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Apr 2009 CAWS Newsletter Madison Audubon Society

Apr 2009 CAWS Newsletter Madison Audubon Society

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Madison Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society
222 S. Hamilton St. / Madison, WI 53703 / 255-2473/ www.madisonaudubon.orgMarch/April 2009
Patrick Ready
Osprey in Southern Wisconsin
Tuesday, April 21, 20097:30 p.m. – Program
Warner Park CommunityCenter, 1625 Northport Dr.(Sherman & Northport)
Free, near the building
n the mid-1990s a pair of Ospreynested on a utility pole in the YaharaRiver in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Thenest was soon discovered by Patrick Ready, a resident of the city. He becameintrigued by these birds as he canoedthe river.Pat’s fascination for these unusualnesters in the southern part of the stateled him on an adventure to learn moreabout the species. Reading books, talk-ing to experts, going on banding tripsand spending countless hours observ-ing and photographing the residentpair have made Ready an expert of sorts on the life of Ospreys.Plan to enjoy Pat’s photos of variousOsprey nests in southern WI, alongwith some interesting tales and factualinformation about these “Fish Eagles”as they are sometimes called.
Over the past 10 years severalOsprey pairs have nested in thesouthern part of the state includingthis cell tower nest located inMadison.
The Return of Osprey toSouthern Wisconsin
March 18, 2009“Wings Over Madison” Banquetwith Robert Anderson and hisPeregrine Falcon
Reservation deadline has passed. Call John Minnich at (608) 327-0129 for spaceavailability.
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Solheim Billing & GrimmerMichler & BrownWegner LLPM&I Bank 
A full list of sponsors will appear in theMay CAWS.
Raffle donors:
 John and Judith Hutchinson of FontanaSports SpecialtiesEagle OpticsMarci HessMeuer Art & Picture Frame CompanyWild Birds UnlimitedREIDavid Billing of Solheim Billing & GrimmerItchy Cat PressOrange Tree Imports
March/April 20092The Audubon CAWS
Turtle Nest Protection ProjectUpdate
By Greg Geller
Editor’s note: In spring 2007, researcher Greg Geller began a projectwith Madison Audubon Society’s support to develop an efficient andlow-cost method for private and public landowners to increase survivalof turtle nests, including both eggs and young turtles, by reducingmammalian predation via non-lethal means. Faced with ever-shrinkinghabitats, high predation rates and direct, human-caused mortality,many turtle species are in decline. First year results were reported inthe Oct. 2007 CAWS newsletter.
The year 2008 was a fairly good time to test the electric exclu-sion fences for their basic utility for the turtle nest protectionproject, but a definitely poor one to generate large sample sizes.Things were moving along well until June 8 when both studysites were completely flooded over. All the nests that had beenlaid and camera-monitored until that point were then drownedand the fence chargers themselves had to be rescued by wad-ing through waist-deep water. But, three weeks later the floodsreceded, the turtles again made nesting attempts and soon pro-vided the study with its first year of data.Two fence schemes are currently being tested, both of whichshow some early promise as a way to increase the nesting suc-cess of turtles by excluding their most important predator, theraccoon, from nesting areas. The combined current tally is allthree nests inside the protective fences survived to hatching,while all five of those outside the fences were predated. Thecameras, two of which are on loan from Madison Audubon, arealso generating related information on map turtle nesting ecol-ogy and predator behavior, which adds detail and value to theproject, as much of this information is little-documented.It is hoped that positive demonstration of this nesting area pro-tection approach may promote its use on both private and pub-lic lands, wherever appropriate. I remain grateful to MadisonAudubon for their support and look forward to the upcomingfield season in the truly magical landscapes along the LowerWisconsin River.
MAS Art Fair – Saturday, May 2
 New Location:
Warner Park
Sign up now to volunteer
Spring is right around the corner! And so is Madison AudubonSociety’s 33rdannual Art Fair.Mark yourcalendar forSaturday, May2, from 9:30 to4:30 and plan toattend the ArtFair at WarnerPark CommunityCenter, 1625Northport Dr.This festive event, just in time for Mother’s Day, features 130 artists displaying finearts and crafts. In addition, the fair offers a raffle, creative kid’sactivities, the MAS information booth, and the popular silentauction that grows larger each year. Food will be available onsite.More than 100 volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the event. Help is needed in many areas, including volunteercoordination, kids’ activities, raffle, artist and volunteer check-in,artist set-up and take down, plant sale, MAS information booth,and silent auction. Volunteers are needed the day of the fair, butalso in the office weeks before the event.For more information, please check out the Art Fair link at
 , watch for more in the MayCAWS, or e-mail Joanne Herfel at
 , or call255-2473.
Raccoon searching for turtle nests on July 2, 2008.
3March/April 2009The Audubon CAWS
YOUR EducationCommittee isPlanning for a BannerYear in 2009!
By Nancy Hylbert, ChairMAS Education Committee
We have an enthusiastic and growinggroup of energetic volunteers who arerevved up about our projects for 2009.We are excited about our EducationCommittee offerings, and we look for-ward to the possibility of your participa-tion! Some of the main events we arefocusing on this year are:
• Expanding our Bird Mentor Program.
Using a Power Point presentation, aset of binoculars, including child-sized binocs, and a healthy dose of enthusi-asm, our volunteer bird mentors havetaught more than 500 school childrenand their attending adults about ourlocal birds and their habitats. We areplanning to expand our program toinclude even more schools this year! If you have considered being a bird men-tor, but are unsure of what to expect,come along and ‘shadow’ one of ourexperienced bird mentors. This pro-gram takes place primarily during theschool year. To schedule a shadowingexperience, or to participate in a brief training, please contact Dee Wylie:
or (608) 833-2744.
• Planning and facilitating our sec
-ond year of cooperating with MSCR(Madison School & CommunityRecreation) MAD Camp, to offerAudubon Adventures environmentalservice-learning opportunities to middleschool youth in the greater MadisonArea. This camp takes place for 8 weeks,from mid-June to mid-August. If youwould like to assist with curriculumplanning, materials, or teaching, pleaseemail Nancy: nhylbert@yogaforhealth.net.
• Hosting school children for a half day
of learning and environmental steward-ship via our Audubon Adventure DaySanctuary Field Trips (usually offered inthe fall). Kids gleefully experience prai-rie scavenger hunts, bird watching, pen-ning their own original nature poems,collecting prairie seeds, and playingCritter Quest, an insect-observation andidentification game created by two of our more imaginative education com-mittee members. We have these andmore kid-friendly activities all plannedout; all we need to get more schoolchildren and home schoolers out onour sanctuaries is YOU! For more info,please email Nancy: nhylbert@yogafor-health.net.Wishing you all the best in 2009, andhoping for the opportunity to work,laugh, and learn together as we strive tostrengthen the connection between chil-dren and the natural world.
Bird Mentor Workshop
(New or Review for Mentors)
Here is a chance for
 Bird Mentors to learn more about theBird Mentor program, equipment, andtips for working with groups. The work-shop will be on Saturday, March 7 at theMiddleton Library from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.You will have the opportunity to view thePowerPoint program, practice workingwith the equipment, and hear suggestionsfrom experienced Bird Mentors. Come join the fun! Call Dee Wylie at (608) 833-2744 with any questions.A Bird Mentor is anyone interestedin birds (even a beginning birder) whowants to share their excitement about birding - you choose the age level andthe time. We have great PowerPointprograms that provide interesting pre-sentations for students or groups to helpthem enjoy learning more about birds.You make this happen as a Bird Mentorand are rewarded with stories, smiles,and the joy of sharing the small wondersof our world. Learn more at the MentorWorkshop on March 7!
ICF Wetland Ecology LectureWednesday, March 25
The International Crane Foundation is hosting a visit by wetlandecologist Max Finlayson of the Institute for Land, Water andSociety at Charles Sturt University, Australia’s largest regionaluniversity, in New South Wales. Prof. Finlayson will give aguest lecture at 2650 Humanities Building on the UW-Madisoncampus at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The title of his talk is “Wetland Conservation and Management: Worldwide Issues,Conflicts and Synergies, and Learning from Comparison andCollaboration”. He plans to describe the conditions of wetlandsglobally, with 2-3 examples of major global projects to conservewetlands internationally. Madison Audubon is cosponsoring thelecture. For more information, contact Alison Duff at ICF (608)356-9462. More information about Max Finlayson is availableat: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/about/members/finlayson.htm
Friends of the UW-Madison ArboretumNative Plant Sale – Saturday, May 9
Orders can be placed now through March 20 for your choice of over 100 varieties of woodland and prairie native plants (includ-ing a rain garden, butterfly/hummingbird garden, savannagarden, children’s prairie garden) and native shrubs, vinesand trees. All species are native to the area and are propagatedplants, not dug from the wild. The pre-order brochure is avail-able at
or phone (608) 263-7760.
Big Birding Day:Saturday, May 9, 2009
See article, p. 9

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