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Researcher swabbing a hibernating bat for white-nose syndrome

Researcher gently swabs the wing of a hibernating bat as part of early-detection surveillance for white-nose syndrome.

Wood turtle with a transmitter and GPS unit

An adult male wood turtle carries a transmitter and GPS unit.

Common tern with a geolocator

Staff retrieving geolocators from Lake Superior common tern adults that will provide important wintering and stopover location information.

A wild American Marten

Reintroducing a wild American marten into the forests of northern Wisconsin.

Staff collecting plot level vegetation data

Plot level vegetation data can be a useful tool for documenting change over time or comparing multiple habitats.

Holding lake floater mussels

Mussels from a small stream in the Brule River State Forest, photo © Matt Berg.

How your donation will benefit wildlife and natural areas

Your generous contribution to the general Endangered Resources Fund will be used to support the following conservation work in 2017 by DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation staff.

Direct online donors: if you'd like your donation to be used for one of these specific areas listed below, please indicate your preference in the "Special Donation Fund" drop-down menu on the online donation page.

Your donation to these funds will help support the following activities.

Mammals - Bats
Monitor bat hibernacula for signs of white-nose syndrome (WNS) and look for surviving bats
Continue working with partners of DNR’s Wisconsin Bat Program [exit DNR] to test treatments to save bats;
Conduct, and train and equip volunteers to survey streams, rivers and lakes statewide to help determine the distribution and range of Wisconsin’s bat species and to assess WNS impacts on them
Continue research to identify bats' summer habitats to better protect them;
Monitor and conduct more research to study Wisconsin's newly discovered bat species, the evening bat.
Plants and natural communities
Provide accurate and up-to-date information on rare species to land managers through the Natural Heritage Inventory Portal.
Coordinate volunteer participation in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program [exit DNR].
Collaborate with regional partner groups to provide resources and assistance that help them work on invasive species outreach, prevention and control of emerging infestations at the local level.
Manage habitat and conduct research and surveys on Wisconsin’s six federally threatened plants: Fassett’s locoweed; northern wild monkshood; prairie bush clover; prairie white-fringed orchid; Pitcher’s thistle; and dwarf lake iris.
Conduct surveys and monitor natural communities to enhance our knowledge of Wisconsin’s native ecosystems and to discern important changes over time.
Provide training, publications and online resources for landowners and land managers.
Reptiles and amphibians
Locate and map Wisconsin’s native amphibian and reptile populations, including those that are rare or declining.
Coordinate statewide citizen-based inventory and monitoring projects like the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey [exit DNR] and the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program [exit DNR].
Conduct research regarding the status and health of native amphibians and reptiles and their habitats.
Provide outreach and education about the importance of native amphibians and reptiles and the places they call home.
Conduct surveys for the state endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Due to dramatic declines throughout its global range, the massasauga is proposed to be listed as federally threatened in late 2016.
Insects and aquatic species
Conduct surveys for the federally endangered Snuffbox mussel in the Wolf River Basin.
Support statewide citizen-based monitoring of dragonflies, damselflies and freshwater mussels through the Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin [exit DNR] and the Wisconsin Odonata Survey [exit DNR].
Manage habitat and conduct research and surveys on Northern blue butterfly, the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Poweshiek skipperling, Ottoe skipper and Hines emerald dragonfly.
Birds
Coordinate the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, a 5-year project to document the distribution and abundance of Wisconsin’s breeding bird species. The project will provide the most current information on rare bird species throughout the state.
Protect state endangered bird populations, including those of the peregrine falcon, piping plover and Kirtland's warbler.
Conserve and improve habitats used by birds migrating through the state.
Search for bald eagle nests around the state. Nest locations are provided to our partners and utility companies for research, monitoring and planning purposes.
Monitor and manage Wisconsin's tern populations, including the state endangered black, Caspian, common and Forster’s terns.
Reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America.
State Natural Areas
Manage Wisconsin's native landscapes by eradicating invasive species and conducting prescribed burns to maintain their biological diversity.
Preserve State Natural Areas for scientific research, nature-based recreation and environmental education.
Provide outreach and education about the importance of the ecological communities and the endangered plants and animals protected in Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas.
Mammals
Update and improve the Natural Heritage Inventory database with new cave hibernacula locations, northern long-eared bat roost tree data and refined occurrences of American marten in Wisconsin.
Conduct surveys at historical locations of small mammal species of greatest conservation need to determine if they are still present.
Determine the distribution and population of the American marten through techniques like snow track surveys.
Last revised: Tuesday April 11 2017