Welcome

Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our members we are hosting our Annual Meeting of Members online through September 20th. This will allow you, our members, to be updated and informed of our work in the last year. According to our By-Laws, Friends of the Cedarburg Bog Directors are elected by our members.

Voting

The Board of Directors is pleased to present the following candidates for your consideration.

New Board Director

Pam Uihlein 1st (3 Year) Term

Pam is up for election for her first term on the Board of Directors. She joins us from Riveredge Nature Center where she is an Environmental Educator. There her duties include developing and implementing programming for their Home School EdVentures Program, serving as a Recreational Tree Climbing Facilitator and summer camp counselor. Pam comes to us with a wealth of experience as an environmental educator.

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Cory Gritzmacher 1st (3 Year) Term

Cory also running for his first term on the Board of Directors joins us from another FOCB partner, Mequon Nature Preserve. As MNP’s Director of Restoration and Operations, Cory facilitates land management duties, the maple tree tapping program, and Restoration Rangers. More recently, he has become the handler for Tilia, the State’s first on-staff conservation dog.

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Returning Director

Julia Robson 2nd (3 Year) Term

Running for her second term on FOCB’s Board of Directors is Julia. Over the past ten years she has worked throughout the Midwest on various projects including multi-taxa biodiversity assessments, habitat restoration, environmental education and community engagement, and environmental planning. In 2016 the community-based wetland monitoring program that she developed for Milwaukee County was awarded the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Citizen-Based Monitoring Program of the Year award.

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Cast Your Vote

Reports

Please take a few minutes to watch and listen to the following reports from our officers and committee chairs.

Executive Committee Reports

President's Report by Jim Ellis + Treasurer's Report by Andy Holman

In this video, Jim Ellis, President of FOCB, will give an overview of what the Friends have been doing over the past year. Although we may not be able to gather in person for live events at the Cedarburg Bog, we have still been busy to bring snapshots of life in the Bog throughout the seasons. Andy Holman also presents the financial report for the Friends of Cedarburg Bog.

Committee Reports

Jim Reinartz, FOCB Director, will briefly discuss how the Friends have continued their efforts to protect the Cedarburg Bog from invasive plant species such as glossy buckthorn. Julia Robson, Scholarship Committee Chair, explains a new initiative that the Friends have taken on to encourage and assist the next generation of biologist and conservationists to participate in workshops and courses put on by the UWM Field Station. Our Events & Education Chair, John O’Donnell, comes to us via canoe from his favorite spot in the Bog to update members on how we are continuing to stay connect virtually. Tim Vargo, Governance Committee Chair, explains that there are vacancies in our Board of Directors and we need your help to fill them. Finally, Danielle Bell, our Administrative Assistant, explains how we have begun to transition to virtual programming to keep our membership connected to the life in the Bog.

Volunteer/Member Spotlight

John O'Donnell, Birder of the Bog

John O’Donnell has been serving FOCB as a Director for the past 9 years and has also been the Chair for the Events and Education Committee. In this role he has become the well known Birder of the Bog. However, he has been actively volunteering with the Friends for even longer. In 1995, John was recruited by William Mueller to assist in the first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas and has worked with Vicki Piaskowski and Gretchen Meyer on an intensive five year study of the migratory birds using the Cedarburg Bog as a “stop over” migration site. John brought this knowledge and his visible enthusiasm to the events he has led for the FOCB, most visibly the Owl Prowl, Birding by Canoe, many guided bird walks, and hosting speakers at Riveredge and the UWM Field Station.

Former Board Member Carl Schwartz, said, “When I served on the Bog Board one of my major goals was to lure John to join the board, partly to recognize his volunteer stewardship for the Bog and particularly Mud Lake, but also to bring his intellect and passion to the board’s deliberations and planning…in the years since, John has intensified his stewardship not only through his work on the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas for the bog area but also through hands-on installation of nest boxes for Wood Ducks and owls.”

Read the full article on John O’Donnell that was published in the recent issue of The Boghaunter, written by Cathy Cummingham.

In Closing

Thank you for your continued support of preserving this wetland gem. We hope that you will consider renewing your membership to help fund the work of FOCB. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all in person in the future!