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Check calendar for volunteer opportunities. To sign up please fill out the Volunteer form or email gras@greenrockaudubon.org.

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News and Views-

Book Donation

G-RAS has received a gift from Steve Apfelbaum at the Applied Ecological Systems: Four books:  Laughing in the Wilderness, Nature's Second Chance, Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land & accompanying Workbook.  These books are available for anyone to borrow.  We will print reviews in the future."

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Events

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2017 Bird Seed Order Form

The order form for the fall 2017 Bird seed is now available for download. This year the order deadline is October 22, 2017 (firm) and the delivery dates will be between Ocober 28th and November 4th, 2017

Please click here to view and download the order sheet.

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Lower Sugar River Watershed Association

See lsrwa.org – click on “events”

JSOL survey for nesting birds

Contact: Tom Klubertanz, tom.h.klubertanz@uwc.edu

 

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Bass Creek Canoe Launch Gets a Lift

By Neil Deupree

Last year the Bass Creek Dam Association (BCDA) donated two acres of creek side land to G-RAS to maintain a permanent access to the creek. The expectation is that people will use it for canoe or kayak trips to the Rock River from the launch near First Street and County Highway D in Afton. G-RAS has partnered with Rock Trail Coalition to find volunteers to clear and mow the path to the creek.

Now, the project has been given financial support by a closing gift of $3000 from the BCDA. We will be able to draw from this money to support our maintenance efforts with the Rock Trail Coalition. We appreciate Ken Willing of Afton, the leader of BCDA; his consistent efforts ensured the completion of this project.

Look for a new sign to appear in the spring.

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Thanks to the Mary Doering Estate

The Green-Rock Audubon Society was given $1000.00 from the estate of Mary Doering in the month of December. A special thank you to Mary Doering for thinking of the Audubon and Ms. Kelly Hendee for handling the estate.

If you would like to leave a bequest to the Green-Rock Audubon Society, please consider discussing this with your financial planner.

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 Rock County Breeding Bird Atlas

Currently, there is a statewide effort for birds called the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.  The Atlas is a 5-year project that will produce valuable data regarding the distribution and biology of birds throughout Wisconsin.  Your assistance with the effort in Rock County would be welcomed regardless of your level of expertise and available time.  The website for the project is at http://wsobirds.org/atlas/

Aaron Haycraft and I are co-coordinators for Rock County. We are dividing up our work geographically.  Aaron is taking the quads and blocks in the western portion of the county (Evansville, Orfordville, Brodhead East, Cooksville, Footville, and Newark quads).  He also is coordinating the Beloit quad.  I am taking the quads and blocks in the eastern portion of the county (Milton, Janesville East, Shopiere, Lima Center, Avalon, and Clinton).  I also will be coordinating the central quads of Edgerton and Janesville West.

 f you are an intermediate or proficient birder and have time to make a substantial effort in at least one area, please consider signing up for one of the priority or specialty blocks.  The Block Request Tool is at http://wiatri.net/projects/WBBA/WBBAmap.cfm.  Blocks are getting claimed quickly, but there are many that have not been claimed.  If the block that most interests you already is claimed, please sign up for that block as an alternate.  If you are less experienced or feel that you can contribute only sparingly to the data, please consider contacting us about where you likely will do most of your birding.  We’d also be glad to do our best to pair learning birders with more advanced mentors.  At any time, whether you are signed up for a block or not, you can submit observations to the WBBA EBird portal.

Aaron and I always will be willing to answer questions regarding sampling protocol and data entry.  We hope that with your help, we will have a successful survey of the breeding birds in Rock County.

Tom Klubertanz                              

Professor of Biology  - University of Wisconsin – Rock County            

Tom.h.klubertanz@uwc.edu                                                                                    

and

Aaron Haycraft

Brodhead, WI

haycraftal@gmail.com

 

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