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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2008

Talk on tropical migrants highlights ornithology gathering this weekend

GREEN BAY - A Friday evening presentation on Wisconsin birds in the tropics and a full Saturday schedule of workshops and talks are features of the second annual conference of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, to be held March 14 and 15 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Conference sessions, free and open to anyone with an interest in birds, are co-hosted by the University's Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. The emphasis is on citizen-based bird monitoring.

Craig Thompson, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist and chair of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative International Committee, is the keynote presenter. His presentation on Wisconsin birds in the tropics, "Making Conservation Connections South of the Border," begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday (March 14) in Room 204 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.

Sessions on Saturday (March 15) start at 8:30 a.m. and will address diverse topics including spring owl monitoring, nightjar (whip-poor-will) surveys, Kirtland's warblers in Wisconsin, marshbird monitoring and the science behind advanced population studies.

The offices of the Cofrin Center of Biodiversity, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 212, will be headquarters for Saturday's sessions. Membership or registration is not required. A complete schedule is available at the Web site of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, at www.wisconsinbirds.org/BirdMonitoring.htm.

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08-58 | Contact: Christopher Sampson sampsonc@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2527



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