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  • Brian "Fox" Ellis put on four programs for Oakwood School students and received rave reviews from both students and staff.  He is a wonderful storyteller who captivated students with participation in stories of adventures, nature, animals and history.  We want to bring him back next year and include more schools and students to the experience of having John James Audubon in class.

 

  • Frog night with Randy Korb was a hugh success with over 100 participants.  Kids and parents learned about frog habitat and identifying them by their songs.  After the orientation we went out to a wetland to hear and identify the frogs.

 

  • "Turtle Day" was another fun experience for kids of all ages.  Randy Korb has a way of getting everyone involved and having a great time while learning about turtles.

 

  • Butterfly tagging had kids and parents out netting monarchs.  Randy Korb gave an orientation as to how to handle the butterflies without harming them and how register and tag them.  We tagged over 150 monarchs from one small alfalfa field.

 

  • Falconry was an amazing experience for over 30 participants to see a beautiful harris hawk up close and watch it fly and hunt. 

 

Sad News for Winnebago Audubon,

Wisconsin and the Entire Environmental Community:

The Frog Guy will be greatly missed!

     Randall Mark Korb, the Frog Guy, whose childhood experiences with the outdoors led him to a lifelong-mission of protecting nature's most fragile creatures, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on October 28, 2015. He was 60 years old. A Clintonville native, Randy spent many years in the Green Bay-Appleton area, where he earned a graduate degree from UW-Stevens Point and started a family.

     Early on he advocated for the emerging concept of butterfly gardening which lead him to pioneer and develop butterfly life-cycle kits which he distributed to classrooms. This is turn offered him an opportunity to interact with and educate children and families.

     As time went on, Randy's career in wildlife conservation became focused on educating children. To the sound of wild applause, the Frog Guy gave classroom presentations throughout the US. His work was punctuated by his contributions as President of the Wisconsin Audubon Council and Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society; Co-Founder of the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Chapter; and his service on the City Council in St. Croix Falls, where he came to call home in 2007. His passion for both nature and good old-fashioned fun lead him to create many friendships in the community and provided opportunities to highlight his skills at the Library, the Community Garden, and many other local events and festivals.

     Randy is survived by three daughters & two sons-in-law: Laura & Nolan Hoistad, Jessica Korb, and Emily & Eric Sakowski; two grandsons: Maxwell Eilbert and Henry Hoistad; six brothers; two sisters; and a close-knit large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Agnes Korb and sister, Bonnie Barrington. He will be sorely missed as a shining example of how to live a life filled with passion and laughter by both family and friends.

     Winnebago Audubon hosted a Frog Night Hike with Randy every spring for the public. And we sponsored his amphibian presentations in area schools for at least 10 years. His programs were are most popular activities. He also taught us how to tag monarch butterflies for Monarch Watch. We participated in the first statewide salamander survey that he organized. Randy touched many peoples lives and reached thousands of children through his unique hands-on frog presentations all across Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. Weloved watching all the kids and their parents gathered around the "frog tarp" as Randy's frogs delighted the audience. My favorite part was when he would pull the giant stuffed toad out of the cooler and toss it onto the tarp! The shrieks and then laughter were priceless, as was Randy.