The Great Wisconsin Oriole Count
Congratulations to Eagle School of Madison and Highlands Elementary for winning this year's Great Wisconsin Oriole Count!
Inspired by the late Noel Cutright, the Oriole Count’s purpose is to engage youth in schools, nature centers, Scouts, and 4-H groups in observing and learning about orioles. The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Eagle Optics, and Wild Birds Unlimited in Mequon teamed up to offer two great Birding Bonanza prize packages including 5 pairs of binoculars, a spotting scope, and a tripod.
Groups may also use this activity to raise money for the Bird Protection Fund’s conservation efforts in both Wisconsin and the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, winter home to many of our orioles.
Baltimore Orioles are found throughout Wisconsin during the spring and summer. The orange and black birds are one of the most easily identifiable spring migrants that arrive here in early May and frequent a wide variety of habitats -- including feeders offering fruit and jelly.
Partners in Flight estimates there are as many as 470,000 in Wisconsin each year, or 4% of the global population. For more information, read All About Orioles in the participant kit.
Simply set out oranges and grape jelly, and orioles will come -- even in urban settings.
"The secret is to use color and keep the oranges fresh!" say experienced birder Barbara Schwartz.