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Help the Phoenix name the Falcons


UW-Green Bay is proud to announce that after seven long years of trying, the University is now home to its first successful nesting of Peregrine falcons…and we need your help in naming our new feathered friends!

The four male eyasses (baby falcons) pictured above hatched in May on top of the University’s eight-story Cofrin Library. We’re so excited about our firstborn (err…first-hatched!) that we are inviting campus and community to take part in the naming process! Have an idea? Submit it using this form. Selected names will be part of the official ballot hitting social media next week. Names must be submitted in groups of four (example: Paul, John, George, and Ringo). Nominations must be received by midnight, Monday, June 19 to be considered for voting.

Submit your name ideas

Congratulations go out to proud parents Mimi and Rupert and the University’s Tom Erdman. Once on the endangered species list, Peregrines are now being successfully reintroduced into Wisconsin through efforts like those of Erdman, resident bird expert and curator of UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum of Natural History.

Photos: Retirees Arboretum Walk


In May, retirees enjoyed the seventh annual Arboretum Walk sponsored by the Board of Directors of the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association. Paul Sager (Ecology Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences) led the walk which began near Lambeau Cottage. There were 15 retirees with binoculars and bird books in hand, that took advantage of the day to enjoy the flowers and plants and to watch the ducks and pelicans at Mahon Creek.

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For more about the UW-Green Bay Retirees Association, visit

– Photos submitted by the UW-Green Bay Retirees Association

Phuture Phoenix: Nearly 6,000 hours, 533 students tutored and mentored, 141 classrooms, and more…

UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program finished compiling and analyzing data reports for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The Phuture Phoenix program provides an opportunity for students from underrepresented and economically challenged backgrounds to believe post-secondary education is important, attainable and available.

In the 2016-17 academic year:

  • 5,831 hours of tutoring and mentoring provided by UW-Green Bay mentors.
  • 533 individual students were tutored and mentored.
  • 141 classrooms in 16 schools were supported.
  • 176 UW-Green Bay mentors averaged 33 hours of tutoring and mentoring.

On Average:

  • 11 hours of mentoring on average were received by each participating 1st-12th grade student
  • 6 sessions on average of tutoring and mentoring received by a 1st-12th grade student.
  • 17 times on average a classroom received support from a UW-Green Bay mentor.


More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at

Campus Cliffhanger: A team of volunteers bands together for successful birth and banding of Peregrine falcons

young-peregrines-by-greg-septonCongratulations to Rupert and Mimi, the Peregrine parents of four fuzzy eyasses (baby falcons) hatched recently on the UW-Green Bay campus. According to Tom Erdman, Director of the Richter Museum at the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, it is the first successful nesting since the Peregrines first attempt in 2011, when “a fight with another Peregrine (interloper) resulted in eggs being lost that year.”

Peregrine falcons are native to Wisconsin but had vanished by the 1960s due to habitat loss and extremely low production of young. Pesticides such as DDT thinned the eggs of the raptors, causing them to fail.

It’s been a long, but now successful flight for the UW-Green Bay falcons. They first tried to nest on the Cofrin library roof, but since the roof space is rented to private companies it was deemed “dangerous” for the birds and people to be paired together. The following year, the nesting box was moved to Theatre Hall but ignored by the falcons. An attempt back to the Cofrin Library last year was nearly successful…

“We had Mimi plus an unbanded male,” Erdman explained. “Mimi laid eggs on a narrow ledge at the top edge of the vent shaft. Those eventually were accidentally knocked off and shattered below. We were able to retrieve one remaining egg which we placed in new trays. Mimi never returned to it…”

“Mimi started out with an unmarked male again who was present through most of the winter,” Erdman said. “Then he was replaced by Rupert in mid-April when the males were chasing each other around. Rupert was the champion (although he may not have any DNA in this set of young!) and is now being a very good food supplier to young and Mimi. So, it looks like the seventh year of attempting to nest here has finally been successful. I know (passionate birders) (Founding Chancellor) Ed Weidner and Dave Cofrin (Cofrin Library namesake) would both be very pleased!”

On May 27, 2017 a Peregrine falcon banding team assembled at UW-Green Bay to tag and document the four newly-hatched young of the Peregrine falcons nesting in the alcoves of the Cofrin Library. The team of avian experts included Erdman, UW-Green Bay Richter Museum of Natural History, climber Eddie Feltes, Greg Septon of Wisconsin Falconwatch and Green Bay Bird Club president Nancy Nabak. Nabak documented the event in photos from inside the window well staircase.

Congratulations to all!

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– Photos by Greg Septon of Wisconsin Falconwatch, Nancy Nabak Green Bay Bird Club president and Tom Erdman, UW-Green Bay Richter Museum of Natural History

UW-Green Bay students and faculty take journey to Germany and inside the human body

plastinariumUW-Green Bay Associate Dean Amanda Nelson and Associate Prof. Uwe Pott (Human Biology) guided a team of 18 students in the pre-health professions to Poland and Germany with a four-day workshop at the famous Plastinarium in Guben, Germany. The Plastinarium is the home of the “Body Worlds” exhibits — a scientific method of preserving tissue and vital organs for anatomical display.

“For those interested in human anatomy, the place to be is Guben, Germany,” said UW-Green Bay student Lyddia Calmes. “This hands-on workshop was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that truly provided us with knowledge to last a lifetime. The amazing staff walked us through every step of the Plastination process and left no question unanswered. I would fully recommend this experience to anyone considering a career in healthcare. Personally, this unique trip will be a wonderful interview talking point when trying to differentiate myself from other applicants while applying to Pharmacy school next year. Overall, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity of study within my field while also being able to experience new sights and cultures. Thank you to those who helped make this trip happen!”

The group stayed overnight in Krakow and Gubin, Poland and Berlin, Germany. They also toured Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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– Photos submitted by Amanda Nelson, Human Biology

Nature-based 4K program prepares kids for kindergarten

A nature-based kindergarten readiness 4K program at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary aims to get youngsters in touch with the outdoors while preparing them for kindergarten. Local 5’s Brittany Falkers heads outdoors where these Green Bay students are learning lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom.

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The OAK (Outdoors Adventures for Kids) Learning Center program aims to reclaim kids’ connection to the outdoors. The goal is to have the kids outside 60 to 80 percent of the time while preparing them for kindergarten. “But we count chipmunks and squirrels and eggs,” Reed said. “We expose them to things that many times they don’t get until their upper grade.”

Access to every child, no matter their family’s income, was an important part of the program for Reed. It was made possible because of a partnership between the sanctuary, UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay school district.

American Intercultural Center seeks diversity event submissions for Fall 2017 Human Mosaic

The American Intercultural Center is seeking diversity event submissions for the Fall 2017 Human Mosaic brochure. (See the Spring 2017 Human Mosaic pdf.) The Human Mosaic is traditionally distributed to UW-Green Bay students, staff and faculty at the beginning of the semester. Please complete an online submission for each event. The submission deadline  is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2017.