Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Protecting Birds through Action & Art

 Registration is now open for this exciting conference featuring Birds in Art and taking action on behalf of birds!

 The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 27-29 at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Rothschild.  This year, WBCI is again partnering with Bird City Wisconsin as well as collaborating with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. The theme appropriately enough is “Protecting Birds through Action & Art.”

The first day of the conference will offer Bird City communities and other conservation-minded attendees a program on hazards facing birds throughout their annual life cycle and how to mitigate them.  The lineup 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 who will cover such topics as cats, collisions, climate change, native plantscaping, and the Migratory Bird Treaty centennial.

Bird City Wisconsin is extending special invitations to its representatives and collaborators in 99 communities across the state to attend the conference, which is serving as a second Bird City Summit, the theme of the 2014 WBCI Annual Meeting.

This year’s conference also will explore the rich and fascinating intersection between bird conservation action and art, in partnership with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, a widely-respected cultural and educational facility in nearby Wausau.

Similar invitations are being extended to all WBCI partners and through the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, which also are sponsoring the conference. Additional support has been provided by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program.

An evening reception hosted by the museum will offer attendees 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 on how art can help advance bird conservation outreach and action.

A full conference program appears on the WBCI website at http://www.wisconsinbirds.org

Online registration: http://wsobirds.org/wbci-annual-meeting-2016.  The registration deadline is Oct. 11.

The $65 registration fee covers both days of the conference, including lunches, breaks and the evening reception.

Organizers have reserved a block of rooms at the Stoney Creek Hotel at $82 plus tax single occupancy and $99 double, with the rates good through Sept. 30. Call Stoney Creek’s central reservation system at 800-659-2220 or the front desk at 715-355-6858. Mention WBCI Annual Meeting to get the special rate.
Supported, in part, by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program