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.
(details in Calendar)
Nov 17: Stopover Iniative: Native Plants & Birds
See Winnebago Audubon members on www.youtube.com Search "It's Your Environment"
See "Issues" page for Katherine D. Rill Environmental Award.
AWARDS - See "Issues"
Sad News for Winnebago Audubon,
Wisconsin and the Entire Environmental Community:
The Frog Guy will be greatly missed!
Randall Mark Korb, the Frog Guy, whose childhood experiences with the outdoors led him to a lifelong-mission of protecting nature's most fragile creatures, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on October 28th. He was 60 years old. A Clintonville native, Randy spent many years in the Green Bay-Appleton area, where he earned a graduate degree from UW-Stevens Point and started a family.
Early on he advocated for the emerging concept of butterfly gardening which lead him to pioneer and develop butterfly life-cycle kits which he distributed to classrooms. This is turn offered him an opportunity to interact with and educate children and families.
As time went on, Randy's career in wildlife conservation became focused on educating children. To the sound of wild applause, the Frog Guy gave classroom presentations throughout the US. His work was punctuated by his contributions as President of the Wisconsin Audubon Council and Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society; Co-Founder of the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Chapter; and his service on the City Council in St. Croix Falls, where he came to call home in 2007. His passion for both nature and good old-fashioned fun lead him to create many friendships in the community and provided opportunities to highlight his skills at the Library, the Community Garden, and many other local events and festivals.
Randy is survived by three daughters & two sons-in-law: Laura & Nolan Hoistad, Jessica Korb, and Emily & Eric Sakowski; two grandsons: Maxwell Eilbert and Henry Hoistad; six brothers; two sisters; and a close-knit large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Agnes Korb and sister, Bonnie Barrington. He will be sorely missed as a shining example of how to live a life filled with passion and laughter by both family and friends.
Winnebago Audubon hosted a Frog Night Hike with Randy every spring for the public. And we sponsored his amphibian presentations in area schools for at least 10 years. His programs were are most popular activities. He also taught us how to tag monarch butterflies for Monarch Watch. We participated in the first statewide salamander survey that he organized. Randy touched many peoples lives and reached thousands of children through his unique hands-on frog presentations all across Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. Weloved watching all the kids and their parents gathered around the "frog tarp" as Randy's frogs delighted the audience. My favorite part was when he would pull the giant stuffed toad out of the cooler and toss it onto the tarp! The shrieks and then laughter were priceless, as was Randy.
BIRD CITY WISCONSIN
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!
Landfill Conservation through Wood Waste Recycling
Planning Grant Amount: $5,000
Organizations involved in project:
Winnebago Audubon Society, http://www.winaudubon.org/
Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, http://www.foxcitieshabitat.org/
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).