Falcon Photo-Op Day (and Naming Ceremony) is also an educational opportunity

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, Cofrin Library rolled out the green carpet to greet the latest additions to UW-Green Bay’s feathered family. A flock of nearly 100 bird-lovers gathered in the library pavilion for the third annual debut party of Mimi and Rupert’s offspring. This marks the third consecutive year, with successful nests in 2017, 18 and 19.

At a long table, Greg Septon, “founding father” of Wisconsin Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project and UW-Green Bay Prof. Amy Wolf (Biology) co-hosted the ceremony. Septon extracted each chick, or eyass (pronounced ‘eye-yass’), from a single pet carrier, announced the gender and then attached bands to each leg with a pop rivet. Wolf, christened each with a ceremonial name. Once completed, it was back into the container and the next one fetched for the adoring crowd.

Bird one was extracted from the carrier. A big ball of down perched on near fully-grown legs.

Septon delivered the news: “It’s a male.”

“We’re naming the birds after prominent conservation biologists,” Wolf announced, “so this one’s name is Leopold, for Aldo Leopold.”

For those who have made the trek up to UW-Green Bay’s Provost Office or over to Mary Ann Cofrin Hall to view the webcam broadcast of the blue jay-feather-festooned nesting box (Peregrine’s favorite meal), quickly notice these birds appear much larger face- to-face than on the screen.

Wolf has her theories why blue jays are a family favorite… “They’re very conspicuous and larger, so they’re a good meal.” Adding that on observation of all nesting Peregrine falcons in the area, blue jays are a preferred entrée.

“Alright. One down.” Septon tells the crowd. It’s time for the reveal of bird No. 2. Despite their downy appearance, leather gloves protected Septon from the young raptor’s sharp talons and beaks.

Another male.

“That one’s Muir, for John Muir.” (An influential Scottish-American naturalist also known as “Father of National Parks.”) Wolf informed the crowd.

The next bird out was bigger, louder and considerably more displeased with the events.

“Anyone want to guess the sex?” Septon offered. The crowd laughs a little. “The females are always louder and a little more difficult to deal with.” The crowd groaned a little. He quickly added “Only Peregrine. It’s always true.”

“Rachel,” Professor Wolf announced “for (nature writer) Rachel Carson.”

“OK, one more.” Septon fished out the final falcon, a male, christened Thoreau. Banding completed, it was time for the photo op, but not before a bit of cautionary advice from Septon. “You can get relatively close but every once in a while, a chick decides it’s going to run. If that happens, everyone just freeze,” he advised. None made a break for it while cameras and cellphones record the events.

And as far as getting the birds back to the roof, that task falls to current Biology students Brandon Byrne and Noah Nie. They’ve been in charge of maintaining the nesting box. For them, the process has been both a labor of bird-loving and a serious learning experience.

“They’ve been fun to watch. Going from unhatched eggs to today.” Nie says. “A lot of our research is on nest behavior. How both parents interact with the young.”

Branden also notes that the adult bird interaction has had its dramatic moments. “There was another (banded) female from Milwaukee, named Bratcha, who showed up when Mimi went missing. For a while, we thought, ‘oh no.’ There had been a pretty bad snow storm in January or February. But then Mimi came back and Bratcha left.”

All the televised research and intrigue would have not been possible without the technical expertise of recent graduate Jacob Woulf ’19 (Biology) who devised and installed “Peregrine Cam” with funding assistance from avid community birders Paul and Annie Mueller.

Though the nest will soon be empty, research continues with Byrne, Nie and Woulf assisting Prof. Wolf. “ All three students are continuing to work with me on a research project aimed at describing the behaviors of the Peregrine based on stored video footage. Ultimately, we hope to submit a research paper based on the results.”

It’s obvious these birds did not crave the spotlight. In fact, their celebrity status is fleeting. In a week or two, flight feathers will have completely replaced down and Leopold, Muir, Rachel and Thoreau will have flown their nesting box.

Offspring are not welcomed back home. But one of the benefits of banding is that these birds can be tracked. (One offspring is reported to have a nest in Eau Claire.) Plus the webcam has been a valuable research tool for students studying nesting, incubating and feeding behavior. As for Mimi and Rupert? If recent history is any indication, they won’t stay empty-nesters for long. Stay tuned for next season…

This public event was a quiet kick-off to the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s 20th Anniversary year of celebration. Details TBA.

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Peregrine Falcon Banding 2019

– Story by Michael Shaw; Photos and video by Daniel Moore

UW-Green Bay 2019 Bellin Run Corporate Team

Run Phoenix, Run

There are 18 UW-Green Bay employees on the Bellin Run corporate team this year. The 43rd annual Bellin Run takes place Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Green Bay. The team t-shirts were designed by UW-Green Bay student Jenna Bares and Alex Reichenberger (Fitness Coordinator). The T-shirts were purchased through a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). Team members are Thomas Caldie, Laxmi Chataut, Kate Burns, Jana Fogaca, Jamel Heim, Desiree Kittle, Sarah Locke, James Marker, Ryan Martin, Donna Mleziva, Dan Moore, Nate Rusch, Joan Schaller, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Molly Vandervest, Kimberly Vlies, Crystal Williams and John Zimonick.

UW-Green Bay Spring 2019 Semester Honors at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan

GREEN BAY — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made public the names of students on the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses receiving semester honors for the spring 2019 semester. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point average, which represents all “A” grades, receive highest honors. High honors go to students earning 3.99 to 3.75 grade point averages. Honors are given to students earning 3.74 to 3.50 grade point averages. Students are listed by the city claimed as place of permanent residence. See also, UW-Green Bay main campus semester honors.

Marinette Campus

Highest Honors

Coleman, Wis. — Cody Van Hoff
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — Vu Minh Khanh Dao
Menominee, Mich. — Cassidy MacArthur
Marinette, Wis. — Emily Paulsen
Porterfield, Wis. — Ryan Dura

High Honors

Hanoi, Vietnam — Chau Pham
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — Doan Bao Chau Thai
Marinette, Wis. — Jason Hile, Kendra Krouth, Taylor Loberger, Jordan Miller, Allison Wagner
Menominee, Mich. — Hunter Hass
Moscow, Russia — Vera Shurygina
Peshtigo, Wis. — Abigail Marquardt, Kailyn Wiegman
Wausaukee, Wis. — Emily Burns

Honors

Bark River, Mich. — Faith Jorasz
Dalian, China — Dongqiang Zhou
Crivitz, Wis. — Zachary Walters
Daggett, Mich. — Jacob Maule
Guangdong, China — Haoyuan Luo
Kaukauna, Wis. — Christian Worzalla
Marinette, Wis. — Naomi Jimenez-Cortes, Noah Miller, Elizabeth Paul, Adam Wahl
Menominee, Mich. — Jonathan Anttila, Kayley Nelson
Peshtigo, Wis. — Brock Bero, Nicole Grom, Kayla Walters
Porterfield, Wis. — Madisen Klaver
Rizhao, China — Jian Feng
Stephenson, Mich. — Breanne Bedgood, Sarah Williams
Wallace, Mich. — Caitlin Christophersen
Wausaukee, Wis. — Abbie Lindbom

Manitowoc Campus

Highest Honors

Manitowoc, Wis. — Jennifer Franzen, Cory Henschel, Michael McGuire
Two Rivers, Wis. — Tiana Johnson

High Honors

Manitowoc, Wis. — Isabel Aldrich, Eric Brey, Arielle Carter, Jonathan Christensen, Samuel Evenoff, Emma Forrest, Nicholas Geiger, Kathryn Kellner, Ryan Rank, Evelyn Tapia-Campuzano, Danielle Visser, Stephanie Watkins
Maribel, Wis. — Colton Swetlik
Mishicot, Wis. — Sierra Siders
Rosendale, Wis. — Makenna Pucker
Shiocton, Wis. — Brian Babicky
Two Rivers, Wis. — Brooke Behrendt, Bree Forkins, Sara Soukup, Joshua Steckmesser, Sharon Yang
Valders, Wis. — Kami Christianson

Honors

Green Bay, Wis. — Zachary Skubal
Manitowoc, Wis. — Patrick Bell, Olivia Claybrook, Shannon Flyod, Chrystal Hansen, Aaron Hillmer, KaZoua Kue, Yin Lee, Hannah Meidl, Kelsey Schindl, Larissa Zeddies
Reedsville, Wis. — Casey Fenlon, Luke Oltmanns
Saint Nazianz, Wis. — Jessica Archuleta
Two Rivers, Wis. — Darby Doyle, Amanda Duerschmidt, Sarah Nowak. Allison Rehrauer, Kasey Schultz
Whitelaw, Wis. — Jacob Gomm

Sheboygan Campus

Highest Honors

Sheboygan, Wis. — Breanna Stelson, Erika Monson, Hunter Zabel, Kevin Krentz, Mitchell Nussberger, Trevor Maurin, Zachari Schroeder
Belgium, Wis. — Jessica Lybek
Sheboygan Falls, Wis. — Autumn Pitz
Cedar Grove, Wis. — Thaddaeus Jurgilanis
Oostburg, Wis. — Gregory Scholten, Jayden Navis
Milwaukee, Wis. — Christopher Flick
Plymouth, Wis. — Hope Landgraf, Morgan Walcott, Nicholas Garni
Kiel, Wis. — Jordan Meyer, Lydia Luebke
Glenbeulah, Wis. — Andrew Kehm
Waldo, Wis. — Megan Rammer,

High Honors

Sheboygan, Wis. — Adam Heitzmann, Owen Vihos-Hoover
Belgium, Wis. — Alexander Duquaine
Kohler, Wis. — Catherine Sutherland
Sheboygan Falls, Wis. — Arden DeRuyter
Plymouth, Wis. — Jared Hubbard,

Honors

Sheboygan, Wis. — Blia Vue, Christian Gartner, Dylan Martens, Hallie Theune, Isabelle Barrington, Kara Petzke, Levi Kohlmann, Mitchell Gilipsky, Rebecca Hilbelink, Sophia Pedroni, Tiffany Chang
Belgium, Wis. — Charlie Bruss, Hailey Lanser
Port Washington, Wis. — Emily Catena
Kohler, Wis. — Ashley Dedering
Sheboygan Falls, Wis. — Emma Luedtke, Jared Marshall
Cedar Grove, Wis. — Alexandria Deruyter
Oostburg, Wis. — Dorothy McElroy, Haley Marman, Jacob Eernisse, Mitchell Ver Velde, Paige Gabrielse, Ryan Wonser
Cleveland, Wis. — Johnathan Grunwald
Kiel, Wis. — Amanda Hartlaub, Samuel Vogel
Jackson, Wis. — Sophia O’Donnell
Random Lake, Wis. — Calvin Smith, Jacob Schmidt

Prof. Fermanich educates at NEW Water and NASA announcement

UW-Green Bay Professor Kevin Fermanich talks water quality at announcement

On May 30, 2019, NEW Water announced a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to further the scientific knowledge of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. As part of their announcement, UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (NAS) helped educate area leaders on water issues impacting Northeast Wisconsin.

In the photo, left to right: Prof. Kevin Fermanich, UW-Green Bay; Sarah Bartlett, Water Resources Specialist, NEW Water; Nancy Quirk, General Manager, Green Bay Water Utility; Tom Sigmund, Executive Director, NEW Water; Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Photo provided by the City of Green Bay.

“What happens on the land directly impacts water quality,” said Fermanich. “Our work in the watershed actively addresses the runoff issues that lead to water problems in the Bay. Through strategic partnerships, we will be able to achieve healthier waters for the community to enjoy.”

NEW Water was selected to partner with NASA due to its well-established Aquatic Monitoring Program, which has monitored area waters since 1986. NASA’s AERONET-OC instrument referred to as the SeaPRISM is mounted at one of NEW Water’s monitoring stations. To “ground truth” the water color measured by NASA satellites, data is collected at the surface of a body of water.

Learn more: www.newwater.us/seaprism. Photos below provided by NEW Water.

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Water testing, NEW Water

 

 

Elaina Koltz holding the flag at Lambeau Field

Elaina Koltz named as Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence award-winner

Congratulations to Elaina Koltz ’06 (Human Development), selected to receive the Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence Award, as announced this week. Koltz is a financial aid advisor and Veteran Services coordinator for UW-Green Bay.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards in Milwaukee on June 7. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff.

Elaina Koltz
Elaina Koltz

“This year’s award recipients reflect the high caliber of our academic staff across the UW System,” said Regent Janice Mueller, chair of the selection committee. “We are delighted to recognize their wide-ranging and significant accomplishments as they work to support student success and strengthen their institutions and communities.”

Award recipients are selected for superior performance resulting in significant contributions to the department and institution; use of positive personal interaction to manage work changes; and a consistently creative approach that improves productivity and work quality. Each recipient is awarded $5,000.

Koltz is widely respected for her knowledge of complex student veteran education benefits and her dedication to helping students succeed. In 2002, she became UW-Green Bay’s school certifying official, the liaison between the university’s students and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the financial aid advisor for Veteran Services, she assists the growing population of student veterans at UW-Green Bay.

She has helped the University expand its programming, including forming and leading the Veterans Support Team, a campus-wide group that assists the more than 500 student veterans and dependents who use veteran education benefits. She helped implement a Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge where veterans can find resources and build relationships to support each other. The lounge is the site of a monthly Veteran Open House featuring community resources for veterans. As advisor for the university’s Vets 4 Vets Student Veteran Club, Koltz assists with programs in which the group is involved, such as the City Stadium Run for Veterans and the Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court. She is president of the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion Bravo Company, which helps connect veterans with community resources. She is currently working to bring to UW-Green Bay the Vet Success on Campus program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which would be the second such program in Wisconsin.

For information on the other recipients, see the UW System press release.