent reptile researcher. He has been researching Timber Rattlesnakes in the Coulee Region since 2002 (in conjunction with the Wisconsin DNR) and has taken part in other survey and research projects with Massasauga Rattlesnakes, Wood Turtles, Cricket Frogs, Glass Lizards, Box Turtles, Black Rat Snakes, Ringneck Snakes, and Blue-spotted Salamanders.

Matt has also worked in the pet industry for 15 years and has owned over 3,000 reptiles and amphibians of over 200 species. He has bred 5 species of herps in captivity and has worked with 1/6 of the venomous snake species of the world.

Matt is an avid photographer and videographer and is especially interested in taking pictures and videos of reptiles and amphibians. He is currently working on a DVD field guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Wisconsin.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009

Sand Prairie Ecology and Restoration on Local Army Lands

Kurt Brownell will be giving a presentation about prairie ecology at the monthly meeting of the Coulee Region Audubon Society, Wednesday, October 21st. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Myrick Hixon Eco Park building located just off La Crosse Street in La Crosse. The meeting is free and open to the public.

This month's scheduled speaker, Mike Reese of Wautoma, had to cancel his presentation on the Butterflies of the Coulee Region due to family illness.

Kurt Brownell, a 30-year member of our chapter and a long-time member of the board of directors, has graciously agreed to take his place (on very short notice). Kurt will be giving a presentation titled "Sand Prairie Ecology and Restoration on Local Army Lands".

Kurt is a Natural Resources Specialist for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and currently works on the upper Mississippi River where his duties include the restoration of historic sand prairies. Although Kurt has a degree in Wildlife Management and Biology, he has a strong interest and background in botany. Kurt has been interested in prairies since he was a teenager when he went "botanizing" with John Zoerb of La Crosse Floral on some of the goat prairies above La Crosse.

Sand or "dry" prairies in this region were once common on the broad sand terraces bordering the Mississippi, Wisconsin, Black, and Chippewa Rivers, as well as in areas of central Wisconsin known as the "Sand Counties." Conversion of these areas by European settlement to farms and cities and the suppression of fire have reduced this community to a relic of its past extent.

Army lands in this region comprise more than 80,000 acres. The unique ecology of the sand prairie ecosystem gives managers the opportunity to restore this vegetation community.

Sand prairie restorations have been used by the Army Corps of Engineers to create habitat on a water control embankment near Genoa, WI and adjacent to a water control embankment near Alma, WI; reclaim lands used for disposal of materials dredged from the Mississippi River navigation channel; and provide cover on a closed landfill at Fort McCoy, WI. The largest restoration (131 acres) is located near Kellogg, MN and it just completed its fifth growing season. Part of a sand prairie complex known as Weaver Dunes, this restoration was created on fallow farmland where more than 1 million cubic yards of dredged materials were hydraulically placed. A diverse blend of locally collected and purchased seed was planted into soil containing an already diverse seed bank of native sand prairie species.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vulture researchers, Mike Mossman and Lisa Hartman will present a program on "The Natural History of Turkey Vultures" which will include a visit from Uncle Butzie, a live turkey vulture at the Coulee Region Audubon meeting Wednesday, September 16. Mike is a wildlife ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural History and Lisa is an educator with the Sauk Prairie School District.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in the Myrick Hixon Eco Park building located just off La Crosse Street in La Crosse.
(Note that this is a new location for Coulee Region Audubon Society meetings.)

The program will include information they gained from studying turkey vultures in Wisconsin, as well as stories and facts about them throughout this hemisphere. Their long-term study involved capturing adult and young turkey vultures on their nests, marking them with wing tags, and monitoring their movements. Their captive turkey vulture, Uncle Butzie, will be with them, giving the audience a rare chance to observe a tame vulture close-up.

This is an opportunity for people to learn the inside story of these fascinating birds who have the largest breeding distribution of all the breeding birds in the western hemisphere.

NEW MEETING LOCATION:

Beginning with the Sept.16 meeting we will be at the new Eco Park building located in Myrick Park,off of La Crosse Street.There is easy-access parking nearby and the entire building is handi- capped accessible.

Watch for Audubon signs as you en- ter the entrance on the south side of the building.Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009

Coulee Region Birds

Abbie Meyer, Conservation Specialist for local land trust Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) will present a program on Coulee Region Birds at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse, across from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library.

Mississippi Valley Conservancy owns several nature preserves throughout the Coulee Region. Learn where these preserves are, how to access them for hiking and birdwatching and what birds you may find as you visit them. Possibilities range from grassland to wetland to woodland birds.

Habitat loss is frequently cited as a cause for declining bird populations. Abbie will discuss what MVC is doing to manage these preserves for bird habitat and what you can do locally to help out Wisconsin birds!

Abbie has a B.S. in Biology from Loras College and spends her time at MVC working with private landowners to permanently protect their land. This includes doing site assessments, species inventory, and habitat restoration. Abbie has been working in Natural Resources since 1997.

The program is free and open to the public.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009

Wild Cats of Wisconsin

The Coulee Region Audubon Society will meet Wednesday, April 15th at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

Dr. Eric Anderson, a professor in the Wildlife Program at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point will present a program on The Wild Cats of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is home to 3 native cat species: bobcat, lynx, and mountain lion which is making its return after a 100 year absence from the state. Find out about the natural history and current status of these cats, as well as the role they play in Wisconsinís ecosystems. Join us as we explore what we know and don't know about the feline predators of Wisconsin and how concerned we should be about our safety in the woods.

Dr. Anderson teaches courses in conservation biology, ecology, biostatistics, and wildlife field techniques. He has won numerous teaching awards. Although teaching is his passion, he maintains an active research program. His work has focused primarily on carnivores, particularly bobcats, wolves, and black-footed ferrets, but he has also worked with songbirds, turtles, bats, and flying squirrels.

He has authored numerous scientific journal articles on North American carnivores, and particularly on the bobcat. He has also co-authored 6 book chapters dealing with carnivores and wildlife habitat selection. Currently, Anderson and his graduate students are modeling the distribution of bobcats in the state and investigating the return of the cougar to the wilds of Wisconsin.

The program is free and open to the public.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project

Pat Manthey, Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Endangered Resources will present a program on the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project.Trumpeter swans - named for their resonant, trumpet like call - are thelargest native waterfowl species in North America. Adults have white plumageand can stand up to four feet tall and weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.

Trumpeter swans were found in Wisconsin until the 1880s, when market huntingand feather collecting almost drove the species extinct.

Beginning in 1989, Wisconsin biologists flew to Alaska for nine consecutiveyears to collect surplus trumpeter swan eggs that were then hatched inincubators at the Milwaukee County Zoo. After they hatched, the young swans were either placed in a captive rearing program or decoy rearing program until they were released to the wild. Pat will discuss the progress of the project and resulting success.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The program is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009

How to Ruin the River...

The Coulee Region Audubon Society will meet Wednesday, February 18th at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

Speaker will be Rick Kyte, director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. Kyte is also president of the Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited. His presentation is titled, "How to Ruin the River or Ten Practical Steps that Anyone Can Take to Ensure that the Upper Mississippi River Valley Becomes Just Another Indistinguishable Place on the Way from Here to There."

Kyte will discuss several Trout Unlimited grants and projects as well as answer questions.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The program is free and open to the public.

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009

Annual Election and Potluck

Christmas is over and the new year has started. This means that the annual meeting of the Coulee Region Audubon Society is almost here! On January 28th, we will hold our annual elections. For this meeting, we will also have a potluck dinner and give members an opportunity to share their pictures of special trips and of the outdoors. It is always a fun meeting and I urge you to show up with a dish to pass!!

The potluck will start at 6:00 and the business part of the meeting will start around 7:00. The election process will not take long so we should have plenty of time to share special pictures. Otherwise, please bring your own equipment.

In addition to pictures, please bring along ideas about field trips and/or speakers that you would like to see in the next year. The board is always interested in ideas to make our programming even better and fresh ideas are always appreciated.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The program is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008

Birding by Ear

Steve Betchkal of Eau Claire will present a program called “Birding By Ear” (a well-received and always popular talk with lots of inter-active elements -- like his "simulated May"...)” and will also discuss his new book - All of This and Robins Too: A Guide to the 50 Or So Best Places to Find Birds in Wisconsin.

Steve has these comments to introduce himself:

As an experienced Wisconsin naturalist, I know where the buzz about birds is coming from. Since identifying my first wild bird in 1969 (American Robin, what else?), I have been chasing birds across Wisconsin and the North American continent. 42 states (every state in the lower 48 but the mid-Atlantic coast from RI to VA), 54 national wildlife refuges, 39 years, and some 7 or 8 binoculars along, I am approaching 600 (599 and 1/2) different birds seen in the U.S. and Canada, and with trips to Isla de Mujeres, Mexico in 2005, and Zihuatanejo, MX in 2006, have begun exploring places outside temperate North America.

I have a sharp eye – which I credit to enduring commitments to birding, my profession as a videographer, and reffing adult volleyball – and am quite experienced at identifying birds by song or call. Each June I conduct two of Wisconsin’s 90+ Breeding Bird Surveys coordinated by the US Geological Survey (one in the region of Bloomer, the other runs through Augusta).

I have been writing about birds for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram since 1998, and am featured as a regular columnist for Wisconsin West Magazine. My bird articles have also appeared in Cabin Life, Northland Adventures, and Birder’s World. (I am currently working on several more Birder’s World articles, including camping in the Dry Tortugas last May). All of This and Robins Too: A Guide to the 50 Or So Best Places to Find Birds in Wisconsin is doing well and getting great reviews, and I hope to soon have it for sale alongside "Bird Haunts" in the ABA catalog.

I not only write about birds, but have produced award-winning TV stories about them while working for both the NBC and ABC affiliates in the Chippewa Valley. I also enjoy drawing and painting birds, and have had my work displayed in the ArtsWest show at the LE Phillips Library in Eau Claire. I attended college at UW- La Crosse (late 70's -early 80's), and worked in three national parks – Glacier, Yellowstone, and Big Bend – before settling in Eau Claire. Two of my fondest nature memories are interviewing Roger Tory Peterson and birding with David Sibley. My favorite bird is the Swallow-tailed Kite, which I saw for the first time soaring above the Santee River in coastal South Carolina, April 2003.

Birds are beautiful and captivating – whether describing their behaviors, their diversity and physical adaptations, or the music they make. They are also central to discussions about global warming, and other current environmental topics. Over the years I have led many hikes and tours and have presented programs on topics ranging from “100 Birdy Things Everyone Should Experience Before They Die” to “The Sordid Life History of Birds in Film”. (In September I presented to the Chicago Ornithological Society about bird-finding in WI). I love talking birds and birding, and I encourage questions and the sharing of bird stories.

In addition to my interest in ornithology (birds) and writing, I am a passionate gardener, environmentalist, movie buff, canoeist, and camper/backpacker (fresh returned from a packtrip into Canyonlands NP in Utah), and I also enjoy identifying wildflowers, insects, trees, clouds, and constellations.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The program is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008

Birding in Norway

Pat and Bobbie Wilson will present a program and show slides of their trip this summer to the Svalbard Archipelago, a Norwegian territory at the same latitude as Northern Greenland, closer to the North Pole than to the Arctic Circle. Some of the birds sighted include nesting Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Thick-billed Murres, Dovkies, Black Guillemots, Northern Fulmars, Long-tailed Jaegers, Great Skua, Purple Sandpipers, Snow Buntings, Red Phalaropes, Pink-footed Geese, Barnacle Geese and Common Eiders. They also have photos of polar bears and Arctic fox, walruses and seals, along with great scenery and a few adventure tales.

Pat and Bobbie are long-time Audubon and Sierra Club members. Some of their travels have taken them to Central America, Ecuador and kayaking in the Arctic.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The program is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2008

Challenges to Wildlife Conservation in Wisconsin

Scott Craven, state specialist in Wildlife Ecology with the University of Wisconsin Extension will present a program on "Challenges to Wildlife Conservation in Wisconsin" at the Coulee Region Audubon Society meeting on Wednesday, September 17th. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

Craven is well-known around the state for his monthly appearances on Wisconsin Public Radio where his knowledge of wildlife provides answers to questions people have about their encounters with wildlife, hunting, birdwatching and habitat for wildlife.

He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has done extensive research in wildlife damage control and wildlife management on private lands. Additional duties include teaching and providing support for the network of county agents in Wisconsin. Statewide programs focus on wildlife damage management, urban wildlife management, youth education, and wildlife-based recreation.

There will be time for questions from the audience.

The program is free and open to the public.

JUNE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2008

Annual Picnic Pot-Luck at Myrick Park 6:00 PM

Meet at the Gun Club. Bring a dish to pass and your own dishes and utensils.

A bird walk in the marsh will follow the picnic. The public is welcome to attend the pot luck and the bird walk.

MAY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008

Stories of the Coulee Region

The Coulee Region Audubon Society May program will be presented by Ken and Terry Visger on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 pm at the Ho Chunk building.

Terry will act out a story about a clammers wife in the early 1900's. She is a professional storyteller, founder of the Bluff Country Storytelling Guild, and actively involved the the La Crosse Storytelling Festival held each fall. Her story will depict the multi-million dollar clamming industry on the Upper Mississippi.

Ken is a self-described "old river rat with a passion for preserving what we have left of our great Upper Mississippi River resources." He will talk about the threat to our native mussels and the life cycle of mussels He is active in both the Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services and Mississippi River Wild, a refuge friends group.

Kim Grveles of the WI DNR will be conducting Kirtland's Warbler survey training at 6:00 for those who signed up to help with that project.

APRIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008

Kirtland’s Warbler Says “Yes” to Wisconsin

The Coulee Region Audubon Society will meet Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 PM at the Ho Chunk Nation building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The program is free and open to the public. The program will feature Kim Grveles, Assistant Zoologist/Ornithologist, Bureau of Endangered Resources, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources . Her topic is "Kirtland's Warbler Says 'Yes'to Wisconsin". (The program is rescheduled from February.)

The federally-endangered Kirtland's Warbler was found nesting on Plum Creek Timber Company land in central Wisconsin in 2007. This was the first ever documented breeding of the species in Wisconsin, and the first nesting outside of the State of Michigan since the 1940's. The species population has increased in recent years to the point where the available habitat in Michigan is mostly saturated, resulting in the pioneering of new habitats such as Wisconsin. In 2007, the annual Kirtland's Warbler census documented an estimated 1,697 singing males in Michigan alone, a significant increase over the 1,478 counted in 2006. This is the highest total ever recorded for the census, which was started in Michigan in 1951 and has been conducted annually since 1971. Given the events of 2007, it seems possible that Kirtland's Warblers could be found at additional locations in Wisconsin. In an attempt to better define the breeding status of this species in Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources is working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a widespread and organized census effort beginning in 2008.

The 2007 Wisconsin nesting activities, bird life history, conservation and management issues and other related Kirtland's Warbler topics will be presented. An opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for the Kirtland's Warbler 2008 survey will also be offered.

Kim has a masters degree in conservation biology from Central Michigan University. She has conducted and coordinated bird surveys for Michigan State Parks, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, The Nature Conservancy, and other organizations. An internship with the International Crane Foundation brought her to Wisconsin in 1998. Kim went on to serve as a Conservation Educator with Adams County and then as an all-bird planner for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative before her current position in the Bureau of Endangered Resources. In addition to her leadership role on the Wisconsin Kirtland's Warbler Conservation Strategy, Kim coordinates a migratory bird stopover habitat protection project and tracks rare and endangered birds for the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program.

MARCH MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008

"The What, Why and How of Rain Gardens"

The Coulee Region Audubon Society will meet Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM at the Ho Chunk Nation building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

The Coulee Region Audubon Society will meet Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM at the Ho Chunk Nation building, lower level, 725 Main Street, La Crosse.

Speaker, Joyce Powers, a consultant on ecosystem restoration, will discuss The What, Why and How of Rain Gardens. Joyce is an ecologist with a vast amount of experience in restoring native ecosystems in Wisconsin. With undergraduate degrees in biology and English, she has a masters degree from the University of Chicago in zoology and a masters in Natural Science Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Starting with native prairie plants, she founded Prairie Ridge Nursery in 1974, branching out to include wetlands, savannas and woodlands where she worked on restoration of native ecosystems.

In her talk and slide presentation, Joyce will discuss the concept of rain gardens, what they are, why they are needed, and how they work. Included will be examples and pictures of native plants that thrive in rain gardens. Finally she will describe how to establish a rain garden. The meeting is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2008

"Bugs and Plants The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

Meeting time: 7 pm at the HoChunk Three Rivers House at 8th & Main.

We have had to make a last minute speaker substitution for the Audubon meeting tomorrow night. Kim Grveles, our scheduled speaker was injured in a fall and is not able to travel.

Kurt Brownell, a natural resource specialist for the US Corps of Engineers and a member of our board, has graciously offered to give a talk entitled "Bugs and Plants The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" that focuses on invasive species of the Mississippi floodplain, how the Army Corps of Engineers uses insects (biocontrols) and other methods to battle these invasive species, and insects that spread disease and cause damage to the floodplain forest.

It should be an interesting presentation and I hope to see you there!!

JANUARY MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008

The Coulee Region Audubon Society's Annual Meeting and Potluck will be held on January 16th. The potluck will start at 6:00 PM and the meeting will follow. The meeting will include the annual elections, a presentation by Mark Webster and Kurt Brownell, and will also include a photo sharing session for those interested in sharing pictures or videos of wildlife sightings and wildlife watching trips.

We hope to see you there!

NOVEMBER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2007

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE DATE. Due to Thanksgiving falling the day after our usual meeting date, we have moved the meeting to the LAST Wednesday in November (the 28th) for this month only.

Meeting is at 7 PM at the Ho Chunk Nation Building, lower level, 725 Main Street, across 8th Street from the Main Branch of the La Crosse Public Library . The meeting is free and open to the public.

The program will be presented by Jon Stravers.

Jon brings a program of stories and music from the river. As a "New Age River Rat" Jon has been working on and writing music about the Mississippi River for the past 30 years.

He currently serves as the Research and Field Trip Coordinator for Audubonís Mississippi River Initiative, and has been working on inventory and monitoring projects involving Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds along the Upper Mississippi River since 1977 in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois and Iowa DNRs, and other conservation organizations along the river.

During that same period, Jon has operated an autumn raptor banding station along the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. Jon has captured migrating raptors that were previously banded in Alaska, Greenland, and Mexico, and birds that he has banded have been recovered in Costa Rica and in areas around the Southern and Midwestern United States.

He has Co-author of the recently published book Sylvan T. Runkel, Citizen of the Natural World a biography of one of Iowa's most influential conservationists.

Jon mixes in music from the river, which includes stories of birds along the river and of the spiritual and emotional influence of the river. With his son, Jon Jr, and various other musicians Jon has recorded four CDs of original music. These include Riverís Rising in 2001, Mystic Migrations in 2005, and two recordings of live performances in 2006.

OCTOBER MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2007

"Reaching the North Pole in Summer"

The public is invited to a joint meeting of the Coulee Region Audubon Society and Sierra Club on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 PM, Room 140 in Cowley Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus.

On July 1, 2006 Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen made history by becoming the first ever expedition to reach the North Pole in summer. On this journey, they pulled and paddled specially modified canoes over 600 miles of shifting sea ice and open leads of the Arctic Ocean. Eric will relate how they did problem solving, setting goals and overcoming fear and failure as well as the expedition¹s efforts to bring attention to Global Warming and the plight of the polar bear. There is a dramatic story of encounters with polar bears. Included in the presentation are stunning images and video of the conditions faced on the Arctic Ocean.

Modern-day explorer, Eric Larsen¹s life epitomizes adventure. A polar explorer, dog musher, adventure racer and educator, he has spent the past 12 years of his life adventuring in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. He has traveled enough wilderness miles to circle the globe nearly two and half times.

A gifted communicator, Eric travels the country giving motivational and educational lectures to K-12 schools, universities, non profit organizations and corporate groups. Several documentaries have also been created around expeditions that Eric has been involved with.

Eric lives in Grand Marais, Minn where he is planning for his next expedition and writing two books.




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