Since its creation in 2002, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative has made remarkable gains for bird conservation, not the least bringing together 180 organizations to work collaboratively toward common goals. Our power is in our partnerships. From Important Bird Areas to the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail, learn more about our most outstanding achievements to date.
Running from February 15-18, this fun and easy event provides scientists a snapshot of late winter bird populations worldwide. And it’s not even limited to your backyard! Go birding anywhere you want for at least 15 minutes and report the birds you can identify. Learn more >>>
Brrrr! It’s been cold across the state of late, creating challenges for us and many wildlife alike. Small birds like chickadees seem especially vulnerable yet time and again they persist. How do they do it? In short, a mix of behavioral and physiological adaptations. Learn more >>>
Wisconsin’s Citizen-Based Monitoring Network is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019. Learn about Wisconsin’s history of citizen-based monitoring and how you can join the celebration here, and make a pledge to volunteer with citizen-based monitoring in 2019! Learn more >>>
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) recently released three products to help focus efforts, identify opportunities, and highlight successes in the bird conservation community. These included National Bird Conservation Priorities, a Bird Conservation Relevancy Toolkit, and Human Dimensions Success Stories with Story Map. Learn more >>>
We’re afraid not! Some spend the winter in Wisconsin, even as far north as Lake Superior. How do they pull it off? By switching their diet to mostly fruit. Learn more >>>
eBird Status and Trends Assessments Now Available
A new era of eBird Science is here: Status and Trends. Your sightings to www.ebird.org and novel analysis methods have combined to create detailed population information for 107 species of North American birds. Learn more and explore exciting new results here. Citizen science at its finest!
Christmas Bird Count Trends Now Available
The 119th year of Christmas Bird Counts has been completed, and now we can better see some of the fruits of this long-running citizen science effort. Use this tool from National Audubon to view population trends for your favorite species!
WBCI’s 2018 annual meeting is just around the corner. With a focus on declining populations of aerial insectivores — swifts, swallows, nightjars, & more — the conference will be held September 6-8 in Waukesha. The hotel and registration deadlines have past but organizers still welcome walk-ins, who must secure their own lodging, meals, and refreshments during the event. To learn more or register, visit the conference website here.
Operation Migration took flight 25 years ago when two artists-turned-aviators developed a method of teaching birds a new migratory route. The innovative approach helped stabilize the dwindling population of the magnificent Whooping crane. But now this chapter in Whooping Crane conservation has closed. Find out why here.
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative has released a concise, high-level summary of priorities for national bird conservation centered on five themes ranging from land and water conservation to policy and funding. Learn how you or your organization can make a difference at https://bit.ly/2MGZg34