Jane Anklam ( President)

Jane is a native of the prairies of Illinois, but has really found her home in the pine barrens of northwest Wisconsin. A soil scientist by day , she loves to explore all  the hiding places and trails of the Bird Sanctuary.  She and her husband Jim live in Superior.

Becky Langenecker (Vice President)

Becky grew up in Baraboo, WI and had always had a love for the outdoors and nature. Baraboo of course is the home of Aldo Leopold's shack and that has lead her down this path of all things natural. A graduate of UW-Eau Claire, with a BS in Biology and Minor in Environmental Science Becky worked in the forestry field for almost 10 years. With her husband Jason, they moved to Douglas County in 2005 and currently reside in Solon Springs. Becky facilitates the Nature Playgroup for FOTBS. Currently, Becky is an Essential Oil Educator and stay-at-home mother of two energetic boys. During the summer months we use the Bird Sanctuary to bike, hike, bird watch, pick blueberries and collect agates! Hope to see you out there!

Judy Aspling

Judy Aspling moved to Gordon on the beautiful St. Croix River from Duluth more than 20 years ago and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the nature that surrounds the area. She soon developed a sweet spot in her heart for the Bird Sanctuary and the educational events presented there by the Friends group. It seemed only natural to get involved with this group of amazingly dedicated people and help them preserve and protect the property for future generations.

Kelly Looby

Kelly started exploring the out of doors at and early age in northeast Iowa and has continued her appreciation of nature here in northwest Wisconsin.  Kelly assists homeless individuals and families secure and maintain housing during her work hours. She spends the rest of her time exploring back roads, photographing birds and critters and developing nature awareness activities for children and families.

Brian Finstad

Brian was raised as a fifth generation resident of our "sand barrens" landscape.  His interests include both the ecology and history of the barrens as well as partnering in coordination with other barrens related groups to see the Bird Sanctuary as one piece of the larger Northwest Sands Ecological Landscape.  Recently returning after living in Minneapolis, Brian now lives in Superior with his husband Robert and dog Mixx where he works as a real estate appraiser.  Brian keeps a second home in Gordon and Gordon has always been where his heart is.  His favorite aspects of the Bird Sanctuary include blueberry picking, night sky gazing, hiking, and building community through shared interests in the history and ecology of the sand barrens landscape.