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Roark, Eugene M. (ed.) / The passenger pigeon
Vol. XXIII, No. 3 (Autumn 1961)

New seasonal editors,   pp. 92-94 PDF (1.0 MB)

Page 92

One of the most demanding tasks within W.S.O., and certainly one
of the least heralded, is that of seasonal editor. It is the time-consuming
task of the seasonal editor to compile, from field note reports, the
"annual report" on bird activity during his or her (or, in some
"their") season. This material must be assembled in condition suitable
for delivery to the printer, and for most seasons in most years, it makes
a pretty good wad of paper!
W.S.O. has been fortunate through the years in having any num-
ber of careful and reliable seasonal editors. Two of them have recently
"retired," and their resignations regretfully accepted. Wallace
former Spring season editor, and Dr. Howard Winkler, who handled
these chores for the Winter season, served W.S.O. expertly and de-
votedly. All of us should recognize and appreciate their contributions.
Associate Editor Sam Robbins has found replacements for MacBriar
and Winkler, which is a difficult enough task, and he has found good
New Spring Editor
Our new field notes editor for the Spring season is a young resident
of Madison with 15 years experience with Wisconsin birds. Thomas K.
Soulen, now finishing his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of
Wisconsin, has managed to glimpse the birdlife in most sections of the
state. Here is Tom's accounts of the development of his interests in
"I first became interested in birds largely through the friendship
and influence of Vincent P. Batha, former physics professor at Carroll
College. During my high school years in Waukesha, I visited numerous
areas in both Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, frequently alone, but
sometimes in company with S. Paul Jones or other friends. During the
summers of these years, Mr. Batha and I studied the birds at Boy Scout
Camp Long Lake, in the Kettle Moraine area of eastern Fond du Lac
"My first real taste of migration-Cedar Grove style-didn't come,
strangely enough, until after I had begun my work at the University in
Madison, where I received by undergraduate degree in mathematics.
Despite the distance of Cedar Grove from the campus, a favorable weath-
er pattern during migration can still draw me to the Lake Michigan
shore, hoping for a repeat of some of the spectacular visible migrations
that have taken place there.
"Visits to the home town of my wife, the former Marillyn Bryan of
Antigo, have put me within hailing distance of a number of interesting
areas in and near Wisconsin's remaining boreal forest. Several years
ago I experienced with the use of Land Cover Maps in making a pre-
liminary study of the summering birds of Langlade County, and was so
pleased with the picture of the county's birdlife that I could glean in
just a few days that I hopes that I-and as many others as I can induce-
will be able to carry out comparable surveys in a number of the lesser
known areas of the state."

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