UWSP instructor to present Arctic raptor program
“Arctic Raptors Visit Wisconsin” will be presented by Gene Jacobs on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
The free program is sponsored by Winchester Academy.
Wisconsin is known for its raptor research, conducting studies on migration routes, mortality rates, nesting, and other behaviors of raptors.
Gene Jacobs is a raptor biologist with Raptor Services, LLC and a part-time instructor for UW-Stevens Point Outreach Program.
He has spent 38 years studying Wisconsin raptors, where he banded over 17.000 individuals.
Five times each year, Jacobs presents a five-day hands-on workshop, Introduction to Raptor Field Techniques, at Linwood Springs Research Station. The workshop attracts researchers, educators, and university students from all over the world, focusing on field techniques used to study raptors during their breeding season.
Jacobs’program will include a discussion of migration routes and winter habits of both a Wisconsin Golden Eagle and several Snowy Owls he’s tracked using GPS transmitters, including interesting facts about what these birds are doing during their visits to Wisconsin.
A live Great Horned Owl will be present for viewing at the end of the program.
The program is free and open to the public.
Cookies and coffee are served at 6:00 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 6:30.
Winchester Academy program expenses are funded through sponsors and through gifts and donations from community members who support the Academy. Donations are tax deductible.
Jacobs’ program is sponsored by Jim and Mary Trainor.
For more information about Winchester Academy, check winchesteracademywaupaca.org, follow the group on Facebook, or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or [email protected]