Get a taste of spring this Thursday evening with a presentation about birds at Badger! Join the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance for our monthly program of the "We Are Sauk Prairie" series. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
What: Alliance Annual Meeting & Program, “As Badger Changes: Trends in Habitats and Birds, 1998-2017 and Beyond” by Mike Mossman, retired DNR biologist and Ecologist/Historian, Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance
When: Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm
Where: Ruth Culver Community Library (540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac)
Following a brief annual meeting of the Alliance, Mike will discuss his 20-year studies of breeding birds at Badger.
Summary: An extensive breeding-bird survey was conducted on the entire 7,400-acre Badger property in 1998, and repeated in 2012 (after deconstruction) and 2017 (after grassland management was restarted). Based on these surveys, the site was identified as a Wisconsin Important Bird Area because of its large and diverse populations of grassland birds, a group that has declined precipitously continentwide as grass continues to disappear from our rural lands. Over the past 20 years, Badger’s heavily disturbed landscape has changed dramatically, often favoring birds more closely associated with shrublands than grasslands. As current landowners take a more proactive role to encourage grassland and prairie, grassland birds can once again increase their populations. Mike will provide an overview of the birds, their population trends and relationships to habitat and management on the Badger Lands, and suggest options for future management.
The "We Are Sauk Prairie" lecture series is generously supported with a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.