Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

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

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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Field trips not to be missed!

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 by WBCI   No Comments Yet

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has a fantastic field trip program, each year giving thousands of birders and nature lovers opportunity to enjoy and learn about Wisconsin’s great places and wildlife. Space is still available on some summer trips. Check it out!

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Survey for nightjars and owls

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 by WBCI   No Comments Yet

The 2017 Wisconsin Nightjar Survey is looking for a few more volunteers, especially in northern Wisconsin, to survey a predetermined roadside route one time between June 2 – 16. The survey takes about 2 hours to complete and is a nice way to get out and enjoy the sounds of a summer night. Targets include E. Whip-poor-will, C. Nighthawk, and owls. To see detailed protocols, view available routes, and sign-up for a route visit the survey website

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Breeding Bird Atlas needs your help

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 by WBCI   No Comments Yet

Give your summer birding greater purpose by participating in the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year project that aims to generate a snapshot of what birds are breeding where across the state. The Atlas relies on volunteer birdwatchers and more are needed in every county of the state. Help out by submitting your incidental observations of nesting behavior, signing up to survey a block (route), or sponsoring a species today!  Learn More >>

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