Speaker: Erin Giese
Birds are important and familiar parts of Wisconsin’s ecological legacy, but they are facing unprecedented challenges. Climate change, pollution, predation, human development and other threats are occurring at a rapid pace and threatening bird populations locally, regionally, and across the. Around the Great Lakes, many bird species have evolved over millions of years to take advantage of unique foods and habitats that water provides. When we impact these waters, we also impact the birds and other wildlife around them. This presentation will give an overview on the status of birds and highlight ways that people like you can get more involved in monitoring and protection efforts. This session also kicks off a series of more specific presentations looking at Trumpeter Swans, cranes, eagles and other species that depend on lakes, rivers and wetlands.