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.