February 12-14: Wisconsin PublicTelevision Garden Expo
at the Alliant
Energy Center, Madison. Choose
from more than 100 educationalseminars, including “Gardening forHummingbirds” with Kathi andMichael Rock at noon on Saturday,Feb. 13 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb.14.View demonstrations on gardening,lawn, and landscaping topics andenjoy hundreds of exhibitor booths.www.wpt.org/gardenexpo
February 12-15: Great BackyardBird Count.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 toparticipate.(1) Count birds for at least 15 minuteson one or more days of the count—Friday through Monday;
(2) Countthe greatest number of individualsof each species that you see togetherat any one time; and (3) When
you’re nished, enter your results
through the GBBC web page. www. birdsource.org/gbbc
March Field TripSaturday, Mar. 6: Early SpringMigrants
Steve Thiessen will lead this earlymorning field trip to Mud Lake inMcFarland. Mud Lake is usually thefirst body of water to thaw in our area,so it attracts good concentrations of spring migrating waterfowl. We willmeet at 7 a.m. at the south end of LewisLane in McFarland. Bring a scope if you have one. For more informationcall Steve at (608) 873-3323.
March 12-14: Canoecopia
dlesport exposition. Alliant Energy
Center, Madison. www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia
March 26: Wisconsin Bird ConservationInitiative Conference: The Powerof Partnerships.
All Wisconsin BirdConservation Initiative (WBCI) partnersand the public are invited to this year’sconference/annual meeting, to be heldin Milwaukee on Friday, March 26.
ThePower of Partnerships
theme parallels the2010 International Migratory Bird Daytheme. In addition, 2010 marks the 20thanniversary of Partners in Flight.This year’s focus will be the State of Our Birds and how we can partner tohelp them. Dr. Stan Temple will describethe present state of the birds, and look 40years into the future. Terry Rich, NationalCoordinator for Partners in Flight, willdiscuss the power of partnerships, fol-lowed by a number of WBCI partners tell-ing their success stories. Attend the con-ference to learn how to become involvedin such projects as Bird City Wisconsin, bird research and monitoring efforts, win-tering grounds conservation, TrumpeterSwan recovery, grassland bird conserva-tion, and more.To make a difference for the birds welove, WBCI (all 167 partners and you!) isworking hard to initiate and coordinate bird conservation efforts that requirea committed partnership. The WBCISteering Committee encourages you toattend and help chart a path for bird con-servation into the future.For more information as it becomesavailable, including the exact location of the conference, please check the WBCIwebsite, www.wisconsinbirds.org, or con-
tact Karen Etter Hale, WBCI Chairperson,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-255-BIRD(2473).
April 20-21: Earth Day at 40—ValuingWisconsin’s Environmental Traditions,Past, Present, and Future.
TheUW-Madison Nelson Institute for
Environmental Studies invites everyoneto its fourth annual Earth Day Conference
to be held at the Monona TerraceConvention Center, Madison. The confer-ence will celebrate the 40th anniversaries
of Earth Day and the Nelson Institute,
and explore lessons learned over the pastfour decades and pathways to environ-mental sustainability in the 21st century.Featured appearances include Robert F.Kennedy Jr., Margaret Atwood, WilliamMeadows, John Francis, William Cronon,and many others; an evening concert
by the Ecotones: A Musical Ecology of
Wisconsin; and other special activities.For more information, watch the NelsonInstitute website, www.nelson.wisc.edu/earthday40
April 24: “Orioles and Ocelots:Wisconsin’s Connection to Costa Rica,”
a new international collaboration, will be unveiled by The Natural ResourcesFoundation of Wisconsin, in partnershipwith the Wisconsin Bird ConservationInitiative. Tropical ecologist and authorDr. Adrian Forsyth headlines an eveningevent at the Milwaukee County Zoo forWisconsin’s migratory bird conservationefforts on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula,one of the most biologically denseplaces on earth. For more information:Craig Thompson, (608) 785-1277, Craig.Thompson@wisconsin.gov
February 20102The Audubon CAWS
From the President
By Brand Smith
The Madison AudubonSociety participated in astrategic planning retreaton December 4-5, 2009,facilitated by Carol Mayesand Sara Wilson of MayesWilson & Associates. The retreat wasattended by MAS Board of Directors,staff and volunteers. Mayes Wilson com-menced the planning session with a dis-cussion of MAS’s mission, with the objec-tive of determining whether the currentmission still describes the organization’score purpose.The facilitated discussion indicated thatthe mission still describes the organiza-tion’s core purpose. Retreat participantsonly desired to make slight revisions tothe wording of the mission, primarily touse more compelling language.This exercise was very important because the mission is the organization’s“North Star” —it guides the organizationin all of its work. When new projects orprograms are suggested, the Board shouldask, “Is this project in alignment with ourmission?” and “Does this program/proj-ect help us achieve our mission, and if so,how?” As soon as the Board of Directorsapproves the mission statement, I will besharing it with you.The retreat also generated many goalsthat the organization will be working onand you will hear about these often. Weare working with Mayes Wilson on thenext steps to start moving toward a newthree- to five-year strategic plan.I will be writing more in the future asinformation becomes available.
Red-breasted Nuthatch/Pat Ready