Wednesday, February 6, 2008

WSO Speakers Bureau, recent Big Green Big Year news, GBBC coming up

If you live in Wisconsin or near our borders, and if you are a member of a club or other organization that needs a speaker on a bird-related topic for a meeting or gathering, you can access a fine list of speakers available through the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Speakers Bureau. A pdf of the listing is available here. Thanks to WSO Webmaster Lennie Lichter for maintaining the list. You'll find information about many experts on a wide variety of topics related to birds. Speakers come from academia, state and federal agencies, as well as including experienced individuals from/with many other backgrounds.


The list of "Bigbyists" (people doing a "Big Green Big Year") is growing - there are now more than 225 of us worldwide. Learn more here. My own BGBY is going at an excrutiatingly slow pace; I have had no time to get out in the past two weeks. Milwaukee and southeastern WI are experiencing blizzard-like conditions today, so it isn't going to happen today, either. I can count my backyard birds, though.


Speaking of backyard birds, I hope all of you plan to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. It's coming up, (from February 15-18), it's easy to do, and you can participate on any one or more of a number of geographic scales (your own backyard, or a larger area such as nearby park, or wildlife area). Learn more about this event at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Great Backyard Bird Count site.

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