The Center has a passionate cadre of birders who visit year round to both enjoy the cycles of birds that visit, and help with data input about their behaviors. This group of dedicated nature lovers helps us obtain information about migratory cycles, species’ populations, and the impact climate change is having on birds. Anyone is free to visit while we’re open and enter bird sightings during their visit.
Ways to Participate
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon
Join the Schlitz Audubon Screech Owl Birdathon Team! This is a state-wide event supporting bird conservation from April 15 – June 15. Teams of birders (from novice to expert) are assembled, birds are viewed on our property. Money is raised for the Center and the National Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, either by number of species observed or by flat donation amounts. Contact Zoe for more information.
Mark the Schlitz Audubon Chart
We have a bird chart inside the Great Hall. Visitors are welcome to catalog their sightings on the chart. This data is the backbone of our historic bird records, which began in 1974, and is entered into eBird.
Started in 2002 by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird is the most effective way to catalog bird sightings on a shared database.
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology began research for the first breeding bird atlas in 1995. There were major gaps in breeding bird data and over 1,600 volunteers helped to complete the story. The information was first published in 2006. Information is currently being collected by enthusiastic volunteers through 2019 for the next edition, and is being collected through eBird. They are still looking for more volunteers. Learn more here.
Merlin Bird ID App
A mobile field guide which includes basic information about 400 species of North American birds. Includes photographs, descriptions, range maps, and recordings of calls and songs.
Bird Club at Schlitz Audubon
Still unsure about becoming a citizen scientist? Bird Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. These free drop-in events are part of a longstanding partnership with Milwaukee Audubon Society. Birders from beginner to advanced are welcome, including young adults. Check our calendar of events for updates.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology | All About Birds
An online field guide that provides bird characteristics, range maps, and audio for 599 species of birds in North America.
How To Begin Birding
A great resource from National Audubon Society even if you’ve never picked up a pair of binoculars.
Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring Throughout Wisconsin
Since 1994, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin has entered monitors’ data into a computer data base and as a result, through computer analysis of the data, it has gained great insights into the complexities of how management practices and box design affect bluebird population dynamics. The purpose and mission of BRAW is to monitor and increase the production of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity-nesting birds through a coordinated statewide nest box construction and monitoring program.