Sugar River Wetlands Workday – April 22nd

Join WSCB as we assist the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (USRWA) restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area. We will be cutting and piling invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn. Celebrate Earth Day by promoting native vegetation! Volunteers and work leaders will gather where Epic Lane and County View Road meet in Verona, overlooking the Epic Systems campus to the east and the Military Ridge State Trail to the west. An approximate address is 2517 Country View Road, Verona, WI 53593. Google Map. 

Please RSVP in advance so that we can arrange carpools from downtown.

Contact Yasi at wisconbio@gmail.com to RSVP.

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Upcoming Event: Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearing on Monday April 10th. This is your opportunity to elect local delegate representatives for the Conservation Congress which advises the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources on how to responsibly manage Wisconsin’s natural resources. You’ll also have the chance to provide input on fish and wildlife regulations and introduce new resolutions. Visit the DNR website for more information on hearing locations by county and to download this year’s questionnaire. The questionnaire summarizes resolution procedure and has a comprehensive list of all of the proposed changes to rules and regulations. Your vote counts!

Upcoming Event: Tuesday, October 18th – Monarch Butterflies: Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect

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Tuesday, October 18th – 7 p.m. @ UW Arboretum
Madison Audubon and WSCB Present: Monarch Butterflies: Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect

An Evenings with Audubon presentation by nationally-renown monarch expert Karen Oberhauser

Monarch butterflies populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large year to year fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation, and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Monarchs are negatively impacted by many human activities, and various scientists and monarch advocates have implicated habitat degradation and loss, pesticide use, climate change, vehicular collisions, invasive species, and pathogen spread in their dwindling numbers.

In this presentation, Karen Oberhauser, one of the nation’s top monarch conservation biologists, will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, and the work of citizens and scientists in documenting monarch numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle. She will discuss threats to monarchs, and potential responses to these threats. Because conservation biology must be, at its essence, a science of hope, Karen’s focus is on positive changes as well as on the challenges posed by declining monarch numbers.

Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science; this research has resulted in over 100 scientific publications. Her strong interest in promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy led to the development of a science education program that involves courses for teachers, and opportunities for youth to engage in research and share their findings with broad audiences. In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. Karen is passionate about the conservation of the world’s biodiversity, and believes that the connections her projects promote between monarchs, humans, and the natural world promote meaningful conservation action. She is the chair of the Monarch Joint Joint Venture, and a founding officer of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.

More information can be found at monarchjointventure.org

Photo: Joshua Mayer

Volunteers wanted for DNR prairie seed collection day

Come join WSCB as we assist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources restoration crews on Sunday, September 11th at Empire Prairies State Natural Area (near Madison). From 2 – 5pm we will be collecting seeds to be used in future restoration projects to expand the prairie. We will meet along the road near 5197 Brabender Rd in Middleton and will ride in from there. Please contact Yasi at yasi.rezai@gmail.com to RSVP, and if you can offer a ride or need a ride from downtown.

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WSCB Member Social on July 18th!

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Join us for a WSCB Member Social, on Monday, July 18th, 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fashioned (23 N. Pinckney St.). Take a break from the NACCB Conference to meet other conservation scientists, practitioners, undergrad and graduate students working in the field of conservation right here in Wisconsin. Hors d’oeuvres included (drinks on your own). We’ll be near the bar on the main floor. See you there!

Join us in the field for our first annual WSCB Birdathon!

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We’re excited to announce that WSCB is doing its first Birdathon this year, as the WSCB Bino Bird Hunters! Our Birdathon date is Sunday, May 15th, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. near Mt. Vernon and Mt. Horeb, WI. you can join us for all or part of this fun day in the field!

What is a Birdathon? 
“See a Bird, Save a Bird!” – Birdathon is a fundraising tool to help support bird conservation. Friends and organizations make birding teams, raise money by asking for donations or a pledge per species, and then have a 24-hour period to count as many bird species as possible.

What is the Great Wisconsin Birdathon?
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is an annual statewide event to raise money for the Bird Protection Fund, and is a joint effort between the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. The Bird Protection Fund was established in response to declining bird populations and supports bird conservation projects throughout Wisconsin. The statewide goal for 2016 is to raise $70,000! The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is also a great way to support WSCB, since 50 percent of the funds that we raise goes back to our organization. We see this as a great opportunity to bring our WSCB members together for a day of birding, learning, and fun, while raising money for Wisconsin’s 284 native bird species and, as a bonus, to fundraise for our organization.

Want to join us in the field for our Birdathon on Sunday, May 15th?
To join our team, simply go to: http://wibirdathon.org/participantpage.asp?fundid=2097&uid=4048&role=3 and select “Join a team” under the “Participate” heading. Select the “WSCB Bino Bird Hunters”, set a personal fundraising goal, and that’s it! You’re ready to helping the birds! And remember to mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15th! Birdathon details follow:

We will meet at 8:30 am at Donald County Park just outside Mt. Vernon, at the north parking area off of Hwy 92. We plan to bird until roughly 11:00 am. At that time we will make our way back to the parking area and head to The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub in Mt. Horeb for lunch! Following food, more conversation, and a bit of relaxation, we plan to head to Stewart County Park on the north end of town for a couple more hours of birding. We’ll meet at the parking area just southwest of the lake.

Can’t join us in the field, but still want to support our Birdathon team? To make a donation, visit our team Birdathon page. We thank you for your contributions to bird conservation in Wisconsin, and also for helping support the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology!

Recording of “Sifting the Future” Now Available Online

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In case you missed our recent event, “Sifting the Future: The Ecological and Agricultural Impacts of Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin”, the entire presentation is now available online, thanks to WisconsinEye.

The event featured speakers from FracTracker Alliance and Midwest Environmental Advocates, and focused on the landscape-level impacts occurring due to frac sand mining. For more information on this issue, visit: fractracker.org, and midwestadvocates.org.

Field trip volunteers needed for NACCB!

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Show out-of-state conference attendees how much you love Wisconsin, by volunteering to chaperone one of the pre- and post-conference field trips! All trip costs (transportation, food, etc.) are covered by SCB.

Field trips include paddling the Lower Wisconsin River, visiting the International Crane Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation, attending Betty Lou’s Cruises on Lake Monona, birding on the Lakeshore Path, and more!

Interested? Complete the survey here by April 25th.

Upcoming event: Decoding the Conservation Congress

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What: Decoding the Conservation Congress
When: Wednesday, March 30th, 5 p.m.
Where: UW-Madison, Union South – 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715

Join the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology for a discussion about the upcoming 2016 Conservation Congress spring hearings, the annual opportunity for Wisconsin citizens to advise the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board on how to manage Wisconsin’s natural resources.

We’ll learn more about the Conservation Congress, including an overview of its history, and how it works today. We’ll also hear from DNR’s Scott Loomans, who will break down the April 11th spring hearing agenda items, and how they could impact conservation in Wisconsin.

For more information on the spring hearings and the full agenda, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html

Upcoming event: Frac sand mining in Wisconsin

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The hills of western Wisconsin supply 75 percent of the country’s frac sand market. Join us for a conversation on how frac sand mining is impact our ecological and agricultural landscapes here in Wisconsin.

7 p.m. – Opening Remarks
Caitlin Williamson – President, Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology

7:05 p.m. – The State of Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin
Kimberlee Wright – Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates

7:20 p.m. – Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in America
Brook Lenker – Executive Director, FracTracker Alliance

7:30 p.m. – Watershed resilience, changes in agricultural productivity, and wildlife habitat alteration associated with silica sand mining in West Central Wisconsin
Ted Auch, PhD – Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance

8:15 p.m. – Q&A

8:30 p.m. – Refreshments

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