Many birders recognize the Ashland-Bayfield area as one of the best birding locations in Wisconsin. Situated along the Lake Superior shoreline, the region hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small area and has had an active birding community since at least the early 1970s. As a result, more than 330 species have been recorded there, including high numbers of migratory birds, winter specialties, dozens of breeding warblers, and numerous rarities. In this presentation, local birder and DNR conservation biologist Ryan Brady will introduce you to the birds, places, and events that make the Chequamegon Bay area special – and worth the drive up north!
Ryan Brady is a Conservation Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, where he serves as Bird Monitoring Coordinator for WDNR and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. Based out of Ashland, Ryan oversees a variety of statewide bird monitoring and conservation projects focusing on owls, marshbirds, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, forest songbirds, and more. He is also Science Coordinator for the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, an ambitious citizen-based bird survey taking place across Wisconsin from 2015-2019; former chair of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s Rare Birds Records Committee; and an active member of the Wisconsin eBird team. His voice can be regularly heard discussing Snowy Owls, recent bird sightings, and other bird conservation news on Wisconsin Public Radio and other regional outlets.
He resides on the shores of Lake Superior in Washburn with his wife and two sons.