Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

A cooperative partnership to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation emphasizing volunteer stewardship.

The Greatest Wisconsin Birdathon ever!

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

Birds need our help more than ever. The Great Wisconsin Birdathon does just that in mobilizing the state’s passionate network of birdwatchers to raise critical funds for important conservation projects right here in Wisconsin. The event continues to grow each year, this year netting over $90,000 for ten statewide projects and many local ones. Learn More >>

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Bald Eagle nests reach another record high in 2017

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

The number of occupied Bald Eagle nests statewide increased by 86 nests to a record 1,590 in 2017, including the first nest in Kenosha County in over a century. Meanwhile, no increase in nests across habitat-rich Oneida County may signal that suitable nesting habitat in some northern Wisconsin counties is now all taken. Read More >>

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Piping Plovers set new record in Wisconsin

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

For the second straight year, Piping Plovers returned to Lower Green Bay after a 75-year absence. Their return reflects a growing trend in the Great Lakes region and helped propel this state- and federally-endangered species to a record-breaking year in Wisconsin. Learn more in this short video >>

A piping plover and its chick are part of a record-breaking year for the endangered species in Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Tom Prestby.

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2017 Wisconsin Kirtland’s Warbler report now available

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

2017 marked the 10th year of Kirtland’s Warbler documentation and subsequent monitoring in Wisconsin. From only 11 Kirtland’s and three nests found in Adams County in 2007 to 53 individuals and 20 total nests among Adams, Marinette and Bayfield counties in 2017, the population has grown and geographically expanded in a decade of conservation work. This year’s report outlines how the birds fared in 2017 and includes in-depth histories and summaries of all aspects of this project over the past 10 years.

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WI Breeding Bird Atlas releases 2017 findings

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

Three of five field seasons are now complete for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, the citizen-based project that documents breeding bird diversity and abundance across the state. Thanks to more than 1,400 volunteers, 2017 was another successful year. See highlights in this fantastic infographic, and read more details in this fun season summary. And don’t miss the latest on how 8,000+ point counts are providing critical, new information on many breeding species here.

This pair of King Rails successfully raised young at Horicon Marsh in 2017, marking the first breeding confirmation of the species during WBBAII. Photo by Stuart Malcolm.

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Bird summer is here

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 by WBCI   No Comments Yet

June 1 marks the unofficial start of summer in the bird world, as migration winds down and breeding activity ramps up dramatically, especially among the many Neotropical migrants that have recently returned to raise young here. How will you enjoy birds this summer?

Cape May Warbler, by Ryan Brady, WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator.

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Great Wisconsin Birdathon flying past goal

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 by WBCI   No Comments Yet

With two weeks to go, the 2017 Great Wisconsin Birdathon has surpassed its fundraising goal! The Secretary Birds Signature Team has reported the highest count at 190 unique bird species, while Cutright’s Old Coots is leading the pack with nearly $10,000 raised! Last year the birdathon grossed $77,000. We’ve reached just over $80,000 this year, but we think we can do even better for birds! Help set a new record in the weeks ahead. Donate today!

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