The mission of Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. is to restore, preserve, and protect the environment for us and future generations through education, activism, and conservancy.
Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 as a Section 501 C (3) non-profit corporation and is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Between 2000 and 2004 we acquired a conservation easement and 250 acres of land so we are a land trust. In 2007 we began aggressively restoring our property.
Please note the program changes on the event/news page for March Programs
Discover Winter Birds
an informative program for families
This program was recently presented at the Monroe Public Library. Bird related facts were shown through crafts and games along with a Bird ID video assembled by Robert Ault. Chad Mathys described the phenomenon on the declining numbers of many birds, including chimney swifts. He presented his proposal to build a free- standing chimney to attract them. A Birding Kit which GRAS has acquired contains 15 binoculars; a spotting scope and instructional materials. These items will be available to teachers and youth group leaders to offer outdoor experiences. Donna Oxenreider reminded an audience of children and their parents (or grandparents) that Monroe and Janesville are Bird Cities, meaning that they have agreed to promote and protect birds. One of the high points of the program was the "Cats and Collisions" obstacle course devised by Kris Ault, a Children's Librarian and enjoyed by all ages.
Prepared by Victor Illichmann
Art James is making 10 kestrel houses for us which we will make available to any interested parties. We can assist with placement and mounting, in return we expect you to maintain and monitor them. Your monitoring results will need to be shared with kestrel.peregrinefund.org Please contact Victor lllichmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or Neil Deupree at email@example.com for information on how to receive the houses.
Janesville is now a Bird City Wisconsin
"You have met all the criteria - and you have more that you could have counted," said Carl Schwartz, director of Bird City Wisconsin. Carl presented the official designation as Bird City to Jim Farrell, Janesville City Councilor, on Wednesday, November 20, at a Green Rock Audubon Society meeting.
The presentation followed a program presenting the essentials for becoming a Bird City. The Bird City movement is four years old and Janesville is the 76th community to be chosen after an application process that involves meeting at least seven criteria.
The mission of Bird City Wisconsin is "Making our communities healthy for birds...and people". The local goal is to increase the healthy habitat for birds and to decrease the hazards they face.
In ratifying the application, the Janesville City Council also designated the second Saturday in May each year as International Migratory Bird Day. The Bird City planning team will be gearing up in January to organize a Bird Festival in May. (Ideas and assistance are welcome.)
Carl Schwartz also commented extensively on Janesville's application - especially noting the number of groups that had signed on as supporters, including financial contributions for the $100 application fee. He also mentioned the meticulous bird count being done annually at the Cook Arboretum and the activities with local schools.
Bird City materials include a flag - which can be flown by the Municipal Building each May, two road signs, and a plaque. "It's a good feeling to have so many people and groups working together to make Janesville a bird friendly place," commented Neil Deupree, who is part of the planning team. "The group's website is packed full of resources and ideas for bird conservation and enjoyment: www.birdcitywisconsin.org."
Help us carry out our mission
- Becoming a member
- Becoming a volunteer
- Participating in our programs
- Contributing for birds and their habitats
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