Steering Committee

Bird City Wisconsin Steering Committee
Andrew Struck president of Milwaukee Audubon Society and Bird City project leader. Andrew is employed as director of planning and parks for Ozaukee County. In this capacity he has worked on numerous grant-funded projects of an environmental nature.
Barb Barzen, grants coordinator for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.
Michael Reed is director of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, a world-class nature center that draws about 800,000 people a year. He represents the Wisconsin Audubon Council, having served on the board and been involved with conservation issues through NEW Audubon since 1987. Mike took the helm at Bay Beach in May 2011, succeeding retiring director Ty Baumann, who left after 40 years. Reed had been the sanctuary's curator, supervising care for over 4,000 animals admitted annually for rehabilitation, and has worked at Bay Beach for 25 years. He previously worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and has done field work throughout the U.S. and in Belize.
Karen Etter Hale, executive secretary of Madison Audubon Society, chair of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and vice president of  the Wisconsin Audubon Council.
Kent Hall, retired professor from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is vice president of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin and a director of the Aldo Leopold chapter of the National Audubon Society.  
Stephen McCarthy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Landscape Architecture and is registered in Illinois and Wisconsin. He has practiced landscape architecture for 35 years with a focus on large scale public natural resource based projects, native landscape restoration, and natural area preservation. For the last 12 years he has served as landscape architect for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and manages the Greenseams land program, which acquires wetlands, riparian corridors, and forested areas in four watersheds in the greater Milwaukee area. By storing and draining water into the ground naturally, Greenseams helps prevent future flooding while supporting and protecting MMSD's structural flood management projects. Greenseams is an innovative flood management program that has permanently protected more than 2,000 acres of water absorbing soils. The program makes voluntary purchases of undeveloped, privately owned properties in areas expected to have major growth in the next 20 years and open space along streams, shorelines and wetlands. Greenseams also preserves wildlife habitat. Where applicable, the properties can be used for hiking, bird watching, and other passive recreation.
Bird City Coordinator
 

Carl Schwartz is the state coordinator of Bird City Wisconsin. He also is president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and helps steer the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club in Newburg. From 2004 to 2013, he organized and led the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon, a major fund-raiser for WSO. He also is past president of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, a member of the American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, International Crane Foundation, the Southeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Gathering Waters, the Door County and Ozaukee Washington Land Trusts and the Horicon Marsh Bird Club. He retired in 2009 as senior editor for national and international news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he had worked since graduating from the University of Illinois in 1971.

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