Charles Hagner became director of Bird City Wisconsin in 2018. He is the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin (Scott & Nix, 2019). From 2001 to 2017, he was the editor-in-chief of nationally distributed BirdWatching magazine. A Wisconsin native and an avid birder, Hagner is a member of the American Ornithological Society, Wilson Ornithological Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karen Etter Hale chairs the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership, a cooperative partnership of more than 180 organizations and agencies. She previously served for more than four years as chair of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Joint Venture, which led to the formation, in 1999, of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (now Partnership). Karen has been a leading force in avian conservation in Wisconsin for more than three decades, including nearly 25 years as executive secretary of the Madison Audubon Society. Karen holds a degree in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a lifelong interest in birds.
Bryan Lenz is chair of Bird City Wisconsin's Board of Directors and was the program's director from 2014 to 2018. Bryan is the Collisions Campaign Manager for American Bird Conservancy, a position he has held since 2018. He previously worked as Chief Scientist at the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. He also sits on the Issues Committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. Bryan was awarded his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Tulane University, where he studied the impacts of cattle ranching on a community of primates in the central Amazon.
Lucas Olson is a conservation biologist for Wisconsin DNR. He is an urban wildlife habitat specialist and developed a habitat certification program for landowners, schools, businesses, and organizations. Lucas also organizes data and prepares master plans for the State Natural Areas Program and maps natural communities for the Natural Heritage Inventory Program. He earned a B.A. (2003) in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he analyzed gray wolves diets in Wisconsin. Lucas has restored and managed Wisconsin plant communities working for Mississippi Valley Conservancy and WisCorps Inc. He has worked on a variety of wildlife research projects including the Cascade Carnivore Project, Urban Canid Project, and the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey.
Michael Reed is the former director of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay. He represents the Wisconsin Audubon Council, having served on the board and been involved with conservation issues through NEW Audubon since 1987. Mike took the helm at Bay Beach in May 2011 and retired in August 2019. He previously worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and has done field work throughout the United States and in Belize.
Carl Schwartz was the founding director of Bird City Wisconsin and subsequently chaired its steering committee for three years. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, editing WSO's monthly newsletter The Badger Birder. He serves on the steering committee for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II and is program coordinator for the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club, past president of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, and a member of The Nature Conservancy, International Crane Foundation, Gathering Waters, and the Door County and Ozaukee Washington Land Trusts. Carl retired in 2009 as senior editor for national and international news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he had worked since graduating from the University of Illinois in 1971.
Andrew Struck is the far-sighted director of planning and parks for Ozaukee County, one of the inaugural Bird City communities, and has worked on numerous grant-funded projects of an environmental nature. He serves on Bird City's board as a municipal representative and a direct voice for the concerns of our recognized communities. Andrew is president of the Wisconsin Audubon Council and a board member of the Milwaukee Audubon Society. He was the president of Milwaukee Audubon when Bird City Wisconsin was founded, and he served five years as chair of the Bird City Steering Committee and nine years as its treasurer. Andrew is a member of numerous other boards and committees that work to protect and improve Wisconsin's environment.
Jerry Ziegler retired from the Nature Conservancy at the end of 2020 after serving as land manager for southeast Wisconsin for 13 years. Before that, he was the assistant copy desk chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and an assistant news editor at the Milwaukee Journal. Before that, Ziegler worked at the Capital Times in Madison and newspapers in Michigan. He is a member of the Sierra Club and the Great Lakes Historical Society. He is the former president of the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium and a former board member of Wisconsin Lakes.