Landscaping For Migratory Land Birds

on Public and Private Reserves

Professionals take a break at one of three workshops held in February 2013, photo by Gail Epping Overholt Protecting, enhancing, and creating stopover habitat for migratory land birds is unlike most other land bird conservation efforts because protection measures do not necessarily target the largest or most pristine habitats.  Sites that would otherwise be too small or fragmented to serve as breeding bird habitat can offer vital stopping places for migrants to rest, to seek protection from weather and predators, and, in some cases, to refuel before embarking on the next leg of their journey.  All the various types of stopover sites -- from the Fire Escape to the Full Service Hotel – are used by land birds as they travel through Wisconsin.  Therefore, every property manager, including municipal managers who plant street trees and manage small public parks, can do something to benefit migratory birds. 

DNR State Natural Areas crew removes invasive phragmites from coastal wetlands, photo by DNR staff

Recently, WISI hosted a workshop called, Landscaping For Migratory Birds, which was attended by over 120 professional land managers and conservation educators.  This one-day event took place at three Lake Michigan locations – Sturtevant, Belgium, and Green Bay.  Dr. Dave Ewert, of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Lakes Program, delivered the keynote address titled, An Overview of Songbird Stopover Sites in the Great Lakes Region: Characterization, Distribution, and Protection.  Dr. Ewert discussed factors that threaten stopover sites and clarified the importance of protecting these sites, particularly in Great Lakes coastal areas. 

To access video and PDF files of speakers’ Power Point presentations, including Dr. Ewert’s keynote address, visit our Workshop Presentations page. To find additional information on migratory birds and stopover habitat, check out the links on our Technical Resources page.  You can also explore funding opportunities on our Funding Sources page.