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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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Katherine D. Rill Environmental Award

and other Awards



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).