What Birds Are Telling Us About Climate Change


     You are invited to learn “What Birds Are Telling Us About Climate Change” at a presentation by Dr. Alan Haney on Wednesday, October 9 at 4:00 pm at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 1235. This will take place during the week of Earth Charter Summit activities and is co-sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby Oshkosh Chapter and Winnebago Audubon. It is free and open to the public. Free parking is available for this presentation in Lot 7 next to Sage Hall, 845 High Ave., Oshkosh.

     Long before canaries were first used in mines to detect unsafe conditions, people observed birds as a forewarning of changes in weather. With their high metabolism, birds must quickly respond to their environment, and therefore, are excellent indicators of change.  Alan will use numerous examples to illustrate some of the ways in which rapidly changing climate is affecting our birds.

     Alan Haney is Emeritus Professor of Forestry, College of Natural Resources at UW Stevens Point. Alan came to Stevens Point in 1988 as dean of the College of Natural Resources, a position he held for 10 years.  He returned to full-time teaching and research in 1998, then retired in 2007.  He now devotes his energy to writing, consulting, forest management, and occasional lectures.  His areas of expertise include ecosystem restoration, adaptive management, savanna restoration, land conservation, forest community responses to disturbance, avian ecology, and climate change. 

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Photo caption: It is a thrill for a birdwatcher when a flock of climate-threatened Evening Grosbeaks descends on a winter feeder. It is already a rare occurrence in our state. 

Photo by Garth McElroy/VIREO.


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Janet Wissink

Janet Wissink is currently president of Winnebago Audubon, chair of Oshkosh Bird Fest planning committee, and co-coordinator of Project SOAR (Snowy Owl Airport Rescue). She loves bird watching, prairies and exploring the natural world.

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