The bird is entirely black aside from an orange and cream colored patch on its shoulder.

2021 Bird Migration

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September is the peak month for bird migration in our area. Some species including early migrators like Baltimore Orioles and Yellow Warblers are already mostly departed. Many species who spent the summer in our area now gather in mixed flocks in large numbers to feast on berries, insects and seeds as they store energy for their journey. They are joined by other species who pass through WI on their migration down from their northern breeding grounds. Soaring birds like hawks, eagles, pelicans and swallows usually migrate during the day. Songbirds often migrate at night when the wind subsides, and spend …

Endangered Butterfly, Regal Fritillary Spotted on Wisdom Prairie

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We were thrilled to learn that a sharp-eyed visitor to Wisdom Prairie spotted a Regal Fritillary last month. Regal Fritillaries are a state-endangered species. There have only been a handful of confirmed sightings in Dane County in the past 20 years. Regal Fritillaries are famous for being fussy about their habitat; the fact that one came to visit Holy Wisdom is a wonderful endorsement of the quality of our prairie. This sighting, which we learned about after it was reported to Wisconsin Butterflies, also serves as a strong endorsement for the importance and role of citizen science programs. It is a …