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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Monitoring American Kestrel Nestboxes

American kestrel in a nestbox. Photo by Pat Ready

American kestrel in a nestbox. Photo by Pat Ready

What does it take to monitor kestrel boxes and why do we do it?

American Kestrel numbers have been dropping dramatically over the past 40 years, especially in the Northeast & Eastern Canada and the decline has reached the Midwest as well. MAS has responded by putting up a network of boxes. This program will cover the plight of the American Kestrel and what volunteers for Madison Audubon are doing to help keep their numbers up in south-central Wisconsin.


Pat Ready, birdwatcher extraordinare. Photo provided by Pat Ready

Pat Ready, birdwatcher extraordinare. Photo provided by Pat Ready

Speaker: Pat Ready, Madison Audubon member and volunteer

Patrick Ready lives in Madison, WI and was a Back Yard Nature Specialist for the Wild Birds Unlimited store (retired). He has been the president of the Bluebird Restoration Assoc. of WI (BRAW) for the past 4 years. He maintains 6 bluebird trails in Dane County and has been monitoring nest boxes since 1999. He is also the editor of the Wisconsin Bluebird, the quarterly newsletter for BRAW. The past four years he has been involved with American Kestrel nest box monitoring for Madison Audubon in south-central Dane Co. He enjoys bird watching, photography, and kayaking in his spare time.

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
15
6:00 AM06:00

Christmas Bird Count

  • All over Madison & surrounding suburbs! (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Christmas Bird Count, now in it's 119th year, is an annual citizen science event in which birders all over the country spend one day searching for their feathered friends. The goal is to take a snapshot of the bird landscape throughout North America. The data collected by volunteer birders and turned into the National Audubon Society help scientists understand bird population trends. Plus, it gets you out birding in the beautiful (or sometimes blustery) winter weather!

Madison's Christmas Bird Count survey area is so large that we divide it up into 23 areas. Each area has an experienced captain leading the survey for their part of Madison, Middleton, Verona, McFarland, Fitchburg, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, or DeForest. Start- and end-times and survey locations vary by area. You can either join us in the field to count birds, or stay home and watch your bird feeders. Or both!

To get involved, visit madisonaudubon.org/cbc and sign up. We will work with you to find a person leading a counting group in your area.

Happy birding!

Header photo by Carolyn Byers

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Goose Pond Sanctuary Butterfly Count
Jul
2
9:00 AM09:00

Goose Pond Sanctuary Butterfly Count

The annual Goose Pond Sanctuary Butterfly Count will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018! This count is part of the Mud Lake National Butterfly Count, and is one piece of a network of counts held throughout the country to document the diversity and abundance of our scaly-winged friends each year. Celebrate Goose Pond's 50th anniversary by participating in this fun, memorable event!

All are welcome to participate and butterfly identification expertise is not required. We will provide you with resources (nets, guides, etc.) that will help you with the count. Meet at the MAS Goose Pond Sanctuary Kampen Road residence (W7503 Kampen Road, Arlington) at 9:00 a.m. We will divide into teams and count butterflies till noon, then we will head out for lunch and back at it after lunch till 4:00 p.m.

No need to RSVP, just show up!

Cover photo by Arlene Koziol

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
16
6:00 AM06:00

Christmas Bird Count

  • All over Madison & surrounding suburbs! (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Christmas Bird Count, now in it's 118th year, is an annual citizen science event in which birders all over the country spend one day searching for their feathered friends. The goal is to take a snapshot of the bird landscape throughout North America. The data collected by volunteer birders and turned into the National Audubon Society help scientists understand bird population trends. Plus, it gets you out birding in the beautiful (or sometimes blustery) winter weather!

Madison Audubon is coordinating the Madison area count. To get involved, contact Brenna Marsicek (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to request information. We will work with you to find a person leading a counting group in your area.

Happy birding!

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