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The Winnebago Audubon Society's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity.

We serve Winnebago County and the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin. We're one of over 500 local chapters of the National Audubon Society, including 14 chapters in Wisconsin.

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Remembering Jan Moldenhauer


     The Winnebago Audubon Society honored Jan Moldenhauer with a well-deserved Meritorious Service Award at our annual Spring Banquet on April 9, 2011 for her dedicated service and support of the principles of environmental stewardship and conservation.

     Jan Moldenhauer passionately supported efforts to protect and improve the environment in our area for decades. She grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from college in Illinois.  After a lifetime of teaching, she finished her career at UWO where she inspired her students to care for the environment. Always active in sports, she was still swimming and playing tennis. Every summer she taught sailing at a camp in Canada. She was an active member of Winnebago Audubon, having served as a Director (1994-98 and 2001-06); Secretary (1998-2001); Friend of Sullivan’s Woods (1997-2006). She participated in many of our activities. Jan was a fundraiser extraordinaire for our annual Birdathon which supported environmental projects and education in the community.  Her willingness to help was invaluable to our organization. 

     “When I think of Jan Moldenhauer, I smile,” says Carla Hansen, Winnebago Audubon’s treasurer. “She has been a friend to me for many years. Every May she joined my team to raise money through the Winnebago Audubon Birdathon. Every year she was the top money raiser.”

     Carla added, “Reading about her accomplishments, I was amazed but not surprised. If I had to pick her greatest accomplishment, I would just say that it was always a joy to be with her.” 

     She was actively involved with other organizations in the area, including Sierra Club.  She participated in taking water samples of local waterways for studies conducted by Trout Unlimited. She holds strong beliefs on the rights of citizens to expect the environment to be protected. Writing letters to the editor and politicians, speaking at citizen input hearings and traveling to Madison to speak to our legislature, were all part of her everyday efforts.

     Always willing to help, always supportive, Jan was a valuable member of Winnebago Audubon and our community. Thank you Jan for all you have done. We will miss you!

     If you wish to make a donation to Winnebago Audubon Soceity in her memory, please make your check payable to Winnebago Audubon Society and mail to:

PO Box 184, Oshkosh, WI 54903.  We are considering purchasing a bench to place along the Fox River Riverwalk on the UWO Campus or a Memorial Tree.



After a very informative program, we were given a demonstration on monitoring bats using echolocation. One bat was recorded, probabaly a big brown bat. If anyone has questions about bat monitoring or is interested in the schedule, please e-mail Lindsay Browne:

Here are some links that may be of interest to you:

Wisconsin Bat Program:

Facebook Fox Valley Bat Detectives:
Fox Valley Bat Detectives:


See "Issues" page for Katherine D. Rill Environmental Award.

Nominations due March 15, 2014.

2013 AWARDS - See "Issues"

At Oshkosh Bird Fest on May 7, 2011, the new Bird City Wisconsin flag was hoisted up the flag pole in the Menominee Park Zoo.  From left to right:  Jan Scalpone, Sustainability Advisory Board; Steve Cummings, City Council; Bill Sturm, City Forester; and Janet Wissink, Winnebago Audubon and Oshkosh Bird Fest Committee Chair.


December 9, 2010:

Winnebago Audubon in partnership with

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity

receives TogetherGreen Innovation Grant!




TogetherGreen Innovation Grant Press Release

TogetherGreen National Press Release


Project Title:

Landfill Conservation through Wood Waste Recycling

Planning Grant Amount:  $5,000


Organizations involved in project:

Winnebago Audubon Society,

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity,



 Today, most people in the U.S. understand that products made of paper, glass, and some plastics can be recycled rather than being tossed into the trash (and, ultimately, into a landfill or incinerator). However, despite the progress we’ve made in recycling, landfills still make up a significant part of our landscape. And things like wood, which you might think could be recycled, account for nearly 20 percent of municipal waste.


With their TogetherGreen planning grant, Winnebago Audubon Society is working to change that. Through a partnership with the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, Winnebago Audubon Society will work to plan and implement a model community wood waste recycling effort and significantly reduce unnecessary disposal at local landfills. Over the next year, partners will complete a feasibility study with a summary business plan that includes a detailed description of possible funding sources and a list of for profit and nonprofit organizations committed to helping with this project over the long term.


Ultimately, wood waste retrieved from construction and demolition sites could be made into mulch and other products – preventing new trees from being felled to create the same products. And when wood products decompose in landfills, they create methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. So diverting wood from the waste stream has another benefit: reducing our impact on climate. It’s a win:win situation!

TogetherGreen grantees from across the country gathered for a 3 day workshop Nov. 7-10, 2010, at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.   Janet Wissink attended the training session (second row with the sunglasses).