Organizational Structure

Bird City Wisconsin Director
Bryan Lenz took over as director of Bird City Wisconsin on Oct. 1, 2014. Bryan is also the Chief Scientist at the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, a member of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiativeís Issues Committee, and is part of the Wisconsin DNRís Advisory Team for their Natural Heritage Site Program. A Wisconsin native, Bryan returned home after spending a decade in New Orleans while completing his Ph.D. at Tulane University where he examined the impacts of tropical forest cattle ranching in the Amazon on the mammal community, especially primates, while also recording raptor sightings. Bryan continues to serve on the board of directors and the conservation committee of the Orleans Audubon Society.
Bird City Wisconsin Steering Committee

Carl Schwartz 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.

Andrew Struck is president of 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.
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, 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.
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.
Bill Mueller 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, co-chairing its Issues Committee. He also is project coordinator for the Milwaukee BIOME Project, a group of 12 regional scientists 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.
Lucas Olson is a conservation biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He is the coordinator of the Departmentís Natural Heritage Site Program, a property certification program that recognizes private landowners, businesses, organizations, schools, and communities that voluntarily restore and manage habitat for native plant and animal species. He received his bachelorís degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin Ė Madison in 2013 where he studied the diets of gray wolves in Wisconsin.
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