Bird City Wisconsin
took over on Oct. 1, 2014, as director of Bird City Wisconsin. A
Wisconsin native, Bryan returned home after spending a decade in
New Orleans while completing his Ph.D. at Tulane University
(2013). For his dissertation research he spent 16 months living
in the Amazon where he examined the impacts of tropical forest
cattle ranching on the mammal community, especially primates,
while also recording raptor sightings and data on the tree
community. A long-time bird watcher, Bryan continues to serve on
the board of directors and the conservation committee of the
Orleans Audubon Society. Bryan taught a course on primate
behavior, ecology, and conservation at Tulane University and has published several academic papers on primates and
Bird City Wisconsin Steering Committee
chairs the Steering Committee for Bird City Wisconsin after
serving five years as its initial project coordinator. He is
immediate past president and serves on the Board of Directors
of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology; he also is editor of
its monthly newsletter,
The Badger Birder. He
is program coordinator for the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club in
Newburg. 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.
Milwaukee Audubon Society,
the lead partner in launching Bird City Wisconsin and a
continuing major supporter. He serves as treasurer of Bird City;
Milwaukee Audubon serves as Bird City's fiscal agent. 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.
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,
chairs the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and is
director of community relations for the Wisconsin Audubon
Council. Karen has been a leading force in avian conservation in
Wisconsin for more than two decades and served previously as
executive secretary of the Madison Audubon Society.
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.
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.
is director and staff ornithologist at the Western Great Lakes
Bird & Bat Observatory. Bill was conservation chair for the
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology from 2002 to 2012 and is a
member of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Steering
Committee and co-chairs its Issues Committee. He also is project
coordinator for the Milwaukee BIOME Project, a group of 12
scientists and more than 150 volunteers working on urban
migratory stopover ecology. Bill completed his masterís degree
at UW-Milwaukee and did his graduate research on the
biogeography and the population decline of the Red-headed
Woodpecker. In 2013, Bill walked 246 miles from Lake Michigan to
the Mississippi River to raise awareness about bird conservation
and to raise funds for the Bird Protection Fund of the Natural
Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.