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Big Birding Days for Tom Prestby

Two articles have just been published featuring community outreach and research by ES&P graduate student Tom Prestby!

Tom Prestby and friends.

Birdathon Team “Cleopatra and the Stilts” including Tom Prestby (far right), Quentin Yoerger (left) and Cynthia Bridge (center)


He and his birdathon team were just featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about their participation in the Big Day of Birding hosted by the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. In a single day, his team saw 191 birds and traveled more than 600 miles through some of the best birding sites in Wisconsin. The Birdathon is a joint fundraising and community awareness effort between the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI). Read more:

His research on shorebirds was highlighted in the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity blog. He was able to document the 2000 mile journey of a Semipalmated Sandpiper between Maranhao, Brazil and Green Bay, Wisconsin using the bird’s leg band. Read more:


ES&P professor Dr. Katers and alumnus Crystal Osman discuss benefits of working in green jobs at the Phoenix Talks

The Phoenix Talks at UW-Green Bay are modeled on the popular TEDx series and are designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local experiences. The Phoenix Talks feature engaging community leaders — most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni — who discuss their careers and answer the question, “Why have you chosen to devote your life to public service?”

The Phoenix Talk on Environmental Issues featured Assistant Professor in Public & Environmental Affairs Aaron Weinschenk that focused on Environmental Issues. As part of the series, Professor of Engineering in NAS and ES&P and the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business Dr. John Katers and UWGB Distinguished Alumnus Crystal Osman who now works for Downtown Green Bay Inc. They spoke about their interests in local environmental issues and the importance of working on environmental causes and issues, especially the connection between business and the environment.

“Let’s Go Native: Conservation Biology in Practice.”

ES&P Chair Dr. Matt Dornbush received a  $5,990 grant that allows freshman to do conservation and restoration field work in the Baird Creek Parkway.  The project is part of a larger Urban Conservation Capacity grant to the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Students will be conducting a biodiversity inventory of part of the parkway, as well as learning about invasive species and native plants. The students are providing a huge contribution to the restoration activities at the Baird Creek by transplanting thousands of plants into the natural area.

Dr. Matt Dornbush and students

Dr. Matt Dornbush and students from his first year seminar course “Let’s Go Native: Conservation Biology in Practice.”

Dr. Dornbush is hoping to push  incoming students to go out of their comfort zone and try something new and to “see that citizens can make a difference through their actions,” he said. “If I preach it to them they’re not going to internalize it. But experiencing it, they do.”

Read more and view the slide show at

ES&P faculty awarded grants by the WI DNR for restoration work.

Grant will support freshman seminar on Baird Creek restoration

A new freshman seminar will study the grassroots, citizen-driven restoration of the nearby Baird Creek Parkway thanks to a $5,990 grant to Associate Prof. Mathew Dornbush, principal investigator, and the UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. The award is part of a larger grant made to the private Baird Creek Preservation Foundation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Foundation says the subcontract to UW-Green Bay will be helpful in promoting further Baird Creek preservation and restoration. The seminar course to be led by Dornbush during the 2014-15 academic year will mix classroom and field work for the several dozen students, and include on-site activities coordinated by the Baird Creek citizen group. An aim of the project is to familiarize UW-Green Bay freshmen with this local success story and the potential benefits of citizen-initiated land-conservation efforts. It is also hoped the project will help Baird Creek Preservation Foundation develop an effective long-term strategy for recruiting new volunteers and members.

Howe gets $17,000 share of EPA grant for bay, river cleanup

Prof. Robert Howe and company in Natural and Applied Sciences are receiving a $17,550 share of a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant as apportioned by UW-Extension. The amount represents continued funding through June 2015 of the project “Explore and Restore: Catalyzing Delisting via Advisory Teams.” The project deals with ongoing Great Lakes restoration efforts, so-called Beneficial Use Impairments or BUIs, and the EPA-designated Areas of Concern or AOCs, which include several pollution hot spots on Lake Michigan and Green Bay. The work of principal investigator Howe and staff member and ES&P alumnus Annette Pelegrin involves the lower Fox River and bay of Green Bay, and the lower Menominee River. The UW-Green Bay portion of the grant will assist with citizen advisory board involvement and public education as teams evaluate whether the bay’s health has improved sufficiently to support delisting.