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Mission Statement

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.

About Us

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.


Annual Bird Seed Sale 2014


Buy seed at reasonable prices, help the birds this winter, and contribute to Green/Rock Audubon's education and conservation projects.


Checks Payable to:GRAS

c/o Thomas O'Brien

648 S. 6th St., Evansville WI. 53536

Order Deadline is October, 3, 2014 (Firm)

We Deliver, Delivery Date: 3rd Week of October 2014

Evansville-Tom O'Brien (608) 882-5698

Janesville-Neil Deupree (608) 752-8342

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The Annual Green-Rock Audubon Society business luncheon will be at the New Glarus Hotel, October 5th, 2014 2-6PM

The menu is simple, Salad Bar, $ 10.95; soup and sandwich, $13.75. Each attendee will be responsible to pay for their own meal and drinks. We will have an RSVP form at the back of this newsletter. The speaker is Daryl Christensen, Wisconsin Society of Ornithology (WSO). He is a lifelong birder from Marquette County, past vice-president of WSO and is the recipient of several awards working with endangered species including the Bronze Passenger Pigeon Award. His presentation may include preparing your winter garden for birds, Living with Kirtlands warblers, Forester Tern recovery program, surveys of black tern, and cavity nesting birds.

Election of Officers: Prior to the guest speaker presentation we will have Election of Officers and board members. The candidates are: President: Neil Deupree replacing Tom O'Brien, Vice President: Rich McLaughlin replacing Finn Bomgaars, Treasurer: John Patterson replacing Neil Deupree, Director at Large: John Watrous, Board of Directors: Joni Decker replacing John Patterson, and Immediate Past President: Tom O'Brien. All other Board of directors members remain the same. All Standing Committee Members remain the same.


Stop Syngenta's bee-killing pesticide plan

The United States has already lost more than half of its managed honeybee colonies -- and the problem could soon get much worse.

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta, which is one of Monsanto’s biggest competitors, just filed paperwork with the EPA requesting permission to increase the amount of the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam it uses on alfalfa, corn, barley, and wheat crops by up to 40,000%. If approved, this proposal would be absolutely devastating for bees and other pollinators.

The EPA has opened a crucial public comment period to take feedback on Syngenta's bee-killing proposal - but we only have a few days to flood the EPA with comments and save the bees.

Tell the EPA: Reject Syngenta’s bee-killing pesticide proposal. Submit a public comment before the October 6 deadline.

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Swift Night Out

My observations at Washington Elementary: 7:00pm - about 10 circling in area 7:15pm - first few swifts entered the chimney 7:20pm - hundreds now circling 7:30-7:45pm - swifts entering 10-20 at a time 7:50pm - last swift entered chimney Total: 860!

Here are our observations: Sept 7, 2014 Station: St Mary's parking lot - east of Carriage House Building. 73 degrees. Clear sky. Full moon. Wind calm. Began observing at 7:20 pm. No swifts visible. 7:25 pm - Many swifts are circling . 7:28 pm - First 3 swifts enter chimney. 7:32 pm - Next group enter. 7:40 pm - Most have entered. 7:43 pm - A single swift enters. Total: 264 in the large chimney.

Here is the link to a two-minute clip on youtube of the Chimney Swifts entering the chimney at Washington Elementary. I counted 860 total!


URGENT Action Needed

Change Glass, Save Birds


The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium could kill thousands of migratory birds unless the stadium's builders take immediate action to incorporate bird safe measures.

Please act today to urge the stadium's builders to make the right choice—use safer glass! Send an email to the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority urging them to take a leadership position in building a stadium that is great for both football and birds. You can send the sample letter below (Click here for the link to the letter), or edit the letter with your own words for even greater impact. NOTE: Your name and address will automatically be added to the bottom of the letter.

Help us reach our goal of 65,000 letters! (That's one letter for each seat in the new stadium.)

To read the full article click here.


Stateline Community Foundation supports Audubon habitat restoration

The mission of Green Rock Audubon Society (G-RAS) includes maintaining and restoring habitat for native birds in Green and Rock Counties. Through the Stateline Community Foundation, the Gibbs Foundation has once again provided funds to support that effort. This year's amount was $4184, which will help to purchase materials to combat invasive species on the properties that are owned by G-RAS. For example, the land management team uses propane powered weed torches to burn garlic mustard, and herbicide to eliminate woody invasives such as buckthorn.

For more information about G-RAS habitat efforts, contact Victor Illichmann at 608-882-5893. For more information about the Stateline Community Foundation, contact Tara Tinder at 608-362-4228.



Avon calling
Local birders take advantage of wildlife area’s rich habitat

By Catherine W. Idzerda Janesville Gazette Monday, June 16, 2014  


Moments after they stepped out of their cars, their eyes turned upward to the tree canopy, looking. It was a brief moment of hopeful bliss, interrupted by the urgent application of bug spray. At 7 a.m. Saturday morning, a group of birders gathered at the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area boat landing for a tour sponsored by G r e e n - R o c k Audubon Society and the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association.

The tour leader, Quentin Yoerger of Evansville, has led many guided trips to the area and knew what creatures it held: the yellow-billed cuckoo, grasshopper sparrow, prothonotary warbler and other birds not seen in urban settings. Saturday’s tour attracted about 15 people, most of them seasoned birders. It wasn’t the quality of their scopes and binoculars that gave them away, but the way they used their eyes and ears. Seeing and hearing became one sense, with hearing taking precedence. When people ask Yoerger about the first steps in becoming a bird watcher, he tells them, “Learn the 50 most common birds visually and then learn their songs—then learn how to ignore those songs.”

To read the full article and see the photos from the day click on the link below:

Janesville Gazette Article




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:"

bird city sign


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