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.
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 email@example.com or Neil Deupree at firstname.lastname@example.org 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."
GRAS Annual Business Meeting
The GRAS Annual Broad Meeting was held at the Evansville Country Club on September 22nd. Over forty members and guest attended, enjoying the social event and luncheon.
President Tom O'Brien called the meeting to order. Treasurer Neil Deupree gave the annual treasurer's report. Land Management Chair Victor Illichmann gave a report on the work and progress being done on the land GRAS owns in Newark and Beloit Townships.
Nominations were taken for a new Director-at- Large board member and also for Recording Secretary. Chad Mathews was nominated and approved for the new board member. Dennis Rogers was nominated and approved to be the new recording secretary.
The highlight of the afternoon was the excellent program given by Dianne Moller project director of Hoo's Woods in Milton, WI. Hoo's Woods is a non-profit raptor education facility.
Dianne is a licensed educator, falconer, rehabilitator and eagle handler through state and federal agencies.
Dianne started with a power point program about the work she is doing at Hoo's Woods. The group then went outside and she showed everyone the three raptors, a Screech Owl, a Kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon, from her facility. The Screech Owl and Kestrel are permanent residents at Hoo's Woods. The Peregrine Falcon was injured at the MG&E tower in Madison and brought to her to be nursed back to health and will be released
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- Becoming a member
- Becoming a volunteer
- Participating in our programs
- Contributing for birds and their habitats
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