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There's a lot to celebrate!Celebrating 40 years of protecting Wisconsin's natural heritage

Celebrating 40 years of protecting Wisconsin's natural heritage

Comeback ChampRuth Hine

Ruth Hine was the catalyst behind Wisconsin's efforts to conserve rare wildlife and was inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in 2010 for that and other contributions. Learn more about this dedicated public servant, the state's first female wildlife biologist and the longtime chief of DNR's research and publications.

Watch a slideshow about Ruth

Ruth Hine: Wild Wisconsin Pioneer and Catalyst


View our "Back from the Brink" playlist of videos

Get involved

Volunteers make it possible for Wisconsin to have accurate, up-to-date information on rare species. Participate in formal field surveys, report your sightings of rare wildlife and learn about other ways to get involved.

Learn more

Together, we've returned eagles, osprey and trumpeter swans to our skies, restored gray wolves to our forests, and have reintroduced, aided and conserved scores of other rare wildlife, plants and special places. The state's endangered resources law turns 40 in 2012 with a lot of important work behind it and more to come to protect Wisconsin's unique plants, animals and places.

Donate through your Wisconsin income tax form to the Endangered Resoures Fund.

Celebrate these successes

Enjoy our multi-media features celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wisconsin's endangered species law and efforts to safeguard native plants, animals and special places.