Related Program: WSIU InFocus 2018 The Year Of The Bird: Dr. Mike Baltz By Kevin Boucher • Jul 2, 2018 Related Program: WSIU InFocus TweetShareGoogle+Email Prothonotary Warbler At LaRue/Snake Road. Photograph Taken May 15th, 2016. WSIU/Kevin Boucher Listen Listening... / 4:30 With 2018 being designated as The Year Of The Bird, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz comments on the birds that make southern Illinois their summer home. Tags: BirdsNatureWSIU InFocusTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content 2018 Has Been Declared The Year Of The Bird: A Commentary From Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz. By Kevin Boucher • Jun 15, 2018 WSIU/Kevin Boucher Listen Listening... / 4:30 2018 has been designated as The Year Of The Bird, coinciding with the passage of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was passed 100 years ago this year.