Here are four of the 143 species our team found from May 15-18 in the area served by the Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Jennie Lanzendorf found a female ruddy duck and bluebirds in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway; Rebecca Gilman and Charles Harmon found nesting sandhills at our Erickson Conservation Preserve near Argyle; and Barb and Jeb Barzen and landowner Dick Cates spotted an eagle loafing in the morning fog on the Cates Family Farm.
Our 18 birders, plus a few landowners, visited 16 properties with conservation easements, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, and areas where we are working with partner organizations on the Southwest Wisconsin Grassland Network, the Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative, and the Driftless Trail.
Many thanks to our team of birders: Amy Alstad, Jeb & Barb Barzen, Cindy Becker, Doug & Sherry Caves, Mike Dahlman, Jen Filipiak, Rebecca Gilman, Charles Harmon, Mike Hedemark, Dan Jergens, Arlyne Johnson, Chris Kirkpatrick, Jennie Lanzendorf, Patrick Michaels, Natasha Rank, and Karen Tennessen.
Among the huge variety of birds they spotted, here are species that are state-listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern:
Endangered (2): black tern (Riverway and Bloomfield Prairie) and Forster's tern (Riverway)
Threatened (2): Bell's vireo (two sites), Henslow's sparrows (three sites) - all private lands
Special Concern (18): trumpeter swan, American white pelican, American woodcock, common nighthawk, Eastern whip-poor-will, red-headed woodpecker, olive-sided flycatcher, least flycatcher, purple martin, ruby-crowned kinglet, Swainson’s thrush, golden-winged warbler, prothonotary warbler, vesper sparrow. grasshopper sparrow, lark sparrow, bobolink, Eastern meadowlark
Thank you to donors, birders, and landowners for helping to make a sustainable future for Wisconsin's birds!
Great Job Team!
Supporting Karen Tennessen's efforts in identifying 51 birds.
Good luck! Hope to see a Pel's Fishing Owl among your list...
I'll be excited to hear about what you see! Have fun:)
Way to go Prairie DALCons!!
Find lots of birds!
keep on looking up!
yay! Have a great time birding in the Driftless