Annual Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative meeting will connect conservation and art

MADISON – The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative’s annual meeting will be held Oct. 27-29, 2016 at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Rothschild. WBCI has partnered with Bird City Wisconsin and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum to develop this year’s theme: “Protecting Birds through Action and Art.”

A full conference program is available on the WBCI website at [EXIT DNR], and the meeting is open to the public with advance registration.

The first day of the conference will address hazards facing birds throughout their annual life cycle and offer suggestions as to how to mitigate these challenges. The list of speakers includes renowned author, naturalist and conservationist Kenn Kaufman, Minnesota Audubon’s Joanna Eckles, Tom Will of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners in Flight and many others. Presentations will cover topics including cats, collisions, the environment, native “plantscaping” and the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial.

An evening reception hosted by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum will give attendees an opportunity to enjoy a private viewing of the museum’s 41st annual Birds in Art exhibition. The second day of the conference will feature presentations by artists, advocates and educators regarding how art can help advance bird conservation outreach and action.

The conference will serve as a second Bird City Summit for Bird City Wisconsin community representatives, and will bring together a number of partners, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, as well as over 180 other WBCI partner organizations. Additional support has been provided by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program.

People interested in attending should register online by Oct. 11 at (exit DNR). The $65 registration fee covers both days of the conference, including lunches, breaks and an evening reception.