Mike Mossman, retired ornithologist with WDNR, will give a public presentation on the rich grassland birdlife of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant, which is a fortuitous but unintended legacy of human activities. Mike undertook a property-wide bird survey in 1998, repeated in 2012. Based on Mike’s studies, the importance of Badger as a grassland bird refuge earned the property the distinction of being declared an Important Bird Area (IBA) for Wisconsin. He will share information on the changes in birdlife over the years, and talk about the future of birds at Badger.
The current major landowners of the 7,400-acre former Badger property are Wisconsin DNR, Ho-Chunk Nation and USDA Dairy Forage Reserach Center. This diverse ownership represents both challenges and opportunities for birds and other wildlife at Badger. Understanding the interplay of human and natural history on the property and throughout the State is essential to the future of grassland birds, and to us.
This program is part of a fall-winter 2016 series, “We Are Sauk Prairie,” coordinated by Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance, sponsored by Alliant Energy Foundation.
Location: Room B24 (basement meeting room) of West Square Building, 505 Broadway, Baraboo
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (refreshments at 6:30, program starts at 6:45pm)