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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.

 

Night Hawk Program

Jana Marie Veil a Biologist at UW Milwaukee gave an excellent presentation for GRAS on her Night Hawk Survey done in June 2013. The survey was done by volunteers in cities and areas randomly select in southeast Wisconsin. Neil and Kay Deupree helped with the night hawk survey in the areas randomly selected in Janesville.

Night Hawk Photo

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Monarchs need our help now!

A letter from:

Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

Monarch butterflies are in crisis, and we must take immediate action to protect them!
Less than 20 years ago, an astounding 1 billion monarchs migrated to Mexico for the winter. This year, a mere fraction of that -- just 33.5 million -- made the journey.
Why? In large part it's because industrial agriculture is killing off the native milkweed on which monarchs depend with a new generation of potent herbicides.
Tell the EPA to adopt tough new restrictions on the weed killers that are wiping out monarchs!
By placing commonsense limits on Big Ag's rampant use of herbicides like glyphosate -- marketed as Roundup by Monsanto -- the EPA could dramatically increase the monarch's chance for survival.
But the EPA is unlikely to do that unless it hears from hundreds of thousands of us!
Monarchs can't live without milkweed -- it is the only plant on which they lay their eggs.
What's at stake here? One of the most astounding and extraordinary migrations on the planet -- a true natural wonder.
Each year, as they have for countless generations, North American monarchs undertake an epic journey, flittering upwards of 3,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada to just a relative few wintering grounds, including Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains.
But as industrial agriculture has ramped up its use of genetically engineered crops resistant to weed killers like glyphosate, it has also dramatically escalated its use of herbicides -- and monarch populations have plunged.
This is the ninth year in a row that the population of monarchs wintering in Mexico has fallen below its long-term average, and this year it hit an all-time low.


Please tell EPA the time to act is now!

Thank you for joining NRDC at this critical moment in our fight to save the monarchs.


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American Kestrels


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 viccarol@sbcglobal.net or Neil Deupree at deupreen@charter.net 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."

bird city sign

 

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