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Bluebird convention will be held Sept. 21
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DARLINGTON - The 2013 annual Convention of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, hosted by the Lafayette County Bluebird Society, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Bridges Restaurant and Convention Center, 201 Christensen Dr.

Guest speakers include Jeff Bahls and Mike Mossman.

Bahls, president of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club, will be speaking about his experience with the endangered or extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a cavity nesting bird of the southern swamps. His birding curiosity led him to participate in the 2007 Cornell Lab of Ornithology search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas. He monitors 40 Eastern Bluebird nest boxes and 100 Wood Duck boxes. Bahls sits on the board of the Wood Duck Society, a nationwide group that advocates Wood Duck nest box monitoring and its wetland habitat. Jeff has been an avid waterfowl hunter for 40 years and documented the first nesting Bufflehead in the state of Wisconsin.

Mossman, Forest Community ecologist and ornithologist, will talk on how BRAW got its start in 1986 and his part in making it happen. Mossman received his master's degree in wildlife biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently involved in various research projects on the subjects. He is the co-author of research publications that have appeared in: "Waterbirds," "Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine," and "The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Water, and Wildlife." Mossman is a member of the Wildlife and Forestry Staff at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is due by Monday, Sept. 9 for meals. Other events include: displays, door prizes, silent auction, live music and refreshments.

For more information or to register, call 608-776-3379, visit or email